Apple, GE collaborate on Industrial IoT app

October 23, 2017 //By Rich Pell
Apple (Cupertino, CA) and General Electric (Boston, MA) have announced that they plan to bring GE's Predix Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) software platform to Apple's iDevices.

GE's cloud-based Predix platform-as-a-service lets users "deploy processing and analytics power to control assets at the edge or analyze machine data in the cloud" using the software's secure connectivity and execution framework. Now, the two companies have unveiled a Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, enabling developers to create industrial IoT apps for Apple devices.

"The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps," says John Flannery, GE's new Chairman and CEO. "Our customers increasingly need to arm their workforces through mobility. Working together, GE and Apple are giving industrial companies access to powerful apps that help them tap into the predictive data and analytics of Predix right on their iPhone or iPad."

Such apps, says the company, will give industrial operators more insight and visibility into the performance of their equipment and operations right from their iPhone or iPad. For example, workers could be notified 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.

GE, in collaboration with Apple, is also developing other apps for both internal use and its customers. For example, its Asset Performance Management Cases app is designed to help industrial businesses increase machine reliability and availability while reducing maintenance costs and managing operations risks.