PUC introduces program to improve networking

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Updated: August 25, 2015

The Belize Public Utilities Commission held a work shop today for a new initiative called The Signal Information System. It’s a program that would be expanded to agencies that would be able to share information more efficiently. Rudolph Williams, Director of Water and Waste Water sector at Public Utilities Commission told Love News more about the new system.

Rudolph Williams, Director of Water and Waste Water sector

“What we are having is exploration of the possibility of setting up a single information system for the PUC and then expanding it to be a national single information system. This workshop came out of the Meso American Technical Cooperation program where Belize participates in the water resources sector of that technical cooperation program. We went to Columbia and we were impressed with the single information system that they were using in regulation and for management of utilities. We saw the opportunity to expand it to include other regulatory agencies in Belize and so we invited the experts who operate that system in Columbia to come and explain that system in Columbia to come and explain it to our people here and see if we could get them interested in establishing one these systems for Belize.”

Williams explains how this new system will benefit Belize.

Rudolph Williams, Director of Water and Waste Water sector

We realize whenever we want information from other agencies that we don’t regulate the time frame to get that information is a very long one and often times when we get the information the reality on the ground has already changed and so decisions are made with less than full information or we have to go back and extend the time to make the decisions because we need the additional information. This system if it’s implemented as it is operated in Columbia will make that information more readily available and more timely so that we could make better decisions.”

Williams says that the new system is expensive but with the help of an Open source software it will become more affordable.

 Rudolph Williams, Director of Water and Waste Water sector

“Yes its expensive we have been informed that the use of open source software is one way to bring the cost down and the cooperation among agencies could also help in bringing the cost down but it’s not a cheap system and it will require a lot of cooperation between the agencies in Belize.”

Rudolph Williams, Director of Water and Waste Water sector at Public Utilities Commission.