When Zebra introduced Savanna®, we had to think differently. Savanna® is our cloud-based data platform that collects and analyzes data to create insights that optimally mobilize action at the edge of the enterprise. We knew it had the potential to be a major force in the digital transformation of business.
In fact, it was so exciting, we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. We wanted to invite others in. The name kind of gives it away. As Tom Bianculli, Zebra Chief Technology Officer confirms, “Savanna is an open field upon which we can all graze and create together.”
Zebra created the Early Adopter Accelerator program as a technology incubator in 2017 and issued an open invitation to our partner community, as well as top software developers around the globe, to submit proposals. The idea was to co-develop applications utilizing Savanna data to lead the digital transformation of the enterprise and create entirely new solutions for customers.
One of those proposals was from Problem Solutions, a custom software and hardware product development firm. They wanted to create an interface that works on the Savanna® platform to take edge data from IoT sensors to automate real-time guidance and alerts. In a real-world application, the sensors would monitor the climate in manufacturing, warehouse or utilities settings. If there were a gas leak or hazardous material situation, safety protocols would automatically be pushed to users, ensuring safe evacuation, avoiding injury or potential loss of life.
The Zebra team was excited about the possibilities and greenlit the project. Our developer team worked closely with Problem Solutions to create the interface – not from 10,000 feet, but in a real, roll-up your sleeves, get-into-it type of way.