GE Solves Industrial Big Data Problems with Tools of Today

10/02/2012
  • Proficy® Historian 5.0 manages data better; designed to manage enterprise-wide industrial data
  • Addition of Proficy Historian Analysis provides inherent visibility to data for quick and easy process improvement enabled by the Industrial Internet
  • Building block for Industrial Big Data allows companies to analyze fleet data across a global footprint

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA —OCTOBER 2, 2012—GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced Proficy® Historian 5.0 and Proficy Historian Analysis, a combined solution that enables improved operational productivity by providing a reliable, secure, high speed, scalable platform for aggregating Industrial Big Data. The solution allows companies to contextualize, analyze and visualize huge amounts of data and act on it quickly to improve their operations.

Robust Operations Data Management is a capability and a requirement that impacts all industries where often IT and technology systems that have evolved over time cannot support strategic growth initiatives. The new Proficy Historian 5.0, combined with Proficy Historian Analysis, provides enhanced features that facilitate a conversation between IT and Senior Management because the data provides an Enterprise Operations Intelligence Platform that accelerates complete context in the decision making process.

In addition, Historian 5.0 allows for multiple data stores so companies can separate regulatory data from process data for easy reporting for differing requirements.Data stores are a powerful new concept in Time Series data management allowing for the partitioning and fit-for-purpose optimization of Proficy Historian.  Never before have companies had so much control over how their archiver performs, how data gets managed, and how system resources are allocated to reduce overall cost of ownership, improve performance, and enable compliance.

“Industrial Big Data is a reality in business today,” said Brian Courtney, General Manager Industrial Data Intelligence Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “The massive growth in data generated by operations means that more and more data must be retained for analysis and compliance. There is a clear need for improved governance and security as well as the need to contain lifecycle costs of data management.”

The Proficy software platform provides a highly scalable data management platform that empowers enterprises to deliver on business objectives today and into the future. Its proven lower total cost of ownership and quicker time to value allow companies to quickly make sense of data. The solution features built-in data collection, high data compression, and control and business system independence which translate to reduced customization.

“GE is uniquely positioned to provide a solution of this scale,” said Jim Walsh, Software Vice President for GE Intelligent Platforms. “We are using our Historian as a foundation for our own solutions in huge business situations that monitor thousands of assets around the world in critical infrastructure facilities. We are committed to invest and innovate in software as a core competency of the company as we scale our solutions to meet the needs of our customers.”

At GE Energy’s Monitoring & Diagnostics Centers, Proficy Historian has reduced the data footprint of monitoring more than 1500 turbines in 60 countries from 50 terabytes to 10. Year-over-year fleet analysis requiring access to massive time series data sets, which previously took days to complete, can now be completed in minutes. In addition, the company has saved millions of dollars by doing predictive analysis on the turbines facilitating planned downtime for repairs and maintenance. And, they have increased their customer satisfaction twofold.

Adding the new Proficy Historian Analysis to the platform provides web-based visualization of trend data, reporting, search capability and collaboration enabled by the Industrial Internet. This analysis tool gives process engineers a good view into Historian data for actionable information. They can use the tool to drag and drop Historian tags into trend analysis to create reports on the fly facilitated by Internet access, which also allows troubleshooting from any location. Users can also easily pull data and graphics into a Microsoft® Word-like environment to create professional reports.

Proficy Historian 5.0 features more than 15 million tags on a single server with upwards of 3,000 client/collector connections and is able to archive 256GB with microsecond sampling. Its advanced data management capabilities feature tiered data management strategies using server-to-server capability that are designed to help companies comply with the Food & Drug Administration’s 21CFR Part 11 and other regulatory requirements. And, as part of GE’s Proficy Software platform, it provides best-in-class HMI presentation and Workflow capabilities as well as industry-leading analytics.

“Ultimately, more data means better analytics,” concluded Courtney. “Proficy Historian is an Industrial Big Data management platform that scales both horizontally for any data volume and variety, and vertically for any velocity. This type of advanced Historian technology can help turn data and information into an asset and a competitive differentiator.”

For more information: www.ge-ip.com/historian.

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Media contact:

Elli Holman        

GE Intelligent Platforms

+ 508 698 7456;  elli.holman@ge.com



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