Apr 28, 2021

WorkMobile: Manufacturing CIO apps fail to meet demands

Technology
End-Users
Manufacturing
RemoteWorking
Sam Steers
2 min
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New research conducted by WorkMobile has shown that CIOs in the manufacturing sector have received complaints over their employee-facing apps...

Research conducted by WorkMobile has revealed that 79% of Chief Information Officers in the manufacturing industry have received complaints from end-users about the functionality of their employee-facing apps.

According to the research, 38% of employees in manufacturing businesses said that the apps are “difficult to navigate”, while 33% said the apps “do not work well in areas of low or no connectivity.”

25% of employees reported that the apps provided “a poor user service”, while an equal percentage said they were “not sufficiently tailored to employees’ roles. 

A further quarter of those asked complained that the apps were not being updated frequently enough, and 17% said they were “only able to use them on a company device.”

Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile, said: “Mobile apps can be a brilliant way to streamline operations and facilitate better remote working – particularly for field-based employees. 

“They can also help to make social distancing easier, by eliminating the need for certain employees to return to the office to complete paperwork."

However, while investigating the reasons behind the problems, the WorkMobile report found that more than a third of CIOs in the manufacturing sector are under pressure to adhere to restrictive budget constraints. 

“It’s clear that in their efforts not to exceed tight department budgets, many IT teams in the manufacturing sector are struggling to find and implement apps that truly make the end users’ roles and responsibilities easier,” Yates said. 

The research also uncovered that 38% of CIOs have found costs to be a contributing factor when implementing off-the-shelf apps. 

Yates added: “Developing apps in-house is time consuming and costly and requires specialist expertise that many companies find it hard to source. 

“Equally, purchasing off the shelf solutions can result in apps that don’t quite fit the requirements of the business,” he said. 

Suggesting a different approach, Yates stated that no-coding app builders emerging into the market offer “a fantastic alternative,” allowing CIOs to build their own solutions quickly and easily that tailor to the needs of their employees. 

For more information, visit: https://www.workmobilesolutions.com/.  

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

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). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

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

 

5G Now

“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.

 

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