Ali Saleh, General Manager & Chief Commercial Officer of GE Digital - MEA
A focus on industrialization and localized manufacturing is redefining the development narrative of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Governments have announced their overarching vision to promote economic diversification through optimisation and increased efficiency across industries.
This focus on a new industrial era has led to a remarkable shift across all economic sectors – from energy to aviation, and healthcare to transport – as they focus on digitization. Indeed, digital technologies are altering the way people, economies, companies, processes and machines work. Digitization had brought in an unprecedented era of opportunities marked by higher levels of productivity, operational efficiency and asset optimization.
Industry experts estimate that between now and 2025 there is $1.3 trillion in value creation for companies that embrace digitization and $90 billion is expected to be invested in the energy industry’s digitization by 2020.
As a region with significant internet penetration and industrial capacity, the Middle East stands to benefit tremendously from the digital transformation of its industries. This modernization is the biggest opportunity that exists in industry today, more so in a challenging oil-price environment where excess allocations for infrastructure investments is limited, and the imperative is to be smart and efficient in resource use.
Leveraging the power of big data, the cloud, and advanced analytics is a game changer for industry, and GE’s digital industrial capabilities today deliver a full suite of solutions that enhance efficiency and productivity. As the world’s digital industrial company, GE is supporting customers and partners in driving truly valuable transformation in the region.
GE’s cloud-based operating system supporting this transformation is Predix, a platform purpose-built for the Industrial Internet that connects machines, data and people. It is the foundation for GE’s own digital industrial transformation, and now enables assertive advancement in customer innovation, productivity and operations optimization as well. The digital platform is at the heart of GE’s digital strategy, which aims to bring technologies, applications, partners and assets together to form a digital ecosystem for industry. Enabling companies to connect machines, data and people under a single, cloud-based platform, Predix has been custom-built to meet the scale, complexity, speed and security requirements of industrial companies and assets.
Predix offers a full suite of edge-to-cloud capabilities that enable data ingestion, analysis and intelligence at the place where operations occur. Further, GE is creating a vibrant digital innovation ecosystem with the launch of Predix.io, a secure cloud environment for third party software developers to build new industrial applications and services leveraging the full capabilities of the platform.
The practical application of GE’s digital solutions are already a reality. Digital hospitals are improving patient outcomes in the healthcare sector, and in aviation, Predix is already at work enhancing fuel management and flight planning. The impact of the Industrial Internet in the power sector has been equally profound – and increasingly relevant to the MENA region today.
For example, RasGas Company Limited (RasGas), one of the world’s largest producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has led the industry worldwide, with the first global deployment of GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) solutions, powered by Predix, created specifically to meet the needs of the LNG sector.
Unlocking the potential of digital industrial solutions in the aluminium sector, GE has also signed a 10-year agreement with Aluminium of Greece (AOG) to implement a first-of-its-kind digital smelter solution, operating in Predix, for AOG to enhance the aluminium smelting process and contribute to increased operational efficiency and productivity.
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has also chosen GE as its solutions provider for a nation-wide digital transformation of electricity in the Kingdom. GE and SEC will work together to make SEC’s power generation capabilities one of the world’s most efficient and reliable with GE digital solutions monitoring, analyzing and enhancing the reliability and efficiency of 16 SEC power plants.
From increasing the reliability of power plants to reducing unplanned outages, elevating operational efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and managing greenhouse gas emissions, GE’s digital solutions are not only fully aligned with the region’s needs but also take power sector efficiency to the next level. Similar transformations are being implemented across multiple industries, enabling government to fast-track their diversification goals in achieving quantum leaps in productivity that benefit entire communities.
Ali Saleh is General Manager & Chief Commercial Officer of GE Digital – MEA
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