ValuD: Interview with Motors@Work

As “going green” becomes not only a trend but a necessity in our world today, it’s important we talk about energy conservation. Industrial consumption accounts for at least 42% of the global electricity consumption and a significant portion of that is wasted. With one third of such industrial consumption being used by electric motors, it goes without saying that energy conservation in electric motors is a must have. And that is exactly where Rod Ellsworth and his team at Motors@Work(TM) come into the picture…

VC: Good to know that Motors@Work(TM) has earned the trust and confidence of its clients! You recently announced that Motors@Work(TM) will be available as a SaaS solution in IBM Bluemix. Are there any specific reasons for you to choose IBM Bluemix as your Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider?

RE: Well, there are quite a few reasons for us to choose IBM Bluemix as our PaaS partner. For one, IBM currently happens to be one of the leading PaaS providers in the market today and is also the market leader in the Asset Performance Management sector. The way we look at it, Motors@Work(TM) energy intelligence has value on its own but our customers will get the extended benefit when our energy intelligence data is combined with historical data and live data streams from connected devices, sensors, and other IBM Watson IoT hub components. Moreover, the systematic integration of Motors@Work(TM) with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Applications will provide seamless business process integration for non-conformity mitigation and energy improvement opportunity execution. Additionally, this partnership will enable us to integrate our application with IBM’s Maximo Asset Management and TRIRIGA RE/FM applications, which again would be beneficial to our clients. We feel that this will be a win-win relationship for us as well as for our clients…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.18.16 post about the ValuD partnership with Motors@Work.]

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IEEE: IoT development kits overshadow kits of old

There are a myriad of sensor-laden kits hitting the shelf that will help you create wearables, immersive gaming, augmented reality, 3-D mapping—virtually all IoT-targeted designs. If you’re looking to improve power consumption (and who isn’t?), or make your designs painfully smaller, rest assured that there are comprehensive kits that will help you cut through the IoT’s considerable complexity…

Another example includes IoT starter kits announced at Embedded World 2016 by Farnell’s element 14. Dubbed Entrepreneur and Enterprise, the kits target the development of flexible, cost-effective and intelligent building products for hospitals, homes and more. The Entrepreneur kit features EnOcean sensors and Raspberry Pi and EnOcean Pi boards. In addition, it provides access to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform and Bluemix services. In comparison, Enterprise includes EnOcean OEM self-powered sensors and EnOcean Gateway combined with access to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform and IBM TRIRIGA facilities management program…

Intel also just unveiled the latest version of its IoT starter kit for IoT, Developer Kit 3.0, that includes support for a variety of sensors. It also enables devices to connect to IBM‘s Bluemix cloud platform. Thanks to this integration, developers also can take advantage of Watson application programming interfaces for analytics, speech and image recognition. IoT will be the primary development tool for Intel’s recently announced Robotics Development Kit that includes a developer board with an Atom processor and a RealSense 3-D camera…

The Avnet MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit is an easy-to-use, out-of-the-box system that accesses solutions from IBM, Wind River and Xilinx. The MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit enables edge-to-cloud development of Internet-connected solutions and includes building blocks for developing a production-ready, IoT-enabled, industrial processing system. The platform is based on Avnet’s MicroZed system-on-module with a Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC from Xilinx and pluggable sensor solutions from Maxim Integrated and STMicroelectronics. It integrates IBM’s Watson IoT Platform agent on a custom-configured, certified image of Wind River’s Pulsar Linux OS. IBM’s Watson IoT Platform agent enables registered, secure connection to the Watson IoT Platform and additional cloud services and applications from the IBM Bluemix portfolio…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.24.16 post about Farnell element14 IoT starter kits that tap into IBM technology.]

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Recipe: How do you use Real-Time Insights with TRIRIGA work orders to close a fridge door?

In a smart building, it is imperative to monitor the smooth functioning of facilities operations. One of the critical parameters to monitor is the temperature of the facility. IBM TRIRIGA is an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) which increases the operational, financial, and environmental performance of facilities.

Temperature sensors will detect the sudden increase in temperature. Events like “door left open” from refrigerators and vending machines can lead to the damage of food and grocery. A real-time event demands a real-time action, and IBM Real-Time Insights service along with Watson IoT, can not only detect the event, but also initiate an action. The action can be in the form of a web hook (HTTP) to another application, or email, or IFTTT (IF This Then That) action. In this recipe, we will initiate a work task in TRIRIGA, initiate IFTTT, and send email to a service person to close the fridge door.


