VIA and Enel X: Bridging power company data and AI solutions

Published on Monday, 25 October 2021

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“Anyone can get lucky and make something new once. For us, we strive to find a faster, smarter, cleaner way of doing everything, all the time”

– Kate Ravanis, COO & co-founder of VIA

Aside from using TAC™ as a foundation for meeting customer needs, VIA also offers other solutions to solve data analyst pain points. Analysts often transfer raw data in different formats to a database, known as data wrangling. The analyst usually identifies a rule or multiple rules to transfer this data. Sometimes this comes easy, but in many cases, it can be incredibly time-consuming. The big leap in AI is being able to process information without humans writing all the rules. For this reason, VIA created its unique Smart Wrangling Engine for Extraction and Transformation™ (SWEET™) technology, which uses AI to take data from any kind of format and transform it into a standardized AI-ready format.

 

The impact of data and AI

After presenting an initial proposal, VIA had the opportunity to witness various Enel X use cases first-hand. The first project we collaborated on was a model that would show how Behind The Meter (BTM) storage impacts the condition of transformers. “We executed the project over the next year and during that time we started discussing other pain points we were having in Enel X such as ingestion capabilities from the DR team,” explains Rodriguez.

With VIA’s SWEET™ technology, we were able to automate the data cleaning and wrangle thousands of meter data files from Enel X customers. This solution worked by first using machine vision to “see” the data from Enel X, map it out, and delineate headers, blank spaces and any data in either columns or rows. The algorithm then used natural language processing which does another check of all data to confirm which are relevant. Finally, the SWEET™ technology used derived data separation, which helped to automatically recognize and separate columns and rows from the raw data.

“The impact of VIA’s technology was that it enabled significant time and cost savings, greater optimization of the data ingestion process, and overall improvement in data accuracy resulting in the capability to process a greater number of files from various sources,” notes Rodriguez of Enel X. According to Ravanis, “using SWEET™, the Enel X team has been able to process files in just minutes, which may have taken hours for a data scientist to manipulate manually.”

 

A global VIAble solution

At Enel X, innovation is always on. Together with VIA, we are committed to making technology that is constantly evolving to make the world more sustainable through the secure control of any combination of data sources and their formats. Ravanis sums this up by saying: “Anyone can get lucky and make something new once. For us, we strive to find a faster, smarter, cleaner way of doing everything, all the time.”

Our collaboration with VIA is also growing. We’re discussing ways to optimize our Enel Utility Bill Management Platform, and also considering blockchain-based solutions to enhance the purchase of renewables and new ways to automate other processes. As long as we’ve got the drive to work together to lead the energy transition, the innovation will keep coming.

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