Freshworks: adopting an AI-powered platform in manufacturing
Freshworks provides organisations such as the manufacturing sector with SaaS customer engagement solutions that make it easy for support, sales and marketing professionals to communicate effectively with customers for better service.
The organisation believes in better software, which is ready to go, easy to set up and use, while requiring minimal customisation.
The Freshworks platform provides everything you need to deliver intuitive and engaging experiences across the board. By leveraging it, you can:
Keep customers for life
CX and Sales create relationships that span a lifetime by delighting their customers at every touchpoint.
Accelerate digital transformation
IT and Operations automate, integrate and customise workflows through a single, unified platform.
Extend your experience
Developers create custom application stacks through apps built by its thriving community.
Via the Freshworks’ platform, achieve enterprise scale by providing rich API for custom integration, developer portal and over 1,000 marketplace apps.
Create a supportive ecosystem
Develop apps that integrate your systems and customise workflows that enable your team to enjoy a unified software experience.
Leverage powerful technology
It provides everything needed to supercharge your engagement experience, such as open APIs, a serverless framework powered by AWS and powerful search capabilities.
Integrate your ideas, data and workflows
Its enterprise-class solutions provides control over data through analytics and a 360-degree view of master customer records.
The company offers Freshworks 360 - the ultimate customer-for-life software suite - which allows engagement with customers at all steps of their journey. Freshworks solutions and experts can support, accelerate and improve inventory management efforts as your manufacturing business grows. It provides omnichannel customer engagement, in-context collaboration and integrated experience. Its products include:
Freshworks AI, known as Freddy AI, helps sales, marketing and support professionals with predictive insights across the customer journey. Through Freddy AI, data scientists aren’t required to unlock the value of customer data. Freddy AI builds and refines its machine learning models to make the power of AI accessible and allow the automation of repetitive tasks and provide compelling insights.
Freshworks believes that every organisation should have access to AI and ML that is quick to deploy, affordable and without compromising on enterprise complexity. Freddy AI works across the entire customer journey - from prospect to customer success. It works quietly in the background, learning and developing skills to drive sales velocity and support productivity.
Why Freshworks? - Gartner Magic Quadrant
In this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Centre, Freshworks was named a Visionary and last year, a ‘Niche Player’. Gartner lists its strengths as: collaboration, customer growth and a large marketplace.
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.