GE launches new energy management system for outage prevention

Grid IQ Insight takes the terabytes of data and using advanced analytics technologies, generates actionable information to predict and resolve failures and other issues that impact the performance of today's power grids

Grid IQ Insight, a new power management system from GE Digital Energy's Industrial Internet portfolio, is a platform that consolidates data from a broad mix of sources including existing grid management systems, smart meters and other intelligent grid power equipment, sensors, weather monitoring and even unstructured social media content from sources like Facebook or Twitter.

Grid IQ Insight takes the terabytes of data and using advanced analytics technologies, generates actionable information to predict and resolve failures and other issues that impact the performance of today's power grids.

This announcement was made at the DistribuTECH 2013 trade show, which runs from January 29-31.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates that power outages and power quality disturbances cost utilities and consumers more than $150 billion annually and greatly affect the U.S. economy. But what if you could use the power of social media, combine it with transmission data and fix problems much faster after they happen?

By consolidating and analyzing real-time data from once disconnected sources, Grid IQ Insight helps predict and prevent potential problems to the grid by getting the right information to the right people at the right time.

For example, by using social media updates or smart meter data, Grid IQ Insight can triangulate the source of the outage and show a utility where to send their crews faster than traditional systems. It also can help a utility understand where a potential equipment failure exists allowing it to proactively address the problem as part of its regular maintenance program rather than incurring additional costs related to unplanned, emergency repairs.

After Grid IQ Insight gathers input from social media, intelligent devices and renewable energy sources, it applies analytical intelligence to model the data and visualize it in brand new ways.

GE's Grid IQ Insight, developed as a result of working directly with the world's largest utility companies, is able to provide utilities with crucial outage prevention and restoration information by monitoring factors such as social media outlets and weather patterns.

It is able to scan mass amounts of text and images posted to social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, identifying and relaying outage related material to utilities quickly to minimize service disruptions for consumers. Grid IQ Insight also can analyze current and historical weather patterns. Using this information, the system can help utilities anticipate and prepare for severe weather-related service interruptions.

In addition to its Grid IQ Insight analytical software, GE offers utilities an advanced grid management system, its Grid IQ "Solutions as a Service" (SaaS), to help modernize electrical grid systems and meet expanding capacity, environmental and security needs. This cloud-based package of testing and consultation services allows appliances, smart meters and utilities to talk to each other, enabling utilities to efficiently manage the supply of power when and where it is needed. SaaS also allows for the re-routing of electricity during an outage, making the grid "self-healing."

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