Power Play

DQI Bureau
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Keeping in mind the criticality of the business of power transmission and

distribution, Reliance Power Transmission (Reliance Energy) has realigned its IT

set-up to upgrade distribution and service qualities matching current demands

and scenario. To attain this, RPTL has introduced some business enabling

technologies in the last couple of years.


Is IT the Secret?

In order to integrate all its processes, Reliance Energy has implemented SAP

ERP of late. With this over 20 lakh consumers have been migrated to the SAP ISU

platform replacing the traditional billing system. "This was the first step

towards modernizing our IT infrastructure. We are now looking forward to some

more technology deployments in other areas that will enable business

transformation results in the areas of power procurement and power trading,"

says Prasenjit Mukherjee, GM, IT infrastructure & operations, Reliance Energy.

Prasenjit Mukherjee, GM, IT infrastructure &

operations, Reliance Power Transmission

We are planning to deploy BI application to forecast power

requirements in various localities under our range

The company is planning to deploy BI application that will help to forecast

power requirements in various localities under its range. "Availability of power

largely depends on weather. Since we dont have any control over nature,

generation of power keeps on fluctuating depending upon weather conditions,"

explains Mukherjee. "However, we can do something towards storage and

distribution of power in case we have some knowledge about the power consumption

patterns. Herein, BI can help a lot," he adds. By using a BI tool, Reliance is

planning to get a forecast for the next three or six months power usage and

requirement patterns based on historical data of previous years. This data will

help the company to plan efficient and uninterrupted power supply for consumers.

However, the main challenge herein is that it has to go for a solution that can

give results based on Indian conditions.


The company has further implemented Data Leakage Protection (DLP) and GIS

applications. The GIS application enabled Reliance to map the entire area

covering its electricity distribution network. "Apart from this, we also have

deployed an Outage Management System application as well as Supervisory Control

& Data Acquisition (SCADA)," informs Mukherjee. The company is now integrating

OMS, SCADA and GIS along with SAP to obtain the best results. This integrated

system will help to generate geographical data for identifying failures and

problem areas, map power requirement patterns, trace fault locations and power

availability status that will help Reliance to fine-tune its power distribution

and serve customers efficiently and proactively.

Save Energy

The company is focusing on green IT through various initiatives within the

organization. "Being in the energy sector, we understand the importance of

efficient use of power very well. Hence, we are trying to contribute our bit

towards energy conservation," says Mukherjee. The company has been deploying

solutions to reduce paper and ink consumption and recycle cartridges and toners.

"We also conduct regular in-house training to generate awareness among employees

apart from building an Intranet portal for all kinds of internal communications

or circulations instead of sending printed copies," he says. The company has

also consolidated its server set-up with SAP implementation and is looking at

desktop virtualization in the near future.

Piyali Guha