Data Systems & Solutions to Strengthen Transmission

         Control Functions at Two Scottish Power Substations  
  RESTON, Va., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Systems & Solutions has won a 
major transmission contract with Scottish Power, Power Systems to supply a 
substation control scheme at two of its 275 kV substations, Coylton and 
Auchencrosh, which form a major part of the Scotland and Northern Ireland 
Interconnector.  The substation control scheme will streamline the monitoring 
of electricity transfer from Scotland into Northern Ireland.  
The Coylton and Auchencrosh substations will be supplied with Data Systems 
& Solutions' state-of-the-art ACTIVia system and Microsol, Inc.'s XCell Remote 
Terminal Units (RTU).  Microsol, Inc. is located in Dublin, Ireland.  
The combination of ACTIVia and XCell RTUs in the substation control scheme 
will provide substation engineers with better control and monitoring of the 
substations as electricity flows between the two countries.  The scheme also 
will supply data to and from two Scottish Power Control Centers using 
independent serial communication links, as well as via remote control.  In 
addition, the substation control scheme will provide local control of the 
substations with the integration of intelligent electronic devices.  
With its open system and object-oriented architecture, ACTIVia provides a 
distributed monitoring, control and data integration platform that is scalable 
for the addition of devices and outputs, and extendable to the enterprise for 
current and future information needs.  One of the latest developments of Data 
Systems & Solutions, ACTIVia links legacy transmission and distribution field 
subsystems to other enterprise information systems, such as GIS, EMS, and WMS.  
Financial details of the contract were not released.  Work on the 
substation control scheme is expected to be completed in June 2001, and is 
being carried out by the Data Systems & Solutions Gateshead, England, office.  
  Note to editors  
Data Systems & Solutions is equally owned by Rolls-Royce plc and Science 
Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and began operations in February 
1999.  The company provides predictive maintenance technologies and integrated 
asset management solutions to aerospace, defense and energy clients to help 
enable industry professionals to focus on their core business.  Data Systems & 
Solutions employs approximately 500 information technologists, engineers, and 
other professionals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Czech 

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CO:  Data Systems & Solutions; Scottish Power, Power Systems; Rolls-Royce plc;  
 Science Applications International Corporation 
ST:  Virginia, Scotland, England 
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