Even when utilities try their best to get word out about a planned outage or change in water flow level, customers often say they never received information. Door hangers left by utilities on front doors can easily fall off or go unnoticed by consumers using a different entry point. Manually dialing municipalities downstream from a hydroelectric power plant requires time away from other operations, sometimes up to an hour or more.
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ARCOS® LLC, a provider of crew callout and crew management systems and services for 24 of the top 25 U.S. utilities, has launched new features for its ARCOS Mobile application, which speeds up the call out of utility crews for emergencies such as electric outages, gas leaks or a power plant boiler tube leak. ARCOS Mobile provides easier access to the ARCOS Callout and Scheduling Suite for utility managers and crews via a tablet, phablet or smartphone.
ARCOS® LLC, a provider of crew callout and crew management solutions, will host more than 50 of America’s electric, gas and power plant utilities at the 12th-annual ARCOS Conference at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C., from March 15 – 18, 2015. San Diego Gas & Electric – winner of the 2014 ReliabilityOne™ National Reliability Excellence Award – will deliver the conference keynote session titled “What does it take to become a reliable electric utility?”
At DistribuTech 2015 in San Diego, Calif., executives from ComEd, Iberdrola USA and Northeast Utilities will join a panel to discuss new strategies and technology for automatically assembling and managing their crews as well as contractor and mutual aid crews before and after major restoration events. The panel begins on Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the San Diego Convention Center, room 24A.
The J. Robert Welsh Power Plant near Mt. Pleasant, Texas, has chosen ARCOS® LLC to automate employee callout for emergent work, so supervisors can expedite crew response. The Welsh Power Plant – owned by Southwestern Electric Power Company, part of American Electric Power system – operates three 558-MW, coal-fired units and employs 100 craft workers and operators.
ARCOS® LLC has released new logistics features for its ARCOS® Crew Manager software to give utility storm managers a way to pre-arrange and track internal and external crews’ lodging, meals, staging areas, equipment and vehicles during major events. ARCOS Crew Manager creates a centralized database for utilities to rapidly position crews, contractors and mutual assistance crews during storm recovery efforts.
ARCOS ® LLC is putting in place its Software-as-a-Service Crew Manager product at Ameren Missouri to improve the speed with which the utility mobilizes crews to restore power. ARCOS Crew Manager creates a centralized database Ameren Missouri will utilize to rapidly position crews, contractors and mutual assistance workers during storm recovery efforts.
ARCOS® LLC is implementing web-based software at Northeast Utilities, so New England’s largest utility system can tap a centralized callout and crew management database for deploying crews to restore gas and electric service. The ARCOS Callout and Scheduling Suite and ARCOS Crew Manager products will trim service restoration by several minutes.
ARCOS LLC has hired software industry veteran Ted Schneider as its new chief technology officer. Schneider will manage cloud operations, software development and product management. Mitch Chapman, who previously served as ARCOS CTO, becomes Chief Product Architect, a newly created position. Chapman will research new technologies and dive deeper into the design and development of the ARCOS platform.
At this year’s Midwest Electric Association annual Electric Operations Technical & Leadership Summit in Springfield, Ill., Kimberly A. Smith, director of emergency preparedness for ComEd, and Kenneth Wagner, senior emergency preparedness administrator for ComEd, will present a session explaining how ComEd aims to improve crew management with a high-tech system for mobilizing and tracking utility repair crews.
ARCOS LLC and its co-host American Electric Power have invited PPL Electric Utilities’ Ed Pringle to keynote the 11th Annual ARCOS Conference where he will show utility professionals how PPL recently integrated outage-management and callout technology with the goal of speeding up power restoration.
Ameren Missouri will soon replace a manual crew callout process with the Software-as-a-Service ARCOS Suite, which automatically calls and assembles crews to restore power. Electric utilities such as Kansas City Power & Light have installed the ARCOS Suite and note a 30-minute reduction in the storm CAIDI process because the utility reduced the time to identify and assemble available linemen.
