Tasks such as manual documentation and the fact that new software and hardware is constantly being integrated to the automation network makes the lives of maintenance staff difficult.
With an influx of more than 23 million people, visitors constantly had to deal with tremendous vehicle congestion in the parking area. This meant that they would waste a lot of time looking for a parking space and become more stressed, affecting their willingness to shop. This affected satisfaction in general and they ended up looking for better and quicker parking alternatives. SCS needed to resolve the situation urgently which was causing a decline in the influx of visitors to the Shopping Centre and harming the results of the points of sale.
For many manufacturing companies today, the opportunity to connect people, process, data, and things created by the Internet of Everything (IoE) presents a new way to look at factory automation. The opportunity for digital innovation often arises when a company is expanding capacity or building a new production facility. Mahindra and Mahindra, one of India’s leading automakers, seized the opportunity to deploy a connected factory of the future at their new Chakan facility.
Maintenance systems make modern aircraft fault-tolerant. They provide a remote diagnosis of existing faults and capabilities. But why aren’t vehicles packed with such descriptive analytics maintenance? That is exactly what we wondered right before coming up with the idea of Car Maintenance. Our first motive to experiment with Car Maintenance application was safety considerations for our vehicles, and the second - exercising our skills in the Internet of Things (IoT) software development.
The essence of Car Maintenance is instant data collecting, data analysis and data gathering about the current condition of the vehicle to prevent it from breaking down. Descriptive analytics enable us to create a summary of historical data related to a vehicle's condition. The collected data could be used further for sharing with a mechanic. The analytical approach helps a repair master make smarter decisions, solve problems and improve outcomes.
We track speed, location, engine rotation, the temperature of the important components of the car and dozens of other parameters that are supported by the vehicle. We collect data on a server, and it is also sent to a web application where you can review both the current condition of the connected car and the historical data.
The usual practice for car repairs at a Porsche car dealership is to have a factory representative or regional engineer visit to help diagnose the problem, and sometimes a faulty assembly is shipped back to company HQ for damage analysis. All that costs time and money for customers and dealers alike.
Hirotec needed to ensure continuous operations and to minimize unplanned downtime in its manufacturing facilities. Unplanned downtime is costly and compromises Hirotec's ability to deliver its goods to customers on time.
The telematic solution provides this vital premium-adjusting information. The solution also helps detect and deter vehicle or trailer theft – as soon as a theft occurs, monitoring personnel can alert the appropriate authorities, providing an exact location.
“With more and more insurance companies and major fleet operators interested in monitoring driver behaviour on the grounds of road safety, efficient logistics and costs, the market for this type of device and associated e-business services is growing rapidly within Italy and the rest of Europe,” says Franco.
“The insurance companies are especially interested in the pay-per-use and pay-as-you-drive applications while other organisations employ the technology for road user charging.”
“One million vehicles in Italy currently carry such devices and forecasts indicate that the European market will increase tenfold by 2014.
However, for our technology to work effectively, we needed a highly reliable wireless data network to carry the information between the vehicles and monitoring stations.”
With the flood of data and numerous versions of software in the production environment of a firm, much time and effort is spent by workers searching, guessing or asking questions in order to solve issues.
The Internet of Things is an $800 billion industry, with over 8.4 billion connected devices online, and spending predicted to reach nearly $1.4 trillion by 2021 . Most of these devices need to connect to the Internet to function. However, current solutions such as cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth are suboptimal: they are too expensive, too power hungry, or too limited in range.
Versiondog is an integrated data management system that can detect and document changes made to the production line network. Due to the high number of daily and weekly backups to the network, Versiondog ensures that the most recent software version is always running on every single component in the network, making maintenance work easier.
