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Seattle City Light Implements Network Management System

Seattle City Light, one of the nation’s largest municipal owned utilities, has completed a business transformation program incorporating the implementation of a network management system.

The Seattle-based utility had Infosys use its systems integration capabilities and consulting solutions to implement the Oracle solution within an expedited timeframe of 16 months.

The newly implemented Oracle solution, selected in 2009, at Seattle City Light enhances the coordination of service restoration efforts by enabling real-time information sharing. For example, Seattle City Light can now inform customers of the causes of outages and give estimated times for service restoration, thereby improving communications with customers as well as interactions between dispatchers and repair crews. The network management system also predicts which customers are affected by outages, thus when customers contact the call center, customer representatives will be able to share the outage restoration information as well.
The system at Seattle City Light is improving operational efficiency and flexibility, increasing customer service, reducing duration of outages and integrating data from existing information systems.
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