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Scottish and Southern Energy Chooses SmartSignal to Protect Its Entire Thermal Fleet

SmartSignal implemented the first CCGT 2X1 unit at Medway within two weeks and is proceeding with implementation of a coal-fired unit, Unit 4 of Fiddler’s Ferry. These units will be hosted at SmartSignal’s in-house Availability & Performance Center prior to transitioning to SSE’s own central monitoring center in Ferrybridge. SSE plans to implement the remainder of the fleet this year.

EPI*Center, SmartSignal’s flagship Predictive Analytics product, provides early and actionable warnings of impending equipment and process problems and helps users avoid surprise equipment failures. With EPI*Center, customers increase availability and reliability, reduce unplanned outages, and minimize maintenance expenses.

xConnector allows SSE and all PI users to access SmartSignal intelligence directly in their PI ProcessBook and PI WebParts screens. This also provides all the benefits of OSIsoft’s data visualization technology and powerful trending functions to SmartSignal.

SmartSignal CEO Jim Gagnard commented: “After a competitive review and a Test Drive, SSE determined that SmartSignal provides the capabilities they need to protect all their critical rotating and non-rotating equipment across their thermal fleet. We’re pleased to be working with SSE to make their monitoring center one of the most powerful in the industry, and we look forward to a continued relationship of growth and innovation.”

Neil Connolly, Engineering Centre Manager at SSE, added: “We’re convinced that SmartSignal provides not just the technology we want, but also the flexible services we need to implement quickly and obtain fast value. SmartSignal’s experience is unprecedented; we look forward to joining the SmartSignal community of users and to sharing Best Practices and staying on the leading edge. With both EPI*Center and xConnector, we’ll get the world’s best technology, along with the ability to integrate it into existing PI screens.”

About Scottish and Southern Energy

SSE is one of the UK’s leading energy companies. It is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; energy trading; the development of major renewable energy projects; the storage, distribution and supply of gas; electrical and utility contracting; and telecoms.

About SmartSignal

SmartSignal is the industry leader in providing Predictive Diagnostic software and services to help users avoid surprise equipment failures. With SmartSignal, users detect problems before they grow large or catastrophic and transform from reactive maintenance to a more proactive maintenance process. SmartSignal helps users reduce risk and optimize their resources; SmartSignal integrates into their enterprises so they can further innovate. SmartSignal has monitored more than 12,000 rotating and non-rotating assets for dozens of leaders across multiple industries for over 11 years. After identifying tens of thousands of developing equipment failures and thousands of operational errors, SmartSignal has proven itself to be the worldwide leader and innovator in Predictive Diagnostics for equipment health. A Microsoft Gold Partner, SmartSignal and its customers have won over twenty awards for excellence, including an international Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award.

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