Bring the field into the office with our award-winning, fully integrated enterprise resource planning platform, ProField. Central to our technology is ProFieldMETER, a mobile workforce management application that helps utilities safely, efficiently, and productively execute smart grid initiatives.
Bring the Field Into the Office
Utilities around the world use ProField to manage their smart meter deployments. Unlike other project management platforms, ProField is a unique workforce management tool designed specifically for AMI rollouts.
The benefits of ProField
See the big picture with real-time status on project teams and tasks, productivity metrics, quality documentation, and asset location.
Efficiency, safety, and productivity
Effectively collaborate and instantly communicate with teammates anywhere — compare team performance, balance workloads, and optimize installation crews’ daily routes. ProField’s workflow and training features ensure tasks are performed only by certified staff and allow you to receive incident reports immediately from the field.
Protect your data
Data is one of your most valuable assets. Authenticate users via role-based access management and secure all data transfer between devices using built-in secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption.
Track Projects in Real Time and Collaborate From Anywhere
ProFieldMETER’s eight modules allow project teams to track a project in real time and to collaborate from anywhere. You get a comprehensive tool for managing every aspect of smart grid deployment and post-rollout operations.
The “brain” of ProField, and home to the collaborative workspace, where utility and Smart Grid Solutions staff manage every aspect of a project in real time. The map-based OpsCenter provides full transparency into what is happening in the field. With access to project data and reports, project managers can escalate issues that require a supervisor’s attention.
A robust safety management system that encapsulates our “work safe or not at all” philosophy. A tablet app manages the daily safety meeting and vehicle inspections. If an incident occurs, field staff immediately generate the incident report on their handheld device, which is instantly pushed into the safety management system and processed per OSHA requirements.
A shared call center manages communication between the utility, its customers, and the deployment company. The call center handles emergencies, appointment scheduling, project inquiries, and customer feedback and can integrate with the utility’s call center and emergency response system, giving utility staff real-time access to live data from ProField.
An innovative cascading inventory system ensures that the location and custody of every asset is known at all times. The barcode-driven system keeps the logical and physical transfer in sync every time the custody of an asset changes. The cascading feature makes physical inventory reconciliation highly efficient by determining when inventory needs to performed by pallet, box, or individual asset.
ProField’s comprehensive online training and certification module ensures that every employee takes courses and passes certification tests for their specific work type and prevents work being assigned to employees without proper certification.
Verify safety and quality of work performed in the field by observing field techs in real time. Safety infractions are immediately addressed, and any process violations are used for performance assessments.
ProField’s exclusive DayRoute feature computes optimized routes for installation crews, taking into account blackout dates, work types, and travel times.
OnSite ensures that work is performed strictly according to a precise sequence using forced-march workflows on handheld devices. This not only reduces the likelihood of human error, but also ensures that all field work is executed according to best practices.
Customize ProField to suit your needs — license the software alone, select a la carte components, or allow us to provide a full, turnkey solution.
License ProField while using your internal resources to execute the project. Licensing options include:
Utilize your in-house expertise and selectively integrate components of the turnkey solution. For example, you could engage us for project management and quality inspection, but use your own staff for training, certification, and field force deployment.
You determine the direction and requirements, and we execute the full life cycle of the smart meter deployment, including, but not limited to, a requirements workshop, ProField customization, pilot implementation, if required, and full-scale rollout.
We’ll handle all aspects of your rollout from project management, warehousing, meter inventory management, vehicles, training and certification, and field audits, to safety management, customer communications, field force deployment, personal protective equipment, and tools.
Our Smart Grid Specialists can help determine the right ProField configuration for your business.
The ideal solution for utilities who incur revenue losses due to inaccurate, or deliberately low, meter readings. It requires a meter technician to randomly take photos and record GPS coordinates for validation of collected field data.
“I would highly recommend the use of the ProField installation tool. The availability of real-time installer data and access to installation pictures, combined with Apex’s daily quality control process will have a positive impact on your project. I recommend Apex be considered for an opportunity to lead your deployment efforts.”
Carl ZetterbergAmeren Illinois
“ProField exceeded CPFL expectations. Productivity of the CPFL staff increased almost 3 times within a few days. Our management team has especially enjoyed the access of real-time field work status. I am confident that ProField can meet our needs in the replacement of 2 million meters and other field services.”
Eduardo Caldas CardosoCPFL Energia, Brazil
“When I saw how ProField manages a project, I was extremely impressed. It was clear that someone put a lot of thought into the processes. ProField is a management tool that Holy Cross can really utilize — the installers and the utility use the same software, so we are confident everyone is leveraging the same data.”
Josh SnoddyHoly Cross Energy
“ProField is one of Apex’s greatest selling points — it’s the only tool you need to perform multiple functions in a rollout. It has solid processes in place to eliminate human error and it integrated seamlessly with our AMI vendor and our internal legacy systems.”