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#To the satellites & back! LASTING Software is honored to take part in the Gala of Informal Education in Space Sciences and Technologies. Our company is co-organizer and co-initiator – together with the IT Banat Association – of the Gala.

We get to celebrate the love for science on a relevant day  – 14th February. This is meant to be the first edition of the Gala of Informal Education in Space Sciences and Technologies.

The Gala will reunite public and private, local and national organizations from the educational and business world. What brings us together is the fact that we appreciate the passion for science. The event supports the students/pupils who excel in the field of space sciences and technologies and telecommunications. It also celebrates their succes in national and global competitions.

On this occasion, LASTING Software will make an important announcement. For now, we’ll leave it to you to find out the details in the event description: https://bit.ly/2BvNPVp. Also, stay tuned for further details on our website and social channels.

About LASTING Software

LASTING Software specialized in Enterprise software solutions since 1996. The company began by implementing and building computer software systems for various clients across industries. Part of the LASTING Group, we became an independent business unit in 1999, and a standalone company since 2000.

With an innovative mindset, LASTING Software grew into a full consultancy and software development company. We keep in touch with the latest advances in technology. We gained experience via software development services and Quality Assurance to clients from automotive and mobile communications industry. Currently,we provide the following types of services: software consultancy, custom software development, software project implementation and Quality Assurance.

The LASTING Software main projects so far are in the areas of telecommunications, graphics, mobile & IoT & Cloud, analytics & Big Data and Agile Management.

Located in Timisoara, West Romania, we are a European company connected to a thriving hub of digital activities and software engineers, with customers in Western Europe, as well as over the ocean. We like challenges and we empower our people to explore innovation, while providing a robust environment that motivates hard work and fast thinking.

 

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Satellites are extremely important for the communication sector. In certain locations and/or circumstances, the terrestrial communication infrastructure is inefficient or even completely out of range/function. That’s where they come in.
You may remember this from our previous post about satellite communication as an enticing solution for Cellular backhaul.Or from the Codecamp presentation held by Mr. Petrut Ionel Romeo, Technical Project Manager at Lasting Software.

As you may gather, we are fascinated by the software engineering side that carries this technology. It does open up new solutions to old problems, such as access to communications for geographically-isolated or architecturally-isolated spots. It also allows to surmount extreme bandwidth crowdedness. With satellite cellular backhaul one can provide communication access for all in areas such as stadiums and malls. Also, satellite-based cellular backhaul constitutes a solid communication infrastructure for emergency response.

On top of all these, an extremely hot topic among the satellite communication potential uses is the 5G technology. To quote from a Space News article, “satellites can bring 5G to areas where terrestrial connectivity companies consider it too expensive to build fiber-optic cables”. In other words, satellites are able to make ubiquitous coverage possible when it comes to 5G.


Why exploring and developing satellite-powered 5G is a premiere opportunity

 

Satellite communication as a solution for Cellular backhaul works and it is as well important for the current wireless mobile telecommunications. But developing solutions for 5G while this technology is taking shape is fascinating. It provides so much more opportunities of synchronizing two amazing progress points. 3G, 4G and LTE networks have evolved and in some aspects have met their limits. Perhaps they even derived the said limits from the lack of a satellite-based infrastructure.

Meanwhile 5G may just prove the whizz kid, born in the right times to fully develop its potential.

What about the advantages estimated in relation with the role of satellite in 5G? We can only quote Newtec. This will “enable newer types of applications and services in the domains of health, transport, entertainment, machine-to-machine communications, and security, to name just a few”.

See their full material here for details.

 

Space powers human communications

With perhaps the ultimate aim of allowing us to further explore it, space provides the hope for a more robust communication infrastructure. Satellite-backed ubiquitous 5G is set to trigger a leap in technological progress.

