GE’s RtOI Offering Provides More than Business Intelligence by Putting the Right Information in the Right Hands at the Right Time

Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:00am EDT

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* Mobility sparks industrial companies to drive efficiency with actionable
information that adds context to insight
* RtOI industrial paradigm enables everyone in the organization to unlock value
in data at both operational and business levels
* GE`s patented GEO-intelligence technology enables intelligent information
based on the user`s location, role and asset location

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--(Business Wire)--
GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced new software solutions that
address the challenge of making sense of the myriad of data available in
business today. These powerful solutions accessed by simple apps deliver
Real-Time Operational Intelligence (RtOI) to exploit existing data sets and
transform them into actionable knowledge with easy-to-use mobile interfaces
coupled with powerful and scalable server-based components. 

The first component to help companies achieve true RtOI is Proficy Mobile. This
product, designed specifically for industry, will spark customers to drive
efficiency with real-time access to operational information, using the latest
generation of mobile iOS and Android devices. It features an easy-to-use
standard interface with GE`s patented GEO-intelligence technology that provides
situational awareness typically found only in consumer apps like Facebook,
coupled with a powerful back-end server that transforms existing raw data into
intelligent, actionable information. And, it provides companies with the option
of allowing employees to use their own devices quickly, easily and securely. 

"Industrial operations need to break free of operating business from within a
central control room," said Mark Bernardo, General Manager, Automation Software
for GE Intelligent Platforms. "Business and operational personnel can now
leverage smart mobile devices that have actionable information in context to
physical equipment. By harnessing RtOI, productivity is increased by arming each
employee with the right information at the right time in the right place, to
make the right decision, faster." 

Proficy Mobile accesses structured information through equipment models that can
be configured specifically to a company`s operations, allowing users to find the
information they need quickly and easily. Once data is mapped into the model,
users can add intelligence through easy-to-use tools that can outline
relationships and connections to multiple disperse systems transforming it to
information. And, with GE`s patented GEO-intelligence technology, the system
automatically navigates and provides information based on user location, role,
and asset condition and context. 

With a standard downloadable GE app, "point-and-click" server configuration and
an extensible analytics engine - systems can be deployed on top of existing
systems such as SCADA, HMI, MES, BMS, ERP and Historians. This capability is
essential for industry as new visualization, mobility, analytics and
collaboration tools enable action in real time, in the required locations and
with the contextual information operators, engineers, managers and executives
need to make quicker decisions. 

The structured navigation features of Proficy Mobile provide the ability to map
data from existing GE or third-party applications, allowing companies to add the
necessary context to existing data no matter the source. The built-in
intelligence foundation allows companies to define applicable key process
indicators (KPIs) and equipment relationships forming standard plant/site-wide
and asset-level detailed displays accessible from within the app. 

Assets and processes are tracked using KPIs to notify users of alert conditions,
as well as trends that may be occurring in the plant. This lays the groundwork
for future integration to advanced alarming and predictive analytics, both of
which are upcoming components GE is planning for 2013 release. In addition,
Proficy Mobile provides aggregated asset health displays intelligently to alert
the user to a current condition drawing attention to the most critical
information. Health indices alert to pending conditions and alarms with state
and severity as an indicator of a process or equipment in trouble. 

Proficy Mobile uses technology innovations typically not seen in industry
including HTML5, native app code, SSL and RESTful architectures that provide
options such as deploying within a traditional non-connected industrial
environment or harness private/public cloud Internet-based solutions. 

"True industrial mobilization should really focus on pushing information to
users in context to where they physically are," concluded Bernardo. "Mobilizing
existing user interfaces and their associated systems designed for 24x7
monitoring in central control rooms have great value. However, the `gold mine`
is achieved by adding intelligence on top of existing data elements from
multiple systems, to not only transform into real information, but also to
control what is accessible by location and role. This provides the true
transformation from data everywhere to actionable knowledge anywhere, anytime." 

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