GE has signed a deal with Canadian IT consulting firm CGI to develop “the energy grid of the future.”

The two companies will collaborate on electric grid software in North America in a pact which GE said “bridges information technology and operational technology in the utility industry”.

GE and Montreal-headquartered CGI will focus on real-time grid operations and controls, critical infrastructure and cybersecurity to modernize grid systems.

“The energy grid of the future will demand an integrated, secure and agile system,” said Jim Walsh, chief executive of GE Grid Software Solutions. “CGI’s experience with utility business processes combined with our proven digital energy portfolio will provide exceptional customer outcomes and help do so in the most cost-efficient way.”

Mark Boyajian, President of Canada Operations at CGI, said the deal combined “the best of GE and CGI to help utilities manage complex grids through advanced digital solutions”. He added that CGI’s experience with cybersecurity “will help address the increasing threats utilities face as they pursue their digitalization journeys”.