North American platform software maker Bit Stew Systems announced this week at Australian Utility Week in Melbourne a big push into the Australian market.
Describing the Australian utility market as "progressive", Kevin Collins, CEO of Bit Stew, said there were a number of utilities looking at modernize the grid and capitalize on the industrial internet of things, such as smart meters and other grid-connected sensors.
Headquartered in Canada, Bit Stew has opened a Melbourne office to focus on human-to-machine interaction.
Mr Collins said: "Our center of excellence in human-to-machine interaction and next-generation usability design is a key differentiator for Bit Stew.
"This advancement builds on our company's successful deployment of Grid Director in Australia.
He added: "With the Melbourne Centre of Excellence and a highly-capable team in place, Bit Stew will continue recruiting new talent to enhance local expertise in the area."
Situational awareness tool
The Grid Director solution aims to offer utilities real-time situational awareness when facing incidences such as severe weather conditions.
It also claims to narrow the gap between distribution operations and AMI operations by using central and near edge sensors to monitor events in real-time.
Australian Utility Week runs until November 20 in Melbourne. The focus of this year’s event is the battle for customers as Australasian utilities face the biggest generational shakeup in metering, interfacing technology and practice in 20 years.