General Electric (GE) will cooperate with Apple on industrial applications designed to bring predictive data and analytics, GE announced Wednesday.
Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, will supply data and analytics for the iPhone and iPad, according to the company's press release.
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, the press release said.
The new Predix SDK for iOS will be available to download on Thursday, Oct. 26, the company said.
The SDK gives developers the ability to make 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, the press release said.
'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 app 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 apps will close the information loop faster, ultimately increasing cost savings and minimizing unplanned downtime, the press release read.
Apple's CEO hailed GE an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy.
'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,” Tim Cook said in the press release.
“The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps,” Chairman and CEO of GE, John Flannery said in the press release.
“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,” Flannery added.
Based on their mutual cooperation, GE announced that the company will standardize applications for the iPhone and iPad for mobile devices and also promote the Mac as a choice for its global workforce of more than 330,000 employees. In addition, Apple will promote GE’s Predix as the industrial IoT analytics platform of choice to its customers and developers.
By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu