WHAT IS THE INDUSTRIAL IOT?

To understand what Industrial IoT is, let’s first take a step back and explain  in a nutshell what we mean when we say the “Internet of Things”.

In 1999 Kevin Ashton, a researcher at MIT in Boston, described the Internet of Things as a set of technologies that allows to control, monitor and transfer information by connecting a device to the Internet.

The Industrial Internet of Things, usually abbreviated with IIoT, is therefore a verticalization of the broader concept of IoT, focused on the industrial ecosystem and enabled by technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud and edge computing, big-data analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

IIoT MARKET

According to a report signed by IndustryARC, the Industrial IoT market will reach 124 billion dollars by 2021 and should exceed 771 billion dollars by 2026. The CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in the period forecast 2018-2026, is instead estimated at 24.3%.

The key to this growth lies in the fact that data obtained in real time not only allows better management of the production process, but also better management of all company assets, offering a clear and immediate picture of the company’s performance in all its areas.

IIoT SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE

The ordinary structure of an IIoT system is a modular architecture organized in 4 Levels:

  1. Device Level: is the physical component of the IIoT system: IT hardware, machinery and sensors;
  2. Network Level: it consists of communication protocols, cloud computing and wifi networks that collect data and transfer them to the next level;
  3. Service Level: made up of functional applications and software for analysis as well as the  transformation of data into information that can be displayed on the driver’s dashboard;
  4. Content Level: it is the last layer of the stack and is formed by user interface devices.

ADVANTAGES OF INDUSTRIAL IOT

The wide availability of data collected makes it possible to monitor and maintain (also in a predictive manner) strategic infrastructures, by utilizing AI and machine learning algorithms, we are able to generate estimates, forecasts on possible risks and suggest measures to be taken before failures occur.

For example, in the infrastructure sector, IoT sensors and predictive algorithms could allow the continuous monitoring of:

  • Tunnels: to assess their deformations and convergence;
  • Bridges: to check its inclinations and deflection measures;
  • Buildings: to measure static deformations on buildings and verify their structural integrity;
  • Sewage systems: to evaluate the speed and flow of waves;

The result of industrial IoT projects is the reduction of energy and maintenance costs, as well as the general improvement of business productivity and the employees work quality.

CRITICALITY OF THE IIoT 

  • Cyber ​​security: The existing IT security measures for IoT devices are far lower, and the risks are sometimes underestimated, compared to the existing measures for more traditional computers and devices. The risk of connecting a device to a network  makes it a potential target of a cyber attack.
  • Lack of standardization in communication protocols: industrial communication protocols are the conditio sine qua non for interconnection and data exchange between machine and software. In most companies the hardware is extremely varied in age, manufacturer and technology used. This heterogeneity often requires the use of different communication protocols thus making the interconnection operation complex and expensive.

However, these critical issues must not discourage investments in IIoT projects. The long-term benefits are extremely superior to the short-term efforts in terms of human and economic resources.

IIoT IN GREENVULCANO

Well before the IoT became a research trend, GreenVulcano had already developed its own solution to offer to customers.

Leading  the integration market thanks to an experience of over 10 years, GreenVulcano has recently put Sibyl (its IoT platform) on the market: . Sibyl is a cloud based (but can also be used on premise), plug and play, dedicated to the management, remote control and predictive maintenance solution to monitor complex infrastructure systems.

Find out which could be the right solution for the needs of your company and don’t hesitate to write us for further information.

To learn more about Greenvulcano’s IoT solution visit our website and don’t miss the next article.

When you want to continue to offer a valuable service over the years, in a competitive market such as technological innovation, one characteristic is that of being informed about the latest technologies and knowing how to anticipate trends.

This is why we at GreenVulcano not only inform ourselves but try to understand the true essence of the new technology by understanding it in its entirety.

Therefore we find it incorrect that the common opinion identifies the Blockchain to bitcoins, almost as if they were a synonym of the other.

In reality the Blockchain is a much more complex technology, and therefore more interesting, as it can be used in the most disparate fields.

This article aims to highlight this type of application, bringing real examples beyond the virtual blockchain / coin association such as money laundering, fraud detection and better banking services.

Why Blockchain is a Powerful Tool in Combating Money Laundering

History has  dealt with its share of trickery and evasiveness when it comes to tracking the origins of money. Criminal gangs, drug lords and terrorists groups each year manage to illicilately evade authorities by transferring money to different parts of the world. It is estimated between 2- 5 % of the global economy involves money laundering. Armed with technological advances, these wrongdoers continuously find new avenues in bypassing the regulatory authorities. Blockchain and its recent advancements have the potential of eradicating this practice.

The process of blockchaining involves a decentralized approach to information, where it is stored across an entire network. The  network contains different interactions involving proceedings like  tax fillings, wire transfer, bank deposits, which are accessible by a single person owning  a computing. Transactions are authentified with participators known as nodes that work to verify the network is free from tampering while at the same time checking and  reducing the chances of falsified documents from entering the exchange. Once authentication is processed, the transaction is then viewable to the rest of the entities in the network.

