PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilities across North America continue to recover from one of the most active tornado seasons on record. 2011 marks the most deadly tornado season since 1953 and it's only half-way over. The tornado season in the US does not end until September. In addition to the fatalities, this year's tornadoes have left thousands homeless and millions in the dark. Numerous utilities have turned to Macrosoft's Resources on-Demand to manage and expedite restoration efforts during emergencies.
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.
The 4.0 version leaps beyond earlier versions by utilizing the enhanced Resources and Logistics Engine, providing the ability to set up teams, sites, work locations, vendors, order placement, order tracking, team transportation, meals and lodging down to individual team members. The advance logistics module enables utilities executives to know which teams are assigned to which operation centers, where they are working, sleeping and eating, and what equipment they are using in a particular restoration event. Advanced dashboards provide high-level views on teams, lodging and logistics and enhanced reporting allows summaries to be printed and used in Control Centers.
"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 return power back in an efficient manner this hurricane season."
Customers have indicated that they have been able to shave significant costs associated with a storm through the ability to better track crews and equipment, deploy resources on an expedited basis, and streamline the overall process. In addition, clients say the Macrosoft system has allowed them to provide their ratepayers, media and regulatory agencies more accurate information both during and after a major event.
Macrosoft delivers high-quality, cost-effective, full lifecycle solutions to complex software development projects. The company has over a decade of successful engagements and over 400 professionals working for an exceptional client list. Macrosoft's Resources on-Demand is the only commercially available storm center automation solution available in the marketplace. Information of RoD can be found at http://www.resources-ondemand.com/. Macrosoft's Outage Central, http://www.outagecentral.com/, is a web portal designed to help utility emergency resource personnel get comprehensive outage links, severe weather alerts, and outage news.
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SOURCE Macrosoft Inc.