Eyeing the burgeoning digital infrastructure markets in commercial, industrial and municipal areas, GE’s Current is adding 15 partners and microservices to its open Intelligent Environments ecosystem. The expansion in the company’s app catalog and digital capabilities comes as it deploys intelligent LED infrastructure in three cities of Tianjin, China; Schenectady, New York; and Cleveland. This comes on the heels of the company’s acquisition of Daintree Networks, an enterprise IoT provider of building controls solutions for small and medium commercial facilities.
“The next wave of innovation will be led by those who embrace digital infrastructure to drive new and meaningful outcomes,” says John Gordon, chief digital officer, Current. “In terms of physical infrastructure, no other platform compares to the ubiquitous nature of lighting, and the potential LEDs offer to the commercial and industrial world as the digital platform for industry. Deploying intelligent LEDs coupled with sensors, software and scalable access to GE’s Predix cloud platform provides the foundation for that innovation.”
According to Gordon, the company is launching six microservices against its intelligent LEDs and GE’s Predix cloud platform, to facilitate data-informed app and software development and outcomes at an enterprise and city level. These architectures will drive data interactions relative to temperature, occupancy, ambient light sensing, pedestrian planning, parking, traffic and public safety.
“At the same time, we are bringing capabilities from the global app development community and trusted providers as add-ons to intelligent LED infrastructure. Customers will be able to pick and choose the capabilities they want in their solution to solve for unique challenges and bring their own app partners and developers to innovate solutions against Current’s Intelligent LEDs and Predix.”
In addition to previously announced collaborations with AT&T, Capgemini, Intel, Qualcomm and Shotspotter, Current’s ecosystem of application vendors and system integrators now includes Eventboard, Keonn, Mowingo, Point Inside and Serraview as its ‘Intelligent Enterprises Partners’; and BreezoMeter, CivicSmart, Genetec, INRIX as ‘Intelligent Cities Partners’ (See: Intelligent Environments App Economy)
Also, Current is working with commercial, industrial and municipal customers across the world on intelligent infrastructure deployment. Tianjin, Schenectady and Cleveland are the latest cities to install its energy-saving intelligent LED streetlights armed with sensors, software and other digital-data capabilities as their core infrastructure for digital growth.
The company’s chief digital officer informs that Tianjin is the first city in Asia to partner with Current to install intelligent LEDs in one of its central business districts. The intelligent streetlights build on features such as security cameras, routers for free Wi-Fi or digital screens that allow the city to broadcast critical messages, such as traffic reports.
“Schenectady in New York will install our intelligent streetlights in the downtown, as part of its smart cities vision designed to take advantage of new technology for improving economic development and quality of life. Furthermore, the system will be part of a living lab that allows the city’s innovation team to study data to find new and innovative ways to service the residents and business community.”
The City of Cleveland is in the process of installing several dozen intelligent LED fixtures downtown to explore parking optimisation and pedestrian safety crossing in high-traffic areas, as well as other potential outcomes. The installation comes as the city is making updates to infrastructure across town in preparation for the RNC this summer.”