Distribution Control Systems, Inc. has released its advanced Outage Assessment System (OASys™) Version 3.0, that leverages the TWACS® system connectivity data to provide electricity utilities with outage and distribution system reliability information.

Outage assessment tasks, schedules and sampling groups are user-defined, as are the selection of substations, bus stations or feeder options to be checked. Up to 64 meters can be checked in a single TWACS transaction, as well as up to 256 meters per ping group when AMIgo™ system components are in use. The Traverse Network function is immediately enabled when an outage is discovered, and the network is examined upstream and downstream to determine the extent of the outage.

Notification of an outage is configurable and can be relayed to utility personnel via e-mail and/or pager. System speed is enhanced when using the fast ping option to identify non-powered metering devices, by not having to bring back excess ‘overhead’ data.

OASys monitors the restoration progress in real time, and version 3.0 also provides distribution system reliability information by retrieving outage counts and storing the information in a database that is available for immediate or future analysis.