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October 10, 2014

GE pushes Internet of Things with Cisco and Intel

Predix big data platform to help companies create industrial apps.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

General Electric has announced new partnerships with Cisco and Intel as the manufacturing giant lines up support to sell its new big data software system, Predix.

At its third annual Industrial Internet event in New York, GE opened up its Predix system for the IoT market, which it claims will help companies of any size to build and deploy their own customised software applications on Predix from 2015.

If successful, the software platform will help to create a rich ecosystem of industrial Internet applications that would minimise costs and unplanned downtime.

GE, which has generated more than $1bn in revenue from industrial Internet services, said it would use Intel’s chips and servers to enable all the components and connections.

Bill Ruh, VP of GE Software, said: "Without our ecosystem of partners, we would not be able to achieve our vision of interconnecting brilliant machines, analytics and people in a way that allows for true asset management and optimisation."

Doug Davis, VP and general manager of Intel’s IoT Group, added: "The platform we are developing with GE is designed to connect the 85% of unconnected edge devices to the cloud with common platform to secure and manage devices, as well as capture data.

"By securely capturing and analysing data from systems not previously connected, businesses can unlock new opportunities by changing employee behaviours, fine tuning assets or designing new products and services."

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Cisco has also agreed to put Predix software inside its computer routers for harsh environments like oil fields.
Rob Soderbery, Cisco’s SVP for Enterprise Products and Solutions, said: "With GE, we are developing a solution for the oil and gas industry that will provide immense value for our joint customers and scale to other industrial applications."

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