Teams of developers converged at Mendix World last week to build cutting edge Smart Apps in just 24 hours. The hackathon featured use cases from ISS Facility Services, a leading global provider of integrated facility services, and Enexis, the energy network operator in the north, east and south of the Netherlands.
The winning entrant among the developers was a team from TimeSeries, a developer of software solutions for big data. The TimeSeries team, comprised of Paul Ketelaars, Alex van Son and Will van Zantvoort, developed a Smart App to help ISS customers and their employees optimize their workspaces using sensor data.
The application monitors various office conditions, such as temperature, noise levels, nearby services and more. Using this sensor data, employees can find their ideal workspace, locate colleagues and book conference rooms based on certain criteria.
The app also includes a separate interface for ISS employees to proactively manage these facilities and evolve their services from push driven to demand driven. Using sensor data, the app decides which rooms need to be cleaned, based on their usage, and which plants need water based on the temperature, daylight and humidity.
How did the app come together in 24 hours?
The TimeSeries team built their Smart App using the Mendix platform in combination with sensor data from the KPN LoRa Network and one-click deployment on AWS. The developers had special access to Mendix 7, which includes drag-and-drop connectors to IoT, big data and machine learning services; a Connector Kit with native REST support, JSON and XML mappings and enhanced Java actions; the new Mendix Web Modeler; and much more.
The team started with extensive brainstorming and drew inspiration from the Edge, a building in Amsterdam that’s been called the greenest and most intelligent in the world. They began building basic functionality first and then continued to add more.
“It didn’t make sense to build a massive app because that wouldn’t be manageable for ISS since they don’t have experience with the IoT and sensor data,” Ketelaars said. “The drag-and-drop features on the Mendix platform made it really easy to integrate the IoT data into the application. Within seconds the data started to populate into the app.”
The TimeSeries win didn’t stop at the hackathon. ISS is bringing in the TimeSeries team to pitch the app to its innovation board with the hopes of implementing it in the company’s Rotterdam office.