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Texas-based utility Oncor says it has integrated the SmartData for Outage Management solution, an application of Ecologic Analytics' meter data management system (MDMS), with its outage management system (OMS).

SmartData for Outage Management leverages smart meter data received by the MDMS to quickly detect a potential power quality or outage event. Once the tool determines that an event displays the characteristics of a sustained outage, the solution scopes the size and location of the outage and delivers transformer-level outage information to the OMS.

"During the initial six weeks of deployment, the logic worked correctly 100 percent of the time," says Mark Carpenter, Oncor's senior vice president of T&D system operations and measurement services. "As a result, the field teams are expressing that they are seeing real business benefits that will help improve reliability and increase customer satisfaction."

The companies further note that during the initial deployment period, SmartData for Outage Management identified more than 80% of Oncor's outage and power quality events before customers called to report a problem.

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