Industry 4.0 Meets AI

first_imgToday, we’re at a fascinating inflection point. Industry 4.0—a long-used term in manufacturing—is now more mainstream, due to the availability of affordable IoT infrastructure, the desire to gain new business insights from data, plus the arrival of 5G (read more on our 5G perspective).Next technology waveWhile it’s still early days, we see artificial intelligence (AI) as the next big technology wave, delivering new insights for the physical world. While the internet of things (IoT) is providing us deeper insights into individual processes, AI looks at the aggregate, delivering a holistic 360 view of the business. Together, you get the total picture.Investing in AIAt Dell Technologies, we’re continuously blown away by the advancements in AI from innovative companies like Noodle.ai, Edico Genome, FogHorn Systems, Graphcore, Moogsoft, Zingbox, and Immuta (start-ups that we’re proud to support through our financial capital division).And we’re also leveraging AI in our own business functions. For example, to combat unconscious bias in our recruitment process, we work with companies like Textio, who use an intelligent text editor to avoid gendered phrasing in job descriptions, while Mya Systems has developed an intelligent chatbot to “interview” and evaluate job candidates, using objective, performance-based questions.Powering AI applicationsSo, how do our OEM & IoT Solutions advance AI? Simple. All these intelligent applications—designed largely by OEM-type companies—are generating new requirements to manage scale and latency, for example, compute power, storage, software-defined networking and virtualization. As a result, the industry will need to completely redesign the entire end-to-end infrastructure.As the essential infrastructure company, we’re already providing the IT infrastructure to power AI workloads–the rocket fuel you might say. Last year, we expanded our server and workstation portfolio to accelerate AI-driven workloads as well as deepening our relationship with Intel to advance AI community innovation. Meanwhile, we offer our Ready Solutions for AI including two design options: Deep Learning with NVIDIA and Machine Learning with Hadoop. Both include pre-validated hardware/software stacks that can be rapidly implemented to accelerate AI.Computer vision and machine intelligence working togetherI see AI enhancing existing best practices in industrial automation. Of course, vision-based quality control systems have been used in manufacturing for some time but AI advancements and falling costs of acceleration hardware—like GPUs and FPGAs—are making computer-vision-based insights more accessible.Take the existing inspection cameras on a manufacturing conveyor belt. The output of those vision-based analytics becomes even richer when combined with additional data. For example, consider the telemetry generated by PLCs and sensors located on the machines that manufacture the inspected parts. By combining and analyzing this rich mix of data, the production, quality and maintenance teams gain fresh and more detailed insights about their overall operations. Now, that’s Industrial Intelligence!From car manufacturing to mining operationsA picture paints a thousand words so let’s look at some customer examples. We’re proud to work with Hadoop, an Italian industrial automation company, specializing in automated manufacturing systems. Comau has digitized the door assembly line for Maserati Levante. A digital dashboard identifies potential bottlenecks or breakdowns. If issues arise, the customer can print the necessary spare part – directly onsite – using a 3D printer mounted on a Comau robot NJ 60. The solution, developed in partnership with Autodesk and Continuous Composites, and powered by our technology shows how companies can produce strong, lightweight factory-ready parts on demand. For Maserati, this level of predictive intelligence delivers higher productivity and lower costs.In the engineering world, we’re working with The Weir Group to help transform its global business model and roll out predictive maintenance as a service. More on that partnership shortly from my colleague Dermot O’Connell. And Noodle.ai is improving how the world makes and moves things—for factory floors, trucking fleets, distribution centers, and retail stores. The company helped Big River Steel, save energy, improve product quality, and identify new areas for revenue growth.From autonomous driving to deep-sea explorationZenuity is breaking new ground in world-class driver assistance and autonomous-driving technologies. When the company needed to analyze data from cars, tested in a wide variety of environments across the globe, we provided an HPC and storage environment to handle large-scale data loads, reduce technology troubleshooting time, and accelerate time-to-market.In the marine world, the Arggonauts from the Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe are using mobile robotics to revolutionize deep-sea exploration. Using our customized workstation technology, the team controls remote-operated vehicles and captures subsea data camera images. An HPC Datacenter compute renders the images and translates data into maps while AI is used to quickly classify images from the unstructured data (read the full story here).Protecting endangered speciesOn the opposite end of the scale, one of our analytics partners, SAS®, is collaborating with the non‐profit Wild Track to monitor and protect endangered species like cheetahs and leopards. With the help of SAS® technology—powered by Dell PowerEdge server infrastructure—WildTrack is collecting footprint images and analyzing them with a customized statistical model to gain new insights and help protect these animals from extinction.Just think of the huge range of societal and business challenges these AI solutions are addressing: better manufacturing quality, increased uptime, improved knowledge of our world, reduced energy consumption and the conservation of endangered species.Looking aheadA massive load of sensors is coming online. And, thanks to 4K video cameras, we’re already seeing the enormous amount of high-resolution data from the physical world yield new analytics-driven outcomes. As we couple this with 5G technology, we’ll have access to an entirely new range of real-time services and enhanced experiences.However, even with 5G’s high bandwidth and low latency capabilities, the connectivity, cost, security and uptime requirements will drive an increasing amount of edge computing. This is especially true for critical operations that must avoid exposing their processes directly to the cloud. Today, training AI models for edge analytics typically happens in centralized data centers before these models are pushed to the edge for real-time inferencing on data streams. Over time, I expect to see more of this model training happening closer to the edge.Adapt as your business needs evolveToday, we’re merely scratching the surface of the potential for AI and IoT. So, it’s critical to have consistent, flexible infrastructure that enables you to adapt as your business needs evolve. Dell Technologies offers a differentiated portfolio that is delivering hardware and software solutions that play at every level of AI and IoT implementation, from the edge, to the core, to the cloud. We can deliver all the necessary assets, including scalable, secure, manageable and open infrastructure architecture, IoT and big data expertise, the ability to customize through our OEM division, the right partners plus a sophisticated global support and supply chain.I’m excited about the potential for AI to help solve big societal and business challenges. I certainly believe that it will enhance and support our human efforts—not replace them.What are your thoughts on Industrial Intelligence? I’m curious to hear your comments and questions. If you’re attending Hannover Messe, please stop by to say hi to our team from Dell Technologies and VMware plus partners from IOTech, SAS, Bormann, Teamviewer, ActionPoint,Tridium and Alleantia. We’ll be at Hall 6, Booth C40, April 1-5.You can experience our amazing, interactive demo to learn how Dell Technologies infrastructure can help you harness the power of IoT and AI in your operations at scale.Learn more about Next Generation OEM & IoT Solutions from Dell Technologies Join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase pageFollow us on Twitter @dellemcoem and follow Bryan @BryanEJoneslast_img read more

