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Grid IQ Insight
Translating Data to Actionable Intelligence for Empowered Decision Making

The amount of data being generated by utilities is astronomical and growing every day. Utilities have new sources of data but do not know how to utilize it or gain the intelligence from it to make operational decisions.

GE’s Grid IQ™ Insight software solution provides a platform that aggregates, integrates, correlates and visualizes power system data, in real-time, from multiple internal and external sources or systems into one dashboard view. This new visualization of data can then be utilized to drive critical and actionable business and operational decisions to meet KPIs and power system performance metrics.

Utilizing an extensive library of both pre-designed and customizable widgets, Grid IQ Insight allows each end-user to customize the output of their data to create and visualize the intelligence needed to support their unique requirements. Deployment is flexible and can be delivered as a desktop (which may be interactive and provide additional application functionality), as a true dashboard (wall-mounted display) or as a mobile client.

Grid IQ Insight has been built as a scalable and diverse solution and can be utilized as an application development platform to develop future applications such as distributed energy resource management (DERM), forecasting or call center tools.

Key Benefits
Real-Time Visualization
IT Platform
Rapid Deployment
Use Cases
Widgets
Dashboard

Key Benefits

Integrates Operational Data from Multiple Systems into a Single Consolidated View providing Real-Time Visualization

Aggregates, correlates and visually displays real-time data in one dashboard view, allowing individual stakeholders the ability to view key information associated with their role or use case and delivers valuable operational insights.

Versatile, Scalable IT Platform providing a User-friendly, Customizable Solution Defined by User or Use Case

Scalable and diverse solution designed to be utilized as a development platform to build applications. Customizable screens by role or use case with drag-and-drop widgets from extensive and expanding library, provide each user access to the data they need associated with their KPIs.

Provides a Platform that Offers Rapid Deployment with the Lowest Cost of Ownership

Pre-integrated with other GE solutions, such as SCADA, ADMS, OMS, EMS and GIS systems. Installation can be done in a week or less, dependent upon configuration, versus six months for other operational systems, allowing organizations to quickly realize the benefits of correlated and visualized data.

Integrates Operational Data from Multiple Systems into a Single Consolidated View providing Real-Time Visualization  

Correlated Data Visualized in One Dashboard View

Grid IQ Insight provides a platform that integrates data from multiple sources or systems into one dashboard view. Data is analyzed and processed in order to present important information to users with a wide variety of interests and priorities. The dashboard environment delivers operational insights, facilitating data-driven decision-making, extracting values from the various streams of available operational and external data.

Incorporates an Unlimited Number of Data Sources from Multiple Internal and External Systems

The Grid IQ Insight platform was designed to interface with multiple data sources to create “bigger picture” analysis. Information from both inside and outside of the control room can be combined for further analysis and viewed in Grid IQ Insight.

Mobile

Grid IQ Insight applies a browser-based approach for flexible and secure mobile access outside of the office. Task-specific data and portals can be provided with secure access to any enterprise user of Grid IQ Insight. This enables 24x7 access to real-time information on important KPIs for those roles where availability is paramount - for example the corporate and public relations teams.

Effectively Collecting, Integrating and Displaying Data

GE’s Grid IQ Insight extends the benefits of automated systems by providing a server/client platform for collecting, integrating and displaying information. Information from internal systems, such as large data sets of a distribution utility, can be integrated with data from third-party systems, such as weather, traffic or news. Views can be constructed using real-time data, historical records and a multitude of other sources.

Effectively Collecting, Integrating and Displaying Data

Versatile, Scalable IT Platform providing a User-friendly, Customizable Solution Defined by User or Use Case

Flexible and Future-proof Solution

Grid IQ Insight is built to be flexible and not dependent on the “tool of the day.” On the client side, Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is utilized and coupled with Java on the server side. The platform can easily be ported to new technology in the future. For example, on the client side, C# or Java™ can be utilized. Security authorization has been built into the product ensuring controlled access.

Decoupling Client and Server

Decoupling the client from the server, and vice versa,  allows Grid IQ Insight to deliver significant IT user flexibility. The client, the server, or both can be replaced or altered without impact to the other. This reduces the risks associated with future system modifications and keeps testing more contained. This structure was designed to deliver resiliency for IT departments.

Built as a Scalable and Diverse Solution

IT departments are increasingly challenged with managing a broad range of requests for company-specific applications to support various stakeholder needs. The Grid IQ Insight platform was designed to scale and can be utilized by IT departments as a development platform to build future applications such as DERMS, forecasting or call center tool.

Rapidly Deployed Solution offering a Lower Cost of Ownership

Quick Installation

Installation can be done in a week or less, dependent upon configuration, versus the long and extensive process required for other critical operational systems, allowing organizations to quickly realize the benefits of correlated and visualized data.

