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Google, GE tackle next-gen smart grid GIS analytics

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Google will be integrating Google Maps data into GE's GIS (geographic information system or geospatial) analytics tools to help utilities increase productivity based on the ability to visualize and analyze their data with GE's Smallworld product suite.

GE's Smallworld geospatial solutions design and model complex network infrastructures while supporting asset management lifecycle processes and producing solutions for companies with complex network asset management problems. The partnership with Google will deliver those solutions for applications such as business intelligence, engineering, web clients, schematics, corridor management and enterprise gateway.

Google's rich mapping content strengthen GE's the existing geospatial capabilities 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 utilize Google's mapping content in the context of operational control of electricity networks.

"By using Google Maps and our API offering, GE is providing its customers with the advantage of a simple and intuitive user interface. Because so many people already know how to use Google Maps, this allows GE's Smallworld technology to be an even more powerful enterprise solution," said Tarun Bhatnagar, director of Google Geo Enterprise.

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