Improving utility worker efficiency

March 3rd, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT


GE’s Digital Energy business and ikeGPS have entered into a partnership to improve utility worker efficiency through the utility data collection capabilities of ikeGPS technology. Branded by GE as MapSight, the device streamlines the data collection and analysing processes by enabling the collection of joint-use utility pole data quickly, digitally and remotely on a single platform. The solution integrates laser, camera and GPS technologies to enable utilities to quickly and accurately collect measurement and location data on any of their joint-use utility poles or field assets, reducing the time required and cost incurred to collect this data. This front-end remote measurement and data collection for utility assets improves field crew speed and efficiency, and is able to feed data directly to GE’s Fieldsmart mobile app and Smallworld technology suite. The device enables field utility workers to remotely capture data from a single photograph, which enables them to take measurements. The geo-located and time stamped photo allows for further measurements to be performed in the field and for verification later. Previously, data had to be collected manually using analogue tools.

Contact Ellen Dowell, GE Digital Energy, 

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