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Seattle City Light, Bermuda Electric Light Implement Oracle Utilities Network Management System

Oracle has announced that several customers have implemented or selected Oracle Utilities Network Management System to improve outage restoration time and efficiency, as well as to reduce the cost and risk associated with energy distribution operations. Oracle Utilities Network Management System is an integrated suite of real-time operations technology applications designed to improve network reliability, maximize asset utilization, reduce outage durations and increase customer satisfaction.

Seattle City Light, the ninth largest publicly owned U. S. electric utility created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902, selected Oracle Utilities Network Management System and Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management to replace an existing legacy system with a more technologically robust system. The new system will help the utility respond more quickly to outages and to reporting estimated time of power restoration to its customers.

Seattle City Light expects that the integration between the Oracle applications will allow dispatchers to rapidly alert repair crews in the event of a power outage and more accurately direct them to failed equipment -- reducing outage durations and increasing information available to customers.

In addition, Seattle City Light has selected Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management to help the utility manage its power grid equipment inventory. The utility also selected Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebLogic Suite to manage data and power the Oracle Utilities applications. The utility is an existing Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management customer.

Bermuda Electric Light Co. is located in Hamilton, Bermuda, and operates a generation plant and transmission and distribution systems throughout the island for 34,043 metered customers. The utility upgraded to Oracle Utilities Network Management System to capture and manage outage data more effectively. The utility can now provide a consistent, single view of data across the organization -- from executives to service representatives, and from dispatchers to crews in the field. With this improved visibility, BELCO can better pinpoint specific pieces of equipment causing a disproportionate share of outages, and subsequently accelerate maintenance.

The network management system also integrates with the service trucks' GPS devices, which provides dispatchers with real-time location data to better coordinate truck deployments and help improve outage response times. The utility is also using Oracle Database to power the network management system and other applications.

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