Parsons Corporation has released Grid Armor, a predictive resiliency solution that helps utility companies improve operational efficiency and better respond to and prevent potential catastrophic events, such as wildfires and major power outages, the company reported on Tuesday.
"Electric utilities are facing changing regulations, intensifying weather patterns, aging infrastructure and mounting costs for grid maintenance and repair," said Jon Moretta, executive vice president, industrial market for Parsons.
Parsons’ Grid Armor will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to collect real-time data from weather, conductors, video and vegetation to provide simple, meaningful and actionable information that will help utilities better maintain the grid.
Grid Armor will gather data from Parsons' PeARL 3D aerial imaging system, real-time overhead power line health monitoring, as well as video, weather and sensor inputs. The proprietary software will then scrub the data to provide predictive analytics through a dashboard.
The predictive dashboard will enable utilities to visualize the data and act where needed to mitigate damage from earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms that can lead to outages and even wildfires.
The platform will collect data from legacy and emerging sensors to craft visuals and will include advanced sensing such as detailed 3D point cloud data, vegetation height, and density, conductor geometry, and motion, power flow and weather.
Grid Armor will also leverage existing data including KML/KMZ input, real-time weather, geospatial weather layers, EO/IR from local cameras, LIDAR data from local sensors and drone video and imagery to combine traditional computation with genetic and predictive algorithms, and tie in third-party algorithms where needed. The Web-based UI will allow collaborative and disparate workflows as well as advanced searching and data tagging.
"At Parsons, we are dedicated to delivering a better world through innovative technology. Grid Armor, gives utilities the information they need to efficiently and effectively improve grid resilience and keep the power on for their customers," added Moretta.
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