Real-Time Information on Assets

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-03-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

The Louvre's management system can now aggregate data from individual systems within the museum, providing the museum staff and its vendors with real-time information on each asset. Additionally, the software provides a predictive view into the performance and reliability of the facility equipment and systems, allowing museum staff to better determine which assets need to be repaired or replaced, IBM said.

"Buildings are massive systems of systems, and these systems need to talk to each other for a building to become smarter," Pelit said. "In the Louvre's case, there's the added challenge of being home to thousands of irreplaceable pieces of art which must be carefully preserved while trying to accommodate millions of visitors annually. By using Maximo software to monitor the condition of assets across the museum's facilities in one single database, these systems begin to talk to one another, allowing staff to preserve artwork and facilities with more ease and efficiency. As a result, the Louvre is now able to keep the majority of their galleries open to customers on a daily basis while simultaneously reducing costs and energy consumption.€

The IBM software enables the museum to gain better insight on how many assets it owns, their location and the maintenance history log. Moreover, the software helps the Louvre Museum staff manage both planned and unplanned maintenance activities, from initial work request and work order generation through completion and recording of the actual work performed.

For instance, the IBM software matched job tasks to available contractors, estimated and obtained approval of costs, established priorities, and initiated maintenance activities throughout the museum and its individual galleries, IBM said. It enables the museum to better follow up on the maintenance staff€”especially contractors, who also work with Maximo. Based on this knowledge, the museum can tailor its tender offer, and consequently contractors can better align their offer to the customer needs, the company said.

"Technology today can make it possible to 'listen' to the abundance of information from buildings," Bartlett said in a statement. "The Louvre Museum has created a fabric of intelligence to better manage and preserve their art and infrastructure for the world to enjoy."

 


 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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