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Exelon Energy Delivery Selects MapFrame for Mobile Mapping, Field Automation

Exelon Energy Delivery (EED) has chosen to implement MapFrame’s FieldSmart View, FieldSmart Route, FieldSmart Secure and Field Flow Manager to fulfill the mobile mapping and field automation requirements of its Mobile Workforce Management Project.

EED comprises Chicago-based ComEd and Philadelphia-based PECO. The two utilities combine to distribute electricity to approximately 5.2 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania and gas to about 460,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. MapFrame will compress and extend multiple back-office data sources at EED into the field and throughout the enterprise -- including Smallworld GIS, Intergraph Framme, AutoCAD and Microstation. Using the FieldSmart Standard (2-way) Interface, MapFrame will work seamlessly with the EED Mobile Dispatch application to allow both dispatchers and field crews access to a “map-centric” view of their work orders.

”A key component of the Exelon Energy Delivery Mobile Workforce Management Project is to provide field personnel with access to mission critical map information electronically. MapFrame provides a powerful solution to achieve that objective,” said Mark Browning, Exelon IT program manager. “The goal of this project is to implement transformational technologies that improve response time, increase customer satisfaction and enable our workforce to be more productive.”

MapFrame’s FieldSmart View is the core map viewing application on which all FieldSmart applications are based. View will replace paper maps at ComEd and PECO and provide an easy-to-use interface for field workers to query, locate, navigate and redline GIS data. Layered on top of View for a single, spatially-based tool will be FieldSmart Route and FieldSmart Secure. Route will provide EED field workers directions from point A to B, highlighting the route on the map and displaying turn-by-turn directions. Secure will provide protection of EED’s asset data in the mobile environment, including data encryption, password protection and application lockout. MapFrame’s powerful server component, Field Flow Manager, will handle data flow between EED’s office and field environments, driving an incremental update process to synchronize data and keep field maps and related data current.

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