GIS integration with smart grid apps limited, but picking up speed

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Utility executives are beginning to understand that geospatial data is critical to smart grid success. However, the integration of geographic information system (GIS) technology with smart grid applications such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), energy management systems (EMS), outage management systems (OMS), and distribution management systems (DMS) have been limited. This will change over the next five years.

Utility spending on GIS software and services will more than double from 2011 to 2017, from $1.8 billion in 2011 to $3.7 billion in 2017, according to Pike Research.

"Until recently, complexity and quality issues surrounding geographic data have constrained utility adoption of GIS technology," said Chief Research Director Bob Gohn. "But the success of the smart grid revolves around the SCADA/OMS/DMS/GIS matrix, and having all these aspects operating in concert, driven off of the same data sources, is a mission-critical requirement."

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