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Rural Utility Improves Outage Response with Mobile GIS

Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corp. said that it is able to better serve the energy needs of its growing customer base by using mobile geographic information system (GIS) technology. The consumer-owned utility supplies electric power to more than 26,000 households and businesses in northeastern Indiana.

Northeastern REMC utility linemen once navigated the service territories by memory, armed with a handful of paper maps. Now field crews use laptops equipped with ArcGIS software from Esri to instantly update information related to work orders, regular maintenance, and customers. The GIS data is accessible throughout the company, with approximately 43 users on different devices in several departments.

"Using GIS technology, we can deliver the right information to the right hands at the right time," said Steven Weber, Northeastern REMC GIS technician. "Field crews can view, search, and revise GIS data and use GPS for facility locating and routing. This improves the flow of accurate information from the field to the office to the customers."

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