“Another significant feature of ETAP includes technology-driven preventative maintenance of equipment, which will better safeguard our infrastructure through a heat-triggered alarm system. This is made possible by digital twin technology that uses historical and current data to simulate maintenance and upgrades to the system. This will ensure that when we perform maintenance, no unnecessary unplanned system

Cllr Lorenzo Arendse, Mayoral Committee Member: Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Drakenstein Municipality, and Vladimir Milovanovic, VP: Power Systems, Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa

tripping will occur,” explains Herman Rossouw, Senior Engineering Technician at the Municipality.

The Executive Mayor concludes: “Drakenstein Municipality has taken a forward-looking approach to invest in this kind of sustainable and digital technology right now, as we believe this is what South Africa needs at this point in time for social governance. We need this shift in local government. In my opinion, it’s a trail-blazing move.”

In addition, it puts tremendous pressure on our sanitation, water, and electricity infrastructure. Smart technology to assist us in dealing with these challenges could not have come at a more opportune time. With this added tool in our management toolbox, we can now raise the service delivery bar even higher.” The fact that Drakenstein Municipality already had a solid fibre communication network in place made it more than ready for this new technology. “The new ETAP system integrates well with our geographic mapping system and offers many exciting features, such as real-time insights into the power grid. This will enable us to swiftly pinpoint the precise areas affected by power outages, which will drastically cut down on fault finding and repair times, as well as man hours. What is more, is that ETAP allows remote monitoring on various devices,” says Leon Laing, Manager: Planning and Customer Services at the Electro-Technical Engineering division of Drakenstein Municipality.

Sustainability is in the DNA of our organisation and our community, and this project is a perfect fit for our sustainability vision and best practices.

VARS | September


Made with FlippingBook Ebook Creator