To quote the European Space Agency (ESA):

“Satellites can extend, enhance, and provide reliability and security to 5G like no other, helping to deliver its promise of global, ubiquitous connectivity, with no noticeable difference to the end-user. ESA’s Satellite for 5G (S45G) programme aims promote the value-added benefits of space to 5G, by developing and demonstrating integrated satellite- and terrestrial-based 5G services, across multiple markets and use cases”.

See their video:

Stay tuned for more!

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In relation with our latest post about the car industry passenger entertainment – oriented strategy for the future, we came back with another (lighter) piece.

As Forbes states, everybody and their brother (is) getting into the autonomy game. You may see below the highlights of some of the most remarkable innovations to be, in this field:

 

Audi – Holoride

The autonomous driving vehicle treats its passengers with a virtual reality video game (Holoride). The car captures motion stimuli via sensors and integrates data into the game. Syncing the VR space with the passenger’s movements is the key feature in this environment. Apparently this is both fascinating and nauseating, as an online article mentions.

 

Intel and Warner Bros – Gotham demo

In a retrofitted 2019 BMW X5, the passenger immerses into a virtual ride with the help of a large screen TV, projectors, mobile devices, audio and lighting.
Meanwhile, they can keep an eye on how the trip is going on via a tablet in the middle of the passenger area.

 

Panasonic – the autonomous SPACe_C e_Torta concept

This time it’s about a modular vehicle platform, fully electric, fully autonomous. The passenger is also the focus. The interior environment can become “a food truck, a mobile meeting space, a delivery vehicle, a mobile pop-up retail store and a mobile educational presentation space”. The modular click-on, click-off architecture enables the person sitting in the back of this vehicle to adjust its functionality. The SPACe is also prepared for self-driving inputs.

 

Hyunday – Virtual Touch

Yes, it features a face recognition technology and a way of assessing the driver’s emotional state.
But furthermore, the Hyunday’s Mobi division concept car includes a way to switch to autonomous driving mode from manual. Once in autonomous mode, the passenger can choose to watch a video material on the windshield.

 

Mercedes-Benz – Vision Urbanetic

 

Seemingly, a vehicle straight out of a SF movie, the Urbanetic is another modular car concept that runs off batteries and can operate autonomously. It features a people module and a cargo module. Also, it monitors traffic and weather and it communicates with the exterior in various ways. Thus it may anticipate the need for transportation or the presence of pedestrians before they are visible with the naked eye.

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*Good to know

Remember that LASTING Software is the right partner and the natural choice for automotive custom software development. We handle the automotive industry’s specific requirements with a winner combination of creativity and hard work. Our software engineers cover specific automotive areas, such as:

–              Human Machine Interface

–              Graphics Software Development Kits

–              Mobile apps

–              IoT apps

–              Enterprise software

–              Analytics and Big Data

–              Quality Assurance Services


LASTING Software is active in the automotive software development sector for the past +17 years. We are based in Timişoara, a focal point within Romania’s competitive automotive-focused software market.

An HMI-focused team activates in LASTING Software since the beginning. Our team’s exposure to complex HMI projects, industry-specific tools, workflows and processes has grown constantly. Our commitment empowered us to deliver quality software on time, every time. We simultaneously took on increasingly ambitious projects. Our rate of customer retention is high, with 4.7 years being our current average customer “age”.

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Three main predictions for the next decade of vehicle manufacturing – and an array of new (ish) concepts. These could expand into further predictions, some of them unexpected, as time goes by. Passenger economy enters, with a full set of consequences.

Between manufacturing and usage, the auto vehicle and automotive industry is set to need increasingly more software solutions, the more versatile, the better.

Estimated production-related shifts

 

The experts estimate that two main types of automobiles are the future. First, there are the minimalist, simplistic vehicles. Tey will be mass produced, on demand, to satisfy the customer need of getting from point A to point B. Secondly, we’ll have highly customized vehicles that answer the need for expensive, (almost) one of a kind products. Both variants involve autonomy.

Also, for both types production would involve a high level of automation. This would “require a total re-imagination of every process involved”.

