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Delphi keeps South Africans forewarned of potential electrical outages
Eskom is a South African public utility supplying both commercial premises and regular consumers with electricity. At times of extreme demand, it is sometimes necessary for Eskom to use “load shedding”. Load shedding is a procedure where the electricity supplier tries to prevent the power delivery circuits from incurring damage due to overloading.
Overloading is really quite simple: the amount of electricity that can be generated and safely delivered is finite. Apart from the obvious physical output limitation on the generators themselves, power lines to deliver that electricity also has a maximum capacity before they will become damaged by overheating and sometimes, in extreme cases, catching fire or exploding. When the amount of electricity being used by consumers reaches the point where it is unsustainable and is approaching that point where an overload could happen, the electricity generating company will actually temporarily cut off the power to selected regions for the greater good of the overall client base. This reduces the load and in turn averts disaster.
Knowing if your power is going to be disconnected can save lives
Obviously, in our high tech world, electricity is the lifeblood of much of modern life. Not just for entertainment such as TVs, games consoles, and computers but, in hotter countries, the air-conditioning is vital. If the air conditioning stops working the inability to cool down can actually result in heat-related sickness and even deaths. Likewise, some private consumers can have other electrical devices like CPAP machines, home kidney dialysis units and other similar medical appliances which operate on electricity and without it can lead to life-threatening and potentially fatal situations developing.
Obviously electrical outages are inconvenient at best and seriously impacting or disastrous at worst. A planned outage or least some forewarning of the outage and, better still, a heads-up on when power will be restored can take much of the danger out of electrical disconnections and provides those likely to be affected with some space to take steps to mitigate the problems that might occur.
GTM’s Delphi app can genuinely help avoid danger, reduce frustration and prevent a drama becoming a crisis
In the words of the developer: “The GTM loadshed app will take all the confusion out of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality’s load shedding schedule”.
According to GTM, the app’s features include:
– By defining your area the app will tell you if you are subject to load shedding or not.
– Indicates whether Eskom is load shedding and, if so, at which stage.
– Receive notifications on Eskom stage changes as well as your area’s load shedding status.
– Receive notifications when your area’s load shedding is about to start.
– Provides contact information for GTM for power related queries.