CeBIT can be interpreted as a one-stop-shop of sorts, where industry leaders and huge conglomerate representatives are given the chance to almost window shop the latest in cutting edge digital products and services for the emerging Industry 4.0.
The show describes itself as:
“…the only event in the world to present the digital transformation in its entirety.”
“The clear focus on business allows you to quickly obtain an overview of the latest digital products and solutions and find what’s right for your company,” – Deutsche Messe.
Industry 4.0 has been in use by Hannover Fairground Operator’s Deutsche Messe in its current context since 2011 but it maintains relevance today with massive tech developments continuing to surface and align with the theory’s ambitious pursuit of the ‘Smart City’ and ‘Smart Factory’.
“Machine production is networked into a self-learning system using cutting edge communication technology – resulting in a smart factory” – Deutsche Messe.
Cyber physical systems are identified as the building blocks of Industry 4.0. When the manufacturing machinery becomes self-aware by monitoring its performance and predicting, for example, when maintenance is needed, then the whole manufacturing process starts to become autonomous.
Forbes describes Industry 4.0 technology in its most base form:
“ cyber-physical systems monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralised decisions.” – Forbes, 2016.
Of course, to make production machinery self-aware the solution is not always in redesigning or upgrading the industry specific hardware but more often the communication technology, which is where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes in.
“The foundation for this modern industrial revolution is the Internet of Things (IoT)” – Deutsche Messe.
IoT can include anything from mobile devices through to cars, buildings and even streetlights in Smart Cities. IoT is all about connectivity and data collection, being able to access a multitude of different devices that perform in vastly different roles means we have the ability to constantly learn from an unprecedented amount of information collected in real time.
One of the most useful and diverse developments in tech that shows near infinite potential as an IoT platform is of course the drone.
Identified early as “virtually flying computers that are smart and networked” by Matthias Beldzik, Manager at Intel Germany, it is also our belief at Unmanned Life that the drone is one of the foundational building blocks of Industry 4.0 and the Smart City.
Drones will not only aid multiple industries in their progression towards an autonomous workflow but also open-up entirely new areas of innovation in everyday life for Smart City inhabitants.
In early February 2017, a 28 page report titled Establishing a Safe and Secure Municipal Drone Program was collaboratively published by a not-for-profit global initiative called Securing Smart Cities together with The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The report looks at the possible future roles of drones in Smart Cities to help provide guidance on the creation and operation of a municipal drone program.
“Whether you are a fan of them or not, it is becoming increasingly evident that drones will in fact play an important and even critical role in the Smart City environment,” says Brian Russell, Co-Author of the report and Chief Engineer at Leidos.
Our Autonomous Drones-as-a-Service (A-DaaS) platform transcends industry specific boundaries and enables fleets of fully autonomous UAV’s and UGV’s of varying designs to work together. This is a critical aspect of our technology which allows it to stand alone amongst other companies in the drone space.
Startups that are only addressing single use cases for the drone such as surveillance or aerial cinematography ignore its potential as a diverse multi-functional tool that is capable of monitoring, enabling and maintaining the most important technological advancements of the Smart Cities and Industry 4.0.
Unmanned Life aims to be THE drone platform service provider for the future of Industry 4.0 and beyond.
Don’t miss our Founder, Kumardev Chatterjee on Thursday the 23rd of March as he takes the stage in Hall 17 at CeBIT 2017.
If you have any questions about how our unique solution could help your business move forward into the 4th Industrial Revolution, please email us at email@example.com or find us on Twitter.