Social media influencers key actors in democracy: Palace

first_imgThe State Palace has defended the use of social media influencers to promote public policies, claiming the opinion leaders spearheaded the country’s digital transformation and democracy.Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said influencers played a vital role as “key opinion leaders” to help communicate public policy in a connected society dominated by a digitally active middle class.“The active role of these digital actors is an inevitability in the country’s digital transformation. They will continue to grow their important roles in developing an information network to affect social, economic and productive political activities,” Fadjroel wrote in a statement on Monday. He added that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had urged the country to push through a digital change as a prerequisite for a digital economic and democratic transformation. “Therefore, many policies need to be based on digital society and system.”Read also: ‘Unhealthy in a democracy’: Concerns mount over govt using ‘influencers’ to promote policiesThe government has been criticized for using social media influencers to promote its policies. Civil society groups have expressed concern that such a practice might be used to cover up problems in policies and muddle the public discourse.A study issued by Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) found that President Jokowi’s administration had spent Rp 90.4 billion (US$6 million) since its first term in office on goods and services procurement containing the word “influencers” in the documents.NGOs fear social media influencers might speak beyond their capacity or without proper disclosure that their content is sponsored or under a paid partnership with the government.Several social media influencers came under fire in August for posting content supporting the controversial omnibus bill on job creation using the hashtag #IndonesiaButuhKerja (Indonesia Needs Jobs).While denying that the campaign had been ordered by the government, an expert with the Executive Office of the Presidential, Donny Gahral Adian, argued that using influencers to promote policies was fair enough, because they could reach a broad audience through social media.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf: Tremont Flooding Helped Inspire Aggressive Restore Pennsylvania Plan

first_img March 07, 2019 Governor Wolf: Tremont Flooding Helped Inspire Aggressive Restore Pennsylvania Plan Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Tremont, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today returned to Tremont, Schuylkill County, to see the ongoing recovery after devastating flash flooding last summer. After the tour, the governor highlighted Restore Pennsylvania, his aggressive plan to improve flood protection and Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure.“I visited Tremont after the flooding last year and was frustrated that Pennsylvania lacks the funding this community needs to recover and prevent future floods,” said Governor Wolf. “The experiences of communities like Tremont are a reason why I’m proposing Restore Pennsylvania.“Restore Pennsylvania will provide the funding to help communities with the high cost of flood control projects to keep our homes and businesses safe. Restore Pennsylvania will also help homeowners put their lives back together after severe storms by establishing a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that FEMA will not fund.”The governor was joined by Senator David Argall, representatives Mike Tobash and Neil Goodman, Tremont Mayor Ricky Ney and other local officials.Governor Wolf’s bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, would be funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

All to play for in Premier League ties today

first_imgArsenal need a win to keep their title challenge alive but they’re making the trip to the Boylen Ground to challenge a West Ham side that are desperate to hold onto their spot in the top-six.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger knows that a win would get his side to within eight points of league leaders Leicester – but he’s also wary of what a defeat would mean to his team…– Kick-off at Upton Park is at 12:45 today. The relegation battle is on the agenda for the mid-afternoon matches in the top-flight.Bournemouth can get past the 40-point barrier with a win over basement side Aston VillaSecond-from-bottom Newcastle are in dire need of a win as they travel to Southampton while Norwich and Crystal Palace occupy the two spots immediately above the drop-zone ahead of their clash at Selhurst Park.In today’s other three o’clock games, Chelsea travel to face Swansea while Watford host Everton.– The late game today in the top-flight will see West Brom hoping to take advantage of Man City’s European involvement mid-week as the Baggies make the trip to the Ethiad Stadium for a half-five start.Burnley get a chance to put some daylight between themselves and the other promotion hopefuls when they host Leeds in the early game in the Championship.Kick-off at Turf Moor is at 12:30.Second-placed Middlesbrough will be at home to Preston later this afternoon.Celtic have a chance to open-up an eight-point lead at the top of the table in the early kick-off today in the Scottish Premiership.After Aberdeen slipped-up last night, the Hoops can take another significant step towards the title when they visit Motherwell in a 12:30 start.There’s also two games tonight in the Airtricity League Premier Division.After Derry’s win over Shamrock Rovers last night, defending champions Dundalk can regain the top-spot tonight with a win over their hosts Longford Town.And Bray Wanderers will host Bohemians at the Carlisle Grounds.Both games will kick-off at half-past seven.last_img read more