GE to integrate Google Maps into electrical applications

A new agreement has been announced between General Electric and Google, where Google Maps data will be integrated into GE’s Smallworld electrical, telecommunications, and gas applications. GE, a provider of geospatial analytical tools, and Google, a map services provider with more than one billion monthly active users, will help utilities to increase productivity based on the ability to visualize and analyze their data with GE’s Smallworld product suite.

The goal is to enhance the ability to visualize data on a map so utility customers will be able to quickly provide their end-use customers with important information such as outage restoration times and will help to more efficiently manage their network assets. GE’s  set of “small focused” applications for the Web, mobile devices, and desktops and  Google’s expansive mapping content will allow for base mapping as well as visualization and analytics capabilities. GE’s Distribution Management Systems and Outage Management Systems also will utilize Google’s mapping content in the context of operational control of electricity networks.

“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,” said Bryan Friehauf, product line leader of software solutions for GE’s Digital Energy business. “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.”

GE’s Smallworld geospatial application designs and models complex network infrastructures while supporting asset management life cycle processes for companies with network asset management problems.

-Bill O’Leary

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