The Value of Pre-integration

Grid IQ Insight is pre-integrated with other GE solutions, such as SCADA, ADMS, OMS, EMS and GIS systems, significantly decreasing integration and deployment costs. Pre-integrated data sources lowers total cost of ownership by avoiding expensive and difficult interface development and support by end users.

The Grid IQ Dashboard – Designed to be Customized for the Role, User and/or Use Case

Grid IQ Insight empowers stakeholders in the control room, board room, and the field, to access the right information at the right time in order to make faster and more accurate decisions with dashboards that adapt to a user’s role and their KPIs. The dashboards translate data into personal, timely and relevant insights that increase grid flexibility and optimize operations.

Distribution Management

Grid IQ Insight enables the collection and display of key information across the entire distribution system. Even during normal operations, KPIs provide the ability to quickly see the status of the system across multiple service territories with dozens or hundreds of operators and field crews.

User Interface

Outage Management

Large storms create high-levels of activity managed by many different people and organization. Grid IQ Insight enables utilities to gather important information about the existing conditions and status of the restoration process to ensure the fastest-possible recovery time.

User Interface

Distributed Energy Resource Management

Grid IQ Insight is a true applications development platform that enables the development of new functionality such as a DERM system. Using ADMS model data and load flow results, weather and load forecasts, a complete set of new visualization and management of DER are available.

User Interface

Grid IQ Insight enables a utility with low visibility into their network to use irradiance data and their distribution connectivity model to understand real-time DG contribution versus its native load. Grid IQ Insight delivered an understanding of both the utility’s DG flexibility and their resource adequacy for restoration following system disturbances.

The Grid IQ Insight Widget Library – Designed to be Customized for the Role, User and/or Use Case

Utilizing an extensive, and continuously expanding, library of both pre-designed and customizable widgets, Grid IQ Insight allows each user to customize the output of their data to create and visualize the intelligence needed to support their unique requirements. The data can be used to drive critical and actionable business and operational decisions to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and system performance metrics.

The Intelligence Behind the Widget

Widgets are applications that incorporate interfaces, displays and business logic into a self-contained unit to provide specific information. A collection of widgets can provide a comprehensive collection of important data and information that serves a particular purpose. Widgets are even able to provide data to other widgets for further analysis. Perhaps most importantly, widgets enable the creation of information that no one system or data source can provide on its own.

The Widget Library

A library of widgets can be imported into a dashboard using “drag and drop” techniques to modify existing dashboards or create new dashboards. GE Grid IQ Insight customers have full access to a library of pre-configured widgets. Users are able to quickly develop new widgets as requirements change and evolve.

There are three basic types of widgets:

  • Map Widgets show geospatial rendering of data from external sources including ADMS system displays, outage footprints, and weather.
  • Information Widgets display real-time or historical information from external sources such as the number of de-energized customers, time to restore service, and the number of incidents.
  • Application Widgets provide new functions to the user such as forecasts for wind and solar, market participation information, or other applications that can be derived from available data from interfaces or other widgets.

Widget Samples

Widget Architecture

Dashboards are built using pre-configured widgets comprised of three parts:

  1. The interface to an organization's defined data source(s) (many types of data sources can be consumed, such as RDBMS, SOAP and REST)
  2. Software, or a business logic layer, that structures the data or extracts information from the data
  3. A display element that is optimal for the type of information being displayed

Widgets are able to provide data to other widgets for further analysis and visualization. In the example shown above the Load Forecast widget is used to create the CLPU Events widget.

EXAMPLE ONE: Rolling Forecast of Load and Distributed Generation

Load Forecast and DER Flexibility Widgets

ADMS systems are aware of DER/DG in the system model as well as their connectivity and operational status. Irradiance data, map/geo-spatial data and load profiles can be combined with ADMS data to calculate the load served by centralized resources versus load served by distributed resources. Understanding the native load, as opposed to the distribution-connected generation, is critical in managing restoration following an outage.

EXAMPLE TWO: Solar Output – Photovoltaic Generation per Region

Solar Output Widget

Utilities are currently challenged to quantify the output from non-telemetered photovoltaic (PV) generation. Utilizing external irradiance data from weather systems and locational and nameplate data from the utility’s internal ADMS model, the output of non-telemetered PV generators can be estimated for power flow calculation and switching analysis.

Building a New Dashboard is Simple

The Flexible Dashboard Environment

Dashboards can be created that provide views of the overall health of the system as well as detailed views of important components. Multiple dashboards can be configured to provide customized data that is tailored for specific groups - for example corporate users, system operators, managers or customers.

Accessing Saved Dashboards

Easy Selection and Configuration

Once created, dashboards are saved to the platform and can be accessed and utilized by other users in the system, dependent on role permissions. Each dashboard can display data for a pre-defined region:

  • A region is an area of responsibility (AOR) or collection of substations
  • Created based on ADMS regions
  • Created during Grid IQ Insight deployment