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GE enlists Couchbase to enable offline mobile apps across industries
This article is part of the Modern Mobility issue of January 2017, Vol. 3, No. 1
General Electric is taking a new, digital-first approach to manufacturing. A big part of the effort is Predix, its platform as a service that allows businesses to build mobile applications for industrial uses. Organizations use Predix to build apps that help field workers monitor train tracks, tune wind turbines to work together, perform maintenance on oil rigs and tackle other critical tasks in low-connectivity areas. As such, offline access to those apps is paramount. But GE Digital, the arm of the company that runs Predix, faced a major challenge when trying to build that capability into the platform to enable offline mobile apps. "The field service workers need to be in the right place and have the right information," said Himagiri Mukkamala, GE Digital's head of engineering for Predix. "Offline is important to get the last mile covered." Himagiri Mukkamala Enter Couchbase, a software vendor based in Mountain View, Calif. Its NoSQL database for mobile and web app development, called Couchbase Mobile, offered the ...
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