What makes iSOC extraordinary?
Gil Quiniones is CEO, New York Power Authority.
PUF’s Steve Mitnick: Gil, can you tell me what makes the Integrated Smart Operations Center extraordinary?
Gil Quiniones: The iSOC, as we call it, is unique because it’s very comprehensive. There are five things that are noteworthy. There’s an aspect that monitors the health of our assets: our power plants, substations, and transmission lines, all the time.
It helps us in our operations. It also helps us in planning for operations and maintenance and capital expenditures. We can optimize instead of doing upgrades or maintenance based on time in our number of cycles.
Now, it’s really based on the health of the equipment, the systems or components of the equipment or the system. That’s where we’re headed. It’s condition-based or health-based maintenance and capital upgrades.
It’s also the place where we monitor our cybersecurity, our physical security and our communications network. We have a communications network that ties all of our assets together. We’re upgrading that.
We’re building a dedicated high-speed, high-bandwidth, fiber optic system that’s going to be connecting all our core generation and transmission facilities across the state.
Here, we also monitor our communication network and our strategic software. There’s a mirror of the New York Energy Manager, which is in Albany, where we monitor state buildings.