Automakers expect major changes, implying a 50 percent cut in the industry workforce, as well as a process of re-skilling the employees that remain.

With this in mind, the vehicle production industry braces up for:

  • Different workflows, processes, and operations (e.g. reduced time between R&D and production)
  • Reducing the shop-floor logistics roles by around 60 percent
  • Emerging new roles (and the demand for new talent: “the number of software engineers needed will rise by as much as 90 percent”)

The passenger economy moves the focus towards autonomous vehicles and in-car infotainment

 

Taking for granted the time spent by passengers inside their vehicles, the industry develops new ways of keeping them entertained. With the new world of autonomous vehicles at the horizon, drivers become potential viewers or members of the audience. Once their attention free from the road ahead, they will also be available for screens, an audience open to video and audio entertainment once captive inside the cars of the future.

We stumbled upon an article that reviews a few of the approaches towards autonomous driving, as showcased this year at CES.

Hitachi presented driving assist technology, as well as preventive maintenance concepts and remote car-summoning solutions.

Panasonic is all about IoT and the concept of connected mobility. In their take, autonomous cars are an “immersive version of your smartphone”.  Entities such as “advertisers, entertainment equipment providers, social media companies, data and analytics companies” are all welcome to fight for the passengers’ attention, in their view.

BMV is set to conceal all the technology underneath a minimalist interior, looking almost like a living room, and establishing continuity between the residence and transportation environments. In their version, the driver can “make video calls, manage their to-do list, read a book, and even watch TV from the comfort of their car”.

 

A future of easier transportation, depending upon the automotive software solutions

Once vehicle autonomy perfected, it’s all about the experience. How does one use the time spent inside a vehicle of the (not so far away) future?

Hopefully, not dealing with software errors, buffering screens and frustrations. Depending on the quality, seamless integration and versatility of the software solutions making a smooth experience possible, the vehicles of the future should be relaxing, as well as useful in the way smartphones are nowadays.

As always, the details will make or break the entire concept. Thus, the passenger economy needs great software solutions. It needs dedicated coding, patience, attention and agility.
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Do you have automotive solutions to implement?

Contact us and let’s start turning them into a seamless, functional, top-notch reality!

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It is a fact that in all healthcare sectors miniature wireless devices will replace big monitoring machines. Tracking patient vital signs is just one part of the equation. These sensors detect and collect relevant data – and they need to transmit it further. Storing, interpreting and analyzing the data come to close the full circle.

Dramatic advances in technology have made these miniature wireless devices possible. Advances in software development allow them to have a “voice”. Only with custom tailored, leading edge software the sensors are able to report a status, to predict outcomes, to trigger notifications and alerts based on the data.

As a recent National Geographic issue puts it, “the innovation will allow more extensive monitoring and earlier intervention, potentially saving lives – and billions of dollars”.

Wearable sensors are not new, but they are recent – and their full capacity comes hand in hand with perfecting how they work and convey relevant data. For example, nowadays we have soft, biocompatible sensors, ready to accumulate information with the minimum discomfort for the user in the process.

 

Modern preventive healthcare is a field of maximum focus

Research previously showed how losses – both human, and financial, incur due to delayed information, imprecise stats and diverse errors and confusion points. Reducing the incidence of such factors is highly welcome.

The same source provides a series of examples when it comes to wearable sensors. One of them is a pulse oximeter for prematurely born babies, which measures blood oxygen levels. Other one is ECG and seismo-cardiograph, acting as a digital stethoscope. (Both are credited to the team of engineers at North-western University).

Any such healthcare device needs an operating software. As well, it needs an associated application that would convey the data to the specialists in an easy accessible manner. Not that the operating software is something to be approached lightly or cheaply.

Faultless functioning and airtight cyber security are two of the main standards when working with this type of devices. All healthcare related technologies need approval, and in this complicated process the two above-mentioned characteristics are key.

