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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Fraunhofer IAO drafts scenarios for future human-robot collaboration (Video)

Robots are already becoming widely established in German factories. But how can companies be sure to split the work between people and robots such that human workers don’t lose out on the desirable tasks? An event marking the start of the AQUIAS project showcased approaches to guaranteeing quality of work for manufacturing employees, including those with severe disabilities. Continue reading “Fraunhofer IAO drafts scenarios for future human-robot collaboration (Video)”

‘Data-Facturing’ in the IoT to lead to a complete overhaul of global production and its economics

Many experts believe that the development and incorporation of internet-connected sensors – constituting the Internet of Things (IoT) – will optimize the production, consumption and maintenance of all types of existing products and services.  But the IoT, in conjunction with so-called artificial or augmented intelligence (AI), creates an emergent and convergent industry of “data-facturing”, forced by data analytics intermediaries, which will lead to a complete overhaul of global production and its economics. Continue reading “‘Data-Facturing’ in the IoT to lead to a complete overhaul of global production and its economics”

Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy

There are plenty of blockades between now and the connected-device future that’s been so long on the horizon. One of these is Wi-Fi, which has limitations that keep connected devices from connecting quite as efficiently as they could. Now, there’s a plan in place to fix it. Continue reading “Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy”

The IoT is definitely making an impact and helping the field service industry

In the age of the IoT, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and the rest of the mobile technology are no longer just a mere device. They have become tools as crucial to the field engineer as the tape measure. While mobile platforms evolve, the IoT is expected to deliver a wealth of functionalities and information we used to only dream of a couple of years back. Continue reading “The IoT is definitely making an impact and helping the field service industry”

Both startups and big companies are bringing connected sensors and data analytics into commercial offices

Both startups and big companies are bringing connected sensors and data analytics into commercial offices

Motion sensors driving light switches used to be state of the art in office buildings, but now startups and big companies are bringing connected sensors and data analytics into commercial offices that will make building management look a lot more like IT. Continue reading “Both startups and big companies are bringing connected sensors and data analytics into commercial offices”

What People Really Want from the Internet of Things

In these early days of the Internet of Things (IoT), much of the focus has been on industrial applications, such as improving operations with autonomous machines, or standalone consumer products, like a Fitbit. But from our research, we’re seeing a more human-centric category of IoT activity starting to emerge. It’s less about automation and more about personal augmentation; less about individual devices and more about “living services” that let people program and connect smart devices however they want. Continue reading “What People Really Want from the Internet of Things”

Industry 4.0 takes over tool and mould manufacturing

The objective of making an Intelligent Factory is based on the principle of industry 4.0, a hi-tech strategy of the German Government and industry associations. The purely technical pre-requisites for it must be delivered by cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. From now on even tool and mould making will travel on this path to the future of production technology. Continue reading “Industry 4.0 takes over tool and mould manufacturing”

How wireless “X-ray vision” could help with motion capture, fall prevention and even your heating bill (Video)

How wireless X-ray vision could help with motion capture. A team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has long believed that wireless signals like WiFi can be used to see things that are invisible to the naked eye.

Since 2013, CSAIL researchers have been developing technologies that use wireless signals to track human motion. The team has shown that it can detect gestures and body movements as subtle as the rise and fall of a person’s chest from the other side of a house, allowing a mother to monitor a baby’s breathing or a firefighter to determine if there are survivors inside a burning building. Continue reading “How wireless “X-ray vision” could help with motion capture, fall prevention and even your heating bill (Video)”