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Technology Adoption and Integration


ADVANCED ANALYTICS

Recent technological and economic events are poised to transform the electric utility industry. Described as “game changers” by industry thought-leaders, these “disruptive challenges” stem from a convergence of factors. 1 Distributed energy resources (DER) and demand-side management (DSM)...

Utility Truck Fittings and Accessories

Delivering innovative solutions through a customer-centric approach BY JOE CAYWOOD, Terex Utilities The secret to being successful on any job, whether it is a new installation, routine maintenance or a complete overhaul of an electrical system, is to equip utility crews with the right equipment to...

Data Analytics and Reporting


Casting Doubts on Global Positioning

Many fleet executives working at electric utilities have doubts about implementing global positioning system (GPS) tracking technology into their fleet operations. A number of doubts exist. For example, GPS technologies are designed to track a vehicle’s whereabouts; this can lead to trust issues...

Enhance Data Center Security

How utilities can protect operations from penetration BY MICHAEL STUBER, Itron For utilities deploying Smart Grid solutions, the major security concern is often the field devices. Utilities and vendors have long understood that field devices such as meters, switches, routers, and concentrators are...

Mobile Computing


Save Money on Fleet Management

For utilities who want to reduce costs in record time BY ROB HOYSGAARD, ARI Save, or saving, is defined as the act of avoiding unnecessary waste or expense. The key word in that definition is unnecessary. A 50 percent reduction is essential, on-the-road vehicles do not result in savings; rather it...

ENHANCING REMOTE WORKER SAFETY

Remote field operations present the safety organization with a myriad of challenges when it comes to ensuring the safety of the people that you send out to work in the field every day. Without a doubt, this includes the line workers, but it also includes nearly every member of the staff whose...

Fleet Management

Mobile Workforce Management

Taking the next step in field communications

BY JIM MENTON, ClickSoftware

Electricity remains the same as it always has, but the entire context around providing a safe and reliable supply has changed, and continues to evolve. New challenges have emerged for electric utility executives spanning deep cuts in the price of gas, to more and increasingly complex regulatory pressures in parallel to targeted de-regulation, greater attention on storms impact, and the evolution of technologies for...

Fleet Management Articles