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<p>The Sparse intelligent alarm processor helps operators at power system control centers to rapidly interpret enormous quantities of alarm messages during incidents (for example, short circuits in transmission lines). Operators have been using Sparse in the field, with positive results. </p> <p>Power system control centers operate and control medium and large electrical networks that usually cover a large geographic area. Important developments in computers and in techniques for transmitting information have enabled electrical utilities to accomplish these tasks. Supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) systems let these centers acquire information about the power system and its transmission to control centers in real time. Control center operators can also send orders to power plants and substations, performing remote control and maneuvers, which support unattended power-plant and substation operation. </p>
Couto Rosado, Carlos Ramos, M. Fernanda Fernandes, Zita A. Vale, A. Machado e Moura, Albino Marques, "Sparse: An Intelligent Alarm Processor and Operator Assistant", IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 12, no. , pp. 86-93, May-June 1997, doi:10.1109/64.590086
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