Seamless performance upgrade with “AMICA”


The common tool for data exchange and security assessments (CTDS) is the key to effective day ahead, intraday, and real time grid security analyses for the customers of TSCNET. After more than two years of preparation, TSCNET’s IT Services & Development team now succeeded in deploying the youngest release.

The new version offers a performance upgrade for the business processes. Part of the existing software architecture and the hardware setup were redesigned. This upgrade significantly shortens computation time of contingency and load-flow analysis and increases overall performance of the solution considerably. This shortens the overall daily and intraday operation and supports faster recognition of security breaches allowing TSCNET operators to act accordingly and to coordinate the planning of remedial actions across Europe.

Speedy roll-out
Hand in hand with the vendor, Unicorn Systems, TSCNET managed all technical challenges and organised a seamless roll-out of the new version to its customers, the TSC member TSOs. The whole deployment process for all customers could be finished within a few days.

Following the redesign and major performance upgrade of the tool and the successful deployment, the management of TSCNET decided to use this event to re-brand the tool to “AMICA” (advanced multisite integral congestion assessment module). “Success depends upon previous preparation,” said Confucius. “AMICA” gives proof.

Faster and future-proof
Siem Bruijns, TSCNET’s Managing Director responsible for Operations and Development, commented: “This upgrade improves system performance and shortens computation time measurably. This allows operators to identify potential problems for a common grid operation soon enough to decide on remedial actions. All that helps us to fulfil our main goal: Secure electricity supply for more than 180 million European citizens.”

Alexander Wirth, Managing Director for Administration and Organisation and responsible for the IT development at TSCNET, stated: “The results of this major upgrade successfully demonstrate the effectiveness of our long-term IT strategy and the excellent cooperation with our IT vendor. In the last two years, we worked hard to jointly re-design the software architecture and the hardware setup. That’s why the management decided to re-brand the tool.”

Miroslav Hasek of Unicorn Systems added: “TSC is our long term customer and we are fully committed to deliver our services to support them in their primary goals. This release was a big step and we believe to deliver high quality services to TSC also in the future.”

Illustration using a picture by Jacey O Samsel (Creative Commons)

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Video from a supplier’s perspective


Unicorn Systems is one of the most important partners of TSC and TSCNET Services. The renowned Czech, Prague-based company has developed and maintains our highly sophisticated, decentralised collaboration platform, called common tool for data exchange and security assessments (CTDS). In 2010, the system was put in operation for the first time and is constantly being both optimised and extended. It is absolutely essential for the transmission system operators (TSOs) to answer to the growing operational needs of the European power grid. Now Unicorn produced an inspiring video about TSCNET and the cooperation with Unicorn, mainly to inform potential job candidates.

The video contains an interview with Alexander Wirth, one of TSCNET’s Managing Directors, and gives people a glimpse into a normal working day at our office in Munich. It is one of ten videos to convince new talents and can be watched for free.

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Advanced training premiere


For the first time TSCNET holds a “TSC User Training – Advanced” as a part of the TSC Training, Certification & Licensing Programme. The training started today in Munich, Germany, and will finish tomorrow. One of the main topics is the handling of so-called Multilateral Remedial Actions (MRAs). Ten users from seven TSC member transmission system operators (TSOs) from five countries (Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Switzerland) participate. As Albert Einstein said: “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

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User Group meets in Munich


The TSC User Group Forum Autumn 2014 with 24 members from nearly every TSC member took place in Munich, Germany on 30 September and 1 October. Next to some organisational changes, the top issues were an effective handling of remedial actions, the TSC Rulebook, and new features of the Common Tool for Data Exchange and Security Assessments (CTDS).  The Forum consisted of lectures, workshop sessions, discussions and an outdoor team event with integrated learning modules.


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