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Technologies such as synchronized measurements are a promising
tool to improve grid reliability, performance, and security to meet
today's consumer expectations.

and interoperability among devices is
also critical for functions deployed in a
wide-area system.
the importance of cross-sectional
training across various lines of business has long been recognized. both
in-house and vendor application/tools
training have been integrated into a
production roll-out process. some
entities have made, or are making,
concrete efforts to set up additional
hands-on training environments using
synchrophasor-based simulators, with
archived and simulated system events.
test facilities established by some
wecc tos have proved to be invaluable in preparing for large-scale synchrophasor deployment. one example
figure 10. The Synchrophasor Proof of Concept Facility at Pacific Gas and Elecis a proof of concept (Poc) test facility
tric Co. (Used with permission.)
at Pacific gas and electric co. (Pg&e);
see Figure 10. the Poc provides an
environment for testing components, interoperability, and targets to be achieved in the next few years. many others are takapplications and is a vital step toward accelerating the deploy- ing a more systematic approach to identify needs and the gaps,
determine their importance and interdependencies, and estimate
ment of the latest synchrophasor technology solutions.
in addition to fostering an environment for creativity required efforts to establish proper priorities among projects.
and developing applications, Poc facilities also play a
vital role in managing the risk of stranded assets in an Key Implementation
environment where technology and standards are con- Success Factors
stantly evolving. the Poc can serve multiple purposes a well-planned, system-wide PmU deployment, including
to accelerate the modernization of electric transmission an optimal system architecture, is necessary to take full
functions. examples include facilitating the development of advantage of this technology. major benefits can result from
implementation standards; settings templates for a variety system-wide applications requiring PmUs connected across
of components such as PmUs, Pdcs, routers, switches, and utility boundaries.
clocks; and a debugging environment in advance of field
as our industry begins to benefit from synchrophasor appliimplementation or lie-cycle upgrades. the Poc is also cations, it is very important to emphasize key factors to take
leveraged to build consensus and service-level agreements full advantage of technology. Present deployments are only the
and to serve as a training facility for operators similar to tip of the iceberg. some key factors to sustain the movement
flight simulators for pilots and astronauts. Poc facili- and growth in real-time monitoring and reliability are
ties are engineered to act as a small-scale replica of the
✔ regular updates of applications, infrastructure design,
power system.
and process road maps addressing
a number of users have taken the next steps to develop road
*	system expandability as measurements and applicamaps to guide continued deployment efforts and investment in
tions grow
support of their synchrophasor systems. the road map develop*	system integration with other enterprise systems
ment approach taken by each entity may be different depend✔ investment in resources and technology infrastructure to
ing on their current synchrophasor system deployment status
assure life-cycle quality measurements and applications
and near-, mid-, and long-term goals. some only set high-level
*	data quality through proper architecture design and testing
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