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High available with Azure and AWS with the Open Smart Grid Platform

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A customer of the Open Smart Grid Platform founder Smart Society Services asked to show a high available cloud agnostic approach. They wanted to see that the Open Smart Grid Platform was running on the AWS (Amazon Web Services) and on the Microsoft Azure Cloud in a high availability setup.

 

An active-active setup was chosen to make this happen. When one public cloud provider stopped working, the other cloud provider took over the workload. This multi-cloud approach mitigates the risk of relying on 1 cloud provider. Even public clouds can fail. A Smart Society Services screen-cast on this topic will follow.

Open source and the Open Smart Grid Platform explained in this Webinar

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To answer common questions like: Why open source at an utility company? Why the Open Smart Grid Platform?Alliander and Smart Society Services decided to make a webinar about these topics. The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Motivation for the Alliander open source approach and strategy
  • Introduction to the open source concept
  • Motivations for building the Open Smart Grid Platform
  • Introduction of the Open Smart Grid Platform

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question or suggestions! Enjoy!

Meet us @ FOSDEM Brussels – 4 & 5 February 2017

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FOSDEM logoA part of the Open Smart Grid Platform community will be present at FOSDEM 2017. FOSDEM is the biggest open source conference in Europe with thousands of open source enthusiasts. FOSDEM takes place 4 & 5 February 2017 in Brussels. Drop by if you like to know more about us or the Open Smart Grid Platform and other open source technologies. We will participate in 2 events:

  • Jonas van de Bogaard will give an (introduction) talk to the Open Smart Grid Platform. The Talk will include an demo of the open smart grid platform.

Details: Track: Internet of Things devroom / Room: AW1.126 / Day: Saturday / Start: 17:30 / End: 17:55

  • The Open Smart Grid Platform has a stand (K-building; K2  10. Open Smart Grid Platform);

More about FOSDEM 2017 can be found on their website.

Trying the Open Smart Grid Platform made easy

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Based on open source community feedback and our own findings, Smart society services decided to invest in a better user experience to try the Open Smart Grid Platform. An easy procedure allows you to setup an virtual machine to play around with the open smart grid platform. The easy installation script uses Vagrant technology. A how-to guide can be found in the documentation.

Documentation

More improvements are made in the documentation. Especially for architects and developers who are evaluating the use of the open smart grid platform. The documentation now addresses more on redundancy, security and the several Open Smart Grid Platform domains and protocols.

Public issue tracker

To meet the current development needs, the development team decided to move away form Github issues to a public Jira board. This allows outsiders to see the current development issues and makes is more easy to contribute to the open source development. You can find out more on all the topics above in the updated documentation.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions related to the open smart grid platform. Open an issue on Github or send us an email opensource@smartsocietyservices.com (Github issue is preferred for faster response).

European Utility Week Barcelona 2016

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The Open Smart Grid Platform project founder Smart Society Services will be present an the European Utility Week (#EUW16) in Barcelona. EUW Visitors are invited to visit the booth (3H149) to learned more about our open, generic, independent,scalable and open smart grid platform based Smart Utility Services. Boothnumber: 3H149.

Beside the Smart society services solutions you can also learn more about the open smart grid platform. The Open Smart Grid Platform architect Paul Houtman will be present to answer you technical questions. Paul wil also join a panel discussion about Developing Technologies of The Future. This panel discussion takes place Thursday 17 November 11:40 to 12:30.

Zown launches microgrid successful proof of concept with The Open Smart Grid Platform

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Zown helps local communities to start and operate micro grids. These micro grids can be connected to the electricity grid or run off-grid.

Zown was looking for a communication platform to monitor & control, a physical micro-grid. Zown chose the Open Smart Grid Platform because of it’s open, inter operable, secure, and scalable architecture.

By now, the first results are positive. Zown proofed that the Open Smart Grid Platform is a useful part of their Micro Grid Platform. The proof of concept showed that Zown is able to read a solar panel and a battery via a local micro grid system. Furthermore, they can remotely switch the solar panel when the battery reaches it’s maximum or minimum capacity.

Zown will further develop the Micro Grid Platform (Including the Open Smart Grid Platform). The goal is to serve their first micro grid customers by the end of 2016.

Rockstart and the Open Smart Grid Platform

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The Open Smart Grid Platform sat down with several Smart Energy startups (EGeo, Sympower, and Geolumen) of the Rockstart accelerator program. During this expert session the startups learned how the platforms functions. Furthermore, we discussed how to integrate their solutions on the Open Smart Grid Platform. The startups have solutions in common that speed-up the energy supply and demand chain to a more sustainable one. Most of them require a software solution for their devices or applications to work. The Open Smart Grid Platform is looking forward to help these, and other Rockstart startups with a sustainable and profitable service or product.