Here are a few highlights from this year’s HackZone demos.
Self-propelled robotic devices emulate an
automated environment by independently moving objects around the floor
of a warehouse, office or factory. When obstructions appear, the
devices must problem-solve and relay changes back to the other bots.
Attendees can participate by adding obstructions to see how the bots
solve unscripted problems. It’s a great example of how accident
management can be managed by independent devices and scaled across a
variety of automated business environments.
Platform capabilities on display: FlowDesigner/Integration Hub,
MetricBase, TEST APIs, mobile notifications, accident management
In this blustery demo of predictive
maintenance, a field of five meter-high, Lego-constructed wind
turbines connect to sensors running IoT software. “Whenever people
think of predictive maintenance and IoT, the example is always a
nuclear power plant, a jet engine or a wind turbine,” says McKee. “In
the ServiceNow office in San Diego, where most of these builders are
based, they have a huge room taken over by Legos.”
Sensors monitor performance, compare to benchmarks, and make
corrective actions when certain performance thresholds are passed. The
Windfarm illustrates how monitoring and smart maintenance can work for
devices in the field and marks the first time many will see the work
of our NowX innovation team in action.
Platform capabilities on display: NowX, IoT Smart Maintenance,
IoT Remote Monitoring, Field Services
Collectors of swag should make a point
of visiting this sensory-pleasing demo of fabrication on demand. For
this one our makers used 3D printing to custom build a 2D engraving
machine. Attendees enter a name through a simple service portal, which
is then laser-engraved into a carpenter pencil. The engraving takes
about 12 seconds per pencil.
‘This is basically a manufacturing-on-demand story,” says McKee.
Speed and integration are on display in this enjoyable, tactile demo
by the same person who made the photo booth for Knowledge 2018. Come
for the pencil, stay for the smell of hot sawdust.
Platform capabilities on display: Service Catalog, Integration
Hub, Flow Designer, MID server
Knowing when to order replacement
supplies is important, but never more than when beer is on the line.
Flow and temperature sensors monitor an actual kegerator for its
supply of beer and ice, determining when to order replacements to keep
the beer cold and the taps flowing.
This is one demo that seemed to get more popular as the clock got
closer to 5:00p. Every pub should have this sort of technology, but
the predictive system for managing just-in-time inventory modeled here
is useful for any industry reliant on a time-dependent supply chain. Cheers!
Platform capabilities on display: MetricBase, Flow Designer,
Scripted REST, IoTHub
Other Demos in the HackZone
While you’re there, check
out other cool demos:
Predictive Maintenance – An actual tractor dashboard display by
Coco is wired to fleet management IoT software. It measures operating
details and responds to changing fleet conditions.
AR Field Service – A LEGO printer creates banners, but not
until attendees detect and repair anomalies through an augmented
reality interface. You had us at LEGO printer.
Virtual Agent and Alexa – Natural language commands will play a
big role in future interfaces, as this demo shows by pairing Alexa
with ServiceNow Virtual Agent.
IoT DevOps – A handful of devices model the complete DevOps
lifecycle from code to deployment in this clever illustration of the
power of the Integration Hub.
Health Club – Step up for the week’s easiest workout in this
demo of how out-of-the-box ServiceNow applications guide you through
multiple stations of a custom exercise scenario. Reward yourself with
a trip to the kegerator.