Electricity Authority of Cyprus: Organizing Operations around Maps
In recent years, extreme weather and climate change have posed a growing threat to large infrastructure networks and the companies that manage them. With power lines, service vehicles, and technicians spread across huge areas, utility companies like the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) are particularly vulnerable to this growing threat.
As one of the only organizations providing power to an island nation, the EAC can't call on the grids of neighboring countries in an emergency. That means a prolonged outage could cause great damage to the Cypriot economy and society in general. To ensure network reliability, the EAC turned to geographic information system (GIS) technology.
A Location-Based Enterprise Solution
The term enterprise solution refers to any software that an organization uses for multiple purposes. Most of us have heard of popular enterprise solutions built around customer relationships, such as Salesforce, or resource planning, like SAP. ArcGIS Enterprise is an enterprise solution built around geographic data. Organizing data spatially allows everyone in an organization to gather around maps—digitally or in person—and come to a common understanding before taking action.
ArcGIS Enterprise is especially beneficial to organizations with assets and infrastructure distributed across space, such as business and university campuses, transportation networks, and utility companies like the EAC. Team members can share real-time data no matter where they are in the field, making it the ideal tool for getting everyone aligned.
A Bird's-Eye View
In the last year, the EAC has started gathering data using drones. A rapidly evolving technology with exciting potential, drones will allow the EAC to perform efficient surveys of its network and quickly identify areas that need to be repaired without sending out a technician. This is particularly helpful after emergencies like fires or earthquakes, when it is important to get power up and running but too dangerous to send someone into the field.
Drone imagery has a wide array of applications across industries. Whether you need to check in on the top of a building under construction or a remote plot of land, drones can survey your asset and generate a report in a fraction of the time it would take a mobile worker—with none of the risk.
Whether you are looking to get started with drone data collection using or integrate drone data and imagery into a more robust enterprise system, there are plenty of ways to integrate your unpiloted aerial vehicle.