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GE, one of the leading providers of digital energy solutions, and CGI, a global information technology and business consulting services company, announced the signing of an alliance agreement to pursue joint development and implementation opportunities for electric grid software in North America. This unique partnership bridges information technology and operational technology (OT) in the utility industry. GE and CGI will focus on real-time grid operations and controls, critical infrastructure and cyber security.
Grid control is becoming an increasing priority among operators in response to evolving energy needs, including increased renewable generation. As a result, utilities around the world are seeking to modernize, integrate and secure their grid control systems.
Modernizing these systems requires advanced technologies, and with greater connectivity comes increased cyber security risk. Operators must analyze potential risks, monitor for threats in real time, implement defenses and ensure continuity of operations.
GE and CGI are combining efforts to form a unique partnership to meet changing needs. GE’s portfolio of digital technologies helps the industry safely manage, analyze and improve all aspects of transmission and distribution. Its solutions, including WAMS, EMS, ADMS, GIS and DERM, use advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.
CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. In addition to decades of experience in supporting IT and OT systems for utilities, CGI offers end-to-end IT and systems integration services complemented with cyber security and agile capabilities.