GE tak­ing IIoT to the next level in China

China Daily (USA) - - SHANG­HAI - By WANG YING in Shang­hai wang_y­ing@chi­

US con­glom­er­ate Gen­eral Elec­tric Co has launched its first Asian dig­i­tal foundry in Shang­hai to sup­port the growth of the In­dus­trial In­ter­net of Things (IIoT) in China.

IIoT refers to the in­te­gra­tion of ma­chin­ery with big data and the In­ter­net of Things.

The 4,000-square-me­ter foundry, lo­cated in GE’s Shang­hai cam­pus in Zhangjiang of Pudong dis­trict, is de­signed to incu­bate star­tups, im­prove col­lab­o­ra­tion and drive ecosys­tem growth. It will also en­able the com­pany to fast track more than 10 dig­i­tal in­dus­trial pi­lot pro­grams and 40 big data an­a­lyt­ics ap­pli­ca­tions it is cur­rently oper­at­ing in China.

These pi­lot projects cover GE’s key ver­ti­cal sec­tors such as avi­a­tion, health­care, power and in­tel­li­gent en­vi­ron­ment and will serve as test beds for full-scale in­dus­trial so­lu­tions for Chi­nese cus­tomers.

The fa­cil­ity is the first of its kind in Asia and the sec­ond of four foundries to be opened this year, fol­low­ing the GE Dig­i­tal Foundry in Paris last month. De­vel­oped with an in­vest­ment of $11 mil­lion, the Shang­hai foundry is set to wel­come more than 1,000 de­vel­op­ers over the next few years and gen­er­ate more than 200 jobs.

The fa­cil­ity will also serve as a plat­form where GE’s cus­tomers, part­ners and third­party de­vel­op­ers can share re­sources and con­trib­ute to the ex­pand­ing dig­i­tal in­dus­trial ecosys­tem sup­ported by Predix, GE’s oper­at­ing sys­tem for the In­dus­trial In­ter­net, as well as, which al­lows third-party soft­ware en­gi­neers to lever­age the plat­form’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to build, de­ploy and scale In­dus­trial In­ter­net ap­pli­ca­tions within a safe and se­cure de­vel­oper en­vi­ron­ment.

“To­day, In­dus­trial In­ter­net is pro­foundly trans­form­ing the global in­dus­try and how in­dus­trial com­pa­nies op­er­ate. Build­ing GE’s dig­i­tal in­dus­trial pres­ence in China is one of our key strate­gic pri­or­i­ties in the mar­ket,” said Rachel Duan, pres­i­dent & CEO, GE China.

GE also an­nounced on July 20 the es­tab­lish­ment of an al­liance with Huawei. The US con­glom­er­ate will tap into the Chi­nese com­pany’s proven track record of in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) to help ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive In­dus­trial In­ter­net ap­pli­ca­tions that will sup­port China’s in­dus­trial trans­for­ma­tion.

“By col­lab­o­rat­ing with GE, we are able to pro­vide our cus­tomers with an E2E in­dus­trial IoT so­lu­tion to help ac­cel­er­ate their suc­cess. In this mar­ket, Huawei will con­tinue its strat­egy of be­ing open and in­te­grated to pro­vide cus­tomers with the con­nec­tiv­ity of their in­dus­trial as­sets and de­vices,” said Wil­liam Xu, Huawei ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the board and chief strat­egy mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer.

Boast­ing strong gov­ern­ment sup­port and sub­stan­tial pri­vate in­vest­ment, China’s In­ter­net of Things (IoT) mar­ket is ex­pected to hit $166 bil­lion by 2020. GE said that it is look­ing to ex­pand its Dig­i­tal Al­liance Pro­gram in China to help scale the reach of In­dus­trial In­ter­net.

The com­pany will also in­vest more than $20 mil­lion over the next two years to fur­ther boost its tech­ni­cal and com­mer­cial ca­pa­bil­i­ties in China.

In ad­di­tion, GE Power has in­tro­duced its new Dig­i­tal Power Plant for Steam to po­ten­tial Chi­nese cus­tomers. The suite of tech­nolo­gies could play a sig­nif­i­cant role in help­ing the coun­try dra­mat­i­cally re­duce green­house gas emis­sions by im­prov­ing the per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency of coal-fired steam power plants.

China led im­por­tant changes in 2015 to raise the av­er­age net ef­fi­ciency of its en­tire coal fleet to 39 per­cent.

“The world is go­ing to need 50 per­cent more power in the next 20 years and it will need to be af­ford­able, ac­ces­si­ble, re­li­able and sus­tain­able,” said Steve Bolze, CEO and pres­i­dent of GE Power.

“Dig­i­tiz­ing and de­car­boniz­ing coal are two of the most ef­fec­tive ac­tions we can take in or­der to meet these needs and achieve the Paris COP21 goals, and we have an op­por­tu­nity to­day to help shape the fu­ture of power gen­er­a­tion in China. We are ex­cited about bring­ing the Dig­i­tal Power Plant for Steam to the re­gion.”

In De­cem­ber last year, 195 coun­tries adopted the firstever universal, legally bind­ing deal on cli­mate change known as COP21 in Paris. Ac­cord­ing to the deal, the na­tions agree to work to­ward sev­eral mea­sures to limit global warm­ing.

GE said that its Dig­i­tal Power Plant for Steam can pro­vide 1.5 per­cent­age points higher ef­fi­ciency while re­duc­ing un­planned down­time by 5 per­cent and CO2 emis­sions by 3 per­cent for a typ­i­cal 1000 MW plant in China, com­pared to a plant with­out GE’s Predix­en­abled tech­nolo­gies.

These gains can lead to 350 mil­lion yuan ($52.3 mil­lion) in in­cre­men­tal value over the life­time of a plant, lower CO2 emis­sions and re­duce coal us­age by 35,000 tons an­nu­ally.

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