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GE and Google Agreement Allows Utilities to Tap Familiar Maps Platform

A new agreement between GE and Google will integrate Google Maps data into GE’s Smallworld electrical, telecommunications and gas applications. GE and Google will help utilities increase productivity based on the ability to visualize and analyze their data with GE’s Smallworld product suite. The combined solution will enhance the existing network visualization capabilities and will allow utility customers to receive incremental efficiency and productivity of operations in the field. By enhancing the ability to visualize data on a map, 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 developed a set of small, focused applications for the Web, mobile devices and desktops. Google’s rich mapping content will form an integral part of GE’s solutions, strengthening the existing geospatial capabilities of GE’s Smallworld products by providing out-of-the-box base mapping as well as visualization and analytics capabilities. GE’s Distribution Management Systems and Outage Management Systems also will use Google’s mapping content in the context of operational control of electricity networks. Notably, for field operators, GE will use Google’s Android platform to augment its existing portfolio of mobile products. The new portable solution will integrate Google Maps, providing better contextual information to users in the field.

GE’s Smallworld geospatial solutions design and model complex network infrastructures while supporting asset management life-cycle processes and producing solutions for companies with complex network asset management problems. The agreement will deliver those solutions for applications such as business intelligence, engineering, Web clients, schematics, corridor management and enterprise gateway.

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