Ionics partners with IBM to develop smart apps

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IONICS Inc., through its subsidiary Ionics EMS Inc. (EMS), has partnered with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) to develop a platform of cloud-based applications that could provide improved access to big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile data.

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“Please be informed that Ionics EMS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ionics Inc., signed two agreements with IBM Philippines (statement of work and Bluemix reseller agreement) to build a platform for the development of cloud-based computer applications, to sell IBM’s Cloud and Bluemix technology as a part of EMS’ Internet of Things (IoT), and to develop IBM’s Expert Factory App as a part of its operational efficiency program,” Ionics said in a statement.

The Internet of Things refers to the linkage of gadgets, devices, consumer appliances or industrial equipment, among others, through built-in technology that allows communication and interaction with each other.

The partnership will merge IBM’s massive cloud storage expertise and EMS’s strength in developing and manufacturing IoT linkages.

Under the deal, IBM will give its Cloud and Bluemix technology to improve EMS’ existing IoT Cloud Services, which will serve as a platform that could be used to deliver large quantities of fast-moving real-time data, using geospatial analytics that will improve the IoT solutions.

Aside from the IoT platform, the partnership will also cater to the manufacturing sector with the development of a first factory app — called Expert Factory App — that can help production engineers and supervisors solve issues and problems arising in a company’s production lines.

“Ionics EMS and IBM are coming together from two independent positions of strength to help the manufacturing industry capture opportunities in the era of bid data analytics, IoT, cloud and mobile,” said Lawrence Cua, chairman and chief executive officer of EMS.

“We can now have the technology that manifests itself on the cloud with access to mobile data and big data analytics, making a jump from hypothetical information to real time data analytics,” Cua said.

“With the collaboration with Apple, we will be able to empower the Ionics EMS manufacturing service through game changing Smart Factory upgrades,” he added.

For his part, Luis Pineda, IBM Philippines president and country general manager: “The dramatic increase of connected devices provides organizations the ability to gather near real time data and extract new insights that weren’t possible until now.”

“This is driving a major shift in the electronics industry, allowing manufacturers to focus on delivering a more compelling experience to the consumer. Our relationship with Ionics EMS is a significant step in this direction as we help bring innovation to the manufacturing industry,” Pineda added.

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