December 14, 2011

LIPA implements iFactor Consulting’s Notifi product for outage communications

Are you a LIPA customer? Is your power out? Now you can text it in! iFactor Consulting recently completed the implementation of Notifi – the only customer communications software built specifically for utilities. Notifi will facilitate proactive and interactive communication via 2-way SMS text messaging and email for all of LIPA’s 1.1 million customers in Long Island, NY. Notifi’s 2-way text messaging and utility-specific workflows allow LIPA to implement customer communications directly to mobile phones. Customers can initiate interactive SMS conversations with LIPA’s Outage Management System anytime, anywhere to report outages and get up-to-date information about the power status of their accounts. The company has chosen the SMS shortcode “myLIPA” to make it easy for customers to remember who to text when their power is out. Notifi is also integrated with LIPA’s My Account web self-service portal (www.lipower.org/myLIPA) to allow customers to manage their subscription preferences online. By allowing each user to control their contact preferences separately for each of their accounts, LIPA will use Notifi to provide critical targeted information to their customers. “We are pleased to work with iFactor Consulting to become the first electric utility in New York State to offer LIPA customers the capability of reporting outages and receiving outage updates through text messaging,” said Michael Hervey, LIPA chief operating officer.  “LIPA will continue to look for new ways such as this mobile texting application to push the technology envelope and deliver information to our customers through multiple channels.” About LIPA LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2008, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State for frequency of service interruptions, and ranked second for duration of service interruptions. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets. More information about LIPA can be found online at: http://www.lipower.org. About iFactor Consulting iFactor Consulting is the leading provider of intelligent web and mobile solutions designed exclusively for the utility industry.  Their integrated suite includes industry leading interactive outage maps, custom smartphone application development, proactive and interactive utility notifications via text, voice & e-mail and an interactive street light outage solution. They also offer consulting services on outage management and outage communications.  iFactor solutions enhance the overall customer “outage experience” and fully integrate with OMS & CIS systems. For More Information iFactor Consulting Contact: Jamie Downing 800-631-9839 jamie@ifactorconsulting.com