Highlights From IBM IoT Exchange in Orlando

George TacklaWritten by | Edge & IoT

IBM held their annual IoT Exchange event in beautiful Orlando, Florida, this past April; and, fortunately, there was nothing “Mickey Mouse” about the event! Check out the highlights from the event here.

New IoT Technologies From IBM

Here are a few of the new technologies that IBM highlighted during the event.

  • The IBM Watson IoT Platform solution provides a set of IBM Cloud services as a single managed SaaS offering that enables you to collect and analyze relevant product performance and usage data for your IoT-enabled assets. The Watson IoT Platform solution can be expanded by using add-ons, such as the Watson IoT Platform on Blockchain or Watson IoT Platform Analytics. This platform performs the following key features: Connect, Capture, Register, Analyze, Archive, Manage and Monitor Usage.
  • IBM Maximo is an enterprise asset management software solution designed to assist an organization in managing its assets, recording details and participating in workflows to manage the assets.
  • Tririga software has been created for real estate, capital projects, facilities management, workplace operations, portfolio data, and environmental and energy management ‒ all within a single technology platform.
  • Other announcements featured various products in Predictive Maintenance, Prescriptive Quality and Analytical Insights using both visual and vibrational (audio and traditional) inputs. In addition, a comprehensive new software development and testing platform for IoT has been launched, along with traditional software.

IBM Team Rolls Out a Smart Airport Solution

The big news at the IoT Exchange was the formal announcement of the Arrow Smart Airport solution. It is an innovative IoT solution that arrow co-created with IBM.

At a high-level, this is an integrated system that monitors multiple systems, such as potable water cabinets and people movers. It then sends the information to the IBM Cloud and an IBM Maximo Asset Management system. The Maximo Asset Management system is used to assign maintenance tickets, and then the cloud is used to monitor the status of the assets. The sensor and gateway used in the solution are designed by Embedded Planet. I’d like to emphasize that the while the solution is marketed toward airports, this powerful sensor package can be modified for many other use cases. For more details, view this video and read this solution brief.

The Arrow Booth Was Hopping!

This year, Arrow was a platinum sponsor, and we had some outstanding technologies on display , as well as our fantastic partners ‒ Embedded Planet and National Instruments ‒ stationed with us.

The big draw at the booth was the Arrow SAM car. We had a lot of attendees walk up to see the car, which gave us the opportunity to talk about it and engage them on other topics. I am extremely proud as an Arrow employee to talk about the SAM car, and it’s really cool to see the amazed expressions on our visitors’ faces as we explained to them that the car was designed for a quadriplegic to operate. Arrow has the best IoT story out there, and it was really evident to the IBM folks in attendance.


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George Tackla
Technical Solution Architect
Arrow Electronics

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Last modified: June 4, 2019