For a large group in the energy sector, a database application based on Microsoft Access that was no longer able to meet today’s requirements was replaced by a state-of-the-art web application. The new solution runs with maximum stability and precision and thus contributes to the optimal functioning of our electricity grid.

The stabilisation of the electricity grid requires a finely tuned distribution of the available energy. It comes from a wide variety of electricity suppliers who can supply a certain amount of electricity at certain times. There is a bidding procedure for this, which is coordinated by the national grid company. The electricity itself is regulated by the so-called grid regulators.

As part of energy trading, electricity providers regularly send files to the grid company. The latter processes the data and configures the grid controllers accordingly using proprietary protocols. The software used for this purpose was not (any longer) up to the current and constantly growing requirements for availability of time-critical operations and fault tolerance.

The Microsoft Access application was replaced by a web application based on ASP.NET MVC and SQL Server. All processing components were designed for continuous operation and have self-healing mechanisms.

1stQuad developed the new application in less than three months, despite demanding challenges. Although the processes are not particularly complex, they are extremely time-critical. The crucial point was the integration of the software with the hardware: Control commands to the network regulators must be executed exactly to the fraction of a second so that neither the network company nor the electricity providers suffer losses – the trading agreements provide for severe penalties for unplanned electricity deliveries and purchases.

"In this project we have proven that with our FAST solution complex and extremely time-critical processes can be implemented quickly, reliably and above all future-proof.

Markus Bühler, Chief Operations Officer
1stQuad Solutions AG

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1stQuad accompanies companies and organizations on their way to the “Digital Enterprise”.

We are lateral thinkers, use state-of-the-art technologies and create convincing solutions with a focus on the essentials.
As a reliable companion, we attach importance to a holistic understanding, customer proximity and professionalism.

Since 2009 we love what we do and take responsibility. We are constantly expanding our competencies and offering.
We advise, accompany and realise. We are Digital Workplace specialists with comprehensive expertise in communication and collaboration.
We digitize business processes, develop user-centric applications and create intelligent platforms.
For this we use Microsoft .NET, Azure, Office 365/SharePoint technologies and the many years of experience of our employees.

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