Bummer: I need a different license!

Hypothetical case: you implemented some software and decided to extend its use cases. However, you realize that this requires additional modules and subsequent license fees. Bummer! In our world of GIS this occasionally happens: You've implemented a mobile solution and it works fine. Users like it. You decide, for example, to display crew locations, or [...]

Storm damage aftermath. Nightmares prevented…

When large storms, or worse, are brewing, a utility typically gets into gear to prepare for the worst. Crews are put on standby, equipment is readied and contractors notified. Then after the worst if over, everyone kicks in to gear to assess the damage and start repair work. In extreme cases, even out of state [...]

Field data collection made simple: Vegetation Management, Pole Inspection, Driving Survey, Damage Assessment and Right of Way management. One app, no modules, no additional license cost.

One Application: all use cases and business processes Utilities rely on data collected in the field for different purposes, from a variety of different applications and formats. From a business point of view, data needs to be collected and brought back to the back office. From an administrative point of view: forms need to meet [...]

Vegetation Management made easy.

Vegetation management typically starts with assessing the amount of work required to maintain a specific sections of network. The utility company uses this data for budgetary purposes or to determine contractor compensation. On the contractor side, contractors often assess the amount of work and equipment required so that they can quote the utility or respond [...]

Still using tile based (low resolution) maps? Time to move to the future!

For the longest time, tile based systems were the standard. Google, Bing and Open Street Maps still use it. This means that when you look at a map, you are really looking a bitmap image. If the map is tile based, the total map is stitched together from smaller square tiles, typically 256x256 pixels. Because [...]

Network connectivity? You no longer need to worry.

Until recently, working in the field could be a chore if you were to lose your network connection. You either couldn't work or you had to wait a long time to load data,  which could be outdated by the time you need it in the field on your local device.   For this cliffhanger, we [...]

Aging workforce? Give them an iPad!!!

In our industry we hear so much about 'aging workforce' and the effect on IT projects. Frequently heard complaints from (field) workers are 'why do we need to change, this has worked fine for the past 20 years', 'I barely know how to use my new phone', 'my grand daughter teaches me this stuff'. Well, [...]

Steve Severance has joined the Cliffhanger Solutions team

We are thrilled to announce Steve Severance has joined Cliffhanger Solutions as a Senior Consultant. Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Maine. He has over 25 years of utility experience and has worked with Smallworld GIS for more than 20 years. During that time he has been [...]

Live PowerON data, but better.

GE PowerON outage management system is a complicated piece of software operated by trained technicians and engineers. So what about the rest of us? Say hello to the Atlas PowerON module. Atlas allows to you visualize PowerON data in real-time, making valuable outage information available to authorized individuals in your organization. In PowerON, getting to [...]

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