Mukwonago, WI, April 4, 2008 — Wind Lake Solutions Inc. (WLS) announced that FirstEnergy Corp. has contracted for the implementation of WLS’ SPANS (Spatially-enabled Permitting and Notification System) for its Ohio Edison subsidiary. SPANS is a hosted web-based solution designed to electronically and centrally manage inter-company communications associated with joint use pole attachment projects.
Under the contract, SPANS will be implemented throughout Ohio Edison’s 7,000 square-mile electric utility service territory and will be used in the management of communications associated with approximately 565,000 joint use attachments to Ohio Edison poles.
WLS has already begun configuring SPANS for use by Ohio Edison and its joint use partner communications companies. SPANS’ configurable managed workflow architecture provides for the effective coordination of interdependent pole owner/attacher joint use activities.
The Ohio Edison implementation is being configured to handle pole removal, replacement, and relocation notifications as well as requests for rearrangement of existing attachments, and requests and notifications associated with establishment and discontinuation of joint use by Ohio Edison’s joint use partner companies.
Ohio Edison served as the charter participant in a SPANS pilot project which was initiated in July 2007. Two national incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) along with two major cable operators also participated in the pilot with Ohio Edison.
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