Ample Analytics Platform
Maximize the value of your line sensor deployment
Ample Analytics is the central core software platform for Sentient Energy’s grid analytics solutions. Ample enables utilities to maximize the value from their line sensor deployment by providing sensor fleet management, data integration, and grid monitoring capabilities.
Ample is the software component of Sentient Energy’s Grid Analytics System™ which consists of the MM3, MM3ai, and ZM1 overhead sensors, UM3+ and UM1 underground sensors, and the Ample Analytics Platform. The solution provides utilities with increased distribution system visibility to improve reliability and enable data-driven operational decision-making.
Ample Analytics Platform Features
Ample supports a flexible architecture that allows utilities to run some components in the cloud, such as analytics modules, while securely integrating sensor data with on-premises OT systems. This allows Operations teams to have greater system visibility through SCADA/OMS/DMS they may currently use, while supporting Analytics teams to work on outage prediction with the benefit of scalable cloud resources.
Ample’s new container-based architecture means its applications and services are self-healing and can be configured to run in parallel on multiple instances for redundancy. Ample also supports Disaster Recovery by configuring the solution to run in an AWS distributed cloud computing network that includes servers in different physical locations. In addition, upgrades to the Ample Sensor Gateway can now be applied with zero downtime.
With a zero-trust authorization security framework, data between sensors and Ample is secured with mutually authenticated Transport Layer Security (TLS) supported by a fully managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Ample uses encryption for data at rest and in transit between software services, and all software deployments managed by Sentient Energy are SOC2 compliant.
Sensor Fleet Management
Ample provides sensor fleet management to commission, configure, and over-the-air update 50,000+ Sentient Energy sensors from one centralized application. It also contains Auto-Phase ID, capable of correctly phasing the entire deployment of sensors with only a few references.
Visualization of distribution system data through a set of intuitive user screens and fault location data reduce fault location time and thus outage duration. Load data supports capacity planning and identification of overloaded assets. Oscillography data (waveforms) enhances the understanding of faults and supports preparation of sequence of event reports.
Ample features an integration gateway, which allows sensors and their data to become visible in SCADA systems, historians, and data lakes. Utilities can connect more sensor data, such as sequence of events, load logger, oscillography, and disturbances, to their own applications, and avoid the hassle of managing the security of each sensor connection via use of the Ample embedded Key Management System.