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Wind turbine repair techs use iPod Touches from precarious perches

Matt Hamblen | March 6, 2013
NextEra has adopted off-the-shelf hardware to help workers get key data anywhere.

During a major hurricane, having outage locations delivered to a tablet in a truck means the technician can notice patterns in outages quickly, and thus better track where a major switch might be out.

NextEra can also overlay weather satellite information about the path of a storm on top of the outage data to to decide where to send repair crews.

Having that data has helped NextEra come closer to its goal of restoring power from storms within 24 hours, Charanjiva said.

 

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