  • 1. IBM Bluemix account.
  • 2. Java Client Library for IBM Watson IoT Platform.
  • 3. Cloud instance of a TRIRIGA server (Version 10.5).

Recipe flow

This recipe is demonstrated and documented using IBM Bluemix. To simulate the sensor data, the Java Client Library for IBM Watson IoT is used. The device definition is done in the Watson IoT service. The Real-Time Insights service binds to a Bluemix application that already has the Watson IoT service. Define Watson IoT as the data source to Real-Time Insights. Configure the device and schema mapping in the Real-Time Insights dashboard. Create the rules and analytics (alerts) in the Real-Time Insights dashboard. Also, set up a TRIRIGA SaaS instance with a public IP, IFTTT trigger and action, and email configuration…

[Admin: This post is related to the 03.08.16 post about configuring a Watson IoT app on Bluemix to create TRIRIGA work orders.]

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Recipe: How do you configure a Watson IoT app on Bluemix to create TRIRIGA work orders?

In a smart building, it is imperative to monitor the smooth functioning of facilities operations. One of the critical parameters to monitor is the temperature of the facility. IBM TRIRIGA is an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) which increases the operational, financial, and environmental performance of facilities.

With real-time sensor data, the monitoring of critical parameters, like temperature, also becomes real-time. Any deviation from the standard process, like a temperature increase, should trigger a work order. IBM TRIRIGA can be used to raise that work order. This recipe guides you on how to address such deviations using the IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Platform on IBM Bluemix, and the IBM TRIRIGA platform.


  • 1. IBM Bluemix account.
  • 2. IBM Watson IoT quick-start application with an IoT sensor URL.
  • 3. Cloud instance of a TRIRIGA server.

Recipe flow

This recipe is demonstrated and documented using IBM Bluemix. The IBM Bluemix Watson IoT boiler plate application provides a sample Node Red flow which allows subscribing to device events.

The URL ( simulates the device ID which becomes an Input to the Watson IoT Node Red App. Once the device ID is put in the Node Red input node, a JSON message is sent over MQTT to the Watson IoT. Based on the temperature threshold (>45 degrees) that invokes the TRIRIGA REST API, the TRIRIGA OSLC receives the REST parameters with the JSON payload to create the work order (work task) in TRIRIGA…


[Admin: For convenience, here are the meanings of the acronyms: JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT), Representational State Transfer (REST), Application Program Interface (API).]

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Farnell element14 launches IoT starter kits featuring TRIRIGA

Farnell element14 has launched two Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits that tap into technologies from EnOcean and IBM. Both Entrepreneur and Enterprise editions feature micro-computer boards from Farnell element14 and energy harvesting wireless sensors from EnOcean, and provide seamless integration to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform…

The Entrepreneur solution includes EnOcean self-powered sensors, a Raspberry Pi and EnOcean Pi boards from element14, and provides access to the IBM Watson IoT Platform and Bluemix services from IBM. The Enterprise model includes EnOcean OEM self-powered sensors and EnOcean Gateway from element14, as well as access to software and services from IBM including IBM’s Watson IoT Platform and IBM TRIRIGA facilities management software…

The IBM Watson IoT Platform allows organisations to securely and easily connect devices, from chips and intelligent appliances to applications and industry solutions. Scaling through cloud-based services and using rich analytics, the IBM Watson IoT Platform provides organisations with new insight for innovation and transformation. IBM TRIRIGA provides a single system to manage the lifecycle of facilities. Its integrated workplace management system increases the operational, financial and environmental performance of facilities…

[Admin: The same announcement is also posted in the ElectronicsWeekly, EnOcean, and LaoYaoBa websites. Farnell element14 is a high service distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. It operates in 28 countries across Europe, with two regional distribution hubs in Belgium and the UK.]

