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GPS Fleet Tracking for Utility Vehicles

How managers and field technicians can benefit from global positioning BY RYAN DRISCOLL, GPS Insight The global positioning system (GPS) was originally designed for the U.S. military so that soldiers could easily find their objectives and to coordinate troop and supply movement. Now, the...

Electrical Safety in the Field

Protecting utility workers using mobile technologies BY TOM OCONNOR, Panasonic Solutions for Business Nearly every lineman has heard of a colleague who has been injured—or worse—while on the job. Because of the dangers inherent to their job (that is, electrical safety in the field), these brave...

Utilities Share Fleet Management Best Practices

Valuable information from managers and directors BY PHILL FELTHAM, Executive Editor Electricity Today Magazine Electric utilities are facing operational cutbacks and lower budgets due to the recent economic downturn. However, many of these same utilities are taking a fresh approach to maintaining...

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Fleet Management Technology Report

Exploiting the full potential of global positioning system software

BY RYAN DRISCOLL, GPS Insight

North American electric utilities experience a number of challenges when managing fleet vehicles such as digger derricks and bucket trucks. A few of these include fuel consumption costs, maintenance and repairs, and equipment and replacement. Consequently, utilities empower fleet managers to search out solutions to the aforementioned challenges in order to decrease fuel usage, improve vehicle maintenance, and improve productivity, with...

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Utilities Share Fleet Management Best Practices

Valuable information from managers and directors BY PHILL FELTHAM, Executive Editor Electricity Today Magazine Electric utilities are facing operational cutbacks and lower budgets due to the recent economic downturn. However, many of these same utilities are taking a fresh approach to maintaining...

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...

Geo-targeting with Data Analytics

How to reduce peak load in constrained areas of the grid BY W. HUGH GAASCH, Retroficiency With an aging infrastructure, rising demand, and an increasingly stringent regulatory climate, utilities across the country face some tough decisions in the coming decade. The American Association of Civil...

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...


Remote deployed field crews safety

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...

Utilities Opt to Automate Crew Scheduling, streamline work

For many utilities, scheduling each day’s construction and restoration work means manually organizing and keeping tabs on ever-changing crew schedules and resources. Managers meticulously update whiteboards dotted with color-coded magnets representing crews and trucks. Augmenting the whiteboards...

I Need To Hire a Utility Contractor. Where Do I Start?

In June 2012, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed Bill 8, the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, which, among other things, requires owners of buried infrastructure in the public right of way – including municipalities, universities, hospitals and private...

Utility Mobility

Utility workers are often subjected to challenging working conditions for hours at a time, yet are responsible for many mission-critical tasks. These workers must communicate with the entire organization while also representing the customer-facing side of their company. Equipping workers with...

Alternative Vehicle Options: Upfitted Vans for Utilities

Utility workers and linemen work in one of the most mobile industries in the country. Think about it: utility workers are always moving from one project to the next as efficiently as possible. Since utility workers rely so heavily on their work vehicles, it is critical that they drive a vehicle...

Utility Fleet Tracking Myth Busters

Since global positioning system (GPS) tracking was first introduced to the fleet industry, users have debated whether this technology is beneficial for their fleets. Some of the most common objections include the fear of employee pushback, budget concerns, and usage apprehensions regarding Big...

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