Improving maintenance of the electricity network in the Middle East

IoT project of the year

Problem

EPDC (Electric Power Development Company) is a subsidiary of Tavanir (electricity power generation, transmission, and distribution company in the Middle East) that provides low and medium voltage electricity networks across the country. 121, the emergency services department of the EPDC, is responsible for handling subscriber requests. 

EPDC needed to improve the efficiency of the 121 department and asked our partner GGRCO to develop a solution for that.

The main challenge was the manual radio dispatching. An emergency dispatcher had to get all information from subscribers via calls and dispatched the field team via radio. 

Because of the manual process, there were many problems:

  • retrieving the incorrect info about the accident;
  • inadequate dispatches;
  • delays;
  • wrong accident locations;
  • absence of the subscriber on the location;
  • the system did not have any reports to check the productivity of the field teams; 
  • several telephone lines were needed;
  • the subscriber waited a long time or had no opportunity to provide a report.

All these things needed to be fixed to provide subscribers with fast and effective maintenance services.

Solution

Just employing telematics wasn’t enough for the project and the whole system has been rebuilt to a digital dispatching platform.

  • The manual phone-radio process was automated. Now, the subscriber ID and all other request data including the location are automatically loaded, and a task is created.

  • Then, the system checks the accident category, location, priority (based on predefined priorities for each category) and compares them with the field team parameters, and assigns it to the best-matched team.

The list of issues with statuses and reports

The list of issues with the statuses and reports

  • There are 500 field teams, and each field team has a vehicle equipped with a tracker. The location data of the team is transferred from the tracker to Wialon, as well as the route, speed, and many other parameters of the trip.
  • All communications with field teams are done in their Android application developed by GGRCO. There is also an application that communicates with the EPDC telephony system and the Wialon server.
  • From task creating to completing, any field team activity is reflected in the system: detailed team reports, task reassignment, and other important parameters.
  • Teltonika devices were used for the project.

This is how the mobile app used by field teams looks

This is how the mobile app used by field teams looks

Results

GGRCO, the Wialon partner, managed to rebuild the whole maintenance dispatching system to achieve such impressive results for the project with 1 million subscribers that it is now planned to use the solution across the whole country.

35% improvement 
of the average time of each mission. The time from customer reports to solving decreased from 101 minutes to 66 minutes.
Up to 80% improvement
of the average time for the teams to reach the accident location. Before, it took 3-5 minutes to reach the site, and now it’s 0-1 minutes.
Detailed reports 
The managers can now receive monthly or daily reports from each team and identify each team's strengths and weaknesses, making correct business decisions.
Fewer mistakes 
The solution allowed to improve field team productivity by reducing the number of wrong dispatches.

Customer testimonial

Customer representative
Emergency service department, EPDC

On behalf of EPDC, we would like to thank GGRCO for their professional team and product and implementing the smartening of the failure system in the emergency service department of the EPDC. The conversion of radio dispatching into digital dispatching systems and updating the transportation fleet of the EPDC was a great step that would not have been possible without GGRCO. Success in this project happened because of this valuable service and activities by GGRCO. We thank them for improving the customer service productivity of EPDC.

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Company profile

IoT project of the year nomination: Special recognition
Industry: Electric power industry
Monitoring unit: Field workers

Implemented products

Wialon Local
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