And the Winner is… GE’s Grid IQ™ Customer Experience Center
*GE Recently Earned Three Industry Awards for Its Grid IQ™ Customer
Experience Center—Turning Complex Grid Solutions into an Immersive
*At the Center, GE Shows Customers Firsthand How Its Solutions Help to
Modernize the Grid through a 60-Foot-Wide, Seven-Foot-High Interactive
*GE’s Global Innovation Center and Florida Power & Light and ComEd Projects
are Latest Examples of GE’s Grid Modernization Initiatives
MARKHAM, Ontario -- August 12, 2013
GE (NYSE: GE) recently won three prestigious audiovisual (AV) awards for its
advanced technology at the company’s Grid IQ™ Global Innovation Center in
Markham, Ontario. At the centerpiece of the center is a 60-foot-wide,
seven-foot-high, 180-degree curved laser phosphor display videowall, designed
by Prysm Inc., which allows customers to take an interactive, immersive look
at GE’s full suite of grid modernization offerings. This Customer Experience
Center is another example of how GE is helping its customers do their part to
modernize the grid.
GE was given the 2013 Integration Award for Best Corporate Solution by
Commercial Integrator Magazine and TechDecisions Media and also received the
inaugural People’s Choice Award in the Best Corporate Solution category, which
is sponsored by InfoComm International and NewBay Media. Finalists for the
People’s Choice Award were chosen by a panel of industry experts that included
journalists, educators and technical directors. The winners were determined by
the votes of attendees at InfoComm 2013.
In addition, recognized as the industry’s best professional AV installation in
the Corporate category and chosen from entries received in nine categories, GE
also was awarded one of the PRO AV Spotlight Awards, which honor installations
that demonstrate excellence in technical design, innovation and success in
advancing their customers’ mission.
“These awards recognize how our state-of-the-art Global Innovation Center in
Ontario is allowing customers to experience, in ways that were not possible
before, how GE’s innovative technologies can solve their complex grid
modernization challenges,” said Claudio Cargnelli, chief marketing officer for
GE’s Digital Energy business. “Our Customer Experience Center leverages the
latest in AV and interactive digital tools to immerse customers in a virtual
power system, helping them identify grid modernization challenges, the impact
of those challenges and potential solutions, from the power plant to the power
The Grid IQ Global Innovation Center is one of many ways GE is working to
modernize the grid. For example, earlier this month, GE announced that it has
been selected by ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation and the
electric utility serving Northern Illinois, to deliver approximately 4 million
smart meters from 2013 to 2021 in a deal worth more than $200 million.
In addition, in April, GE and Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced the
completion of Energy Smart Florida (ESF), an initiative implemented to
modernize the grid and build out a more reliable and efficient electrical
infrastructure. GE helped FPL complete the installation of 4.5 million smart
meters across FPL’s 35-county service territory nine months ahead of schedule,
and successfully complete its grid modernization projects funded by a grant
FPL received from the U.S. Department of Energy.
“By leveraging our advanced technologies and end-to-end integrated solutions,
our customers are able to prevent power outages and maintain a safe, secure
and reliable grid while empowering their customers to take more control over
their energy usage,” added Cargnelli.
GE’s meters at both sites help to enable effective two-way communication
between the utilities and their customers. For example, smart meters provide
customers with hourly data on their energy usage. Smart meters also will alert
the utilities to power outages automatically—without requiring customers to
contact the utility—and help pinpoint the problem so the utility can restore
GE announced the opening of its Grid IQ Global Innovation Center in October
2012. The state-of-the-art, 200,000-square-foot facility was designed to
foster innovation and global collaboration to improve the efficiency,
reliability and security of the world's electrical grids.
The facility includes 100,000 square feet of production space and will help GE
meet both current and future product demands as utilities around the world
continue to look for ways to improve their energy infrastructures. To support
that growth, the facility also incorporates on-site research and test and
simulation laboratories giving GE engineers easy access to the tools needed to
help utility and industrial customers solve their toughest energy challenges.
The building includes a technical training center providing both on-site and
distance learning offerings for GE employees, partners and customers. GE
welcomes utilities to bring in their customers to help educate and engage them
about their energy usage and the global electrical grid.
For further information on GE’s offerings, the Grid Explorer provides an
exciting look at the company’s advanced power system solutions, while the
Solutions Explorer system explores GE solutions by industry segment.
GE’s Digital Energy business is a global leader in transmission and
distribution solutions that manage and move power from the power plant to the
power consumer. Its products and services increase the reliability of
electrical power networks and critical equipment for utility, industrial and
large commercial customers. From protecting and optimizing assets such as
generators, transmission lines and motors, to delivering analytic tools to
help manage the power grid, and providing uninterruptible power, GE’s Digital
Energy business delivers industry-leading technologies to solve the unique
challenges of each customer. For more information, visit
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technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy,
health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and
curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information,
visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
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