IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2017 - 10
Mobile at Scale Takes Flight
Finnair is the first organization to take advantage of IBM's new app design
and development model, Mobile at Scale for iOS. This first-of-its-kind
agreement allows the airline to deploy multiple iOS apps over a multiyear
period, improving its overall processes and digital transformation.
A Finnair team in the IBM MobileFirst* for iOS Garage-which operates
as a global hub for the development of iOS-is dedicated to rapidly executing the airline's projects. In weeks, it can deliver initial apps tailored to
meet Finnair's enterprise needs and the user requirements of its employees, saving 25 percent of development effort, cost and time.
The apps combine simplicity and analytics to provide insight for
better informed decision-making, and will be managed and hosted on
IBM Cloud. The first apps are being deployed this year in Finnair technical operations in aircraft line maintenance. They include: Inspect & Turn,
which gives aircraft mechanics digital task cards and documentation with
analytics-driven recommendations to complete work assignments and
ensure the safe upkeep of aircraft, and achievement of on-time arrival
and departure targets; and Assign Tech, which provides aircraft mechanic
supervisors a clear overview of flight schedules, the maintenance process
and mechanic availability.
Rool'in previewed its unique take on
solar wheels for bicycles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
in January. Both premade electric bikes
and other detachable wheels that turn
regular bikes into electric bikes exist, but
Rool'in offers a connected solar wheel
filled with photovoltaic cells that keep
the wheel charged as the rider pedals.
Bluetooth connects the wheel to an app
that lets riders set the charging level
of the wheel as it corresponds to their
speed. The wheel also has GPS and
helps the rider choose the best location to park the bike to optimize battery
charging. It comes in three sizes-20,
26 and 28 inches-and will be available
Printone-developed by Dartmouth College and an Autodesk research team-is a
new, interactive design tool that creates functional 3-D printed wind instruments.
The 16 original, free-form instruments play different melodies, such as a star that
can play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and a snowman that can play "Jingle Bells."
Users can make an instrument out of any shape and select the target notes they
want it to have. After a user inputs a 3-D shape into the platform, the tool creates
a hollow acoustic cavity. The user then selects the fipple placement and chooses
the position and size of finger holes.
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