Rahul Sharma

ARCOS LLC

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
Type  Private
Number of employees  Does not disclose
Headquarters  Columbus
Industry  Software
Website  arcos-inc.com
Founded  1993
ARCOS LLC httpsbizprlogorgARCOSLLClogopng
Key people  Mitchell McLeod (Chairman and Founder), Bruce Duff (CEO), Molly Koch (CFO), Ted Schneider (CTO), Mitch Chapman (CPO)
Motto  The Crew Callout and Resource Scheduling Experts

ARCOS LLC is a software company based in Columbus, Ohio that provides an automated crew callout and resource management software system for finding, assembling and tracking repair crews for electric and gas utility companies. ARCOS LLC is often referred to simply as ARCOS (a registered trademark of ARCOS LLC in the United States since Aug. 6, 2013). ARCOS is a supplier to American utility companies. The ARCOS System is a software-as-a-service subscription. The ARCOS System is also used by power generation plants to maintain plant efficiency.

Contents

Callout

Callout is defined as an order to report for emergency or special work at an unusual time or place. Many utilities rely on customers to report a power outage or gas leak by phone or email. Once notified, utility supervisors or dispatchers then call to find available workers and assemble a crew. Utilities direct a crew to the affected area to track the cause of a disruption in power or gas leak and restore service. The order in which each lineman is called out for work after business hours is often stipulated by workplace rules and union agreements. Electric utility companies as well as gas and nuclear utilities use automated callout systems to reduce the time it takes to assemble a crew for power restoration work. By using an automated callout system instead of a manual process in which dispatchers dial workers’ phone numbers and ask for help, utilities reduces the time to fill a callout. Assembling and dispatching crews faster can reduce storm CAIDI (customer average interruption duration index) by up to 30 minutes because crews get to the scene of trouble faster.

Corporate history

ARCOS, an acronym for Automated Roster Call Out System, evolved from a company launched by Mitchell McLeod in 1993 called McLeod & Associates, which designed software for Fortune 1000 companies. In 1997, Alliant Energy Corp. asked McLeod to streamline the utility company’s callout system, which McLeod accomplished. Other U.S. utility companies asked for the same automated callout system, and McLeod focused his business on developing automated callout systems. McLeod spun off this business line in 2006, creating ARCOS. Originally, the software assumed that all utility crews were available, but that wasn't always true. So ARCOS had its scheduling software sync with work management programs. As a human capital management system, it also now keeps track as a status changes.

On November 11, 2013, Corum Group announced that ARCOS obtained a strategic investment from the Riverside Company to allow it to expand operations and staff. “ARCOS is a market-leading provider of mission-critical software to the utilities industry,” said Riverside Managing Partner Loren Schlachet. “With utilities facing enormous pressure from regulators and customers for better reliability, improved restoration times and transparency, the ARCOS software suite is the perfect solution to the perfect storm.” At the time of The Riverside Company's investment, ARCOS, Inc. changed its name to ARCOS LLC.

Noteworthy

Each year from 2007 to 2014, ARCOS has won Columbus Business First’s Fast 50 Award, an annual ranking of the 50 fastest-growing emerging companies in Central Ohio. Fast 50 Awardees are privately held and have at least $1 million in revenue per year with a three-year operating history. Each year, the award recognizes companies for financial growth and performance over the past three years.

In 2011, Salt River Project, the third-largest U.S. public power utility, became the first company to put in place a smartphone automated callout application made by ARCOS. With the ARCOS mobile app, supervisors at SRP use smart phones, instead of laptop computers, to launch after-hours callouts for electricity repair crews.

American Electric Power Company Inc. has used the software to quicken its response rates.

Products

  • The ARCOS System is an automated roster and resource scheduling solution for restoration and emergency response.
  • The ARCOS SIREN Notification Module sends notifications by phone, email or text message to groups of employees during an emergency.
  • The ARCOS Web Services Interface Platform captures and exchanges data about an employee’s availability and links it with mobile workforce management systems, outage management systems and storm management systems.
  • ARCOS Crew Manager is a centralized database and hub for managing crew information.
  • References

    ARCOS LLC Wikipedia


    Similar Topics
    Crónicas
    Matt Phillips
    Sam Peckinpah
    Topics