Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative Uses Matrox Extio Remote Graphics Extension Technology to Solve Issues Related to Their Legacy KVM Solutions
About Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) is a generation and transmission rural electric cooperative supplying power to seven Class A members and 13 Class B members in western Iowa. To control the 850 miles of transmission line in its service territory, NIPCO uses a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) manufactured by Open Systems International (OSI), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The control system is comprised of five networked servers and five workstations providing a graphical interface using dual - or in some cases - quad displays. Through a man-machine interface, the SCADA system controls the NIPCO power grid. The servers and workstations are located away from the power dispatching area where the control and monitoring of the power grid actually takes place. The reason for this arrangement is to keep the key components of the SCADA system in a dry, cool, and clean environment.