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Infosys and GE partner on IoT development

Steve Rogerson
October 7, 2015
Indian software and consulting company Infosys is partnering with General Electric to create IoT products and services aimed at deriving practical benefits from massive amounts of data generated through connected devices in the industrial enterprise.
They are designed to help manufacturers and other industrial enterprises improve asset efficiency and build more intelligent links between design, production and field testing.
As part of this, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has approved two Infosys-led test beds – the asset efficiency testbed and the industrial digital thread testbed.
"The IIC was established to help organisations break down the barriers of technology silos and support better integration of the physical and digital worlds,” said Bill Ruh, chief digital officer at GE Digital. “We see brilliant manufacturing as the next wave of industrial internet innovation, following asset performance management. We are excited about our most recent collaboration with Infosys to advance these two areas and drive increased efficiency and productivity for industry."
The asset efficiency testbed enables holistic monitoring, analysis and optimisation of critical infrastructure assets. The first use case focuses on predictive maintenance for an industrial asset such as aircraft landing gear. A demonstration was shown at last month’s GE Minds & Machines conference in San Francisco. The testbed team included Infosys, GE and other industry partners.
The industrial digital thread (IDT) testbed creates more intelligent links between the three phases of manufacturing – design, production, and field testing and service. By capturing, analysing and relaying real-time sensory and historical data at each of these phases, the IDT will generate insights that can help field engineers and service teams identify the root cause of component failure easily, and provide faster corrections to flaws in design engineering and manufacturing operations.
The IDT leverages two open-standard big data analytics engines –- the Infosys IIP information platform, which provides in-memory data analytics and big data management, and GE’s Predix platform that delivers data acquisition, processing and user interface and application development. The IDT has been co-developed by Infosys and GE, and will be implemented first as a pilot project at GE Aviation.
"The internet of things is about dissolving the layers of complexity and the intermediaries that create distance between the point of manufacturing and the point of consumption, between understanding and preventing points of failure in the manufacturing process, in machines or in critical processes, and between what the customer wants and what is delivered,” said Vishal Sikka, Infosys chief executive officer, in his keynote address to the conference. “The value comes from bringing intelligence directly to these end-points, and in doing this we can completely reimagine the notion of industrial manufacturing, and every industry, and we look forward to doing much more in our work with GE in these areas."
A testbed in this case is a controlled experimentation platform, conforming to a reference architecture, where products can be deployed and tested in an environment that resembles real-world conditions. Testbeds explore untested technologies or existing technologies working together in an untested manner. They generate requirements and priorities for standards organisations, and culminate in new, potentially disruptive products and services."