Oracle IoT Cloud for Industry 4.0 Helps Organizations Make Process Improvements for More Intelligent Supply Chains

Oracle IoT Cloud for Industry 4.0 Helps Organizations Make Process Improvements for More Intelligent Supply Chains

Oracle IoT Cloud for Industry 4.0 Helps Organizations Make Process Improvements for More Intelligent Supply Chains

New Augmented Reality, Machine Vision, Digital Twin and Automated Data Science capabilities enhance production, logistics, warehousing and maintenance.

Empowering modern businesses to improve production intelligence and market responsiveness, Oracle today unveiled new Industry 4.0 capabilities for Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud.

The advanced monitoring and analytics capabilities of the new offering enables organizations to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and identify new sources of revenue through advanced tracking of assets, workers, and vehicles; real-time issue detection; and predictive analytics.

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, 63 percent of manufacturers have either undergone substantial digital transformation or are in the process of transforming parts of their organization, and 19 percent are developing transformation strategies. To remain competitive in the modern economy, businesses need to leverage new technologies and data to modernize their supply chains and improve visibility, predictive insights, and automation through connected workflows.

With new augmented reality, machine vision, digital twin and data science capabilities, Oracle IoT Cloud enables organizations to gain rich insight into the performance of assets, machines, workers, and vehicles so they can optimize their supply chain, manufacturing, and logistics, reduce time to market for new products; and enable new business models.

Bhagat Nainani, group vice president, IoT Applications at Oracle, said:

“IoT is the great enabler of Industry 4.0’s potential, providing real-time visibility and responsiveness at every step of the production process – from raw materials to customer fulfillment.”

“Oracle empowers organizations to create smart factories and modern supply chains with seamless interaction models between business applications and physical equipment. By receiving real-time data streams enhanced with predictive insights, our IoT applications provide intelligent business processes that deliver quick ROI.”

Today’s expansion follows the recent announcement of artificial Intelligence, digital thread and digital twin for supply chain, as well as industry-specific solutions for Oracle IoT Cloud. Oracle IoT Cloud is offered both as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, as well as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings, enabling a high degree of adaptability for even the most demanding implementations.

Scott Rogers, technical director at Noble Plastics, said:

“We plan to leverage Oracle IoT Cloud and its machine learning capabilities to automatically analyze information gathered from the robot and process-monitoring systems. These analytics could help Noble identify ways to reduce cycle time, improve the manufacturing process, enhance product quality, and cut downtime.”

Oracle plans to add the new capabilities across the entire range of IoT Cloud Applications – Asset Monitoring, Production Monitoring, Fleet Monitoring, Connected Worker, and Service Monitoring for Connected Assets:

  • Digital Twin: Enables remote users to monitor the health of assets and prevent failures before they occur, as well as running simulations of “what-if” scenarios in the context of the business processes. With Digital Twin, organizations have a new operational paradigm to interact with the physical world, allowing lower operational and capital expenditures, minimizing downtime, and optimizing asset performance.
  • Augmented Reality: Gives operators and plant managers the ability to view operational metrics and related equipment information in the context of the physical asset for faster troubleshooting and assisted maintenance. In addition, the use of AR in training technicians reduces errors and on-boarding time, and improves user productivity.
  • Machine Vision: Provides detailed non-intrusive visual inspections, which can detect defects invisible to the naked eye, at high speed and scale. Following the rapid inspection, Machine Vision sets in motion appropriate corrective actions when anomalies and errors are spotted.
  • Auto Data Science: Automated business-specific data science and artificial intelligence algorithms continuously analyze asset utilization, production yield and quantity, inventory, fleet performance, as well as worker safety concerns, to predict issues before they arise. Auto Data Science features enable users to see performance metrics of each step in the modern supply chain with the ability to drill down into specific issues at each location without employing an army of data scientists.

Oracle IoT Cloud enables companies to monitor capital intensive assets to reduce downtime and servicing costs, and track utilization for accurate lifecycle insights and asset depreciation data, which improves enterprise procurement efficiency. The rich pool of data created by sensors within products enables organizations to offer their products as a service, gain insight into how customers are using their products, and offer improved value-added services that drive new sources of revenue.

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Five things that are bigger than the Internet: Findings from this year’s Global Cloud Index

The scale of the Internet is awe-inspiring. By 2021, there will be 4.6 billion people and 27 billion devices connected to the Internet, and Internet traffic will reach 2.8 trillion.
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eCOUNT releases Flatpanel Controller to Enhance Cloud Connectivity

eCOUNT has introduced the CRTtoLCD-91 flatpanel controller for the development of customer-specific monitors, displays and control panels for flat screens with 4K UHD resolution. It features cloud connectivity plus an integrated RFID reader. The solution is said to offer high-resolution 4K UHD graphics, RFID support for screen unlock authentication, and management using cloud apps. This IIoT connectivity enables management of distributed installations remotely, monitor the operating status constantly and manage access control centrally. The company feels that the solution will change the way how OEMs design and deploy and how users operate their monitors, displays and control panels.

