PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilities across North America are bracing themselves for an active hurricane season. According to Colorado State University, 18 named storms are expected to make their way through the Atlantic Ocean this year and 9 of those will be major hurricanes. Unfortunately, last year witnessed twice the number of hurricanes than predicted including Hurricane Sandy. The entire season claimed 354 lives and took at least a $78 billion hit on the economy. Numerous utilities have turned to Macrosoft's Resources on-Demand to manage restoration efforts during a storm or other emergency power outage.
Specifically designed for electric utilities, Resources on-Demand is the Industry Standard and only commercially available storm center automation solution available to the marketplace. The Resources on-Demand tool manages resource requests, tracks personnel movements, and supports lodging/logistics during a power restoration event. It is used extensively by both large and small utilities throughout North America and the result has been quicker restoration, cost savings and a streamlined approach to outage management.
"Our clients recognize the inefficiencies of manual processing and spreadsheets to manage storms and appreciate a single central database ensuring consistent and accurate data entry and retrieval by concurrent users," said Jason Singer, Director of Macrosoft's Utilities Practice. "We look forward to helping utilities to returning power back in an efficient manner this hurricane season."
Damage assessment in these hurricanes has been another pain point. Assessments on-Demand is a robust system capturing live damage data in the field. It is easy to use, for both employees and contractors. Damage crews can use their smartphones, mobile data terminals, and other portable devices. It is scalable for day-to-day operations as well as large scale events.