Published on February 19th, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill0
GE And Google Team Up For Improved Utility Productivity
Earlier this month GE and Google announced that they were partnering to help utilities boost their productivity. GE’s Smallworld electrical, telecommunications and gas applications will now come with Google Maps out of the box to provide better visualising and analysis of data.
“We are relentlessly looking at ways to bring value to our customers and this agreement brings together two world-leading solutions providers to help improve productivity,” said Bryan Friehauf, product line leader—software solutions for GE’s Digital Energy business. “Millions of people are already familiar with Google Maps as seen on their computer screens in the office or on mobile devices in the field. Now we’re able to bring that familiarity to our Smallworld products so that our customers can use a platform that’s completely customized for their assets and networks.”
The combination of GE’s Smallworld and Google Maps will enhance the existing visualisation capabilities of utilities, as well as enable them to provide their customers with more precise outage restoration times.
“By using Google Maps and our API offering, GE is providing its customers with the advantage of a simple and intuitive user interface. Because so many people already know how to use Google Maps, this allows GE’s Smallworld technology to be an even more powerful enterprise solution,” said Tarun Bhatnagar, director, Google Geo Enterprise. “Both GE and Google have a heritage of innovation, and we look forward to working together to provide new ways to use and visualize data on a map.”
Smallworld is a suite of products which “design and model complex network infrastructures while supporting management lifecycle processes and producing solutions for companies with complex network asset management problems.” Implementing Google Maps will increase the usefulness of these products, allowing users better integration of their networks with real world information.
“We believe together, GE and Google will utilize their unique combination of technical talent and capabilities to significantly enhance the efficiency of their operations in a wide array of applications,” said Friehauf. “Ultimately, our customers will notice significant benefits from this new agreement.”