From smartphones to laptops, today’s global economy is powered by knowledge sharing that requires 24-hour internet connections. The digital technology that has changed the way individuals work, live and play is now being applied to connect consumers to the power grid. To meet the on-demand requirements of consumers, GE’s Digital Energy business and the City of Aberdeen have announced plans to implement GE’s Solutions as a Service (SaaS) technology. SaaS is a cloud-based, fee-for-service grid management system that enables small- and mid-market utilities, like the City of Aberdeen, to build modern and interconnected grids.
Using SaaS, a GE Predictivity solution, GE will provide Aberdeen with access to an online customer portal, enabling residents to visualize their energy usage and billing information. As part of the portal, the City can engage consumers with tools to better manage energy and water habits, removing uncertainty about their monthly utility bills. Under the terms of the agreement, GE will also provide Aberdeen with a range of services, including electric and water metering for the city’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), asset monitoring and mapping, outage detection and meter data management.
Introduced last year, GE’s SaaS—one of the company’s innovative Industrial Internet technologies—can establish a constant flow of communication between a business operation and its machines, enabling big data to be converted into real-time analytical insight, improving grid reliability, productivity and efficiency. Currently, GE’s SaaS is being utilized by Holly Springs, Miss., marking Aberdeen as the second utility in the state to integrate this solution. It’s also being integrated by Electric Cities of Georgia/City of Norcross, Ga., the City of Leesburg, Fla., and Skiatook, Okla.