GE Global Electricity Monitoring & Diagnostics Center Reduces Power Outages Worldwide via Industrial IoT

Running GE Digital's APM solution will help further prevent power outages by increasing the reliability of the thousands of power-producing turbines and generators monitored by the M&D Center.
By IOT Journal
Oct 09, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:

GE Digital (NYSE: GE) announced today that GE Power's Monitoring & Diagnostic Center in Atlanta will utilize the company's Predix-based Asset Performance Management (APM) software, bringing the strength of the Industrial IoT to power producers and utilities around the world. Running GE Digital's APM solution will help further prevent power outages by increasing the reliability of the thousands of power producing turbines and generators monitored by the M&D Center.

According to the World Bank, unplanned power outages leave homes and businesses in many emerging countries without electricity for 15 or more days per month. Even in the United States, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reports that the average power system suffers downtime and is unable to meet demand six percent of the time.

"Data science plays a critical role in improving the reliability of the electricity supply to consumers," said Russell Stokes, president & CEO of GE Power. "With GE Digital's Asset Performance Management software, our M&D Center in Atlanta will further enhance its ability to forecast and prevent power outages worldwide."

GE Power's Atlanta M&D Center is the industry-leading power generation monitoring facility. Center experts have worked with customers to increase uptime while reducing operations and maintenance expenses for more than 20 years. Today, more than 500 power producers and utilities responsible for 900 power plants around the world use the M&D Center's expert data scientists, engineering resources, and monitoring services to identify machine and equipment issues.Every day, the center receives more than 200 billion data tags coming from 1 million sensors attached to 5,000 assets in power plants across more than 60 countries.

However, experts largely rely on email or phone calls to alert customers to potential outages. With Predix, the M&D Center's customers – who choose the new APM-based services offered as an upgrade option – will gain a real-time view of asset data, enabling more effective, collaborative trouble-shooting with experts and enhancing their ability to forecast and prevent power outages through predictive maintenance alerts.

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