openKONSEQUENZ starts development project with PTA GmbH under management of MVV Netze GmbH

“With the start of the project in May, a further milestone was reached in the direction of manufacturer-independent software for network operators”, emphasised Gordon Pickford, Project Manager openKONSEQUENZ. Together with MVV Netze GmbH as Product Owner, PTA GmbH is developing a new software module for operational control in the field of energy supply. After the feed-in management, the Operations Diary module is now the second module to be developed in the openKONSEQUENZ consortium. Technically it is based on the openK architecture platform, which is especially designed for network operators. The special thing about this is that the software is freely available and usable for everyone. In addition, anyone can view the source code and, if interested, even participate in and further develop it. The basis is an open source software, which runs under the free licence of the Eclipse Foundation.

The aim of the operations diary is the uniform and legally compliant documentation of essential information and processes in a network control centre of a network operator, such as maintenance measures in the network, entering and leaving facilities, stay of external personnel on company premises. The operating logbook thus serves as a supplement to the control system log and is an important component for the work organisation in the control centre. Besides the structured shift handover, it is to be used for the documented information transfer from superiors to employees.

Dr Michel Alessandrini (Project Manager PTA GmbH), Gordon Pickford (Project Manager openKONSEQUENZ, MVV Netze GmbH), Dr Tim Walleyo (Management PTA GmbH)

The consortium openKONSEQUENZ is an association of network operators, IT manufacturers and institutions with the aim to develop and provide freely available software modules for the processes of operating energy and water networks. The provision of the software as open source offers maximum transparency and opens up the possibility to implement the requirements of the market and the regulatory authorities in a flexible, fast and user-oriented way. openKONSEQUENZ is open to interested network operators who would like to become a member of the consortium.

The software modules are developed on the open source software platform openKONSEQUENZ, which is hosted on the infrastructure of the Eclipse Foundation. MVV Netze GmbH, the Mannheim-based network operator, is a Driver Member of the openKONSEQUENZ consortium and, as Product Owner, controls the development of the new module.

The development partner PTA GmbH is a Solution Member of the Eclipse Foundation and has decades of experience in the development and implementation of individual software in the energy sector – as well as many other industries.