End-to-end service In the smart city project developed in Shopping Centre Süd, we based our proposal on solutions that meet both the needs of parking manager, visitors and clients. We developed an end-to-end system that provides a complete service: 1. Sensing System 2. Data transmission elements 3. Software management platform
As they prepared for a brand new plant, Mahindra and Mahindra saw the opportunity to rethink the design of their manufacturing operations for greater flexibility and agility. Combined with their desire to embrace the latest technology, the company looked for a manufacturing process that used digital manufacturing tools and a high-level IT architecture for the plant. With the help of Cisco, Mahindra and Mahindra migrated from a traditional IT system to a dynamic, integrated, real-time and connected environment with unified communications. By automating all aspects of production— from top floor to shop floor, the company provides IT with visibility on all 20,000 IT and operational technology (OT) systems from the command center. Today, Mahindra and Mahindra have reduced their changeover time on the shop floor and improved quality as a result of discovering issues sooner. Better decisions are made due to more accurate and timely reporting, and connecting people and equipment on the factory floor over Wi-Fi has helped them with higher output. With a connected factory, Mahindra and Mahindra is embracing the IoE for better energy management and increased operational efficiencies, leading the company to produce state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly vehicles of the future.
Atheer-powered “Tech Live Look” was implemented to Porsche's 189 dealers in the United States. The system, which uses Atheer's augmented reality platform and ODG (Osterhout Design Group) R-7 smartglasses, connects dealership technicians to remote experts via smartglasses for a live interaction that it says can shorten service resolution times by up to 40 percent.
Tech Live Look combines computerized eyewear and augmented reality software to allow remote experts hundreds of miles away to see what a service technician is seeing and provide feedback while the technician works hands-free.
Hirotec decided to partner with PTC and selected its Thingworx Technology Platform and KEPServerEX agent to rapidly develop and deploy IoT software and integrate it with its manufacturing systems. PTC with its IT capabilities proved to be an ideal partner to complement Hirotec's operations technology skillset.
HIROTEC also decided to use HPE Edgeline servers to support edge analytics. The ruggedized HPE Edgeline servers’ small footprint minimized the need for HIROTEC to sacrifice valuable factory floor space. In addition, the servers do not require specialized cooling to operate.
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Infomobility.it set out its requirements to three companies, including Vodafone. The formal tender specified three key criteria: high network reliability and coverage, Quality of Service (QoS) and cost-effective network charges for data traffic.
The Group chose Vodafone for its ability to deliver on all three criteria. During the testing phase of proposed solutions, Vodafone provided technical support to Infomobility.it’s engineering department and helped its staff to configure an appropriate SIM for a cost-effective M2M communications solution.
“One important aspect of the QoS we offer is the updating frequency of the data transmitted by our box. Consequently, we needed a good billing solution and a proprietary encryption protocol to lower data exchange costs,” says Gianluigi Brasili, Chief Technical Officer, Infomobility.it Group.
With the Vodafone M2M communications solution in place, Infomobility.it has so far provided Italian insurance companies with around 7,500 InfoBoxes. Tests indicate that network coverage is very good.
“The vast majority of vehicles have reported excellent coverage which is especially encouraging considering the terrain in certain parts of Italy,” says Franco.
The Versiondog data management system allows users to create documented versions of changes and to easily keep track of all project data using systematic life-cycle management. In addition, Versiondog not only manages data centrally, it also identifies, records and tracks all changes in device software automatically.
Users can see exactly which program is running in production, and setpoints and parameters can be checked and restored at any time.
Helium is a decentralized machine network that enables machines anywhere in the world to wirelessly connect to the Internet and geolocate themselves without the need for powerhungry satellite location hardware or expensive cellular plans. Powering the network is a blockchain with a native protocol token incentivizing a two-sided marketplace between coverage providers and coverage consumers.
The customer manufactures automobile filters which are subsequently distributed to spare parts businesses.
Shopping City Süd (SCS) is the shopping centre with the largest outdoor car park in Austria and among the largest in Europe with a surface area of 225,860 m2, more than 330 shops and 10,000 parking spaces.
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Porsche is a German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars, SUVs and sedans. Porsche AG is headquartered in Stuttgart, and is owned by Volkswagen AG, which is itself majority-owned by Porsche Automobil Holding SE. Porsche's current lineup includes the 718 Boxster/Cayman, 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne.
Ferdinand Porsche founded the company called "Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH" in 1931, with main offices at Kronenstraße 24 in the centre of Stuttgart.
