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Oncor Integrates SmartData for Outage Management

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August 31, 2012

Oncor Integrates SmartData for Outage Management

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Oncor recently announced that it has successfully integrated SmartData for Outage Management. This integration is an application extension built for the Ecologic MDM along with its Outage Management System. Oncor confirmed that the integration has been successful and the application is functioning without any problems.

Oncor also confirmed that during the initial few months of operation, SmartData for Outage Management detected over 80 percent of Oncor’s outage and power quality events long before their customers called in and raise complaint. 

The SmartData for Outage Management is an innovative application extension that has been custom built exclusively for the Ecologic MDM solution. This application extension makes full use of the smart meter data received in real-time by the MDM and immediately finds out if any power quality or outage situations that are about to occur.

SmartData for Outage Management offers exceptional customer service for the utility and is also responsible for coordinating with the validation, estimation, editing modules within the MDM system in order to generate precise zero consumption reporting during outage periods.  

After the SmartData for Outage Management detects that an event has the features of a possible outage, the solution then estimates both the location and the size of the outage and then provides transformer-level outage information to the Outage Management System. The method of inferring the status of meters and innovatively determining the extent of the outage gets done within a matter of a few minutes. This information delivered helps to enhance the Outage Management System’s ability to immediately pinpoint affected service points.

When the process of restoration is taking place, the SmartData for Outage Management also takes on the responsibility of measuring both the effectiveness and the overall result of the restoration activity.

When the SmartData for Outage Management receives “power-up notifications” from restored metering endpoints, it then pings all the other meters that are associated with the particular transformer in order to determine whether all of the endpoints have been successfully restored and also to detect possible nested outages before the Oncar crews leaves the concerned location.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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