GE partners with Trilliant on SaaS-based smart-grid offering

GE has indicated that it is partnering with communications platform provider Trilliant on the provision of SaaS-based smart-grid services to Holly Springs in Mississippi.

The city is one of several to have signed up to GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) Grid IQ Solutions as a Service, along with Skiatook in Oklahoma, Norcross in Georgia and Leesburg in Florida.

All are looking to enhance operational efficiency, improve reliability and increase customer engagement through the use of the GE service.

Trilliant’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) platform uses a combination of wireless technologies, which – it says – are purpose-built for the smart grid, allowing utilities to support advanced metering infrastructure and applications.

According to a report from Greentech Media, while GE is partnering with Trilliant in Holly Springs, it has teamed up with Silver Spring Networks (Redwood City, CA, USA) in Leesburg and Consert – owned by Switzerland’s Landis+Gyr (Zug) – in Norcross.

“GE and Trilliant working together is ideal for smart grid deployments,” said Kelvin Buck, the mayor of Holly Springs. “We believe GE’s proven leadership and expertise through its Grid IQ SaaS offering, along with Trilliant’s Smart Grid Communications Platform technology, will provide us the best smart grid solutions that fit our unique needs.”

Customers of the service pay GE a monthly fee for a package of features, such as a consumer web portal, asset monitoring and outage detection.

The industrial giant claims the solution will not only reduce smart-grid deployment costs but also allow utilities to launch meters faster than would be otherwise possible.

Greentech Media says GE is facing competition in the smart-grid-as-a-solution area from the likes of Leidos (Reston, VA, USA) and AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA), as well as Silver Spring Networks, GE’s partner in Leesburg.

Nevertheless, GE is reportedly expecting to capture another three customers in the near future, hinting that it needs to scale up its operations to make them profitable.