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The growth of digitization with Industry 4.0

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In recent years, the significant growth in Industry 4.0 digitization has had a major impact on the manufacturing sector. The shift from traditional paper-based methods to more streamlined digital solutions is helping all types of manufacturers, from textiles and food to pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals, increase their productivity, reduce costs and thus become more efficient. operationally. In fact, in a recent Getac and Statista study, a quarter of US manufacturers said they believe digitization can reduce their costs by up to 30% over time. As digital transformation evolves, the number of new tools and solutions available to manufacturers also continues to grow, offering them a wide range of competitive advantages. Three of the most important tools that are emerging are artificial intelligence, extended reality, and automation, all of which help meet tomorrow’s challenges today. This article will look at each of these in more detail and discuss how they are expected to shape the future of the manufacturing industry in the future. Artificial intelligence for Industry 4.0 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) across all manufacturing industries is estimated to grow at an annual rate of 57.2% over the next five years, creating a market worth over $14.02 billion euros by 2026. As such, it is critical that manufacturers invest in IT equipment that can support specialized industrial applications like AI from the get-go, helping them to seamlessly integrate the technology into their processes when the time comes. An Increasing Use of Extended Reality Extended Reality, sometimes called XR or Cross Reality, is an umbrella term that refers to technologies that create computer-generated objects and environments. These different technologies are distinguished and defined primarily by the relationship they establish between the real and virtual worlds. While in Augmented Reality (AR), the user observes virtual objects that complement the real world, Virtual Reality (VR) immerses the user in a purely virtual environment. The Extended Reality market is booming worldwide and is expected to total €29.39 billion by 2023, an increase of 170% in just two years, with the US and Europe accounting for 60% of the market. market. The use of these advanced technologies requires very low latency times. That’s why it’s imperative for laptop and tablet vendors to equip their devices with advanced technologies like LiFi. LiFi (or Light Fidelity) is a wireless communication technology based on the use of visible light, unlike Wi-Fi, which occupies the radio frequency band of the electromagnetic spectrum. This technology has many advantages: the light does not interfere with radio frequencies, which ensures that LiFi is compatible with radio technologies (Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, etc.). Also, light, unlike radio waves, cannot pass through walls, ensuring data partitioning and security on both sides of the walls. Automation of the manufacturing industry The use of robots and automation has already become a reality in many parts of the manufacturing sector. For example, in Germany, approximately 59% of manufacturers already use these technologies in some form. As a result, the global robotics market is expected to grow by 20% per year over the next five years, with automation growing by approximately 9% per year between 2018 and 2025. The total volume is expected to be around €62.13 billion by 2026. By equipping themselves now with the right tools, such as robust IT teams, enterprise resource planning and manufacturing execution systems, manufacturers can create an IT infrastructure that enables them to capitalize on these exciting new technologies at the first opportunity. Doing so will help position them at the forefront of the industry and future proof your investment for many years to come. The Impact of COVID-19 on Digital Transformation While the pace of digital transformation in manufacturing has been growing steadily for several years, the emergence of COVID-19 in early 2020 kicked it into overdrive. Microsoft even estimated that more than two years of digital transformation occurred in the first two months of the pandemic. Although the timeline was not of their choosing, this rapid shift to digital solutions has helped many manufacturers weather the storm created by global lockdowns and strict travel restrictions, leaving them better positioned for the future. As digitization continues to sweep through the manufacturing industry, the volume and variety of exciting solutions available to manufacturers is constantly growing. New technologies like AI, Extended Reality, LiFi, automation, and robotics can significantly improve the productivity and profitability of organizations that choose to adopt them, helping to future-proof their operations in the process. (Photo by Marius Masalar on Unsplash) Want to learn more about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at IoT Tech Expo. The next events in the series will be held in Santa Clara on May 11-12, 2022, Amsterdam on September 20-21, 2022, and London on December 1-2, 2022. Explore other upcoming events and TechForge powered business technology webinars here. Tags: digital transformation, digitization, Company, Industry 4.0

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Hardware Design Leads IoT Deployment Barriers

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A survey of more than 750 IoT professionals finds that hardware design is the top perceived barrier to implementation. The survey, conducted by Eseye in partnership with Kaleido Intelligence, set out to uncover the top pain points for IoT deployments. Here are the key takeaways: 84% said hardware design is the number one barrier 56% of cellular IoT adopters find doing business with multiple vendors “too complex” 51% of implementers of IoT say connectivity performance and quality of service in international markets is not “good enough” 48% believe that robust multi-regional cellular coverage is “lacking” in the IoT connectivity ecosystem “Historically, IoT has been seen as overly complex due to hardware, connectivity, and security challenges; this survey shows that these challenges persist today,” said Nick Earle, CEO of Eseye. “Frankly, customers deserve greater certainty and lower risk when making IoT deployments. They need to be sure that their IoT project will deliver the expected results and an internationally consistent quality of service.” Eseye believes that its Infinity IoT platform addresses many of the operational challenges businesses face. “To deliver the desired levels of trust and return on investment from their IoT projects, companies need to partner with industry specialists who can offer a centrally managed service for their IoT implementation, providing a holistic view of all requirements. of hardware management, connectivity and association in one place,” added Earle. “With the new Infinity IoT platform, our enterprise customers can finally overcome major IoT challenges and successfully implement IoT to meet the connectivity needs of today and tomorrow.” Eseye is also confident that its AnyNet Federation, with its access to more than 700 global networks, solves the connectivity issues highlighted by respondents. “Connectivity is key for IoT to deliver value, but with multiple contracts, combined with roaming restrictions, it’s difficult for organizations to easily control their environment. This is where that business flexibility is really needed,” said Steffen Sorrell, research leader at Kaleido Intelligence. “Similarly, hardware device design and implementation issues were common, and this is where specialist help is critical, especially for new projects, to help the customer from initial design to full implementation. While eSIM has been touted as the answer to many of these problems, it is not a panacea, as many of our respondents reported problems.” (Photo by Matthew Garoffolo on Unsplash) Want to learn about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at the IoT Tech Expo taking place in Amsterdam, California and London. Explore other upcoming business technology events and webinars powered by TechForge here. Tags: deployments, eseye, internet of things, IoT, kaleido intelligence, report, research, study, survey

