ODIN seeks to establish a comprehensive digital reporting standard for power outage data to enable utilities and others to exchange data freely with designated stakeholders at all levels.
The program, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity, builds on the success of a pilot effort in the state of Washington.
More than 3,000 utility providers operate across the U.S., from major national corporations to local cooperatives of a few hundred customers. Uniform reporting standards and a central digital framework relieve stakeholders from sorting through tangles of outage maps and contradictory or incomplete reports, freeing time for improved emergency response.
ODIN's standards and architecture ensure easy access to the information stakeholders need, from precise geographical data to estimated times of power restoration (when available). Emergency managers can integrate outage details with other critical-incident data for a broader perspective. Customers, the news media, and neighboring providers can look up the latest outage details at the click of a mouse.
Better situational awareness enables clear communication and a streamlined response. First responders and utilities can use ODIN to deploy resources effectively, reach those in need sooner, and restore power more promptly.
More data means more opportunities to analyze outage reports to spot weak points in the utility grid, prioritize repairs and upgrades, and predict when and where future outages may occur.
ODIN provides free resources and constant one-on-one support. Most participants can be up and running within two hours.