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Submitting your InterConnect 2016 abstracts by September 17

[Updated 09.15.15 to add the new September 25 deadline]

The call for speakers for IBM Interconnect 2016 has a new deadline of September 25th… We are looking for presentations about IBM TRIRIGA, IBM Maximo, PMQ, IoT Foundation, DOORS, MessageSight and other IBM solutions. Come share your experience and expertise by submitting your speaker proposal by clicking here. Once there select the “core curriculum” and then choose “Internet of Things”

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[Updated 09.11.15]

InterConnect 2016 is coming up fast and last call for speaker proposals is coming up next week, September 17! Please consider submitting an abstract to speak at IBM InterConnect. You can submit your abstracts here. As in the past, there will be tracks dedicated to TRIRIGA and Maximo, as well as, the Sunday afternoon industry group meetings for Utilities, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing (including Life Sciences), Airports and Facilities. The IBM InterConnect 2016 runs from February 21-25 in Las Vegas.

IBM InterConnect is a major conference with nearly 20,000 attendees and 1500 sessions. As you may know, TRIRIGA and Maximo are now part of the Internet of Things business unit at IBM. The Internet of Things will have over 200 sessions where you can learn more about have clients are using TRIRIGA, Maximo, DOORS, and Bluemix to make better decisions.

The TRIRIGA tracks will be found under Core Curriculum > Internet of Things:

  • IoT Asset Management – Technologies
  • IoT Asset Management – Best Practices
  • IoT Devices and the Networked Economy
  • IoT Platform and Analytics
  • IoT Continuous Engineering
  • IoT Transformation and Industry Solutions
  • IoT Facilities Management

Visit the InterConnect website for more information about the event and FAQs.

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What is TRIRIGA code name Shift?

Back in March 2015, Amandeep Gill, Vice President at Tango Management Consulting (TMC), blogged about his knowledge-building experience at IBM InterConnect 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In “Building Connections at IBM InterConnect“, he wrote:

IBM TRIRIGA also shared their product roadmap and we learned what we can expect to see in the coming year. Of particular interest is TRIRIGA Shift, which will change the look and the tools available in the solution to reflect a more modern web-based platform. The first iteration of Shift will be out in Q4 of this year. Stay tuned for future blog posts that take a deeper dive in some of these technology innovations.

But as Q4 approaches, what are these “technology innovations”? Are they based on something like the jQuery 1.x Library? Or the Dojo Toolkit 1.10? Or the Polymer 1.0 Library? Some combination? Or something entirely new?

Later in May 2015, Jay Manaloto, Information Developer at IBM TRIRIGA, explored the Polymer approach, its responsive design, and especially its possible impact on the delivery of future IBM TRIRIGA documentation. However, he didn’t describe any connection to “TRIRIGA Shift”. In “Pouring Polymer onto TRIRIGA docs“, he wrote:

After being exposed to my first Polymer demo, I began to dive deeper into the Polymer approach, including Google presentations by Matt McNulty, Eric Bidelman, and Rob Dodson (my favorite video). I’m now convinced that there’s no reason why IBM TRIRIGA can’t achieve “a tight integration between the application and documentation” that’s even more natural and powerful than IBM Bluemix Docs… When will we get to see a Polymer-flavored IBM TRIRIGA application with integrated documentation? Well, that’s difficult to say. But it’s nice to dream of the possibilities.

With all of these names being tossed around — Shift, jQuery, Dojo, Polymer — where does the true TRIRIGA path lie? Will the TRIMAX 2015 user group conference reveal another roadmap in October? Until then, feel free to visit the effect-based jQuery 1.x Library, the widget-based Dojo Toolkit 1.10, and the element-based Polymer 1.0 Library for a taste of the innovative possibilities.

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[Admin: This post appeared first on TRIRIGAFEEDIA. This post is related to the 12.11.15 post about the UX Framework. “Shift” was renamed “UX Framework” on the platform side, while “Perceptive” refers to TRIRIGA-built UX apps on the application side.]

Mixing TRIRIGA with Bluemix and IoT

TRIRIGA remixed? With Bluemix and IoT? How? Well, let’s figure it out together. If you haven’t heard, probably the biggest IoT news in the last few weeks was the IBM announcement that it “will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions.”

What does “cloud-based open platform” remind me of? You guessed it: Bluemix. In fact, the news named a future offering called the IBM Bluemix IoT Zone where developers could “enrich existing business applications – such as enterprise asset management, facilities management, and software engineering design tools”. What is our “facilities management” application? You guessed it: TRIRIGA.

While it might be more direct to share my impressions from within our new IoT division, it might be more fun to show how a passing but perceptive observer outside IBM might figure out where TRIRIGA fits into the mix. After all, both perspectives might turn out to be similar. I might even learn more about what’s going on!

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