How Digitalization Helps Manage Extensive Electric Distribution Networks

Monitoring, maintenance, and incident response times can vary significantly from site to site for organizations with electrical networks that cover vast geographical areas — whether rural or urban. Organizations must meet modern consumers’ expectations for a reliable and resilient electricity supply, which means refreshing an aging electrical infrastructure.

This expectation has become even more challenging because distribution networks have a complex infrastructure consisting of substations, transformers, power lines, and more, each with specific maintenance and equipment.

Moreover, managing distribution networks has also become more complex, as has integrating renewable energy sources to comply with environmental regulations in the United States and European Union markets. Organizations must implement advanced technologies to balance supply and demand for variable and intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, maintain grid stability, and control bidirectional power flows.

Advanced field service management (FSM) platforms provide organizations with the tools to manage those extensive electric distribution networks. This technology streamlines task management, scheduling, routing, and communication and facilitates and integrates renewable energy sources.

Efficient Scheduling, Routing, and Real-time Communication

Gomocha helps organizations manage large electric distribution networks by efficiently scheduling tasks, optimizing the routing of field technicians, and enhancing overall operational efficiency.

Optimizing Field Service Operations

Gomocha streamlines field service operations by optimizing processes, enhancing job coordination, and leveraging real-time data for informed decision-making.

Simplifying the Increasingly Complex Infrastructure

Organizations have centralized control and visibility over the entire network thanks to Gomocha’s advanced FSM platform.

Cost-efficient Integration of DERs

Field service teams can cost-effectively integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar panels, wind turbines, and energy storage. Gomocha does so with existing infrastructure, helping to balance energy supply and demand.

Ensuring Grid Stability and Reliability

Efficient DER integration and grid enforcement can maintain stable electricity.

Top Energy Trends for Field Service Techs to Watch:

  • Smart Grid Technologies

    These technologies, such as advanced metering infrastructure and grid automation, rely on real-time data and communication. Field service technicians must adapt to troubleshoot issues, optimize renewable energy integration, and maintain grid stability.
  • Energy Storage Solutions

    The rise of battery service systems means new maintenance needs for field service technicians who may be responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing the systems.
  • Demand-Side Management Techniques

    Field service technicians may have to learn how to install smart thermostats or other related equipment as utilities incentivize customers to adjust energy use habits.

Gomocha’s FSM solution provides a centralized, digitized platform where stakeholders can efficiently communicate, share real-time data, and coordinate jobs while ensuring data transparency.

Read the full Copperberg and Gomocha white paper, Empowering Utilities: Harnessing FSM for Utility Grid Transformation, for further insights into this informative topic.