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US utility PECO is improving its data management capabilities to enhance its response to events in near-real time.

PECO is extending its partnership with data analytics firm Qlik.

The two are expanding the deployment of the utility’s Storm Live Interactive Qlik ('SLIQ') Platform application.

PECO is in the design phase of the technology, which will integrate financial data to provide insights on how response time and efficiency impact the bottom line and to help in future resource planning.

The platform integrates data from multiple sources such as smart meters and outage management , GPS and customer relationship systems to provide utility’s field workers and response team with a single view for real-time data-driven decisions.

For instance, the solution blends data from past outages and current weather conditions and provides the utility with predictions of where others are most likely to occur.

The platform links data from sources such meters, outage management jobs, GPS, geospatial layers, customer relationship management

The application refines issue prioritisation and response, and aid in PECO’s communications with customers, local municipalities and community partners.

The main aim is to enable the utility to quickly restore power during outages resulting from storms and ensure the efficiency of the entire grid network by matching local response resource needs to outage types and locations

Dan Butcher, Damage Assessment Coordinator, PECO, said: “Our Emergency Operations Center decision makers were looking for a way to correlate data to better deploy key assets where they were needed most.