Sumter Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is a not-for-profit electric utility that provides reliable, cost efficient power to its 19,500 members throughout 11 countries in southwest Georgia. As a service cooperative, Sumter EMC is owned by those it serves and provides electric power at cost to its members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
Challenge: Ensure safety, improve service, and reduce expenses.
Reliable, clear communications are critical for the safety and productivity of the linemen and other field workers responsible for maintaining Sumter EMC's 3,000 miler of distribution line that covers 2,200 square miles throughout southwest Georgia. With heavily wooded terrain that extends through the entire footprint was not an option.