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Transform Road Maintenance and Repair with Predictive Analytics

Whether using cars or public transport, people routinely complain of deteriorating road conditions and chaotic traffic. In particular, potholes, ruts, and poorly planned speed breakers are pet peeves. For years, the road transportation industry has been plagued by high upkeep costs, stressful traffic conditions, and frequent accidents. The National Safety Council reported 38,300 deaths and 4.4 million injured on US roads alone in 20151. More recently, in 2017, India saw 3,597 deaths caused by bad roads as opposed to 803 deaths because of terror-related incidents.2 Poor road surface conditions typically lead to more wear and tear and breakdown of vehicles.…

By Sunil Kotagiri | October 12th, 2018

Utilities

Data Produced by Power Distribution Networks is Critical, but so is Perfecting Data Quality and Governance – Part 2

Missed Part 1 of this blog? Read it here. Geospatial information systems (GIS) have made it critical to use data for networks. And these are not just digitalized maps that can offer information to third parties. GIS has today transformed into data centers that can be customized in several ways based on the purpose for which they are needed. They can also be used to prioritize power projects and bundle different projects together for more cost-effective work. Furthermore, the outlook of network operators to data sharing must shift from “need to know” basis to a presumption of disclosure. In particular,…

By Sunil Kotagiri | September 17th, 2018

Utilities

Data Produced by Power Distribution Networks is Critical, but so is Perfecting Data Quality – Part 1

The electric utility industry is undergoing a major transformation driven by new sources of energy generation (solar and wind power), consumer demand for faster and more affordable services, cybersecurity, and big data. Gathering data to harvest insights and forecast more accurately offers a significant potential to optimize the way utilities operate. Emerging modern grids demand accurate data and as-operated network information to function optimally. Given these business imperatives, utilities must overcome current constraints and limitations to enable essential operations data quality. Good quality data enables the utility to understand network and asset behaviour, operating conditions, and their impact on customer…

By Sunil Kotagiri | September 17th, 2018

Utilities

Avoiding Disaster: The Need for an Integrated DOME Model

The idea of disaster management may not necessarily have been in the books of electrical utility companies, but recovery from sudden power outages is critical for the consumers of their services. Regulatory bodies in some countries are enforcing stringent rules to expedite restoration of power disrupted by storms, cyclones, and hurricanes. Compensation to be paid by the suppliers against delayed repair works can run into millions of dollars. What causes these utility companies to be unprepared for interruptions to their services? The reasons have been attributed to the legacy IT systems that are poorly integrated and contain limited information for…

By Tarun Bhandari | October 27th, 2017

Utilities

When ‘Frenemies’ Turn Associates

The technology landscape is rapidly evolving, and client expectations are keeping in pace. A company that constantly strives to live up to those expectations has innovation as its bedrock, industry best practices as its brick and mortar, and is persistent on improvements to make sure it leads the change. To meet its ambitious 2020 goals and lead the change, Cyient has redefined its business, identified growth engines, and based its aspirations around an S3 strategy of offering a strong and evolving mix of ‘services, systems, and solutions’ to clients across industries. In line with this corporate blueprint, Cyient has evolved…

By Bhanu Rekha | April 27th, 2017

Utilities

GIS Technology, EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) Contractors and Operational Efficiency

Operational bottleneck for EPCs In industries such as mining, infrastructure, resources and energy, it is a relatively common practice to engage EPC contractors to handle engineering, procurement, and construction activities together for one project. This creates one comprehensive end-to-end process and provides a seamless experience for the client. However, it also often creates a situation where the EPC contractor is strapped for time and operational bottlenecks. This is where GIS technologies step in. EPCs play a major role in SmartCity planning and development. GIS complements EPC companies in building of Smart city infrastructure to enable various smart facilities like roads,…

By Sai Boppudi | February 6th, 2017

Utilities

New opportunities driven by the move from ‘Gold Plated’ to ‘Make Do with Less’

Energy prices in Australia have continued to rise to unprecedented levels over the last few years.  Consumers are up in arms and demanding relief from both state and federal governments. A subsequent government initiated Senate inquiry investigated the performance and management of electricity networks and in 2014 identified over investment (hence the term “gold plating”) as a key reason for the increases in electricity prices. All energy companies fall under the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).  AER regulates the revenue ceiling for the utilities, thereby defining the approved utility charges and influencing the final energy pricing for consumers. To its credit,…

By Steven T Fisher | April 14th, 2016