GE plans on gauging the reliability and efficiency of NYPA’s public electrical system by playing sensors which can intelligently monitor the health of equipment.
General Electric has disclosed that it has won a contract from the state of New York’s public electrical system for the supply of software and analytics so as to improve the reliability and efficiency of digital technology.
The deal covers New York’s sixteen power generating facilities and its corresponding transmission network which altogether supplies 20% of the state’s electricity.
Earlier GE had supplied software and analytics to more than 20 utilities in the world. Its software is based on its new Predix industrial operating system. However, the nature of these contracts were more limited and were only part of the utility’s power generating and transmission capacity, said GE’s spokesperson, David McCulloch.
This current agreement has, by far, the broadest scope of all contracts won by GE for the supply of equipment. Incidentally, NYPA is the United States’ largest state owned power utility.
According to GE, its digital tools will help reduce NYPA’s operating costs while improving the efficiency and reliability of the state’s gas and hydro-powered generators.
GE plans on capitalizing on its Predix operating system to improve the functioning of aircraft engines, power generators, medical devices and large industrial equipment.
In order to gauge the efficiency and reliability GE will attach sensors to NYPA’s system to allow NYPA’s employees to analyse and monitor the health of its equipment.
According to GE’s statement, it will begin placing sensors in NYPA’s equipment from December. These sensors will provide alerts that predict “possible failures weeks before they might occur”.