Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Esri and OSI provide GIS information to utilities

Steve Rogerson
January 30, 2020
Californian location intelligence company Esri is working with Open Systems International (OSI) to offer their joint customers in the electric, gas and water utility industries Esri's ArcGIS utility network management as part of a geographic information system (GIS) and OSI's Monarch operational technology.
"Many of our utility customers are adopting new Esri technology, such as ArcGIS utility network management, which provides advanced network modelling capability," said Bahman Hoveida, president and CEO of OSI. "We are very excited about our partnership with Esri, as it will enable us to provide the best technology to our joint customers, leveraging the latest functionality ArcGIS utility network management provides."
OSI's Monarch platform is a control system architecture that helps utilities support, monitor, control, schedule and optimise complex network operations. The platform is used in the electric, oil, gas, transportation and water industries as well as in large-scale industrial IoT applications and microgrids. As utilities move towards adopting Esri's ArcGIS utility network management, OSI will collaborate with the geospatial software provider to ensure that joint customers experience a seamless transition in technology and improved usability.
"We are very happy that this new partnership will bring users in the utility sector added operational capabilities," said Matt Piper, Esri global director of utilities and infrastructure. "Combining OSI's automation and real-time monitoring with Esri's holistic system for the utility supply chain offers customers complete awareness and control of their networks at an unprecedented scale."
ArcGIS provides a set of network capabilities for utilities. Users can create, manage and share complete data about networks across any platform from source to demand, such as residential meters for electric, water, waste water, gas, district heating and telecommunications.
OSI has experience in leveraging Esri GIS network models as an input to OSI's real-time OT offerings built on the Monarch platform. This partnership will enable utilities to monitor, visualise and analyse network capabilities, so operators and engineers can manage their electric, gas and water networks with better transparency and efficiency.
Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organisations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties, and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the USA, as well as all 15 executive departments of the US government and dozens of independent agencies.
OSI, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, provides open enterprise automation to utilities worldwide, including scada and systems for energy management, distribution management, outage management, generation management, substation automation, data warehousing analytics, distributed energy resource management, situational awareness, pipeline network management, individual software and hardware products, and smart grids for utility operations.