At SXSW, GE shows how data analytics can make some damn good barbecue


If there are two things that bind the South by Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW) and the city that hosts it every year, they are technology and BBQ.

So it makes total sense that General Electric would set up shop near the Austin Convention Center, SXSW’s ground zero, with what it called a BBQ Research Center.

The goal? To demonstrate, in very easy-to-understand terms, the connection between GE’s many large-scale, high-tech industrial systems and data analytics. “People understand barbecue,” said Lynn DeRose, a senior scientist and project leader for GE Research. “It’s a lot more tangible than a steam-gas turbine generator.”

An explanation of the sensors used in the super smoker.

That’s why GE had commissioned a 12-foot-tall “super smoker,” the biggest-daddy barbecue cooker I’ve ever seen, with seven embedded sensors designed to generate data that is then transmitted to analytics software.

Which, of course, is a dry, techy way of saying that GE built a system designed to make some damn good brisket, ribs, and sausage.

Inside the giant smoker, five sensors constantly measure the temperature inside the box, DeRose told me. Another keeps track of relative humidity and smoke flow out the chimney.

On a nearby screen, the data shows up in real time. According to DeRose, the most important is a line showing the temperature. “We want the temperature data to come into a straight line,” she explained, “so the cooking parts are all at an even temperature.”

Source: Venturebeat - Read the original article here

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