 

Healthcare also welcomes and needs the right data analytics and Machine Learning tools

Aiming above individual monitoring, prevention or treatment, a different range of healthcare technologies handles the collected data. By gaining a unique perspective after having computed in huge amounts of data on a chosen subject, the right software can deliver astounding insights.

Again, it depends on the project team to make the declared goals become true. From the project owner to the most humble of the developers, working as a dedicated team provides a guarantee for the successful outcome.

As software engineers, being part of a venture like this feels exhilarating. Through all the hard work and hours spent turning actionable instructions into code, beams that feeling of enabling progress.

True, when the result of one’s work is an instrument someone else will use in its activity, sometimes it is hard to describe why it’s nevertheless spectacular. But it is. Knowing that the outcome of our efforts will work flawlessly and further serve in advancing other technologies or even fuel breakthroughs feels good.

At LASTING Software, we are experienced in the implementation of analytical algorithms and engines for statistical analysis. Our work became the base of one of the world leading, FDA-approved solution. 93% of the world’s pharmaceutical companies employ it.

Contact us and find out how our software engineers can bring to reality the best software solutions in your projects!

 

 

 

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Rolled out in 2014, Android Auto now features widespread integration in cars from major brands. As Digital Trends recently put it (October 2018): “becoming the dominant operating system in cars has long been an ambition for Google, and Android Auto, launched in 2014, represents the tech giant’s first step toward that goal”.

It may seem like four years of (apparently) slow progress have reduced the glow of Android Auto. But in fact the auto market in itself is much slower than the smartphone market, for example. Android Auto has matured to the point where the list of car manufacturers whose systems integrate Android Auto is now very exhaustive.

Check out a list of all the cars with Android Auto from Digital Trends here (dating August 2018).

Here you have an October 2018 similar list.

 

With an ever-growing list of partners, Android Auto is set to become the top car infotainment system

 

Those of you already familiarized with digital auto systems already know about the dominance-to-be of Android Auto. One may say Google is not yet fully there. However, expanding both the development options for this operating system, as well as its incorporated features is an ongoing thing.

For those who are still uncertain about the benefits of building your app for Android Auto, here you will find a comprehensive Pocket Lint article on Android Auto.

Now you have Google Assistant in your car. We will also witness the first car to come with Android Automotive out of the factory, as Volvo has now confirmed its all-electric Polestar 2 as the first car to run Android Automotive. Car manufacturers that used to be Android-free have sensed the shift in the market and will provide Android Auto integration in some of their future models.

 

Making an app Android-compatible is a key success factor

 

Apps follow users around, and the digital car systems have translated this modern trend into infotainment apps. Voice controlled, serving our various needs or whims, seamlessly integrated… These apps might even surpass what happens now with smartphone-only apps in terms of usage and importance. With the perspectives opened up by driverless cars, new possibilities unravel. And obviously Google wants to be on top of this game.

Making your apps (new or previously build for a different OS) Android Auto–compatible means allowing them to have a successful future.

Remember that Android Auto “enables you to extend your app to work with in-vehicle console systems running Android Auto. These systems provide a simplified interface for apps that can be used in a car, allowing users to take your app with them on the way to the grocery store or on a long road trip.

Apps that work with Android Auto consoles run on a connected device, such as a phone or tablet. The app communicates via specific APIs with the in-dash console, which provides a user interface for the connected app that is designed for use in a car”.

 

We bring you the power to extend your Android app to support use in vehicles!

At LASTING Software we are experienced in various hardware configurations, device types and deployment environments. We proudy put this know-how at your disposal.

With what we mentioned above, as well as the news about the world’s largest automobile partnership/alliance, aka Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault partnering with Google to use the Android operating system in their cars starting in 2021, your apps really need to be able to integrate the Android-powered infotainment space as soon as possible.

