EDF – STERIA
The Tamaris project aims to create a programming platform and to carry out emergency interventions and repairs. The beneficiary of this project is ERDF (Electricité Réseau de Distribution France), a subsidiary of EDF. Steria has been entrusted with the implementation of this project.
Total project duration : 5 months
The total cost of the project was 100 man.days
Details of the project :
In view of the liberalisation of the electricity market and to homogenise the existing fleet of electricity meters (more than 23 models), ERDF designed the new smart and communicating meter named Linky. It will be deployed in all households in France between 2012 and 2017. A major IT infrastructure is required to complete this long deployment operation.
The main objectives of the project were :
- Carry out real-time planning of work orders
- Enable the 6,000 network technicians in the field to enter service information on a lightweight terminal and instantly send the information to the central system.
Join the “Mobility” team that is supposed to develop the on-board tool for technicians in the field. Tasks carried out during the mission:
- Study of needs and constraints
- Business concept modeling
- Technical design
- Setting up the technical and software architecture of the system to be developed
- Realize functional mock-ups for the validation of technical concepts
- Development of the application’s screens in Agile Methodology
- Unit and integration tests
- Performance optimization
- Investigations and correction of anomalies
- Packaging and deployment on test and acceptance platforms
Integration of a Steria team of 4 people.
Main characteristics of the client
ERDF, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF, is the operator of the public electricity distribution network on 95% of mainland France. Its 35,000 employees operate, maintain and develop almost 1.3 million kilometres of network every day.
The company has 33 million customers and carries out more than 10 million operations per year.
Key success factors
- Expertise on mobile applications: The speaker has a strong experience in the field of embedded applications in general, and the CompactFramework platform in particular. He was able to implement all his know-how to find the best solutions to all the customer’s problems.
Business processes covered by the solution
- Work order management
- Bi-directional real-time communication with the central system
What were the most difficult features to implement ?
Among the most complex functionalities implemented by the speaker we can count :
- Ergonomic user interface design for a small screen size (QVGA: 320×240 pixels)
- Necessary adaptations for interfacing with the central system (use and modification of an existing exchange brick)
Technical platform elements
Software package, software or development languages used
- Windows Mobile 6.5
- Microsoft .Net CompactFramework, C# language
- Microsoft SqlServer 2008 Compact Edition
Challenges and key success factors
- Robustness: It is important that the application can run every day without human intervention.
Today, the tool is deployed in 2 pilot sites and fully fulfils its attributions. It will be deployed in all ERDF branches at the end of 2010.