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Gigi3
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10/13/2014 | 3:40:51 AM
Re: Kind of open...
"I have long known that vending machines are really popular in Japan. Yet I am surprised that vendors who own these machines have not clamored for more information about these machines. This just proves how little data is being reported back from machines that are already probably connected to the internet – there is a huge opportunity here"

Daniel, IoT based vending machines can report the statistics of the content (powder, water etc) to pre configured number/emails using IoT based sensors. This will help for a proper or timely replacing the empty containers.
Gigi3
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10/13/2014 | 3:37:10 AM
GE into Big data domain
"On the software and services front, GE is making its Predix big-data capture-and-analysis platform available to industrial customers that want to develop value-added services of their own. The platform is available for on-premises or cloud-based deployment."

Doug, it seems that GE is venturing into big data and analysis too. In IoT lots of datas can be generated through sensor outputs and it seems that GE is going to make use of it.
danielcawrey
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10/10/2014 | 1:11:14 PM
Re: Kind of open...
I have long known that vending machines are really popular in Japan. Yet I am surprised that vendors who own these machines have not clamored for more information about these machines. 

This just proves how little data is being reported back from machines that are already probably connected to the internet – there is a huge opportunity here. 
ChrisMurphy
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10/10/2014 | 9:29:31 AM
Re: Is GE considering making Predix open source?
Great discussion here. GE is unapologetically in the software business. This isn't like Facebook, which treats its software and data center innovations as a by-product of its social ambitions, so it's happy to open source them to lower support costs and speed innovation. Exactly how GE marries the notion of an open platform for IoT, with its software goals, with concerns that manufacturing competitors might have about using such a platform, is going to be a key area to watch.
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10/9/2014 | 4:58:10 PM
Re: Is GE considering making Predix open source?
I spoke with a startup at Interop New York that is making a software management layer for device makers or service providers to control various IoT devices, such as an Internet-connected home water heater. I asked about the lack of industry standards and the response was we're not close to industry standards yet. But consumers are still interested in the devices. The enterprise users will be more critical around the standards issue...
Lorna Garey
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10/9/2014 | 4:00:02 PM
Re: Is GE considering making Predix open source?
Exactly, Charlie. Seems like GE is looking to establish a de facto standard based on market share. Can't blame it, it's business. But I'd say it's worrisome.
Charlie Babcock
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10/9/2014 | 2:43:43 PM
Is GE considering making Predix open source?
GE has positioned itself early and well as a supplier of sensors and analysis engine for the Internet of Things. But it's trying to have it both ways with Predix. Built with open source components, pretty open to customer modification, but proprietary code. It wasn't clear to me whether it is licensing Predix or sharing it to increase sensor/controller use. From the tone of the announcement, the latter, I think. GE said Predix "will be made available to any company in 2015, allowing them to create and deploy their own customized industry apps." But still proprietary. Why not make it open source, and grow the Industrial Internet at a more rapid rate? 
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soozyg,
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10/9/2014 | 1:38:05 PM
Re: vending machines
I would like to see a vending machine make something. Like make a whole cake including icing and decoration. Or make trail mix. Or combine flavors of ice cream.
D. Henschen
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10/9/2014 | 1:19:42 PM
Re: vending machines
Ordering history is very basic and dumb. What time of day are various products selling? What are the weather conditions when certain products sell? What's selling by which location? Are items in danger of running out such that the machine can be restocked in time? If customers are paying by credit card or smart phone, what can you say about customer segmentation by product?

As for equipment maintenance, is the product being properly chilled, heated, dehumidified or otherwise protected and served? If you need to go to the trouble of sending out a repair person to fix X, what other services should be completed at the same time in anticipation/prevention of other service problems?

In short, when Ruh talked about "deep" analytics, these were a few of the possibilities he had in mind.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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10/9/2014 | 1:15:38 PM
how open?
We're trying to be very open, because customers want to add their own value

That seems like a difficult balance--trying to build a basic platform that's open to each entity's needs. Sometimes huge needs.
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