A deal between GE and Google will integrate Google Maps data into GE’s Smallworld electrical, telecommunications and gas applications.

GE, a provider of geospatial analytical tools and insight, and Google, a provider of map services with more than 1 billion monthly active users, is expected to help utilities increase productivity based on the ability to visualize and analyze their data with GE’s Smallworld suite. The combination is expected to enhance the existing network visualization capabilities and allow utility customers to receive incremental efficiency and productivity of operations in the field with Android phones.

By enhancing the ability to visualize data on a map, utility customers will be able to quickly provide their end-use customers with important information, such as outage restoration times.

GE’s Distribution Management Systems and Outage Management Systems also will utilize Google’s mapping content in the context of operational control of electricity networks. For field operators, GE will utilize Google’s Android platform to augment its existing portfolio of mobile products. The portable solution will integrate Google Maps, providing better contextual information to users in the field.

"By using Google Maps and our API offering, GE is providing its customers with the advantage of a simple and intuitive user interface. Because so many people already know how to use Google Maps, this allows GE’s Smallworld technology to be an even more powerful enterprise solution,” said Tarun Bhatnagar, director, Google Geo Enterprise. “Both GE and Google have a heritage of innovation, and we look forward to working together to provide new ways to use and visualize data on a map.”