Maximo Mary's Microphone Launch: Maximo to make a tightrope smarter?
Mary Gorczynski 1100006B54 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  software sensors ibmontwitter maximo-mary-microphone asset-management tightrope ibmsoftware service-management niagara-falls assetmgmt maximo eam ibmeam linear tivoli
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Welcome to the launch of "Maximo Mary's Microphone" a series where I will interview clients, business partners, IBM subject matter experts and industry analysts to find out what's hot in the Asset and Facilities Management marketplace. I'll occasionally even veer to the imaginative side and propose places for Maximo or TRIRIGA to be considered (similar to the "If Only I had Maximo" campaign for Pulse 2012).
I encourage you to comment on my blogs to help mold the direction I take this series.......and if you have a story, contact me @MaximoMary.
Hold on as I take advantage of the recent story in Niagara Falls for my first entry.........
When you think of linear assets, do you think of a park that manages 150,000 gallons of water rushing over the falls every second? Do you think of 1800 feet of 2 inch steel cable strung at 180 feet in the air? Do you think of the weights on that tightrope used to help stabilize the cable? or the small trolley attached to a harness? or the balancing pole? or even the lights on the falls for the daily night light shows?
You might not, but on June 15, 2012, at Niagara Falls, with over 120,000 people attending, those were a few of the linear assets Nik Wallenda was thinking about as he made history by crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope. As I watched this magnificent feat , I kept thinking about how Maximo Asset Management could have enhanced this story! Can you imagine if Maximo and Maximo Linear Asset Management were in place along with sensors? We would have had a "Smarter Tightrope" story to add to IBM's Smarter Planet success stories. How cool would that have been?
In reality this is not that far fetched. Maximo is used at recreational parks across the globe and throughout many cities to enable Smarter Cities. Take a look at this video highlighting how Maximo and ESRI make cities smarter: link.
As I watched Nik walk over the hanging weights & pull the small trolley that was attached to his harness......I thought, "he needs Maximo"! Preventive and predictive smarter maintenance for the cable, the lights, the trolley, the weights.......as well as for the many aspects of the park......railings, tourist pay viewers which enable you to see all the sites, light posts, parking lots, etc. And can you imagine if Nik had Maximo Spatial? I'm sure that a geographic information system (GIS) was involved for the video capture of the event! link.
So it's easy to see how IBM Asset & Facilities Management solutions can play a key role in different aspects of cities: linear assets, utilities, parks, etc. All aspects that can run more efficiently and smarter with Maximo Asset Management.
In case you missed it, here's a link to ABC's coverage of the event.
Watch out for future installments of Maximo Mary's Microphone.