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October 31, 2012

Storm Center Put to the Test during Sandy

iFactor’s Storm Center implementations are being put to the test during the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy. This is a live blog to capture interesting statistics, links, and information on how our products are being used during this monumental event. The following links provide direct access to implementations in regions impacted by this storm:

[10-31-2012 11:42am] The Google Crisis map on Hurricane Sandy has been extended with links to a wide variety of power outage maps and related utility sites sharing outage status information.

[10-31-2012 12:51pm] A quick review of analytics on Storm Center outage maps from 10/27 – 10/30 shows more than 3,500,000 page visits have been served so far.  A combination of utility data centers and iFactor-hosted solutions are delivering all this content to users. We are seeing a mix of desktop of mobile traffic with mobile running between 20% and 50% of visits across the different properties.

[10-31-2012 2:55pm] Here is an article with an interesting infographic on overall power outages from Huffington Post.

[10-31-2012 04:03pm] Several interesting news articles related to power outages and elections. I guess we will add this to the long list of considerations for data sources and points we might work to include in Storm Center 4 next year as we aim to further deliver key information to the public.

Business Insider – How power outages from Sandy could affect Election Day

From the NY Times Blog on Sandy – “New York City has given its poll site list to Con Edison so they can prioritize the restoration of power. After they do the assessment, they’ll determine whether they need to come up with alternate sites.” – quote from John Conklin, a spokesman for the New York State Board of Elections