SUBNET Solutions Inc.: The True Vendor-Agnostic Integrators
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SUBNET Solutions Inc.: The True Vendor-Agnostic Integrators

Ameen Hamdon, Founder & President, SUBNET Solutions IncAmeen Hamdon, Founder & President
Running over thousands of miles, a particular section of an African power grid consisted of a massive mix of different protective devices that a major international utility organization had deployed over the course of 20-25 years. The organization needed a comprehensive solution that would address their pressing need of managing all the devices. It was then that SUBNET Solutions Inc. entered the picture; by deploying a vendor-agnostic device management solution that supported the different components of the powergrid, they had provided the utility organization with the seemingly impossible multi-vendor integration capability. The solution also ensured that it would support the devices that would be deployed over the next five to ten years.

Since its inception, SUBNET has been delivering innovative smart grid interoperability solutions for the electrical utility industry. Through their multi-vendor integration strategy, they ensure that their solutions provide real-time interactivity between any intelligent field device and utility business intelligence system in a seamless manner. No wonder, there’s a clear rationale why SUBNET’s clients have been realizing 500 percent profit on their large-scale grid modernizing technologies.

Over the years, power grids have transitioned from being just a compilation of intelligent utility systems to a ‘smarter’ system that has allowed companies full-fledged control over the systems. In the grand scheme of things, smart grids have allowed a two-way flow of electricity and information that is capable of providing real-time data and a near-instantaneous balance of supply and demand. The challenge that SUBNET has witnessed first-hand is a lack of integration between the vendor-specific components involved in a specific grid.

“The modernization of smart grid has given rise to a wave of proprietary technology where vendors will introduce different technologies and lock utility companies into using their solutions,” says Ameen Hamdon, the founder and president of SUBNET Solutions Inc. In its effort to keep pace with the evolving landscape, SUBNET has transitioned to address the wave of vendor-specific technologies around security and device management to endow a competitive edge to their clients. In the last couple of years, SUBNET has introduced new solutions that can successfully overcome proprietary technology and device management pain-points. “SUBNET delivers a unified device integration management solution,which combines sub-station technologies with modern-day networking technologies,” adds Hamdon.

Through its holistic approach, SUBNET assures interoperability between many different field devices, business systems, and communication networks in a secure manner. Their solutions deliver data efficiently to the utility organization by integrating with their existing IEDs, IT networks, and engineering productivity tools. While delivering their solutions, the firm puts a special emphasis on the integration of critical IoT infrastructure,which includes integrating a broad base of critical infrastructure systems on a largescale. At the head-end of the power grid system, SUBNET integrates the collected data with their technology and provides a wide array of data analytics, historian, and asset management services.

SUBNET has been involved in thousands of training programs over the years, which empower organizations by providing them the required knowledge for intelligent substation integration. “We are the vendors that have a large background of information and are willing to share our industry expertise to help companies in overcoming their integration challenges,” adds Hamdon. “We are completely vendor agnostic, and this has driven our vision to support clients in their grid integration efforts.” SUBNET has dedicated the last 12 months to developing solutions that can provide large-scale data collection and device management and has also extended its integration technologies to deliver it on-premises or in the cloud. Plans to deliver their integration technologies to other critical infrastructure industries such as oil and gas as well as water utilities are in the pipeline.