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With our new Orbit solution — powered by Microsoft’s Windows Azure™ cloud platform — allows utilities and telecommunications, field crews to quickly gather information in the field, at ...

With our new Orbit solution — powered by Microsoft’s Windows Azure™ cloud platform — allows utilities and telecommunications, field crews to quickly gather information in the field, at specific locations, and collaborate on field-oriented projects.

Orbit includes mapping functionality that is vital to work execution and data capture, as well as online data services to manage the data captured during work. Orbit’s data services are secure, and user access to the system can be federated with your organization’s security model.

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  • Make the most of your energySM Orbit Field data collection for ArcFM
  • 02 | Orbit Buildinggreater efficiency and collaboration
  • Better exchange informationwithyourfieldcrews by using real-time,two-waycommunicationsfor improved accuracyandefficiency Orbit: A revolutionary approach to field data collection With our new Orbit solution — powered by Microsoft’s Windows Azure™ cloud platform — allows utilities and telecommunications, field crews to quickly gather information in the field, at specific locations, and collaborate on field-oriented projects. Orbit includes mapping functionality that is vital to work execution and data capture, as well as online data services to manage the data captured during work. Orbit’s data services are secure, and user access to the system can be federated with your organization’s security model. Unification of field work processes Today, one of a utility’s biggest challenges is the number of field data capture processes for each corresponding application, often running on a specific device (point solutions). The number of devices needed to gather information is costly — especially when you factor in the data conversion and transfer that many of these point solutions require. Orbit can unify these disparate processes into one configurable platform, driving down the total cost of ownership of field data capture. This challenge of cost impacts your ability to scale usage up to the amounts you need to adequately capture information in the field. Information is vital to your operations. Whether your crews are working to resolve a problem or prevent future ones, the right information can help your organization to quickly send instructions to and gather insight from the field. These robust, flexible capabilities can support improved infrastructure, more efficient operations, and ultimately a higher level of customer service. Orbit as part of many field processes Orbit is designed to accept work tasks from a variety of enterprise systems. Where there is work in the field, there is typically a larger workflow in play at your organization. For gas distribution operators, compliance systems dictate an inspection schedule that is in accordance with regulatory requirements — Orbit can handle the valve inspection and cathodic test read tasks as part of your compliance strategy. Orbit | 03
  • Orbit: A revolutionary approach to field data collection Electric utilities require a complete inventory of third-party attachments on their overhead structures and Orbit facilitates the capture of data to ensure this complete inventory. In cases where facilities are damaged by storms, flooding, or other catastrophic events Orbit allows workers to quickly assess damage and support restoration efforts. It uses the native capabilities of the mobile device: GPS for coordinate information, the on-board camera to take pictures, and a touch-oriented user experience that field workers find familiar with the devices and apps they use in their personal lives. With many of these cases, organizations might use temporary, contract, or intern labor to complete field tasks. It’s important to focus the user on the data you require, and also to capture key information about task completion — what time was the task completed? Where was the worker when the task was completed — were they where they should’ve been? Gathering information made easy Orbit allows your field and office personnel to easily communicate between disparate systems, such as mobile clients, desktop/Web clients, and integrated systems. The end result is a faster flow of vital information from the field. Orbit helps to better organize and support work from a variety of places within your organization. With it, you can: • Quickly add new work types without custom code • Allow crews to use a variety of devices — even their own personal devices • Minimize your infrastructure concerns • Align with your own security standards 04 | Orbit Significant differences: the benefits of a hosted solution By relying on Orbit to meet your field-based information gathering and communications needs, you can lower your total cost of ownership. It reduces the need for historically expensive investments in hardware, software, and data synchronization — things that contracts your time-to-value. In addition, it is scalable to meet and support your usage — you can add users without affecting load on your enterprise systems. And by providing task management data storage to the cloud, it delivers backups, availability, and security while minimizing the burden of establishing and maintaining capital infrastructure. A hosted solution allows new aspects of reliability that have not been possible before. Your field crews can work whether your own internal network is down or if outside communication is severed — updates can happen even if field crews cannot connect to your enterprise network. Further, a hosted solution enhances reliability by guaranteeing that your data is backed up and stored off site. Your security model is our security model With Orbit, you can provision users according to your own security standards, as well as provide a single sign-on solution. Orbit can federate with your security model so that you can use the same login criteria currently in place in your internal corporate enterprise. Your field users can use the same login that they use to connect to the corporate network. User provisioning becomes seamless, password strength standards are maintained, and users can easily get connected. This ease of access control also makes it very easy to revoke or change access.
  • Orbit | 05 The difference is in the apps The Orbit mobile application can run on Windows® 7, Windows® 8, and iPad.® Because your data capture needs change with time and ever-changing regulatory environments, Orbit is configurable. You can add new work types or change existing ones without worrying about customizing software on the dozens, hundreds, or thousands of mobile devices you have in place. You can change your inspection processes in minutes, as opposed to days or weeks. Users can perform tasks offline, without hard dependencies upon network connectivity — you can be out of communication range and still get things done. Your data models, your data Bring your own data model for field data capture activities — no custom software is required to begin collecting vital information. Stand up new types of inspections in minutes where it once took days or weeks. And rest assured that the data you gather is yours — you own it, we just store it for you. Orbit is geospatially-enabled using your GIS; where you store it. We do not host your GIS data — you do. Do you have strong feelings about where your GIS data should be stored? Good, so do we. Orbit works with your stored GIS data. As an Esri Business Partner of almost 30 years, we work seamlessly with ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Online for Organizations, and with ArcGIS Server implementations that you may already have in place. With Orbit, you can make the most of what you already have and expand the value of your GIS quickly.
  • ©2013SchneiderElectric.Allrightsreserved. Schneider Electric USA, Inc. 4701 Royal Vista Circle Fort Collins, CO 80528 Phone: 1-866-537-1091 Fax: 970-223-5577 www.schneider-electric.com/us August 2013