The power of UPN’s utility billing and accounting software is enhanced when incorporated with the Futura Systems’ suite of mapping, staking, and Outage Management products. With the reference capabilities of Futura’s comprehensive electric data map model, UPN users can manage a construction job from start to finish. Instead of simply processing a Work Order, you can now program the creation of staking designs and project schedules, and then automatically post details to Futura’s Geographic Information System (GIS).

In addition, the two-way communication between UPN and Futura allows you to configure data and update databases in real time. In a matter of minutes, users can export their entire system, perform a limited export of circuits or substations, or schedule the entire process in a nightly routine. And because UPN’s utility software already records outage information, Futura users can utilize the web-based map functionality to trace outages to their source – providing both CSRs and dispatchers with location predictions and estimated restoration times. This state-of-the-art Outage Management System (OMS) also groups calls together to determine whether more than one outage is occurring at the same time. These steps identify where to send crews and how to prioritize fixing problems. Following restoration, outage statistics and reports are generated, and can be analyzed to prevent future occurrences.

But the benefits don’t end there. Futura’s real-time web services can also:

  • Validate staking jobs
  • Generate sample staking sheets
  • Estimate labor costs
  • Provide location details for meters and outdoor lighting
  • Connect to Garmin GPS devices used by field crews

Futura’s browser-based mapping and staking technology is the perfect way to keep up with today’s fast-paced and ever-changing utility systems, and like UPN, it’s sure to increase the productivity of both your office staff and your field crew.

About Futura Systems

As the Engineering arm of SEDC, Futura Systems provides enterprise GIS solutions to hundreds of electric, water, and gas distribution utilities across the country. As an Esri Gold Business Partner, Futura Systems excels at employing the ArcGIS foundation to develop mapping, field inspection, staking, and outage management tools that deliver powerful, user friendly functionality. The Futura suite of applications seamlessly extends the level of collaboration between GIS and UPN through CatalystIQ, a powerful data analytics platform that merges data from all systems of record, empowering your operations teams and your management to make better informed decisions that will improve your overall service to your customers. In and out of the office, Futura’s tools increase efficiency, reduce data discrepancies, and power productivity – all of which translates to better customer service for your consumers and a stronger bottom line for your business.