- Grid IQ Research & Collaboration Centre
- Markham, Ontario
ABOUT GE ENERGY
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy provides a diverse portfolio of product and service solutions and deep industry expertise to help customers solve energy challenges at the local level. Employing more than 100,000 employees across more than 100 countries, GE Energy serves the sector with technologies in such areas as natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear energy; wind, solar, biogas and water processing; energy management; and grid modernization. GE also offers integrated solutions to serve energy- and water-intensive industries such as mining, metals, marine, petrochemical, food & beverage and unconventional fuels.
The origins of the Grid IQ Research & Collaboration Centre date back to the 2009 Ontario government budget which allocated $40M in support of new technologies to make the energy power grid more intelligent, efficient and robust.
At the new GE Grid IQ Research & Collaboration Centre, the company will collect and analyze Ontario’s Smartmeter data to discover new ways to boost energy conservation and shift more electricity use to off-peak times. With special funding provided by the government, combined with GE .’s investment in this initiative, 370 new jobs will be created within the Province of Ontario.
GE envisioned creating an Experience Centre within their new Canadian Headquarters that would mirror the Company’s passion for energy, technology and efficiency. They were looking for a way to visually express this passion in a memorable and immersive way and to teach guests and visitors about different and modern methods of energy conservation.
THE ADVANCED SOLUTION
Given the high-profile nature of this project, GE needed to ensure they selected not only a company that was an expert in videowall installations, but also a video display technology that had the following characteristics:
G.E. undertook an extensive technology study to ensure they chose the right product. This study included visits by GE and Advanced staff to Prysm`s Product Demonstration Centers in both Canada and the United States and also included a videowall comparison “shoot-out”` against other display technologies. In the end, the Prysm LPD technology won GE over and their display technology has now been adopted as the Company`s new display standard.
The GE videowall is comprised of 175 Prysm tiles, divided into 5 sections demonstrating various GE energy solutions. Driven by multiple unique PC’s, the video signals are processed by a scalable videowall processing system which allows for a cascade of images and a variety of display image scenarios. Utilizing a custom-designed control system, users can interact with the displays in a meaningful way, managing the various scenes and images presented by way of mobile ipads or touchpanels. A digital audio presentation mixer, combined with powerful amplifiers and speakers, provides a truly zoned audio system with absolute user control in various areas of the Centre further enhancing the interactive and immersive nature of the solution.
Advanced also designed and installed AV Systems in GE’s 54 other meeting rooms and collaboration spaces. To learn more about the work Advanced did with these rooms, click here for the case study.