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Building More Responsive Mutual Aid Networks

This is the final article in our series examining the growing risks of natural disasters for utilities, and the complex role of managing mutual aid agreements.

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Ashley Little
. 11.7.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Issues with Mutual Aid Organizations (Part 5)

When a storm or other major event looms on the horizon, utility and communications companies turn to mutual aid organizations for fast, urgent, and widespread support. These organizations empower networks to respond quickly to the unpredictable...

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Ashley Little
. 10.31.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Utilities and Wildfires: Using Fire Mapping to Prioritize Proactive Asset Maintenance (Part 3)

This year has been one of the worst on record for wildfires in the Western U.S. According to a recent report from NPR; there are 123 large wildland fires burning on about 2 million acres of land in California, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. The...

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Ashley Little
. 10.17.2017

Topics: Asset Management, Centralized Asset Database

Utilities and Wildfires: The Shortfalls of Standard Fire Mapping Use (Part 1)

It is currently fire season in the American West. Since the start of 2017, more than 37,000 wildfires have burned 5.2 million acres nationwide. The fire season in some areas has become nearly year-round, a significant change from fifty years ago...

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Ashley Little
. 10.3.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Better Route Planning is the Key to Faster Deployment

Facing struggles with sluggish broadband deployment? A shared, centralized asset database can help asset owners and attachers speed up the process. 

Telecommunications, broadband, and other service providers that want to attach to utility poles...

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Ashley Little
. 08.1.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Addressing Security Concerns with Shared Asset Data

Before asset owners can reap the benefits of a shared, centralized asset database, they must be confident that their data will be completely secure.

The U.S. power grid is one of the top concerns for national security. Americans saw the very real...

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Ashley Little
. 07.25.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 4]: An In-Depth Look at Data and Reporting

Search tools deliver faster, more accessible results than traditional reports.

Data is a hot topic today. How do you collect it? Store it? And make use of it all? Believe it or not, more data was created in the last two years than in the previous...

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Ashley Little
. 07.18.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 3]: Training for Users

Create a community of trained users to maximize your system’s value.

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Ashley Little
. 07.13.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 2]: Integrating with Current Enterprise Systems

Modern and Innovative: Shared Asset Management in One Centralized System

In an ideal world, every company involved in the joint sharing of field assets would be able to have a secure, expansive system that integrates all relevant data into one...

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Ashley Little
. 06.27.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Centralized Asset Database

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 1]: How To Enter All That Data

The vast amount of asset data is overwhelming. Where should you begin?

Traditional joint use management began as a manual process. While much technology has been introduced, there is still more to do. Asset owners must be able to share timely and...

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Ashley Little
. 06.20.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

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