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Speed Up Damage Assessment, Assembly and Dispatch of Resources During Outage Events

Helicopters fly over the skyline of lower Manhattan as it sits in darkness after a preventive power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York October 30, 2012. Hurricane Sandy began battered the U.S. East Coast on Monday with fierce winds and driving rain, as the monster storm shut down transportation, shuttered businesses and left hundreds of thousands without power. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT CITYSPACE)

In a survey conducted in September 2016 by ARCOS LLC (a provider of emergency resource management software), the software provider asked utilities how they manage damage assessment in the wake of major events like storms and earthquakes. Thirty-five percent of utilities polled said they relied on paper and pencil along with manually entering data in their outage management systems (OMS). Another 31 percent relied on electronic forms, but still entered data by hand into an OMS. Twelve percent made use of online damage assessment software, which was not integrated with an OMS. And another 12 percent had damage assessment software fully integrated with an OMS.

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T&D Automation

Cyber Security Strategy is a Must-Have for AMI/MDMS and DA Systems

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Over the past decade, utilities around the world have taken advantage of the many clear benefits that Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and subsequently Distribution Automation (DA) can afford.

In addition to the proven cost savings of automated and remote meter reading, utilities have been able to improve reliability and power quality in the distribution grid and take important steps toward updating and modernizing our aging power delivery infrastructure. Smart meters do so much more than provide automated meter reading; the power quality data they collect make them an integral part of a distribution automation system.

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Sensus Reach Conference Gathers Utility Leaders to Help Build Smarter Cities

RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 27, 2016) – (Click-to-Tweet) – Communities across North America are looking for ways to take a smart city and make it smarter. Delivering energy and water efficiently is smart. Making data-driven decisions that reduce water leaks, limit power outages, ensure the safe delivery of natural gas and turn a streetlight into a beacon of technology is even smarter. Sharing industry best practices at the 2016 Sensus Reach Conference allows utilities, city leaders and business executives to get one step closer to building a smarter city.

Thought leaders and subject matter experts will provide insight into how Sensus’ solutions ranging from lighting to water impact the industry and increase efficiency on a large scale. Information sessions will highlight how the Sensus FlexNet® communication network is helping build smarter cities.

 

“By providing an environment where industry professionals can learn more about Sensus technologies and share best practices with their peers, we can strengthen our business and meet customer demands,” said Sensus President Randy Bays. “Our goal for this year’s Reach Conference is to exceed customer expectations by working together to build smarter communities.”

 

During the three-day, 120-session conference, attendees will learn how energy and water solutions can create reliable and efficient technologies for their communities. The most highly anticipated sessions include:

  • Smart Water Pressure Solutions and Hydraulic Modeling
  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Cathodic Protection Monitoring
  • Practical Applications of Sensus Analytics
  • Distributed Intelligence in the Smart Grid
  • Building a Smarter Grid and City with Lighting
  • The Law and the Internet of Things

 

In addition to the training and customer-led sessions, attendees will hear from Jesse Berst, Founder and Chairman, Smart Cities Council and George Kunkel, Principal, Kunkel Water Efficiency Consulting. Motivational speakers include, Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to summit Mt. Everest and Passing Zone entertainers Jon Wee and Owen Morse.

 

The 2016 Sensus Reach Conference occurs Nov. 6-9 in Palm Desert, California. Register now.

 

About Sensus

Sensus helps a wide range of public service providers—from utilities to cities to industrial complexes and campuses—do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities. We enable our customers to reach farther through the application of technology and data-driven insights that deliver efficiency and responsiveness. We partner with them to anticipate and respond to evolving business needs with innovation in sensing and communications technologies, data analytics and services. Learn more at sensus.com and follow @SensusGlobal on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

T&D Automation

Mission: Critical – The pros and cons of diesel rotary versus static systems

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Mission critical facilities are broadly defined as containing any operation that, if interrupted, will cause a negative impact on business activities, ranging from losing revenue to jeopardizing legal conformity to (in extreme cases) loss of life. Data centers, call centers, hospitals, manufacturing processes and military installations are the more common types of buildings that could be considered mission critical.

 

The role of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in these applications is clear; there must be a temporary power bridge to support the load between the loss of utility and the transfer to diesel generator.  The computerized equipment such as server, storage and network devices that run these processes are sensitive to fluctuations in power quality. As a solution, these fluctuations are mitigated with the use of a UPS system.  These UPS systems can be divided into two broad categories based on their method of energy storage:

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