2015 Winner Profile

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Project Description:
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed a real-time, data analytics system, called Streams, to help its experts quickly examine and act on metrics collected during space missions. The system lets JPL staff use real-time visual analytics of billions of data points to improve the efficiency of space exploration and spark groundbreaking discoveries. JPL's IT group incorporated end users and industry experts during its rapid prototyping process and created an analytics cloud to speed development without adding additional cost. Before Streams, JPL collected thermal telemetry data in PowerPoint, and experts later analyzed it and suggested corrections. That process took weeks and didn't allow for interactive analysis. Streams lets JPL experts make quicker, smarter decisions, and because the team used an analytics cloud and open-source technologies, engineers were able to use Streams for an additional mission (on soil moisture) in just a few weeks.
Project type:
Business Intelligence or Data Analytics, Cloud Computing Services or Software as a Service (SaaS), Collaboration Tools
Business Functions:
Research and Development, IT Operations
Business Goal:
Operational Impact
James Rinaldi, Director of IT & CIO
Charles Elachi, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and VP, California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.
Revenue (2014):
$1.6 billion
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