"The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps", General Electric CEO John Flannery said in a statement.
The companies said GE's industrial IoT platform, Predix, will now be available for use with development of apps for iPhone and iPad via the new Predix software development kit (SDK).
The software serves as a cornerstone in GE's efforts to transform itself into an "digital industrial" company.
For Apple, the Cupertino tech giant has partnered with a number of software companies in an effort to push iOS apps for the enterprise - including IBM, Cisco, Deloitte and SAP - but the GE partnership goes a bit deeper.
The new SDK is set to launch on October 26, the companies said.
GE has been talking about the industrial internet of things for several years, but only recently have the pieces started to fall into place. Predix enables apps to notify workers of equipment issues at a factory and quickly collect data for fix.
"GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy", said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. The alliance revolves around Predix, the cloud platform that GE has developed to help organizations analyze sensory data from physical assets such as manufacturing equipment. "Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE's Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad".
Apple's salespeople will be trained on Predix's capabilities and will promote the software in sales situations alongside iOS devices, Susan Prescott, vice president of product market at Apple, told Reuters. This presumably means employees will transition to using iPhone and iPad exclusively.
Those companies will now be able to let remote workers access performance data or manage far-flung industrial devices from their iPhones, giving them a far greater degree of flexibility than having to rely on a laptop or a clunky rugged tablet computer.
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