Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms acquired technology assets from software developer CSense Systems of Pretoria, Gauteng, during April.
GE says the acquisition of CSense’s assets will expand its Proficy Software Platform’s analytic capabilities, increasing asset performance for customers, as they gain critical insight into their operations.
The acquisition includes CSense’s analytic software prod- ucts and engineering solutions. This technology provides advanced capabilities to proactively identify and solve potential process problems before they affect operations.
The CSense asset acquisition complements the remote monitoring and diagnostics solutions recently added to GE’s Proficy portfolio, with the acquisition of software developer SmartSignal Corporation in January.
“This acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to invest in our business. “With these knowledge-based services, customers will be able to act faster and make better decisions to increase productivity and profitability for their businesses,” GE Intelligent Platforms president and CEO Jody Markopoulos says.
“The capabilities of this technology, coupled with our recent acquisition of US-based SmartSignal, provide us with a world-class software platform for asset monitoring and process diagnostics. “We will drive operational performance for our customers by using CSense technology to gain important insights from their real-time process data,” GE Intelligent Platforms software and services VP Erik Udstuen adds.
The CSense technology establishes an open programming workbench for advanced analytic technologies, used to build solutions for prediction, root cause analysis and advanced process control.
“With CSense, we can offer a wide range of analytic technologies in a single platform, ranging from first principle models to advanced statistics, to neural networks that can positively change asset and process performance,” Udstuen notes.
Further, GE Intelligent Plat-forms and CSense Systems have been working together for a number of years, embedding CSense technology into the core Proficy Software Platform. Advanced analytic algorithms enable intelligent supervisory control and data acquisition and intelligent historian solutions, with causal analysis, proactive alarming and decision support tools built in.