|[August 07, 2012]
Advanced Application Extension for the Ecologic MDM - SmartData for Outage Management - Makes a Strong Debut for Oncor
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
Ecologic Analytics, the leading provider of meter data management (MDM)
solutions based on International standards, announced today that Oncor
has integrated SmartData for Outage Management, an application extension
for the Ecologic MDM, with its Outage Management System and indicates
that the application is performing extremely well. During the few first
months of operation SmartData for Outage Management identified more than
80 percent of Oncor's outage and power quality events before customers
called to report a problem.
"The core configurable business logic within SmartData for Outage
Management provides the operations teams with a new ability to
effectively respond to customer outages and power quality situations.
During the initial six weeks of deployment, the logic worked correctly
100 percent of the time," said Mark Carpenter, Oncor's senior vice
president of T&D System Operations and Measurement Services. "As a
result, the field teams are expressing that they are seeing real
business benefits that will help improve reliability and increase
SmartData for Outage Management is an application extension developed
exclusively for the Ecologic MDM solution. It leverages the smart meter
data received in real-time by the MDM and quickly detects a potential
power quality or outage event. Once SmartData for Outage Management
determines that an event displays the characteristics of a sustained
outage, the solution smartly scopes the size and location of the outage
and delivers transformer-level outage information to the Outage
Management System. The process of inferring the status of meters and
intelligently scoping th extent of the outage is done in minutes, and
the information it delivers is meant to further enhance the Outage
Management System's ability to quickly pinpoint affected service points.
During restoration, SmartData for Outage Management verifies the
effectiveness and completeness of the restoration activity. As it
receives "power-up notifications" from restored metering endpoints,
SmartData for Outage Management pings the other meters associated with
that transformer to validate that all endpoints have been restored or
identify potential nested outages before crews leave the area.
Further enhancing strong customer service for the utility, SmartData for
Outage Management also coordinates with the Validation, Estimation,
Editing (VEE) modules within the MDM system to generate precise zero
consumption reporting during outage periods. This enables highly
accurate proration, and estimates the usage, when appropriate, for each
service point during the event, significantly improving billing data and
the integrity of customer usage presentment.
Ecologic Analytics, now a wholly owned division of Landis+Gyr, is solely
focused on providing MDM solutions to the utility industry. The ability
to consume and validate every meter read, every day lays a strong
baseline for the expected performance of every smart meter deployed in
the service territory. This foundation allows the utility to leverage
their smart meter system beyond billing operations; SmartData for Outage
Management is one example of an application extension that enables
utility personnel in distribution operations to benefit from the wealth
of operational information streaming into the utility through the smart
metering technology to improve customer service.
"The meter data management system is truly a hub of interconnection
within the utility," said Craig Norman, president of Ecologic Analytics.
"It is our vision to continue offering application extensions that
maximize the benefit of the data coming into the core MDM solution for
specific business cases that serve the many stakeholders within a
utility's operations centers to provide enhanced customer service."
For more information about the third generation Ecologic MDM system and
its Extensions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ecologic Analytics:
Ecologic Analytics, LLC is the leading provider of meter data management
(MDM) systems based on International standards, serving electric,
natural gas and water utilities. Today, the Ecologic MDMS continuously
validates hundreds of millions of meter reads every day for Smart Grid
leading utilities, transforming the data consumed from advanced metering
infrastructure (AMI)/smart meter endpoints into accurate, timely and
actionable information for decision making across the utility. The
company, founded in 2000 and now a division of Landis+Gyr, has its base
of operations in Bloomington, Minn. For more information, visit ecologicanalytics.com.
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