How the gig economy will transform field service management

Written by Matt Bellias | February 20, 2018 | Asset Management

A use case for the future Imagine the scenario: a master electrician is responsible for fixing motors, transformers, generators and electronic controllers on industrial robots. He finishes the first shift at a manufacturing plant, gets an alert on his phone as he’s driving home. Something is wrong with a nearby photovoltaic system – aka a ...read more


Why quality is the obstacle to mass adoption of 3D printing

Written by Matt Bellias | February 5, 2018 | Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a hot topic.  Although the technology was invented in the 1980s, only now is it getting industry traction.  In fact, in 2017 Gartner’s famous hype cycle predicted that additive manufacturing is moving past disillusionment and into real product applications.  Many predict AM will cause massive industry ...read more


Siemens: Enhancing building performance and sustainability with IoT

Written by Matt Bellias | March 16, 2017 | Buildings

At a session in the Cognitive Building Forum, Peter Halliday, the Head of Building Performance and Sustainability at Siemens Building Technologies, shared his perspectives on the role the Internet of Things plays in building performance and sustainability. The explosion of data and devices that are available today provides a massive opportunity to incorporate IoT into ...read more


KONE discusses the elevation of IoT and cognitive buildings

Written by Matt Bellias | March 15, 2017 | Buildings

At our recent Genius of Things event in Munich, we talked extensively about buildings and our partnership with KONE to apply IoT technologies to elevators and escalators.  To sum up, KONE is using IBM’s Watson IoT platform to connect, remotely monitor and optimize millions of elevators, escalators, doors and turnstiles in buildings and cities worldwide. ...read more


The evolution of maintenance

Written by Matt Bellias | March 14, 2017 | Asset Management, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing...

The science of maintenance is on the cusp of a transformation.  The Internet of Things, combined with advancements in edge computing and analytics, is poised to usher in an era of what is referred to as “prescriptive maintenance”. But for many companies’ operations and maintenance teams, daily maintenance tasks feel like a grind.  It’s critical ...read more


How real are autonomous airplanes?

Written by Matt Bellias | January 16, 2017 | Aerospace, Blog

Recently BBC News published an intriguing story about a project from BAE Systems to develop an airplane that flies by itself. Autonomous cars are one of the hottest topics in technology and the Internet of Things, so it’s no surprise that companies are applying these innovations to airplanes  But drawing parallels between cars and airplanes ...read more


IoT for water utilities

Written by Matt Bellias | January 9, 2017 | Energy and Utilities, Environment

It’s often said that water is the world’s most valuable commodity, but in many Western countries water has been so cheap and accessible that many people don’t even think about its cost. But with rapid urbanization – nearly 70% of the world’s population lives in cities – it is estimated that almost half of the ...read more


Top innovations in buildings for 2016

Written by Matt Bellias | January 4, 2017 | Buildings

At IBM, we’ve spent a good part of 2016 talking about how the Internet of Things is disrupting the buildings industry. We’ve shared stories throughout the year of how major companies in the industry are using IoT in novel ways – firms such as Siemens Buildings Technologies, KONE, ISS, and many others. And we’ve hosted ...read more


Traveling home for Christmas: the smart way

Written by Matt Bellias | December 15, 2016 | Travel

Travel and transportation companies are looking to the Internet of Things and cognitive computing to transform every aspect of their businesses, from marketing and purchasing to the provisioning of services and post-travel engagement. Exploiting the insights locked away in big data challenges will bring travel providers closer to their customers and transform complex operations in ...read more


4 ways IoT will transform energy and utilities companies operations

Written by Matt Bellias | December 7, 2016 | Blog, Energy and Utilities

With the proliferation of smart meters and cheap sensors, energy and utilities companies are looking to technology as a catalyst for business change. Distributed power generation is eroding traditional revenue streams, and aging distribution infrastructure is cutting into profit margins. As a result, utility companies are trying to extract as much value as possible from ...read more


3 ways IoT will change smart meters for utilities

Written by Matt Bellias | December 1, 2016 | Article, Energy and Utilities

The concept of a smart grid, and the smart meters that are used to measure it, predated the Internet of Things.  If we think about IoT as simply the networking of physical devices to allow them to exchange data, then energy & utilities companies building smart grids could be considered leaders of the early IoT ...read more


How IoT is innovating transport to make cities more liveable

Written by Matt Bellias | November 28, 2016 | Automotive, Blog, Travel

This is the third post in a three-part series on how the Internet of Things is impacting transport. Congestion, primarily driven by commuters and centered around cities, is a huge economic problem – costing the U.S. $160 billion per year according to researchers at Texas A&M. This is a global problem, often affecting growing cities ...read more