The controller from eCOUNT embedded is based on the Himax HX6310. This is a scaler chip which supports flatpanel displays with 4K-UHD up to 3840×2160 at 60Hz. The HF RFID reader with NFC support and WiFi cloud connection can be plugged onto the controller board. In the future, the company is planning to release a UHF RFID reader with a range of up to 10 meters serving the logistics applications. The RFID reader serves the function of user authorization management and identification of RFID tagged goods. The WiFi cloud connection can be customized as per the user needs.

For connecting the flatpanel displays, there are 8 VbyOne lanes at 3.75 Gbps/lane, or 4 eDP 1.2a lanes at 5.4 Gbps/lane. It supports RGB color formats up to 30-bit depth and CYbCr (420/422/444). The handling of Graphics and HDCP 1.4/2.2 protected content is done via DisplayPort 1.4 or DVI/HDMI 2.0. It also includes Dolby 7.1 audio and analog stereo sound and dual USB for touch functionality. Moreover, it has a keyboard/mouse and 1x USB for connecting clients to embedded computer systems. Also present are digital and analog GPIOs, for fan control and intrusion detection. The serial interface (USB to RS232) suits the industrial peripherals. For ensuring power to the circuit, 12-24 VDC wide-range mains supply allows control of displays up to 8A and backlights up to 3.5A.

This display controller is made available with certain accessories, ranging from a keypad with infrared-receiver and ambient light sensor for brightness control. Apart from the mentioned, there is RFID support, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and WiFi IoT modules for cloud connectivity. The cable sets for flatpanels and eCOUNT’s customer-specific integration are among other facilities.

Dirk Finstel, Managing Partner and CTO of eCOUNT embedded, said, “Today, the control of devices, machines and systems are carried out by touch displays and their peripherals. When it is possible to monitor the usage or to manage the authorization processes and user-dependent configurations of these touch displays centrally, even payment systems for pay-per-use applications can be connected. This is just one of many scenarios that can be implemented with our new CRTtoLCD-91 flatpanel controllers.”

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2018 Thales Data Threat Report: 94% of organizations are using cloud, IoT and other transformative technologies

2018 Thales Data Threat Report: 94% of organizations are using cloud, IoT and other transformative technologies

2018 Thales Data Threat Report: 94% of organizations are using cloud, IoT and other transformative technologies

As businesses embrace new environments, data breaches have become the new reality.

Thales announces the results of its 2018 Thales Data Threat Report, Global Edition, issued in conjunction with analyst firm 451 Research.

The report finds digitally transformative technologies are shaping the way organizations do business and moving them to a data-driven world, with 94% of organizations using sensitive data in cloud, big data, IoT, container, blockchain and/or mobile environments.

Digital transformation is driving efficiency and scale as well as making possible new business models that drive growth and profitability. Enterprises are embracing this opportunity by leveraging all that digital technology offers, with adoption at record levels:

  • 42% of organizations use more than 50 SaaS applications, 57% use three or more IaaS vendors, and 53% use three or more PaaS environments
  • 99% are using big data
  • 94% are implementing IoT technologies
  • 91% are working on or using mobile payments

This rush to embrace new environments has created more attack surfaces and new risks for data that need to be offset by data security controls. The extent and impact of increased threats is most clearly shown in levels of data breaches and vulnerability:

  • In 2018, 67% of respondents were breached, with 36% breached in the last year – a marked increase from 2017, which saw 26% breached in the last year
  • Consequently, 44% of respondents feel “very” or “extremely” vulnerable to data threats

While times have changed with respect to technological advancements, security strategies have not– in large part because spending realities do not match up with what works best to protect data:

  • 77% of respondents cite data-at-rest security solutions as being most effective at preventing breaches, with network security (75%) and data-in-motion (75%) following close behind
  • Despite this, 57% of respondents are spending the most on endpoint and mobile security technologies, followed by analysis and correlation tools (50%)
  • When it comes to protecting data, the gap between perception and reality is apparent, with data-at-rest security solutions coming in at the bottom (40%) of IT security spending priorities

This disconnect is also reflected in organizations’ attitude towards encryption, a key technology with a proven track record of protecting data. While spending decisions don’t reflect its popularity, respondents still express a strong interest in deploying encryption technologies:

  • 44% cite encryption as the top tool for increased cloud usage
  • 35% believe encryption is necessary to drive big data adoption – only three points behind the top perceived driver, identity technologies (38%), and one point behind the second (improved monitoring and reporting tools, at 36%)
  • 48% cite encryption as the top tool for protecting IoT deployments, and 41% as the top tool for protecting container deployments
  • In addition, encryption technologies top the list of desired data security purchases in the next year, with 44% citing tokenization capabilities as the number one priority, followed by encryption with “bring your own key” (BYOK) capabilities
  • Encryption is also cited as the top tool (42%) for meeting new privacy requirements such as the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Garrett Bekker, principal security analyst, information security at 451 Research and author of the report says:

“This year we found that organizations are dealing with massive change as a result of digital transformation, but this change is creating new attack surfaces and new risks that need to be offset by data security controls.”

