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GE taps 'internet of things' to monitor Tepco power plants

Tepco could save more than 10 billion yen by introducing GE's technology at power plants.

TOKYO -- General Electric will help Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, or Tepco, run power plants more efficiently, using the "internet of things" to detect problems early and reduce the amount of time the facilities sit idle.

GE's system collects data from sensors attached to equipment such as gas turbines and generators, and the information is analyzed on the cloud. This constant monitoring of operations ensures efficient use of gas and can predict and detect problems early. The technology should avert unexpected interruptions of operations and require fewer inspections, reducing the time these facilities are offline.

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