PTC builds Internet of things analytics strategy with $105 million acquisition


Manufacturing software company PTC believes predictive maintenance will be one of the first clear killer apps for the Internet of things, a credible theory given big investments in this area by GE and Caterpillar.

Naturally, PTC wants a piece of the action. So, it’s paying $105 million to buy ColdLight, which makes machine learning technology that detects patterns in data collected from sensors embedded in medical devices, manufacturing equipment and consumer products.

By analyzing those metrics, ColdLight’s software can tell when a specific component might be nearing failure. It could also offer suggestions about future ways to improve product design.

“Now, we’ve gone from a dashboard telling me about the thing to a set of instructions telling me what to do about it,” PTC President and CEO Jim Heppelmann told Fortune during an interview about the software company’s industrial Internet strategy. He likens this to the “voice of…

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