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June 6, 2022

Big data innovation among power industry companies has dropped off in the last year

Analysis of patent filings shows a shrinking level of big data related applications in the industry over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in big data in the power industry operations and technologies sector has declined in the last year.

The most recent figures show that the number of big data-related patent applications in the industry stood at 23 in the three months ending April – down from 26 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to big data followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 10 in the three months ending April 2021 to five in the same period in 2022.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.

Big data is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from. The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

Siemens was the top big data innovator in the power industry operations and technologies sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in Germany, filed nine big data-related patents in the three months ending April. That was down from 16 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the US-based Honeywell International with six big data patent applications, Switzerland-based ABB (4 applications), and Australia-based AGL Energy (2 applications).

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