- Innovative Utility Data Collection Capabilities of ikeGPS
Technology Now Offered as GE-branded MapSight
- Dramatically Improves Field Crew Speed and Efficiency with Remote
- Able to Feed Data Directly to GE's FieldSmartTM
Mobile Application and SmallWorldTM
Improving field utility worker efficiency and building on its advanced
utility asset measurement offering, GE's
Digital Energy business (NYSE:GE) has announced it is branding ikeGPS'
innovative field measurement product as MapSight. This revolutionary
solution integrates laser, camera and GPS technologies, enabling
utilities to quickly and accurately collect measurement and location
data on any of their joint-use utility poles or field assets.
The MapSight solution addresses many complexities of field data
collection. It dramatically reduces the time required and cost incurred
to collect joint-use pole data such as wire heights, widths, clearances,
attachment points, diameters and span heights. The MapSight
solution—which provides front-end remote measurement and data collection
for utility assets—works seamlessly with GE's SmallWorldTM
Electric Office to provide an end-to-end data collection solution
for utility workers. Once collected, the MapSight device can feed data
directly into GE's FieldSmartTM
mobile applications and SmallWorld
technology suite. Using the device, utility workers can greatly improve
field data collection efficiency, typically reducing the time required
to collect utility asset data by more than 50 percent.
"ikeGPS is proud to announce that our solutions to the
electric utilities segment have been integrated with GE's software and
branded as MapSight," said Glenn Milnes, CEO, ikeGPS. "This
agreement further validates the one-of-a-kind measurement capabilities
that our solution offers GE and its utility customers."
MapSightenables field utility workers to remotely capture the location of
their utility assets and every necessary measurement from a single
photograph. This ability enables utility workers to measure the height
of a span, the height of an object when the base is not visible and the
distance between any two poles or points in the field and in real time.
The geo-located photo provided by MapSight allows for further
measurements to also be performed in the field. Another advantage of
MapSight is that the unit provides field workers with consistent data,
taking the guesswork out of measuring utility poles and assets. With the
unit's ability to geo-locate and time stamp photos, utility workers can
easily verify when and where a measurement was made.
"Together, GE and ikeGPS have created an end-to-end solution
set for field utility data collection and analyzation," said Bryan
Friehauf, product line leader—software solutions, GE's Digital Energy
business. "Previously, data had to be collected manually using analog
tools such as hot sticks, measuring wheels and a pen and paper. Our
MapSight device streamlines the data collection and analyzation
processes for field utility workers by enabling the collection of
joint-use utility pole data quickly, digitally and remotely on a single,
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to the consumer. Its products and services increase the reliability of
electrical power networks and critical equipment for utility, industrial
and large commercial customers. From protecting and optimizing assets
such as generators, transmission lines and motors, to delivering
analytic tools to help manage the power grid, GE's Digital Energy
business delivers industry-leading technologies to solve the unique
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ikeGPS has grown from an idea of a New Zealand engineer
surveying radio sites in Kenya to a company delivering location-based
measurement solutions across the globe - quickly becoming a leader in
laser-camera-GPS technology and photogrammetry and 3D modelling software
The ikeGPS team is committed to producing cutting-edge
solutions for utilities. Our solutions are used globally by electric
utilities, energy companies, telecommunications companies, and
contracted service providers. For more information, visit the company's
website at www.gemapsight.com.