Global technology and consulting company Indra has secured a contract from Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to upgrade its grid management system.
The contract is part of the Kenyan electricity company’s upgrade programme for its main business systems.
The programme was launched in 2016 and kicked off with the implementation of a commercial management system developed by Indra, InCMS.
Currently, the InCMS system manages more than seven million customers in Kenya.
Under the latest contract, Indra will implement its new InGRID system, which is an integrated grid management system developed for the utilities sector
InGRID has been designed to enable the company to automatically record service outage reports from customers and create an incident logs for management by company operating centres.
The system monitors energy flows and has the ability to identify any losses by measuring general grid readings and consumption at supply points.
Furthermore, the system streamlines the identification of incidents in assets and determines an optimal route for field teams to access different points in the grid, thereby reducing power outage times, increase revenues and cut grid management costs.
The project scope also includes an upgrade of Indra’s geographic information system IGEA, which will see the addition of tools to gather information from the grid and facilitate access through mobile devices.
Additionally, the technology and consulting company will pilot an advanced grid management system at a group of substations, monitoring their output in real time and using the Internet of Things (IoT) devices to detect events liable to endanger these assets.