Solving big data problems

09 October 2012

GE Intelligent Platforms has highlighted the fact that its Proficy Historian 5.0 and Proficy Historian Analysis, can offer a combined solution which enables improved operational productivity by providing a secure, high-speed, scalable platform for aggregating industrial big data data.

The solution allows companies to contextualise, analyse and visualise large amounts of data and act on it quickly to improve operations.

The new Proficy Historian 5.0, combined with Proficy Historian Analysis, now includes features which 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 optimisation of Proficy Historian.

“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 scalable data management platform that empowers enterprises to deliver on business objectives now and in the future. The solution features built-in data collection, high data compression, and control and business system independence which translate to reduced customisation.

At GE Energy’s Monitoring & Diagnostics Centres, Proficy Historian is said to have reduced the data footprint of monitoring more than 1,500 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. They have also increased customer satisfaction two-fold.

Adding the new Proficy Historian Analysis to the platform provides web-based visualisation of trend data, reporting, search capability and collaboration enabled by the Industrial Internet. This analysis tool gives process engineers a 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.

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