Following IBM’s pledge to put £2bn into Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud solutions, including a standalone IoT division, they have announced a series of new initiatives. First are two vertically-focused IoT solutions; Aviation Maintenance has been designed to optimise availability as well as extending the life of aviation components critical to requirements. Secondly, IBM’s Product Line Engineering (PLE) solution aids engineers in efficiently customising product desgins for certain markets.
IBM confirmed their plans to create a section in Bluemix, called IoT Zone, for specialist Internet of Things services, plus new I0T-focused cloud services that will be available on the platform including a managed continuous engineering platform to help increase the speed of IoT app development for large industrial manufacturing companies, an asset management solution that improves asset visibility, and Workbench which is a modelling service for the design and impact of IoT systems.
Chris O’Connor, General Manager, Offerings at IBM Internet of Things said: “The IoT is generating massive amounts of data – data from mobile phones, automobiles, appliances and industrial appliances – that can be captured, analysed and transformed into actionable insights, in a secure manner.” O’Connor added: “IBM is helping innovators who design and produce the next generation of connected devices and those who operate and maintain those devices, deal with the increasing complexity of creating products and solutions quickly to meet the needs of consumers.”
In addition, IBM announced their partnership with Texas Instruments in order to develop a cloud-based provisioning and lifecycle management service for Internet of Things devices, all part of IBM’s plans to create IoT-focused strategic partnerships.
Avner Goren, General Manager of Strategic Marketing, Embedded Processing at Texas Instruments, said: “Cloud connectivity and cloud services are fundamental to the IoT, but there are barriers to adoption especially for industrial applications such as manufacturing, building automation and energy management.” Goren added, “By working with IBM to help secure device identity, provisioning and lifecycle management, we have created a foundation for IoT adoption to reach its full potential through better managed services across easy-to-use connectivity solutions.”