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Vodafone’s IoT technology ensures that 1.5 million strawberries arrive at Wimbledon

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Vodafone is deploying IoT technology to ensure that 1.5 million strawberries make it to Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament. Wimbledon just wouldn’t be the same without strawberries and cream. Hughe Lowe Farms has supplied Wimbledon strawberries for almost 30 years and will continue to be the exclusive supplier to the tournament this year. Vodafone has partnered with Hughe Lowe Farms to ensure that the strawberries arrive at their destination, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in optimal condition. A new tracker will allow the farm to monitor every shipment of strawberries heading to Wimbledon. The tracker will report detailed information such as temperature, shock and vibration on the packaging. Marion Regan, MD of Hugh Lowe Farms, said: “We are excited to be working with Vodafone and their support is helping us to optimize the growing conditions for our strawberries. It is a great privilege to be the sole supplier of strawberries to Wimbledon, and that is a role we’ve played for almost 30 years. Now we’re using Vodafone’s cutting-edge technology to be able to offer the best quality strawberries, all produced in a more sustainable way, for fans to enjoy.” benefits of IoT during the farming process The company is using MyFarmWeb, Vodafone’s cloud-based platform for storing, visualizing and comparing all types of maps, geographic and agricultural data generated by IoT, to increase operational insights. data from MyFarmWeb, Hugh Lowe Farms can improve soil and crop health, water use, and enable precise application of fertilizers and pests. icides. Ultimately, this increases production while reducing waste and carbon emissions. Nick Gliddon, Vodafone UK Commercial Director, commented: “Technology has the power to change society for the better and we can see it in action at Hugh Lowe Farms. Our IoT technology not only helps the team make their operations more efficient and produce the best strawberries, it also helps them be as environmentally friendly as possible by reducing excessive water use and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.” A paper published last year by Vodafone and WPI Economics found that the introduction of IoT technology could help agricultural industries save between 2.4 and 4.8 million tonnes of CO2e per year. Overall, the report found that emerging technologies like IoT and 5G have the potential to help the UK reduce 17.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year. (Image credit: Vodafone) Related: Juniper Research: Vodafone Business Leads IoT Roaming Providers Want to learn about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at the IoT Tech Expo taking place in Amsterdam, California and London. Explore other upcoming business technology events and webinars powered by TechForge here. Tags: agriculture, environment, farms, hughe lowe farms, internet of things, IoT, myfarmweb, sustainability, vodafone, wimbledon

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DataQube partners with NodeWeaver to provide full cloud capability

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DataQube Global, an edge data center company, has partnered with NodeWeaver, a provider of autonomous and agnostic edge cloud technology, to augment the edge computing capabilities of its modular data center products. The agility of NodeWaver’s edge cloud solution is said to be perfectly aligned with the flexibility and scalability of DataQube, and the new partnership could enable colocation customers to benefit from enterprise-grade cloud functionality at an attractive price point. DataQube’s portfolio of edge data center solutions has been developed for deployment in a wide range of challenging indoor and outdoor locations where traditional data center installations are not feasible or practical due to their sheer scale and expense. initial capital needed. Additionally, the demand for localized processing is growing as companies leverage IoT to streamline processes and gain greater insight into product lifecycles. The associated data generated as a result must be processed at the source and in real time for performance, security, and usability reasons, and edge facilities capable of meeting this demand quickly, cost-effectively, and sustainably are in short supply. NodeWeaver’s ‘edge nano cloud’ operating platform installs on the foundation of almost any hardware and simplifies the deployment, management and orchestration of infrastructure and applications at the distributed edge. One or more NodeWeaver servers are automatically collocated at each edge location, providing a cloud-native experience with reliable and scalable compute and storage for applications. NodeWeaver claims that its simple, autonomous operation dramatically lowers the cost of ownership and reduces the need for IT expertise or human intervention. According to DataQube, integrating NodeWeaver’s intuitive cloud technology into its core design ensures the ultra-high-speed, ultra-low-latency processing power needed for high-bandwidth applications such as industrial IoT (IIoT), digital twins, artificial intelligence ( AI) and artificial vision. . This distributed cloud capability combined with DataQube’s people-free design, minimal fiber requirements, and green credentials make the company’s edge data center system truly unique. Steve Pass, COO of DataQube Global, said: “DataQube is always looking for technology partners to enhance the capabilities of its already unique solution. “The flexible and self-monitoring nature of Nodeweaver’s technology makes it an ideal fit for DataQube and allows us to offer our customers more options. I look forward to developing a fruitful business relationship that benefits both parties.” Carlo Daffara, CEO of NodeWeaver, said: “Dataqube offers a unique proposition in edge data center technology, with a solution that is flexible and adaptable to a variety of deployment requirements. Dataqube’s podular system perfectly complements our scalable nanocloud architecture, allowing users to deploy a cloud-like architecture anywhere, securely and sustainably. We look forward to the use cases this combination enables.” Want to learn about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at the IoT Tech Expo taking place in Amsterdam, California and London. Explore other upcoming business technology events and webinars powered by TechForge here. Tags: DataQube, edge computing

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