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Mobile Audit: Keeping The Lights On for Midwest Utility

  Outdoor lighting delivers valuable benefits to municipalities. Greater safety, security and a more welcoming environment help attract residents, visitors and business, all of which contributes to increased municipal revenue.
  One of NSI's Midwest based clients approached us with an interesting problem: They needed a cost effective and rapid audit of company supplied community municipal lighting to identify outages so that they can be restored in a timely manner.  Existing methods of identifying outages such as self-reporting and using the repair crews to identify outages when they found them in the field worked, but with over 7,500 square miles of service territory, gaps in coverage were all too common.

NSI proposed a program of dedicated patrols to cover the clients territory. Using client supplied geospatial data for the location of managed streetlights, NSI is able to direct two person teams to review and audit light functionality on a municipal level. Each team utilizes a GPS enabled tablet to identify and mark non-working lights. Data is then returned to the office where city by city reports are delivered to the client showing the current state of outages on patrolled portions of their portfolio.

Through this project NSI has been able to patrol and audit a good portion of the Utilities service area.  By focusing just on the audit, our teams can quickly create an up to date dataset identifying and locating outages in need of repair.  As a result, the client is able to allocate their repair assets where most needed and ensure that repairs are assigned in an efficient manner, thereby reducing overall program costs and allowing the repair crews to take a more planned approach to repair work.

For more information, or to find out how NSI can provide similar services for your organization, please contact: Russ Turner


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