Hyundai/Singtel advance smart mobility and industry 4.0
“Hyundai is delighted to work with Singtel, implementing next-generation communication solutions that will enhance mobility experiences for our customers. We also hope to explore future innovative solutions and business opportunities with Singtel to help realise Singapore’s Smart Nation vision,” commented Hong Bum-Jung, Senior Vice President of HMGICS at Hyundai Motor Company.
What does the MoU signing mean for Singapore?
In signing the MoU, both Hyundai and Singtel will collaborate on multiple ventures to support smart manufacturing and connectivity for electric vehicle battery subscription services.
Smart Manufacturing: Industry 4.0
By combining Hyundai’s expertise in developing innovative automotive and manufacturing solutions with Singtel’s 5G, internet of things (IoT) and next generation info-communications technologies, the two plan to develop industry 4.0 advanced digital solutions to transform the ways vehicles are manufactured.
As part of their efforts the two will develop and pilot a 5G-enabled smart factory use case for Hyundai’s intelligent manufacturing platform at its new ‘state of the art’ Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre Singapore (HMGICS), with potential to scale up the deployment globally.
In addition to their smart manufacturing developments, Hyundai and Singtel will work together to explore innovative solutions, services and technologies to revolutionise mobility.
Working together to develop an IoT communications solution for the batteries powering Hyundai’s electric vehicles (EVs) in Singapore, the IoT system will enable Hyundai to monitor the batteries’ real-time status and performance.
With these data driven insights, Hyundai can enhance its EVs’ reliability, and advance Singapore’s EV ecosystem and Smart Nation vision.
“Our collaboration with Hyundai Motor is timely given the Singapore Government’s decision to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040 and the recent Budget announcement on new policies to encourage more Singaporeans to switch to driving electric vehicles. By pushing the boundaries of what is possible with 5G, IoT and other advanced technologies, we also want to build up Singapore’s smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 capabilities and strengthen its innovation ecosystem,” added Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Government and Large Enterprise, Group Enterprise at Singtel.
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.