Apple and GE join forces with plant-tracking software

Apple and GE have announced a partnership that will allow power plants to be monitored via an iPhone or iPad.

The partnership will deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to Apple devices.

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 apps.

“GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” Apple CEO said Tim Cook said.

“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.

The SDK gives developers the ability to make powerful, native apps that take full advantage of the industrial analytics from Predix and will give industrial operators more insight and visibility into the performance of their equipment and operations.

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 partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps,” GE CEO John Flannery said.

The new Predix SDK for iOS will be available to download from today (October 26).