Apple partners with GE to host Predix Industrial Applications on iPhone, iPad
Apple and GE have announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial applications designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things IoT platform, to iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit SDK for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT applications.
“GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE’s Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad.”
“The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT applications,” said John Flannery, Chairman and CEO, GE. “Our customers increasingly need to arm their workforces through mobility. Working together, GE and Apple are giving industrial companies access to powerful applications that help them tap into the predictive data and analytics of Predix right on their iPhone or iPad.”
The new Predix SDK for iOS gives developers the ability to make powerful, native applications that take full advantage of the industrial analytics from Predix and tap into the power and ease of use of iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.
These applications will give industrial operators more insight and visibility into the performance of their equipment and operations right from their iPhone or iPad. For example, a Predix application can notify a worker on their iPhone of a potential issue with equipment such as a wind turbine and allow them to collaborate with remote teams when performing inspections and repairs, collecting relevant data instantly. These industrial applications will close the information loop faster, ultimately increasing cost savings and minimising unplanned downtime.
In collaboration with Apple, GE is also developing applications for both internal use and its customers, giving workers powerful tools to enhance their jobs and help operations run more efficiently. GE’s Asset Performance Management APM Cases application, which is available in the App Store, helps industrial businesses increase machine reliability and availability while reducing maintenance costs and managing operations risks. Customers including Exelon Corp. are already putting APM to work and seeing improved equipment uptime and overall productivity.
GE will standardise on iPhone and iPad for mobile devices and also promote Mac as a choice for its global workforce of more than 330,000 employees. Apple will promote GE’s Predix as the industrial IoT analytics platform of choice to its customers and developers.