Advanced grid management technologies, such as Grid IQ Respond and Grid IQ Restore, enable municipal utilities to deploy smart grid technology faster, allowing customers to realize all of the benefits associated with implementing these advanced systems in a much shorter time span. Not only does Grid IQ Connect reduce technology risks and software costs to municipal utilities by using a SaaS-hosted model, it also provides a choice of capital expenditure and operational expense pricing options to fit the individual needs of each customer.In addition, Grid IQ Connect provides utilities with a means to improve operations and customer services while also improving customer engagement and account management. The technology helps reduce the duration of system outages and lower municipal utility operating costs. Introduced last year, GE’s SaaS—one of the company’s innovative Industrial Internet technologies—provides small- and mid-market utilities with the grid modernization technology they need without having to incur the overhead expenses associated with developing their own smart grid networks. As a cloud-based, fee-for-service grid management system, GE’s Grid IQ Connect empowers utilities of all sizes to create modernized, interconnected grids to meet the needs of today’s ever-evolving businesses. GE’s Industrial Internet solutions establish a constant flow of communication between a business operation and its machines, enabling big data to be converted into real-time analytical insight, improving grid reliability and efficiency. GE’s Digital Energy business is a global leader in transmission and distribution solutions that manage and move power from the power plant 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 and providing uninterruptible power, GE’s Digital Energy business delivers industry-leading technologies to solve the unique challenges of each customer. For more information, visit http://www.gedigitalenergy.com. About GE GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com. Follow GE Energy Management and its Digital Energy business on Twitter @GE_EnergyMgmt and @YourSmartGrid.