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IBM smartens up the Louvre
March 07, 2012
Mona Lisa is getting smart, after the Louvre Museum that houses the painting and thousands of other art works deployed IBM software to beef up its building maintenance.
The software firm is implementing a centralized database and repository for the museum’s repair and maintenance division, which previously scheduled roughly 65,000 annual tasks on paper using multiple vendors. IBM’s equipment covers initial planning, cleaning, maintenance and disposal on air conditioning and heating systems, elevators, lights and locks on the facility’s 2,500 doors.
Metin Pelit, manager of the Louvre’s computerized maintenance division, says the goal of the upgrade is to keep galleries open to the public as often as possible – a task that was “daunting” under the paper-based set up.
IBM’s software allows the museum to “visualize our entire infrastructure and make better, more informed decisions about when and how to respond to problems,” Pelit notes.