Learning a New OS Helps App Developers Build for Egypt’s Future
The three winning teams of the GE Egypt Digital Innovation Challenge have moved a step closer to implementing their Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications in order to address challenges in three critical areas of the Egyptian economy: energy, transportation and healthcare.
After being selected in May, the winning teams recently completed a four-week online training on Predix, GE’s cloud-based operating system for industrial assets and other complex systems. They are using their new expertise to further develop their applications that will contribute to Egypt’s digital industrial development and the growth of the economy.
“I have participated in one of the most prominent industrial software trainings, and will soon start materializing my idea,” said Ibrahim El Sayed, winner of the energy challenge. “This has been a great experience and I am looking forward to more opportunities and challenges to help grow my career.” His software helps Egypt’s power grid to operate with more stability and reliability.
The complementary Predix course included instructor-led training, self-paced modules, virtual lab access, tutorials, guides and assessments, as well as access to Predix-training community forums and group discussions that helped them further develop their application.
Yasser Ashoush, one ofthe winner in the transportation challenge, added, “We have now completed the Predix training, which will help us create and develop our application on the industrial platform. We are proud to participate in this GE initiative and proud that our solution can help improve the efficiency of Egypt’s rail sector.”
The team’s solution helps rail locomotive operators to better manage their fleet.
For Hany Hammad, from the winning team in the healthcare challenge, the Predix course helped facilitate prototyping. “Our team is currently working on moving our prototype to Predix. The cash award helped us deploy more resources towards enhancing our prototype and hiring two new developers.”
Their solution helps medical facilities improve the efficiency of operations by better managing equipment and understanding the location of medical staff.
As winners of the challenge, each team not only received the Predix training, but also 100,000 Egyptian Pounds, and a one-year license to use Predix to develop their digital industrial solutions on the platform.
The challenge was held in partnership with the Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), an affiliate of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).
More than 185 university students, entrepreneurs and software developers submitted their digital solutions during the 2016-2017 challenge, which invited solutions in three specific areas: transportation, healthcare and energy
Predix provides software applications with a native IIoT environment that is designed for the scale, reliability, complexity and security needs of critical infrastructure and systems.
Predix natively connects data, devices, assets, and analytics with human operators, helping them achieve greater system availability, reliability, efficiency. The Innovation Challenge is by solving problems in the areas of healthcare, energy and transportation.
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