LASTING Software provides experienced Android application development services

Our in-house teams of software engineers specialize in the following:

– Platforms: Mobile, Wear (Watch), TV, Things (IoT) and Automotive

– Programming languages: Kotlin and Java

*Moreover, our innovative LASTING Software team also crafts apps that function in both the Android and iOS environments. We use Flutter – Google’s mobile app SDK. For those use cases that are less sophisticated and suitable for this approach, the client can benefit from a faster and more cost saving development process.

Do you have an Android app you want developed, optimized, and monetized? Nowadays, with the Google products widely used across industries, any company that activates into web or mobile services needs to build its own reliable and versatile Android applications, as part of its market presence.

Keep ahead of your competition by partnering with LASTING Software!

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The Forbes 2019 predictions focus on AI-related developments. The big picture clearly shows how the interviewed professionals expect specialized AI to infuse more and more business operations levels.

There is a promise of “less hype and more practical, precise, and narrow AI”. This should make various organizations feel enthusiastic about the next stage in business automation.

In what follows, see our highlights from the original article:

 

Self-Driving Finance, as a practical implementation of AI


“Financial institutions will require specialized forms of AI for each of their customer segments such as retail, small business, and wealth”.

Companies everywhere will develop internal means to manage their Big Data

“Organizations will come to realize that they need tools to easily create quality AI data internally”.

 

AI-based process discovery should take off

Process discovery is like a sensor embedded in the application that learns all of the user journeys, using AI to predict the optimal path for interacting with a system”.

 

3D printing would benefit from AI-enhanced HMI software that allows designers to test and experiment their ideas

“The designer will simply articulate the design goals and material parameters and the AI will do the rest—exploring nearly infinite design permutations based on existing design concepts”.

 

The new take on cloud and APIs should finally reveal AI’s role in effectiveness and efficiency at enterprise level

“In 2019 we’ll begin to see AI deliver meaningful value to the enterprise, (…) helping people at all levels of an organization do what they do more effectively and efficiently, while uncovering new opportunities and new ways to work”.

 

Personalized experiences beyond the first impression should meet the B2C-type of customer expectations


“As customer expectations increase, enterprises will need to keep pace by using machine learning and AI to offer a personalized experience beyond the first impression.”

We could witness the end of digital ownership, while the subscription model should replace it

“Today, we don’t own movies or music anymore—we subscribe to Netflix or Spotify. Tomorrow, we won’t own products anymore—we’ll subscribe to them. AI platforms are in the midst of turning every manufactured product on the planet into a connected ‘smart’ product”.

 

The AI hype will move forward into applied, practical AI

“We will see the focus shift from AI to ‘AI-driven’ results as companies look for real business impact from AI tools. The technology will be less important than the business insights it delivers”.

 

New concepts should refine and overwrite the latest technology as we know it

“A new wave is on the horizon—AI startups that generate proprietary data every time they’re used”.

 

AI should enter its friendly stage, functionality-wise, in order to win people over

“For people to feel a connection to AI-powered services and be willing to adopt them into every aspect of their lives, these services will have to become more and more anthropomorphized”.

 

To see more predictions and check out who said what, you may access the source article here.

Meanwhile, we are here for you, should you decide to turn requirements and ideas into smart software – just contact us!

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The big picture involving digitization and automation gets a mainstream, impressive approach (see our previous posts about Industry 4.0) that tries to transform the technical terms into a coherent narrative. Whilst capable of explaining how the world could look like, once it benefits from all the advantages brought in by intelligent machines, this approach also stirs controversy. There is a fair amount of worries in relation with the societal and economic changes induced by an increased global automation.

This topic is often mirrored in online and offline debates and various materials. Although it serves in familiarizing one and all with technical concepts otherwise difficult to understand, it manages to partially misrepresent the reality of digitization and automation. Not that the bright future everyone is talking about is not attainable, nor that the disruptions mentioned are unlikely. But down-to-earth automation for now looks different, and to minimize risks and enhance future benefits we need to focus our attention on doing things the right way.

In other words, it’s always now that we are shaping the future. Getting too distracted with the big picture to the detriment of in-the-moment quality is in fact harming the same future in discussion.

 

Humans and machines, partners for decades

What we forget is that automation already makes so many things in our daily lives function, for quite some time. Traffic lights, industrial manipulation, elevators or appliances already function with the help of intelligent software. The examples may go on. True, now new concepts such as AI or ML went beyond theory and we witness quite a competition among companies to be the first ones to achieve viable products incorporating this traits, roughly defined as “machine intelligence”.

What does automation translate into nowadays? What is the competition all about?

Automation means reliable software that allows tedious tasks to be computed straight from one machine to another. This should bypass the human contribution in transmitting information.

Automation means self-diagnose and self-reporting, with an outcome of better, faster insights towards the human process coordinator.

It also means self-regulation of machine systems, where one element send out the request for a certain action or input, and gets an automated response that perfectly meets the request.

Automation for now is in the stage of aligning input and output in what information is concerned, integration and coordination between various system parts.

For all this to work and allow us to see beyond the horizon, all those involved need to give their best. Turning clever ideas into automated operations should only involve seamless integrations, top-notch software engineering, coordination, or the safest possible systems, cyber security – wise.

 

Putting good professionals, ethics and enthusiasm into automation

Working with the best is always the way to do it. Automation is yet another case of not affording to go cheap. Making sure you get what you need then paying the right price for a high-quality output. This is what all involved parties should go for.

Having ethics in mind is also advisable. Lately, the big players in the field started to aggregate around this topic. All the bright achievements in the field simply cannot turn evil, be it accidentally or by intent. With automation increasingly entering all our life sectors, it may soon show how our lives depend on it. Therefore, making sure people are protected, from privacy to fail safe embedded systems is a must.

Enthusiasm – because why not? Just think of how your current experience with technology looks like. You get a quality device that does its job. It feels great, you shape the way you do tasks around it, it makes life easier… True, many such devices are unnecessary complicated of late. But think of the most intuitive gadget you use, of its use, of how thrilled you are sometimes with it. In most of the cases the hassle users face has more to do with economics and the market policies. The better the competition, the more things would evolve in the right direction.

To reach a conclusion, always remember to be very serious about your automation related endeavors. Apps, software, IoT or IIoT, always choose the right software partner. Make sure all details are in place, the coding is clean, the project coherent and consistently approached.

Contact us for any information you may need. Our software engineers are looking forward for your questions!

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We dived into i-scoop’s guide to Industry 4.0, a massive and comprehensive material which prompted out the following highlights.

What is Industry 4.0?

Although you may find the definition everywhere on the net, the guide signals that some misunderstandings in relation to this concept are still common.

The term is often shortened to I4.0 or simply I4, and it originates “from a project in the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the computerization of manufacturing” (Wikipedia).

However, currently the concept (revived in 2011 at the Hannover Fair), went beyond the manufacturing field. We are now taking about “various forms of manufacturing, the end-to-end digital supply chain and the final destination of all manufacturing, regardless of the number of intermediary steps and players”.

Industry 4.0 to its full extent is a continuously updated concept. Its core consists of transferring industrial “autonomy and autonomous decisions to cyber-physical systems and machines, leveraging information systems”. It involves embedding digital technology into the industrial assets involved in any part of the merchandise cycle. From raw materials to the end customer, services included, Industry 4.0 counts on “a connected environment of data, people, processes, services, systems and IoT-enabled industrial assets”.

Such a connected medium means dynamism, real time, increased responsiveness and an instant propagation of demand across all levels. No more overproduction, no more lack of supply, and the real time demand should get an immediate response in the global system. This sistem also solves other requirements and/or incidents with maximum efficiency.

With Industry 4.0, production would align itself with demand, distribution/sales and customer feedback, in a seamless system. Machines would “dialogue” trough data streams, while humans would intervene to OK decisions pointed out by the most accurate insights. And the universal language is data, while the communication means is digital.

