Full of new ideas and cutting-edge technology, MaximoWorld was THE Maximo conference to visit in 2018. With more than 100 maintenance and reliability focused presentations, various Maximo user group meet-ups and an exciting vendor expo, the conference offered a wealth of information to anyone attending.
The Price was Right at MaximoWorld
In the months leading up to the conference, we were presented with an opportunity to deliver a RAP talk (a MaximoWorld version of a TED talk). At Ontracks, we are always on the lookout for cool and fun ways to connect with Maximo users. We love to show off the amazing things that Maximo can do. For our talk, we wanted to engage conference attendees and let them truly experience our solution firsthand. We invited audience members on stage to participate in a “Price is Right” style gameshow, aptly renamed “Maximo is Right” for this occasion.
During the show, three contestants were selected from the audience for a chance to test their Maximo knowledge and try their skills in this game. The games were designed to mimic real-world applications of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that integrate in real time to the Watson IoT platform on the IBM Cloud. Our audience was able to witness how real-time sensor readings interact with Maximo to trigger the creation of work orders in the system.
The Maximo is Right: our gameshow at MaximoWorld 2018
What is IBM Maximo Asset Health Insights?
The gameshow format was a great opportunity for us to bring Maximo add-ons, like the Maximo Asset Health Insights (MAHI) solution closer to real Maximo users. IBM Maximo Asset Health Insights enables businesses to improve visibility into the health and location of their assets. With these insights, businesses can prevent asset failure and minimize downtime, by monitoring usage, maintenance history, costs and performance. You can see MAHI in action in the video below:
Bringing Maximo IoT solutions to life
Our Maximo is Right gameshow allowed us to bring Maximo to life, by showcasing a Maximo IoT solution that incorporated sensors and IBM Cloud services like the Watson IoT platform. Here’s how it all worked:
We used Texas Instruments Simplelink Sensors to monitor gameshow metrics such as pressure, vibration and proximity. This sensor data was then fed into a Raspberry Pi Bluetooth hub. The hub allowed us to receive all the sensor data in one place. Next, the Raspberry Pi utilized the IBM Node-Red to send the sensor data to the Watson IoT platform.
IBM Cloud services included:
Watson Internet of Things Platform
This served as a landing for sensor data and provided the graphical data display we are using for the game show. A Raspberry Pi pushed incoming sensor sensor data out to the Watson IoT platform and kept a buffer of data exclusively for use by the graphs, which allowed us to visualize the real-time data during our games.
Cloudant NoSQL Database(s)
We used one Cloudant database to store the logic we have created in Node-RED.
IBM Cloud Application: Node-RED
This is the processing and RAM for the Node-RED middleware that runs our demo. It uses the above Cloudant database to store its configuration data. This instance of Node-RED is subscribed to the Watson IoTP meter events and runs all the remaining online logic of our demo. Node-RED on the IBM cloud performs the following:
Managing the game logic on each Watson IoTP event type – determining winner based on thresholds, timing, and sums over time.
Creating Maximo work orders in Maximo via Maximo REST API.
Sending emails with work order information and a hyperlink to the Maximo record.
Hosting a website used to view sensor status and calibrate the sensors.
Providing web hooks that, when queried by PowerPoint, provide sensor status and game winner information.
By using this technology, we can see the many applications of real-time data being fed through the Watson IoT platform and on to Maximo.
Takeaways from the show
We had a lot of fun planning this RAP talk and were delighted to see the positive feedback our gameshow received during MaximoWorld. By choosing this unexpected format, we were able to bring the powerful IoT platform and Maximo Add-ons like the Maximo Asset Health Insights (MAHI) solution closer to the users, allowing the audience to interact with complex data in fun, engaging way. We truly hope that the attendees left inspired by the possibilities afforded by this technology.
It was great to see the Maximo community come together at MaximoWorld to share their knowledge and experiences across all industries. The conference was a success and we’re already looking forward to attending again in 2019.