This month's Utility Products brings you several informative feature articles to help you increase profits and productivity through improved fleet management for mobile workers and improvements in digital radios. And, if you are interested in wind power construction, read how wind farms are expanding and what their future may hold.
In "City Sheds New Light on Old Problem With Fleet Management Solution," read how one town maximizes its workforce when storms cause power outages. By using a cloud-computing platform that allows increased productivity and profits by tracking, managing and optimizing schedules for vehicles, the town increases efficiency when responding to outages.
And, in "Improvements in Safety, Efficiency With Digital Radios," how one company, looking to update its fleet of analog radios, discovered the MOTOBRO digital two-way radios with integrated Bluetooth data. The two-way radios also interface with National Information Solutions Cooperative's Mobile WorkForce management software. This Mobile WorkForce enables employees to access service order scheduling information from the field, reducing paperwork and electronically tracking all previous paperwork.
Another great feature article, "Wind Farms Whirl With use of High-density Polyethylene Conduit" from The Plastic Pipes Institute, discusses how large wind farms are using large diameter, solid wall high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit to protect electrical cables and the environment. The conduit provides long life and helps projects be cost-effective. HDPE is especially useful for projects where digging must be reduced, and it is flexible enough to resist seismic shifts.
Contributing editor Paul Hull's article, "Growing the Wind," addresses how, despite last year's slow growth for wind farms, this year appears to be more promising with wind farms proposed and approved across the North American continent. There is one aspect of wind power that is impressive, Hull points out-it works. And, it's useful for enhancing the power sources we currently have. The article outlines how wind farms are constructed-from the basic construction before the towers are installed, to the construction equipment needed to make the installation safe and durable.
This issue also brings you a variety of great product focus articles. Read about keeping small animals out of electrical substations, managing aging steel infrastructures, traffic duplication to aid utility reliability and migration, how carrier backhaul costs can become utility revenue, manual protection testing, and creating new routes for meter readers.