Siemens/IBM/Red Hat launch Hybrid Cloud Initiative
With ambitions to deliver an open, flexible and more secure solution for manufacturers and plant operators, Siemens, IBM and Red Hat have joined forces to launch a Hybrid Cloud Initiative.
"We see that most industrial data is generated outside of IT – in manufacturing operations, supply chains or connected products – yet to leverage digital technologies, manufacturers choose to either send data up to their enterprise cloud, or bring the technology down. Our collaboration with Siemens uses hybrid cloud and is being engineered to deliver manufacturers the best of both worlds: autonomy, speed and control over shop floor data processed at the edge, as well as seamless connection to the enterprise,” said Manish Chawla, Industry General Manager, Energy, Resources, and Manufacturing at IBM.
Details of the joint initiative
Siemens Digital Industries Software will be applied to IBM’s open hybrid cloud approach, built on Red Hat's OpenShift. In doing so the three aim to extend the deployment flexibility of MindSphere, Siemens’ industrial internet of things (IIOT) as a service solution.
This is said to enable customers to run MindSphere on-premise to unlock speed and agility in factory and plant operations, as well as through the cloud for seamless support, updates and connectivity.
"Today's manufacturers require agility and flexibility to meet expectations for higher quality products with shorter production cycles. MindSphere already provides customers with data-driven insights to strengthen operations through Industrial IoT. Through our work with IBM and Red Hat, we can now offer customers the flexibility to choose to operate MindSphere on-premise or in the cloud to best meet their distinct operational needs and become more efficient, nimble and responsive to today's marketplace,” commented Raymond Kok, senior vice president of Cloud Application Solutions for Siemens Digital Industries Software.
MindSphere helps organisations collect and analyse real time sensor data from products, pants, systems, and machines to optimise manufacturing operations along the entire value chain to build real time digital twins.
Adopting Red Hat OpenShift as the preferred on premise architecture, customers benefit from the flexibility to run MindSphere solutions locally in a private cloud or in future applications via a hybrid, multi-cloud model, and enable field to enterprise insights.
In addition, to reduce IT risk ,IBM Global Business Services and Global Technology Services consultants will provide managed services and IoT solutions for Siemens' MindSphere customers.
With their latest offering Siemens and IBM can help customers to retain full physical control of their data to better cope with regulatory requirements and data privacy.
"Our collaboration with Siemens helps streamline operations in manufacturing by bringing the leading Kubernetes platform and an open hybrid approach. With Red Hat OpenShift as the underlying platform for MindSphere, we reduce complexity by providing manufacturers one unified method to deploy and operate MindSphere on-site or in the cloud. This allows manufacturing leaders to focus on innovation and drive maximum business results,” concluded Darrell Jordan-Smith, senior vice president, Industries and Global Accounts, Red Hat.
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’.