PTA GmbH is a founding member of openKONSEQUENZ

The “openKONSEQUENZ consortium”: a non-profit organisation for energy network operators

The consortium has set itself the goal of providing software that supports the processes in the safety-critical environment of network operators in the energy and water industry in a functional, efficient and safe way. This should enable new requirements to be implemented promptly in order to be able to react to market and / or technological developments at short notice.

Based on this vision, the consortium openKONSEQUENZ was formed, which has since defined standards for the architecture and quality of this software. The technical basis of the software is the openKONSEQUENZ platform, which is also intended to meet current safety and ergonomic standards.

In addition to the specification tasks, the consortium also promotes the development of the individual software solutions. These are on the one hand the components of the openKONSEQUENZ platform itself and on the other hand the modules that provide the technical functionalities.

The solutions are made available free of charge to all network operators via the Eclipse platform. In addition, by publishing the source code, each network operator is able to make his individual adjustments to the software himself, if necessary.

The openKONSEQUENZ consortium has been active for several years and now has 21 members. These include network operator companies, IT service providers and non-profit research institutions. Due to the constantly growing number of members, it was necessary to find a suitable legal form in order to simplify internal processes and to guarantee the legal capacity to act. In November 2017, openKONSEQUENZ founded a cooperative and now operates under the name “openKONSEQUENZ eG i.G.”.

The “openKONSEQUENZ platform”: the future standard solution for energy and water network operators

Every network operator has a network control system in place to perform the operational tasks of monitoring and controlling its electricity, gas, district heating and/or water networks. The network control systems are usually networked with other systems such as geoinformation systems.

The need for action, and thus the raison d’être of the openKONSEQUENZ platform, arises from the small number of manufacturers of network control systems who do not open their software. As a consequence, the network operators have to order any software adaptations via the manufacturers themselves. This is time and cost intensive and is implemented individually for each network operator.

It will not be possible to replace the network control systems in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, the openKONSEQUENZ platform can implement many things more easily and cost-efficiently. This starts with the fact that a software solution exists for all network operators. Consequently, bug fixes, optimisations and extensions are made available to all network operators without relevant additional costs. The “software product” openKONSEQUENZ is therefore constantly improving. Further advantages result from the modular concept. The openKONSEQUENZ software solution offers a central interface to the network control systems in order to connect any modules to them. Furthermore, each network operator can decide for himself which functionalities (modules) he wants to use. And of course the openKONSEQUENZ platform also implements current security guidelines. The provision of the source code and comprehensive documentation also guarantees independence from manufacturers and suppliers.

All in all, the use of the openKONSEQUENZ software solution is accompanied by a reduction of individual adjustments to the network control systems.

The “PTA GmbH”: active participation in the consortium as a service provider member

After the PTA GmbH was already commissioned by the openKONSEQUENZ consortium at the beginning of 2017 to implement the operations diary module, the PTA got to know the consortium, the people and the philosophy behind it. Since November 2017 the PTA GmbH has been part of the consortium as a Service Provider Member.

“We were convinced by the concept and therefore decided to become a member. Now we are even a founding member of the cooperative and can therefore actively shape the future,” explains Dr. Michel Alessandrini. “Furthermore, we underline our competence in the energy sector.”

As a Service Provider Member, the PTA contributes to the openKONSEQUENZ platform by providing consulting services on IT technical issues, the further development of the architecture, quality and security standards of the openKONSEQUENZ platform, but also the further development of the consortium itself. Furthermore, the tasks include the implementation of further modules and quality assurance in the development of modules by other IT service providers. The PTA also supports activities to increase the level of awareness. For example, the openKONSEQUENZ will have the opportunity to present itself and its software solution to a broad audience from the energy industry at the PTA trade fair stand at E-world from 6th – 8th February 2018.