GE to roll out its Predix Asset Performance Management software at its monitoring, diagnostic center

By rolling out APM to its monitoring and diagnostic center, it will be able to tap into utility sensor data around the world for more predictive abilities.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

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GE Digital said its Predix Asset Performance Management software will be used to power its monitoring and diagnostic center, which tracks the health of more than 600 power plants around the world.

The broad rollout of GE's Asset Performance Management (APM) software serves a bevy of purposes:

  • Using its own Predix software allows GE Digital to scale its software and learn from all the IoT sensors in these global power plants.
  • GE Digital can build new services based on the data aggregated.
  • The Predix platform will get more data to refine algorithms as well as digital twin efforts.
  • And GE Digital will have a "eat your own dogfood" marketing vehicle for its Predix platform.

Scott Bolick, GE Power's head of software strategy and product management, said the APM deployment will happen in the fourth quarter. "This will be the largest APM deployment and largest industrial IoT use case," said Bolick.

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GE Power's efforts come at an interesting time for the company. As a new CEO -- John Flannery -- takes the helm, analysts have questioned whether GE should spin off its digital unit and look for ways to cut costs. Flannery has said GE is committed to its digital efforts.

GE Power's Atlanta monitoring and diagnostic center is already used by customers, who tap into GE's monitoring services and data science to spot equipment issues and act. The center receives more than 200 billion data notifications from one million sensors in the field across 5,000 power plant assets globally.

The returns on industrial Internet of things as well as IoT in general is predictive maintenance and eliminating downtime. By scaling, GE Digital into markets such as Africa, the company can aggregate emerging market information.

GE Digital is also launching Monitoring and Diagnostics as a service. The service will enable customers to implement APM across power assets and then aggregate data. The customer will own the data, but can share for benchmark data from GE Power. "The customers own their data. If there is an outcome guarantee, we get the data to provide that service," explained Bolick. "If APM is deployed by itself, the customer decides whether to share the data."

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