HIROTEC Group is a $1.6B Japanese corporation that is globally recognized as a premier automotive manufacturing equipment and parts supplier. With over 85 years of mass production experience and engineering discipline and 26 facilities in nine countries around the world, HIROTEC Group designs and builds roughly 7 million doors and 1.5 million exhaust systems a year, making it one of the largest private production companies in today’s global automotive market.
Based in the Italian province of Teramo, the Infomobility.it Group provides telematic solutions for its haulage and insurance customers. The Group began by providing remote sensing devices
and its portfolio now also includes geographic information and satellite navigation systems and, more recently, driving monitoring products.
The customer specialises in innovative and customer-specific manufacturing solutions in the areas of cleaning, testing and assembly, particularly for engines, steering and gearboxes in the automotive sector.
Helium is already trusted by thousands of businesses ranging from Twilio and Microsoft to Lemnos Labs and Nestle.
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Real-time vehicle traffic, parking slot vacancy
We track speed, location, engine rotation, the temperature of the important components of the car and dozens of other parameters that are supported by the vehicle.
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Since Versiondog always ensures that the most recent software version is always running on every single component in the network, maintenance work is not only easier, but also generally takes less time. In addition, the disaster recovery process is also much faster minimizing downtime.
Increase in the influx to the Shopping Centre.
Increased operational efficiency
Potential shorter service resolution times by up to 40 percent.
Through the Thingworx platform, HIROTEC gained real-time visibility into its business operations, which in turn allows the company to address issues that impact its efficiency and throughput.
The solution also enables HIROTEC to perform sophisticated analysis of historical data so that it can better understand production facility performance and ways to drive improvements.
Versiondog has created greater transparency and sped up engineering and production processes, as everyone now has access to the most recent software versions. This has created huge financial benefits for the firm.
We present a computationally inexpensive Proof-of-Coverage that allows miners to prove they are providing wireless network coverage. We anchor these proofs using a Proof-of-Serialization that allows miners to prove they are accurately representing time relative to others on the network in a cryptographically secure way.
Versiondog 4.0 with its ability to allow small, customised sub-programs to be added to it has enabled to firm to obtain more accurate information of their spare parts inventory.
Higher turnover in points of sale and more revenue for the Shopping Centre.
Improved energy management
HIROTEC will be able to build on the solution to enable augmented reality applications to further advance its manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies — completing its transformation from smart factory to smart enterprise.
Working with Versiondog has allowed the firm to standardize internal processes. They now have a centralized data storage location, a clear structure for user rights, transparency about who changed what, where when and why, source code control and the ability to compare versions, which helps with standardization. This has also made it easy to deal with changes.
We demonstrate an entirely new purposebuilt blockchain network built to service the Wireless Protocol and provide a system for authenticating and identifying machines, providing cryptographic guarantees of data transmission and authenticity, offer transaction primitives designed around the wireless protocol, and more
Versiondog is also used as a training tool and has hence improved the education and training standards of employees.
Reduces the time spent looking for a parking space and speeds up the vehicle flow.
The need to invest in new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine via analysis that supported improved efficiencies and elimination of process bottlenecks was eliminated.
Versiondog training sessions have improved training standards as it has allowed the 35 or so employees who use the system to be on the same page and know exactly what to do. This has enabled the firm's operations to run smoothly.
We present a novel consensus protocol construction that creates a permissionless, high throughput, censor-resistant system by combining an asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerant protocol with identities presented via Proof-of-Coverage.
12 Million Euros (almost) in savings.
There was a 100% reduction in time to manually inspect production systems, enabling technicians to re-invest that time in tasks that drive more value to production workflows.
Some insurance companies have reduced individual premiums by between 10 and 25% and large fleet operators have seen premiums fall by as much as 60%.
100 information panels directing the traffic and 3500 parking spot, could accommodate 22 millions customers.
Over one year, the company forecasts turnover will increase from €4.8 million to €6.4 million, with approximately 15,000 InfoBox devices installed in vehicles.
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