South32 inks deal with GE to drive digital transformation

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 10 Apr 2017   Posted by admin

 Image: GE chief executive Jeff Immelt  (left) & South32 chief executive Graham Kerr (right).


GE has signed on to help drive South32’s digital transformation as part of a three-year strategic partnership.

GE’s Predix platform – connecting industrial equipment, data analysis and instant insights – will help the miner make fast, informed decisions and optimise entire operations rather than individualised assets and equipment.

“Bringing the world of operational technology and information technology together to monitor equipment and systems remotely and predict future behaviour is a game changer,” South32 chief executive Graham Kerr said.

“It has the potential to identify and solve a problem before it affects operations.”

South32 chief technology officer Ricus Grimbeek added that “if we get this right, the result won’t just be an incremental improvement but a new level of efficiency and performance”.

GE chief executive and chairman Jeff Immelt said the future of mining was digital.

“With data and analytics, we can achieve greater levels of productivity, operational efficiencies, and improve safety,” Mr Immelt said.

“We look forward to working with South32 to help them optimise their operations and accelerate the digital transformation of the mining industry at large.”