What Is Being Done to Restore Power?
Macrosoft's Resources on-Demand enables utilities to respond faster/more efficiently to outages
PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilities across North America continue to recover from one of the worst storms so far this year. Millions are still without power as we continue with an extreme heat wave. Across the Mid-Atlantic, the power outage has endured for days. States of emergency have been declared in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia, as forecasters predicted more thunderstorms and temperatures rising to triple digits.
Specifically designed for electric utilities, Resources on-Demand is the Industry Standard and only commercially available storm center automation solution available to the marketplace. The Resources on-Demand tool manages resource requests, tracks personnel movements, and supports lodging/logistics during a power restoration event. It is used extensively by both large and small utilities throughout North America and the result has been quicker restoration, cost savings and a streamlined approach to outage management.
The 4.0 version leaps beyond earlier versions by utilizing the enhanced Resources and Logistics Engine providing the ability to set up teams, sites, work locations, vendors, order placement, order tracking, team transportation, meals and lodging down to individual team members. The advance logistics module enables utilities executives to know which teams are assigned to which operation centers, where they are working, sleeping, eating, and what equipment they are using in a particular restoration event. Advanced dashboards provide high-level views on teams, lodging and logistics and enhanced reporting allow summaries to be printed and used in Storm Centers.
"Our clients recognize the inefficiencies of manual processing and spreadsheets to manage storms and appreciate a single central database ensuring consistent and accurate data entry and retrieval by concurrent users," said Jason Singer, Director of Macrosoft's Utilities Practice. "We look forward to helping utilities to returning power back in an efficient manner this hurricane season."
Customers have indicated that they have been able to shave significant costs associated with a storm through the ability to better track crews and equipment, deploy resources on an expedited basis, and streamline the overall process. In addition, clients say the Macrosoft system has allowed them to provide their ratepayers, media and regulatory agencies more accurate information both during and after a major event.
Macrosoft delivers high-quality, cost effective, full lifecycle solutions to complex software development projects. The company has over a decade of successful engagements and over 400 professionals working for an exceptional client list. Macrosoft's Resources on-Demand is the only commercially available storm center automation solution available in the marketplace. Information of RoD can be found at: http://www.resources-ondemand.com/. Macrosoft's Outage Central, http://www.outagecentral.com/ is a Web portal designed to help utility emergency's resource personnel get comprehensive outage links, severe weather alerts, and outage news.
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