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The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has implemented situational intelligence solutions provider Space-Time Insight's geospatial and visual analytics software.

According to Space-Time, the software correlates, analyzes and visualizes data in smart grid, distribution, outage, fire and weather systems. The solution helps managers and operators respond more quickly to outages, develop switching plans and make more-informed decisions regarding equipment maintenance and investments, the company adds.

Space-Time says the situational intelligence solution was implemented as part of SMUD's Situational Awareness and Visual Intelligence (SAVI) initiative, which is designed to improve the speed and quality of data analysis and decision-making throughout the organization's grid planning and operations department.

"The volume of data generated by our smart assets made it clear that we had to continue to innovate to improve the reliability and safety of service to our customers," comments Paul Lau, assistant general manager, power supply and grid operations, at SMUD. "With common operational views, personnel across our organization can now implement more cost-effective asset planning and maintenance practices, collaborate as one team to respond rapidly to emergency situations and outages and more readily understand the real-time impact of weather and fires on our daily operations."

SMUD's SAVI project is partially funded by a federal smart grid grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Space-Time notes.

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