How GE is marrying Digital with Industrial

How GE is marrying Digital with Industrial

In a remote village in Bihar, a hybrid generator that uses diesel and solar panels is helping residents access power whenever there is no supply from the grid. At the heart of the unit — which helps light up a few dozen homes — is a dispatch algorithm that switches between solar and diesel and improves battery performance.

If there is a glitch, engineers at GE’s John F. Welch Technology Centre in Bengaluru receive an alert. They then either rectify the system remotely or send the nearest technician to fix it.

An experiment to solve electricity problems in remote areas has now turned into a full-fledged business for GE, which is shaping itself as an industrial company that merges digital while offering its products to customers.

“It started off as our understanding of the region. The region definition is now not just India or Asia — one of the installations is in Togo in Africa,” says Alok Nanda, CEO, GE India Technology Centre. Read More

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