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IBM, which is at the forefront of the US electricity ‘smart-grid’ project, is eyeing the Indian market. On the heels of piloting a grid technology with Shanghai Electric Power last week, IBM plans to offer solutions for the Indian grid managers. ( )

“IDOP, an online, real-time outage-planning tool, integrates data from relevant departments and processes and manages the schedule of different types of power outage tasks. Using IBM’s analytics and optimization technology, IDOP allows the power grid to draw data across the company to conduct analysis of possible factors causing outage and excessive energy consumption.  It also can provide scientific arrangements of outage tasks, including the time frame and load transfer path for each outage task. This helps to minimize security risks, increase workload balance, and reduce the amount of time spent on monthly coordination of scheduled power outages from half a month to just a few days. “ (


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