At DTE, we’re always looking for new ways to keep our customers and employees safe, and to improve our ability to deliver safe, reliable energy to the communities where we live and serve. We recently unveiled the newest member of our fleet of vehicles deployed to provide assistance and relief when issues impact the energy grid, and this vehicle is like no other vehicle we own.

It’s called the DTE Mobile Command Center. This 40-foot-long rapid response unit allows us to deploy quickly – with all the resources we need – to resolve a variety of significant events, including large-scale storm-related outages and major equipment damage. It includes four computer stations and has laptop plug-in functionality, as well as a full-size plotter that allows our engineering and support teams to print full-size maps, diagrams and operating prints. This 10-wheeled, six-wheel drive, American-made behemoth offers all the equipment and system connectivity needed to ensure access to critical information, and allows our employees to work as they would at their desks – wherever they’re needed most.

The command center’s interior provides a comfortable, safe place for key stakeholders – including DTE employees, and public safety and government officials – to collaborate and develop solutions to emerging issues, and to keep the public informed about issues impacting the energy grid. The vehicle’s 16 viewing screens make vital information easily accessible to those who need it, and it’s outfitted with several communications networks to ensure its always online and able to send and receive data.

The Mobile Command Center is a great tool in our arsenal to improve our ability to address issues impacting the energy grid faster and more efficiently. It’ll also hit the road and appear at a limited number of public events throughout our electric and natural gas service territories later this year, so be on the lookout!