Trimble NIS Implementation Successful at Finland’s Largest Electricity Distribution Company

The implementation project for the Trimble NIS network information system has reached a successful conclusion at the electricity distribution company Caruna in Finland. The delivery project began in June 2014 and was completed in February 2015 within the scheduled eight months.

The delivery expanded the software solution for long-term electricity network planning Caruna had previously acquired from Trimble. Trimble NIS is now Caruna's main system for performing tasks related to network planning and maintenance. The delivery also included software for network investment management, enabling Caruna's investment programs to be managed and individual investment projects to be planned, monitored and analyzed.

− By investing in the electricity network and maintenance, we are able to meet the increased reliability requirements of the Electricity Market Act, even in the event of challenging weather conditions, says Sauli Antila, Caruna's Head of Network Development.

− We consider the implementation of the new network information system to be a business improvement project, not an IT project. Thanks to the rapid implementation, we are able to ensure efficient asset management and the ramp-up of investment levels, Antila continues.

The implementation project for the new network information system was prioritized at the highest level within Caruna.

− The key factors in the completion of the project within the budgeted costs and to a very tight schedule were Trimble's standard applications and the strong commitment of both parties to the delivery plan, says Mikael Mickelsson, Caruna's IT Development Manager.

− In terms of the scale of the delivery and schedule, this implementation project was unique. I would like to thank the numerous people involved in the project from both organizations, says Regional Sales Manager Jukka Leppänen from Trimble.

 

For further information, please contact

Jukka Leppänen
Regional Sales Manager EMEA, Electric & Gas
Trimble Energy & Public Administration
Tel. +358 40 518 8016
firstname.lastname@trimble.com

Sauli Antila
Head of Network Development
Caruna
Tel. +358 40 658 9708
firstname.lastname@caruna.fi

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About Trimble
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. www.trimble.com

About Trimble Energy & Public Administration
Trimble Energy & Public Administration develops software solutions for energy distribution, public administration and water industries. The business area offers its customers high-end process support tools from planning to construction, operation and maintenance and enables building up first-class customer service solutions. Modularity, extensive GIS capabilities and interoperability with other systems are essential capabilities of the solutions. www.tekla.com/solutions

About Caruna
Caruna is the largest electricity distribution company in Finland, responsible for distributing electricity to 640,000 residential and business customers in South, Southwest and Western Finland as well as Joensuu, Koillismaa and Satakunta. Caruna employs 340 people directly and up to 1,500 people indirectly all over Finland. Caruna has a strong commitment in building a weather proof network and invests 100 million euros annually in developing the electricity network. Caruna is owned by pension funds Keva (12.5%) and Elo (7.5%) together with international infrastructure investors First State Investments (40%) and Borealis Infrastructure (40%). www.caruna.fi