Li-Fi and Industry 4.0

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WIELAND ELECTRIC USES LIFI TECHNOLOGY IN INHOUSE PRODUCTION

Industry 4.0 requires intelligent solutions for networking machines and equipment. So-called LiFi technology is one of them. It uses the light spectrum to transfer data and is a promising alternative to WiFi and Bluetooth, because it is better protected from electromagnetic disturbance in comparison to radio waves and provides real-time capabilities in the microsecond range at data rates up to 1 Gbps. Wieland Electric in Bamberg is investigating how the technological benefits can be utilized in industrial environments. The electronics company uses the new data transmission standard in its in-house production to gain experience and include it in the development of LiFi for industrial communication.

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New IoT-related events in Eindhoven this autumn

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We invite you to check these two new IoT-related events in Eindhoven this autumn and get up-to-date with the latest smart society technology developments.

Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

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Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

We are becoming more accustomed to jaw-dropping video game technology, Amazon’s Alexa speakers, and nifty Android and iOS apps that seem to let us do just about anything.

While commercial technology continues to make leaps and bounds each year, what role does artificial intelligence play in all this, and how will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future? The following is an overview of several way that AI and robots are helping us through algorithms and physical functioning at work, in our homes, and in the way we move around. We are on just the cusp of a lot of this technology, but companies are quickly making moves to feasibly commercialize these types of products for our use in the near future.

Artificial Intelligence may continue making its way into the doctor’s offices and hospitals of the world – and we aren’t just talking about the computer opponent on the chess program. Continue reading “Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?”

Watify is looking for innovative SMEs to showcase their technological transformation

Watify is looking for innovative SMEs to showcase their technological transformation

WATIFY Solution Award – Could you be the 2017 winner?

The first edition of the WATIFY Solution Award will take place this year on 15-16 November in Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of the Global Finals of the Creative Business Cup 2017. The Award is looking to recognise the next innovative SME that has technological transformation at the core of its successful business. This SME should be an inspiring example for other European SMEs and encourage them to adopt digital and/or key enabling technologies. Continue reading “Watify is looking for innovative SMEs to showcase their technological transformation”

New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

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New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

Europe’s data privacy rules could drastically affect businesses working with artificial intelligence. The new European Union’s rules related to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018.

The new rules could pose problems for companies who are working with AI and expanding their operations in Europe. The gathering and use of data is fundamental in training artificial intelligence and using the technology to answer questions.

Thanks to the rise of IoT, companies from sports brands to pharmaceutical corporations are gathering more data than ever. The upcoming regulations crack down on data ‘profiling’, the ability of companies to use automation to determine characteristics of individual users. Continue reading “New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI”

The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

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The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

There’s another high-level skill that will also be needed. A point raised in the Aspen discussions was the problematic and inherent biases that may be embedded in AI, and thus, too much trust being placed in machines with flawed, or even dangerous, logic. The ability to design inherent biases out of AI systems, and to provide critical thinking over and above automated decisions, is is a skill area that needs to be developed and brought into every organization considering AI.

“With the rise of automation, you definitely have conversations about jobs that are going to be lost,” says Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League at MIT Media Lab. “But I think something we’re not talking as much about is who then become the gatekeepers for the jobs that are there? Even now, you have automated systems going through applications for jobs, looking for specific patterns. Those specific patterns might reflect prejudice in selection from prior decision makers. So now what you do is you embed that prejudice, potentially, if you’re not intentional about checking for bias or trying to take measures to ensure fairness. Data is destiny. If you have biased data, you’re destined to have bias in your outcomes or your predictions if it’s left unchecked.” Continue reading “The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers”

Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models

Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models

At the EMO 2017, Siemens is demonstrating the various connection and installation options of its high-performance and open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere for applications in the machine tool sector. The company is connecting over 240 different machine tools from over 140 manufacturers across the whole exhibition site using its “Manage MyMachines” app on MindSphere. In addition to this, machine manufacturers such as Heller are presenting new services and business models based on MindSphere to, for example, increase efficiency and productivity.

“The overwhelming willingness of machine tool manufacturers at the EMO to connect their machines to MindSphere shows the potential the sector sees in cloud-based digitalization solutions. Our cloud-based IoT operating system offers machine manufacturers many different ways to gain a competitive advantage by using their extensive domain expertise and developing high-performance applications for machine operators. Continue reading “Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models”

DMG MORI, Microsoft Japan reach agreement on Smart Factory implementation

DMG MORI, Microsoft Japan reach agreement on Smart Factory implementation

DMG MORI and Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd reached an agreement on technological corporation for security of machine tool control systems and implementation of “Smart Factory.”

In a recent trend of rapid globalization of production in the manufacturing industry, “Smart Factory” has been drawing a great deal of attention. “Smart Factory” uses IoT (Internet of the things) technologies that connect every device in a factory via the Internet; analyzes shop equipment information and the sensor data in real time in the cloud; and optimizes production management and quality control. Behind the advancement of technologies, on the other hand, some factories and infrastructure such as power plants have been cyber-attacked, and security of control systems has become one of the most urgent issues today. Continue reading “DMG MORI, Microsoft Japan reach agreement on Smart Factory implementation”

ULE technology underpinning new smart kitchen offering

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ULE technology underpinning new smart kitchen offering

At the IFA 2017 electronics trade show, DSP Group® Inc. (Nasdaq:DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, announced that Cloud of Things, the premier connected device management company for the industrial and consumer IoT markets has launched a family of IoT gateways featuring native ULE support based on DSP Group’s ULE solutions. The joint solution has been selected by Howdens Joinery, UK’s largest supplier offitted  hens, to facilitate their innovative connected kitchen initiative. Continue reading “ULE technology underpinning new smart kitchen offering”

We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor, city of Eindhoven will open the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference 2017, on November 08, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. She has a very clear and outspoken vision on the developments and expectations of the people of her city and region. “We must go from a data-driven economy to a innovative design for life economy,” says Schreurs.

Mary-Ann Schreurs believes in design as an important engine for our economy and being just the right tool for defying big challenges of the city. As the first Dutch vice-mayor of design she therefore introduced design in local innovation policy. Her goal is to improve citizen’s lives by using the methodology of design thinking in co-creation with the citizens itself and other stakeholders in the city. Before she became council member and vice-mayor in Eindhoven, she was co-initiator of (European) innovation projects linked to design.

“Since the end of the second World War Two we have been reduced to numbers instead of human beings,“ starts Schreurs. “Everything has been made secondary to the system, and everybody had to live accordingly to that vision. If you buy a car, you, the human, only have to press the right knobs to get what you want. The car will drive it self (editorial: which it does already for 25 years) we are no more than an extended arm of the IT nowadays. That is why we are already living in the ‘Matrix’.” Continue reading “We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven”