The 4th Industrial Revolution is underway. From our perspective, in the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel, we’re already seeing the groundbreaking potential of a new generation of IoT products and technology in robotics and factory automation. Coupled with AI and computer vision, these technologies enhance operations for manufacturers.
However, only a fraction of IoT data that could be utilized in factory settings is being utilized. The next wave of innovation demands a transformed edge-to-cloud architecture that can enable manufacturers to move, store, and process massive amounts of sensor and machine data. 5G networks, with high-bandwidth and ultra-low latency, will equip the industrial sector to take advantage of previously untapped data and edge compute, enhancing AI and computer vision capabilities that reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and improve safety.
Breaking New Ground with 5G at MWC
5G will enable communication between machines, humans, and enterprise systems, helping manufacturers respond rapidly to business challenges and opportunities—and helping machines respond to their environment. A key result is that the industrial workplace of the future will be safer than ever, which MWC attendees can experience firsthand.
Intel is woven throughout the fabric of 5G, enabling manufacturing companies to take advantage of technological innovation. Our industrial MWC demo walks attendees through a manufacturing floor with 5G-connected robotic arms performing tasks within a virtual safety case, which receives real-time guidance using cameras equipped with Movidius™ AI technologies optimized with OpenVINO™. These capabilities are integrated with multi-access edge computing (MEC) processing to monitor movement and shut down operations when workers enter the “danger zone.”
When milliseconds matter, 5G networks can support the speed and latency requirements, as well as the intelligence to perform heavy computational tasks in the blink of an eye. 5G empowers Intel technologies such as OpenVINO™ (Open Visual Inference & Neural Network Optimization) toolkit, which allows manufacturers and developers the flexibility and ease to optimize and deploy AI anywhere, including Intel based industrial PCs, and capitalize on near real-time insights for better, faster decision-making. Movidius™ VPUs achieve a unique balance of power efficiency and high-performance, enabling cost-effective AI in power-constrained environments. The demonstration incorporates the HPE* Edgeline converged edge platform that leverages Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel FlexRAN reference architecture software with Intel® Silicon Photonics for performance, scale and connectivity for tomorrow’s 5G-based applications.
Industry 4.0: Driven By Innovation and Intel
Technology is empowering the industrial sector with advancements to automate workflows, manage yield and manufacturing time, inform logistics and maintenance planning, and promote worker safety and environmental considerations. Manufacturers are using computer vision and AI to automate the process of assessing product defects on the factory floor, which improves defect-detection accuracy and product quality, and reduces material waste.
Intel is driving the industrial sector forward by enabling massive operational efficiencies and safety improvements with machine-to-machine (M2M) automation, machine vision, and AI insights, supported by ultra-low latency connectivity over Intel-powered transformed 5G and edge networks. IoT sensors, devices, and robots can connect to edge resources, leveraging data to revolutionize the supply chain from the factory floor to the customer.
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