Building beyond traditional Outage Management Solutions—where we’ve helped utilities react to a call coming in or a meter telling them power is going off—ADMS lets the Distribution Control Center and the associated mutual aid restoration teams become more proactive and predictive. And as a result, utilities achieve increased customer satisfaction and improved regulatory and financial metrics, such as Customer Average Interruption Duration Index (CAIDI), a reliability index commonly used by electric utilities.
Drawing on access to operational and situational data in real time from across the enterprise, the utility can also analyze historical events and forecast the weather to anticipate what an outage will look like and start preparing for a storm in advance.
With enhanced situational intelligence, the utility benefits from:
- Increased productivity: the user has simplified workflow, greater collaboration with the field, and visibility to data
- Improved decision support: the right data is in the right place at the right time
- Greater communications: timely, accurate, complete information exchange
- Enhanced customer service: prioritized and faster service restoration
- Reduced costs and risks: decreased duration and overall costs
Now, in the storm event, when the “borrowed” (mutual assistance) crews arrive, the utility is able to quickly scale up efficiently and effectively. After all, bringing in extra crews only works if you can direct them where to go and give them access to feedback from the first responders.
With the Storm Assist App on ADMS, utilities are able to rapidly scale up the number of dispatchers to effectively mobilize and direct the influx of mutual assistance crews. Then with the addition of our Mobile Outage Response App deployed into the field—a safe, secure mobile environment focused only on need-to-know information—crews have the necessary information and support to manage their work and communicate progress in near real-time. Transmitting dispatch information out to the field teams and switching data assessments back to central operations via phone, radio, and mobile devices such as tablets, Storm Assist and Mobile Outage Response are an affordable way to give and receive targeted information without increasing the cyber risk surface.
The Storm Assist modular application is built using HTML5, so it is considered light-weight from a technological footprint. Also, it is targeted so that the control room provides only limited or lighter access into a streamlined, intuitive user experience. To support visibility and situational awareness, all users share a view of what’s happening on the network (geographic and schematic), but through security and area of responsibility permissions, the software limits full access.