ARCOS LLC, a developer of crew management, callout and emergency response software for 21 of the top 25 U.S. utilities, has launched the ARCOS Mobile application for the DROID™, iPhone® and Samsung Galaxy smartphones and other Android™ and iOS™ devices to speed up the call out of utility crews for emergencies such as electric outages, gas leaks or a power plant boiler tube leak.
ARCOS, a maker of crew management, callout and emergency response software for 21 of the top 25 U.S. utility companies, has taken an investment from Cleveland-based private equity firm The Riverside Company to expand operations and reach the remaining U.S. utility market and other industries. The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm with extensive experience investing in high-growth software businesses.
ARCOS, Inc. has released its ARCOS® Crew Manager software to give utility storm managers and others access to a computer-generated board for visually organizing and mobilizing crews required during large power restoration events.
ARCOS, Inc. has won its seventh straight Fast 50 Award – the annual ranking of the 50 fastest-growing emerging companies in Central Ohio. The Columbus Business First Fast 50 Award recognizes companies for financial growth and performance over the past three years.
Empire District Electric Company will soon hang up its after-hours manual phone dialing process for calling crews and, instead, rely on the Software-as-a-Service ARCOS Suite to automatically call and assemble crews to restore power and fix water leaks. Empire purchased the ARCOS Suite to reduce outage times as part of “Operation Toughen Up,” an initiative for strengthening the company’s delivery system.
&ARCOS®, Inc. has promoted Bill Brackett to vice president of Services and Support from director of Professional Services. In the newly created position, Brackett and his team will implement the company’s software for new ARCOS customers, provide customers live support for technical questions, analyze operations to boost efficiency and manage quality assurance testing. Brackett will also oversee the design of new features for the ARCOS Suite.
May 22, 2013 – Columbus, OH
Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has begun using the Software-as-a-Service ARCOS Suite to automatically call and assemble its utility crews to restore power and repair water leaks. Before automating its callout process, PUD Energy Control Dispatchers maintained paper lists of electric linemen and water servicemen who could take a callout, also known as a request for emergency or special work at an unusual time or place.
When dispatchers now receive information about an outage or a leak, they use the ARCOS callout and
scheduling software to alert crews in seconds. The system describes the trouble to linemen and servicemen via mobile phone, pager, home phone, text or email. The automatic call for crews electronically mimics the callout process and precisely follows any workplace agreements in place. The system also tracks which workers answer a callout and keeps a record of which employees are at a job site, in training, on vacation or sick.
According to Electric Light & Power magazine, assembling and dispatching crews faster can reduce storm CAIDI (customer average interruption duration index) by up to 30 minutes because crews get to the scene of trouble faster.
“We anticipate our outage times will be reduced,” said Roger Bauer, senior manager, Regional Design and Construction Services for Snohomish County Public Utility District.
Approximately 300 employees in the line and water departments as well as customer service will be part of PUD’s new automated callout system. PUD managers say the automated callout system is a way to make internal processes efficient. The utility felt its outage- and leak-response metrics were good, but managers wanted to make those metrics great. The ARCOS system will also ensure 100-percent compliance with PUD’s union agreements for callout.
About ARCOS, Inc.
Twenty-one of the top 25 U.S. utilities rely on the ARCOS℠ Callout and Scheduling Suite. When the power goes out, a gas leak is reported or another emergency occurs, the award-winning, SaaS-based ARCOS Suite instantaneously finds, assembles and tracks repair crews, reducing outage interruptions and improving restoration time for electric, gas and power plant utilities. For more information, visit www.arcos-inc.com
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Since January 2012, City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., Consumers Energy Company, DP&L, Green Mountain Power, Kansas City Power & Light Company, Lakeland Electric, NSTAR Electric and Gas Company, Salt River Project, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, United Illuminating Company, We Energies and a top-ten ranked U.S. utility have signed multi-year contracts to use the ARCOS℠ Callout and Scheduling Suite to automatically locate and assemble utility repair crews after normal business hours.