IBM To Develop AI-Powered IoT Solution
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IBM To Develop AI-Powered IoT Solution

IBM announced a collaboration with Sund & Bælt to assist in IBM's development of an AI-powered IoT solution designed to help prolong the lifespan of aging bridges, tunnels, highways, and railways.

The new IoT industry solution, IBM Maximo for Civil Infrastructure, further extends the IBM Maximo portfolio. It furthermore provides deep industry and task-specific functionality to help organizations manage, monitor and administer their infrastructure assets.

Deteriorating infrastructure is a global challenge. Organizations struggle with aging facilities, the difficulty of physical inspections and high cost of continued maintenance. According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association 2019 Bridge Report, in the United States, 47,052 bridges are “structurally deficient.”

The announcement leverages Sund & Bælt’s operational expertise with IBM’s Maximo Enterprise Asset Management and Asset Performance Management (APM) solutions. This will help extend the lifespan of infrastructure and reduce overall maintenance costs.

IBM Maximo for Civil Infrastructure

Maximo for Civil Infrastructure consolidates various sources of data including maintenance and design details, near real-time IoT data generated from sensors placed on structures, wearables from workers, stationary cameras and drones, and weather data from The Weather Company, to help clients identify and measure the impact of damage such as cracks, rust and corrosion, as well as displacement vibrations and stress.

By implementing maintenance strategies using IBM Maximo, organizations can endeavor to model, map and monitor each structure. This can help them perform rapid assessment to prioritize maintenance decisions that target critical repairs. It also helps to address compliance issues in order to meet regulatory obligations.

“Bridges, tunnels, and roads provide access to family, job opportunities, education and more, but much of this infrastructure is aging. With Maximo for Civil Infrastructure, IBM is applying IoT and AI technology to help organizations improve the way professionals monitor and manage these structures,” said Kareem Yusuf, IBM Watson IoT. “We couple Sund & Bælt’s industry expertise with IBM’s 30-year investment in Maximo capabilities for the management of physical assets and IBM’s Maximo Asset Performance Management portfolio. This solution can consequently be leveraged to help organizations with their maintenance and operation of aging infrastructure worldwide.”

Sund & Bælt utilizes AI and IoT to maintain bridges

Sund & Bælt owns and operates some of the largest infrastructure in the world, such as the Storebælt Link and the 16km Øresund Link between Denmark and Sweden.

Currently preparing construction for the world’s longest immersed tunnel, the 18 km Femern Belt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany, Sund & Bælt is working to also make this Europe’s smartest tunnel. The Maximo for Civil Infrastructure solution aims to help organizations more efficiently operate and maintain this crucial public infrastructure.

“Our infrastructure facilities are aging, and traffic increases. It is therefore crucial to take in new methods for keeping the structures safe and operational at all times. Additionally, we need to avoid rising costs,” said Mikkel Hemmingsen, CEO at Sund & Bælt. “Collaborations with world leading tech-partners such as IBM can help us secure the future operation of our link. At the same time, it is exciting that our know-how benefits organizations in the industry through this IoT solution.”


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