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Grid Health Offers Vegetation Health and Vegetation Proximity Analysis

Vegetation Proximity Analysis allows utilities to identify areas where vegetation is encroaching on power lines

Pacific Data Integrators has announced Grid Health 360, a new utility-centric solution that leverages solutions from Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider.

Grid Health 360 was built by Pacific Data Integrators and is powered by Informatica's Intelligent Data Platform. This solution combines Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data analysis with Informatica's Master Data Management to give utilities a better view of their assets. Informatica MDM is a solution that offers flexibility to manage any type of business-critical data. It intelligently combines best-of-breed data integration, data quality, data as a service, business process management, data security, and data governance built on a single platform to deliver an end-to-end MDM solution.

Grid Health 360 offers both Vegetation Health and Vegetation Proximity Analysis. Vegetation Health Analysis allows utilities to see the health of vegetation within any user selected geographic radius. This is vital as dead or dry trees are at an increased risk of falling on power lines or sparking fires.

Vegetation Proximity Analysis allows utilities to identify areas where vegetation is encroaching on power lines and has become a hazard. Traditionally, utilities have had to wait for crews to travel hundreds of miles of utility lines and visually search for hazardous vegetation, a cycle that may only be repeated once every few years. Now, Grid Health 360 offers the potential for preventative vegetation management, where utilities can identify and remove high-risk vegetation without waiting for the next manual inspection.

By changing to Grid Health 360's risk-based deployment of vegetation management rather than the traditional strategy of making visual inspections every few years, utility providers could benefit from savings of up to $700 per brushmile.

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