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Remember when President Obama announced support for a national smart grid? Well, we’re seeing some of this money being put to good use on the National Grid web site in the form of smart grid data visualization using The Bing Maps Platform. In partnership with iFactor Consulting, The National Grid now has 5 areas (Massachusetts, Nantucket, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Upstate New York) online outlining coverage areas and pinpoint outage issues in a simple to use application.
In a mail from Brad Selio,” National Grid US recently completed the release of a new section of their website, called Outage Central. The functionality on this site is powered by iFactor Consulting’s Storm Center product, and delivers real-time power outage information to customers, the media, and emergency officials. The interactive outage maps on the site are built using Microsoft Bing Maps, providing a powerful, easy to use mapping experience which detailed data coverage throughout the service territory. The solution also features interactive forms which allow a user to check current outage status and report power problems. These forms are built using the ASP.NET 3.5 platform from Microsoft, which powers both the presentation and application layers for this functionality.”
National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner. National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses. In the US, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). National Grid owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers. National grid is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern US, serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
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