 

Industry 4.0 Keywords

When speaking of Industry 4.0, a few essential keywords are:

Integration/Convergence

Real-time

Connectivity

IoT (Internet of Things)

Embedded

Sensors

Analytics

Big Data

Networks

Digital Infrastructure

HMI (Human Machine Interface)

Autonomous

Smart systems

Cyber Security

 

Step by step, towards a major structural change that will reshape society

Due to the major societal implications and to the novelty of the hyper connected, responsive production system, the specialists expect that full implementation of Industry 4.0 would reshape society.

There is quite a lot to be done until having a fully functional globally connected environment. Integrating divergent needs, geographical and economic considerations, accomplishing the infrastructure that would support such a construction – here are just a few examples of what needs to be done.

You can further explore i-scoop’s guide to see what vertical and horizontal integration mean. Also, check out various definitions of the concept. You may see what international consulting bodies put their minds together to establish the best solutions in this directions, relevant findings in this field and many other interesting details.

Just save some (considerable) time, and start reading!

And remember the key role played by software solution companies (just like we are), in helping companies join this movement, which incidentally is… our common future.

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Originated in Germany, Industry 4.0 translates as “a holistic automation, business information, and manufacturing execution architecture to improve industry with the integration of all aspects of production and commerce across company boundaries for greater efficiency”, according to Automation ISA.

From this starting point, the source article delves into the history of Industry 4.0 initiative. The Industry 4.0 initiative is part of a 10-point high-tech German strategic plan, created in 2006 and continued in 2010 by introducing the High-Tech Strategy 2020. Science and industry need to cooperate, in order to turn knowledge into skills.

Creating networks that incorporate the entire manufacturing process and convert factories into smart environments involves linkages. Linkages such as “smart machines, warehousing systems, and production facilities that feature end-to-end integration, including inbound logistic, production, marketing, outbound logistics, and service”.

Real-time data, a key element in the Industry 4.0 chain of operations

Real-time information enables strong decisions, based on insights. When it comes to production, it enables a superior reactivity and responsiveness in what production chain materials and operations are concerned.

Also, Industry 4.0 is based on asynchronous manufacturing.  This requires that the components in the production flow are able to use “auto identification technology to inform each machine and operator what needs to be done to produce the customized end product at each step of the production process.”

Based on real-time field data, the machines can be rapidly configured so they would adapt to customer specifications and other commands inherent to the production operations.

The collected data also serves as prime material for a range of analytics. These provide a bonus post real-time advantage to those in charge. By analyzing the data, such systems provide recommendations on improving performance and productivity.

Using embedded intelligence at all levels, the advanced cyber-physical systems (CPS) save “significant cost, providing greater flexibility and improved reliability.”

What binds together this new, developing industrial landscape is a series of software solutions that allow for the data to be collected and processed. Furthermore, the insights become recommendations. The decisions then turn into commands that go back into the cycle, driving modified, optimized operations.

 

Standards emerge, as well as a worldwide agenda

With separate, but similar Industry 4.0 agendas in countries such as Germany, China, Japan and/or others, a sum of specific standards emerge. These standards require harmonization, if they are going to work seamlessly at a global level, regardless of the physical area where the industrial processes involved take place.

Future automation systems must adopt open source multivendor interoperability software application and communication standards similar to those that exist for computers, the Internet, and cell phones. Industry 4.0 demonstrations acknowledge this by leveraging existing standards, including the ISA-88 batch standards, ISA95 enterprise-control systems integration standards, OPC UA, IEC 6-1131-3, and PLCopen.

Process automation is at the core of this plan. It becomes more and more present with each industry entity that joins this trend. The Industry 4.0 vision of the future factory joins together advanced technology hardware and brilliant software solutions, for a flawless functionality.

We are getting there with each software solution. Producers can unload more and more of their operations onto the digital, be it monitoring operations, management, coordination or others.

Call us for software solutions partnerships – we build the software you need for going one step further into the Industry 4.0!

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