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Apple, GE bring Predix apps to iPhone and iPad

William Payne
October 19, 2017

Apple and GE are partnering in an effort to reshape availability of IoT data and analytics throughout the business world. The alliance of the two companies is designed to deliver IoT data and analytics directly to Apple's range of iPhone and iPad devices. As part of the alliance, the two companies are launching a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS to allow third party and in-house developers to create their own iPhone and iPad applications. GE itself is developing a range of industrial IoT apps for enterprise use cases, and is standardising on iOS as the target mobile environment of choice for Predix. For its part, Apple will promote GE Predix as its nominated enterprise IoT and data analytics platform of choice among its corporate user base and its community of developers. The effect of this will bring a large, established body of iOS developers, the established platform for enterprise and business mobile computing, into the GE Predix fold.

"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," said Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive.

"The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps," said GE chief executive and chairman, John Flannery. "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."

The new Predix SDK for iOS will be available to download on Thursday, October 26.

The SDK is designed to give developers the ability to make native iOS apps that can take full advantage of Predix industrial analytics.

In a statement, the companies gave the example of a Predix app notifying 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.

In collaboration with Apple, GE is also developing apps for both internal use and its customers. GE's Asset Performance Management (APM) Cases app, which is available in the App Store, is designed to help industrial businesses increase machine reliability and availability while reducing maintenance costs and managing operations risks.

According to GE, customers including Exelon Corp. are already putting APM to work and seeing improved equipment uptime and overall productivity.

"Apple is known for setting the standard on hardware and simple software interfaces," said Brian Hoff, director of corporate innovation at Exelon. "When you combine this with the power of Predix and all of the data Exelon is aggregating and analysing, the possibilities for game-changing solutions are endless."

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.