For nearly 50 years, GE’s Industrial Communications business has been forging critical connections: between assets and operators, between sensors and controls, between needs and outcomes.

Our nearly 2 million devices installed globally provide important connections every dayfor electric utilities, water/wastewater utilities, oil and gas producers, mine operators and a number of other commercial and industrial customers. With these wireless and opticalcommunication connections, our customers can be more productive, operate safely andkeep rates lower for consumers.

As we head in to DistribuTECH, the largest annual power delivery conference in NorthAmerica, we know we’ll see more examples of how customers’ expectations in networkperformance and capabilities have continued to evolve to meet modern demands.

The top three major trends you can expect to see in the industrial communications market include increases in cybersecurity, network flexibility and computing at the edge.

The top three major trends you can expect to see: Cybersecurity, Network Flexibility, and Edge Computing.


Electric utility and oil & gas producers are increasingly adopting cybersecurityregulations, such as NERC CIP or FIPS 140-2, or creating in-house cybersecurity policies to protectcritical networks and assets. You can expect cybersecurity to be a focal point atDistribuTECH because failure to address this issue for customers is not an option.  We’ll be sharing how our products and services lead with respect to cybersecurity for ourglobal customer base.  

Network Flexibility

You can also expect the latest in flexible network solutions to be on display to meetcustomer demand for more flexibility to support their unique needs and constraints.Dual-communication radios, for example, allow customers who require high reliability tooperate redundant networks in one radio. This results in bottom line efficiencies andadvanced networking capabilities.

Computing at the Edge

Value creation has historically been measured by the amount of data a network cantransport. However, devices are getting smarter and edge computing with PredixMachine allows operators to better interact with their devices and to reduce the amountof data transported. For customers with cellular networks, this can result in thousands ofdollars saved monthly with faster asset control and overall network performanceimprovements.

While there will be some new names and faces at DistribuTECH this year, digitization isnot new to our team; we’ve been enabling connections for our customers for nearly fiftyyears. As more devices become connected to the Industrial Internet, this experiencedelivering wireless and optical communications enables GE to continue to provide highly differentiated industrial communication solutions. Join us in turning the world on by connecting industrial assets to the modern world.

About the author

Luke Clemente

Industrial Communications General Manager, Grid Solutions, GE Energy Connections

Luke understands that industrial communications is the onramp to the Industrial Internet.  In his current role, he leads Grid Solutions’ global effort to connect the physical and digital worlds with cyber-secure communications to make the world’s grids, power systems and networks smarter and more efficient.

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