“But while times have changed, security strategies have not – security spending increases that focus on the data itself are at the bottom of IT security spending priorities, leaving customer data, financial information and intellectual property severely at risk. If security strategies aren’t equally as dynamic in this fast-changing threat environment, the rate of breaches will continue to increase.”

Peter Galvin, chief strategy officer, Thales eSecurity says:
“From cloud computing, to mobile devices, digital payments and emerging IoT applications, organizations are re-shaping how they do business – and this digital transformation is reliant on data. As is borne out by our 2018 Data Threat Report, we’re now at the point where we have to admit that data breaches are the new reality, with over a third of organizations suffering a breach in the past year. In this increasingly data-driven world it is therefore hugely important to take steps to protect that data wherever it is created, shared or stored.”

To offset the data breach trend and take advantage of new technologies and innovations, at minimum organizations should adhere to the following practices:

  • Leverage encryption and access controls as a primary defense for data and consider an “encrypt everything” strategy
  • Select data security platform offerings that address multiple use cases to reduce complexity and costs
  • Implement security analytics and multi-factor authentication solutions to help identify threatening patterns of data use

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Bosch Software Innovations provides device management capabilities on SAP Cloud Platform

SAP users now benefit from Bosch’s cloud services for IoT device management

The Bosch IoT Suite enables developers to rapidly build, deploy, and operate cloud-based IoT applications. Its cloud services are already available on the Bosch IoT Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and IBM Cloud.

Did you know?

Using the Bosch IoT Remote Manager, Bosch Software Innovations has already connected more than 1.5 million vehicles and one million smart homes.

The suite’s cloud service for remote management of devices, the Bosch IoT Remote Manager, is now also provided on SAP Cloud Platform. Companies that choose SAP’s cloud infrastructure for their connected solutions will benefit from the leading device management capabilities of the Bosch IoT Suite. This open-standard cloud service makes it possible to efficiently and sustainably realize high-volume IoT scenarios.

“We take our Bosch IoT Suite to the cloud environments where our customers have chosen to build their IoT solutions. For this reason, we aim to make our IoT platform globally available on multiple clouds.”

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Complementing the SAP offering for the Internet of Things

The IoT device management cloud service Bosch IoT Remote Manager is now also available on SAP Cloud Platform Source: Bosch Software Innovations

The Bosch IoT Remote Manager allows you to connect, manage, control, and update devices easily. It supports widespread device management protocols out of the box – including OSGi, TR-069 / TR-157, and OMA-DM. As a result, it is easy to connect any type of device, machine, sensor, or gateway.

What’s more, the software is available for on-premises deployment (ProSyst mPRM) – or as a fully managed service (Bosch IoT Remote Manager) in global, public cloud environments such as the Bosch IoT Cloud, Amazon Web Services and, now, the SAP Cloud Platform. In short, it meets the unique requirements of our customers – regardless of their size, location, or industry.

More than 6 million devices connected

Using our cloud-based Bosch IoT Suite, we have already connected more than 6.2 million sensors, devices, and machines with their users and enterprise systems.

  • Asparagus fields
  • Beeyards
  • CNC machines
  • Electronic control units
  • Elevators
  • Eroding machines
  • EV charging stations
  • Filters
  • Freight trains
  • Handheld industrial nutrunners
  • Harvesters
  • Heating systems
  • Luminaries
  • Measuring devices
  • Motion sensors
  • Motor vehicles
  • Oyster farms
  • Power tools
  • Race cars
  • Security cameras
  • Smart home gateways
  • Smart meter gateways
  • Strawberry fields
  • Welding robots

Open IoT ecosystems

Bosch Software Innovations is committed to developing open IoT ecosystems. The company is likewise highly engaged in partnering with global alliances and players in the worldwide IoT market. In this way, Bosch Software Innovations can help make the connected world a reality.

Following this open strategy, Bosch and SAP have formed a strategic partnership for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. Their joint approach promises to speed up manufacturing and logistics processes as well as increase the safety and quality of products and services for customers. To name only one example, Bosch’s new Zenoway solution offers a complete portfolio of tools for managing fleets of forklifts. An interface shared with the SAP Vehicle Insights system makes it especially easy to manage even large forklift fleets. In parallel, both SAP and Bosch are engaging in the Eclipse IoT Working Group.

“Only those companies will succeed in the IoT that are able to collaborate in ecosystems. Only ecosystems provide the strategic basis for open platforms and interoperability. “

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