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GE Digital's Innovative IoT Solution for Industrial Applications with Couchbase

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 GE Digital's Innovative IoT Solution for Industrial Applications with Couchbase - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
  • Robots - Wheeled Robots
Applicable Industries
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Telecommunications
Applicable Functions
  • Human Resources
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Inventory Management
  • Real-Time Location System (RTLS)
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
GE Digital's software team developed an innovative solution, the Predix cloud-based platform, to address the challenges posed by the vast amounts of data generated by state-of-the-art machines. Predix allows organizations to build tailored mobile apps that help field personnel collect and analyze data from intelligent machines. However, the initial release of Predix required a data platform that could provide strong stability without relying on internet connectivity. This posed a significant challenge as field workers needed to monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot equipment even in remote locations with limited or no network connectivity.
The Customer

General Electric

About The Customer
GE Digital is a leading software company that developed the Predix cloud-based platform to help organizations build tailored mobile apps for collecting and analyzing data from intelligent machines. The Predix platform is designed to connect industrial equipment, analyze data, and deliver real-time insights, thereby optimizing machine performance, preventing failures, and ensuring field personnel are working where they’re needed most. GE Digital's customers are organizations that rely on state-of-the-art machines and need to resolve equipment problems and improve efficiencies in real time. These organizations operate in various sectors of the economy, including those that were previously remote and isolated.
The Solution
GE Digital found the solution in Couchbase's NoSQL data platform for mobile and web, which offered the synchronization capability they needed. The flexible base model from Couchbase allowed GE to migrate to the new solution, replacing all functionality built with the first version, in just 30 days. This freed up GE's top engineers to focus on the core features of their platform. Couchbase Mobile was integrated into Predix, storing data locally on workers’ mobile devices, allowing the Predix-powered app to continue working even when offline. When the network becomes available, data is automatically synchronized to the cloud in a secure, seamless process that’s invisible to the user. Couchbase also enabled complex customer analytics, flexible data modeling, and provided a variety of data management and processing options.
Data Collected
Existing machinery sensor data
Operational Impact
  • The integration of Couchbase into Predix has resulted in a revolutionary software platform that works regardless of network connectivity. This has significantly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of field personnel who can now monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot equipment even in remote locations. The solution also enables complex customer analytics by integrating with customers’ enterprise resource planning software and other backend systems. Furthermore, it provides richer, more complex, and more flexible data modeling as all of the data is stored and transmitted as JSON. This has allowed GE Digital to offer a variety of solutions within the same data management platform to support diverse solutions that connect workers in very harsh environments.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Migration to the new solution with Couchbase was completed in just 30 days
  • Data is stored locally on workers’ mobile devices, allowing the Predix-powered app to continue working even when offline
  • When the network becomes available, data is automatically synchronized to the cloud

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