Blockchain has the capacity of tracing back identifiers of previous transactions because the transactions happening in the block cannot be altered in any way.  The block in the chain contain information about the transactions, who was involved ( though this lies strictly within a digital signature)  and a unique identifying code called a hash, which separates each transaction. The hash is configured information that uses math functions and string of lettering. If any of the functions are altered, the hash will also change. Therefore, if anyone changes the hash in one box the old hash moves to the block that follows, this would require the person involved to revise the hash alongside the rest of the ones in the chain with much time needed. Though it is not impossible to carry this out, it proves to be fruitless because it is impossible to delete.

The developmental aid sector is curtailing money laundering through blockchain. A student in the University of Cape Town used blockchain to develop a way to counteract possible corruption and fraud when donors transfer money intended for aid to beneficiaries.  The process works by having the money transferred into an escrow account through a bank that distributes tokens resembling fiat money to the beneficiaries. They  are the only ones able to redeem the token, thus,  eliminating fund interception. In this sense, Blockchain technology offers clarity and support for donors, while at the same time providing  organizations a way to track where and how the money is being distributed for direct and indirect expenses.

Another example is Honduras’s government that has partnered with industry based expert, Factom to monitor the registration and recording of land claims due to its history with land-title fraud.

Similarly, IBM is jumping on the bandwagon moving beyond partnerships with industries implementing blockchain. The company submitted a patent for “Node Characterization in Blockchain” system, the transaction identifiers found in the nodes. The data from these nodes will be used to collect information on the different types of transactions that compose the network.

Blockchain and new services for banks

Banks and economic sectors are also looking at the potentiality of Blockchain. 69% of the worlds biggest banks are experimenting including: Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BBVA, CIBC, Commerzbank, DNB, HSBC, Intesa, KBC, KB Kookmin Bank are just a few.  Highly known for its strict regulations led by conservative attitudes, banks are seeing the promising benefits and possible solutions their most pressing challenges.

Traditional banking relies on mediators to carry out various functions. These participators make them more expensive; Blockchain eliminates the need for these mediators, making services more affordable for the bank and consumer.  A popular area that Blockchain seems to be of value is in international money transferring for its reduced costs and faster processing. User banking transactions online can also be effectivized by cutting the steps for identity  verification. If the user is given the choice to select who they wish to identify themselves with and how they are identified, then that can be transported over to other services found in the same blockchain without the need to reverify who they are.

Civic is a identity verification system that does exactly this without actually collecting or storing data. In the decentralized system it works as a digitized form of a wallet where a verified identity is used and checked independently across a range of services from a single blockchain, thus eliminating the need for the user to identify themselves every time. Bank of America started last December implementing Blockchain in its ATMS. The aim of the project of is to improve the communication within the systems by facilitating transaction services involving cash withdrawal and other service  to consumers who may not be in the same bank, but are part of a partner bank that lies within the same ATM network.

Conclusion

Although Blockchain is not a recent technology, it is certainly something that has gained some interest over the past two years. The advantages of its use have opened new perspectives in the fight against money laundering around the world, as well as helping the banking sector to improve its services and to be less expensive.

But it is not only this, in Greenvulcano we think it will be a revolutionary technology especially for companies within the industry 4.0 sector.

This is why in all our IoT projects we are configuring our integration systems so that we can support a Blockchain network.

If you want to know more, visit the section of the site that explores the topic at this link.

Make an inquiry. How might I take care of a business issue utilizing IoT? The appropriate response is straightforward:

  • deploy IoT sensors all through the building, workforce and the fields,
  • introduce entryways and perusers all through to gather the information from the sensors and drive it up to the cloud
  • run machine learning or AI to find solutions to take care of each business issue.

Presently, rethink the inquiry in an unexpected way. On the off chance that the issues are anything but difficult to distinguish and unravel, for what reason does IoT not by any means illuminate these issues? The truth of the appropriate response is, any business issue that can be settled by IoT looks simple on paper however difficult to actualize.

 

Making the IoT work for the majority is, even more, an information challenge than a gadget availability issue. We initially need to remove the information from gadgets at that point make sense of what everything implies. Up until this point, the market has been centered around getting keen devices on the web. We’ve seen little development to enable us to devour every one of the information that these contraptions and machines gather. Subsequently, numerous IoT solutions experience the ill effects of the last-mile issue.

 

About this topic Marco D’Ambrosio, R & D Manager of GreenVulcano Technology s.r.l. has very clear ideas:

“Before the spread of the computerization culture, what is nowadays created with a simple software program, was realized with physical electronic cards that sometimes managed mechanics. Just think of the industrial production companies that still make extensive use of it. Today everyone talks about IoT but few have traveled the last mile filling the GAP between the immaterial part “software” and the material part “Device”. Although the passage seems short, it actually represents the union of two worlds, that of electronics and mechanics on one side and that of computers on the other.”

 

At the end of the day, these arrangements are gathering information, yet neglect to enable individuals to see and comprehend the information they mine.

 

So we asked Marco what could facilitate the adoption of this process.

“The road map of this procedure is strongly dictated by the funds and the tools put in place by the bodies in charge, in fact we can see that the whole world is pushing towards the industry 4.0, which is nothing but to unite these two worlds that have driven the development of all the major world economies of the last 60 years.

It should be emphasized that the device is an enabling factor and not the ultimate goal of innovation, which instead leads to a deep understanding of those correlations that make a procedure profitable.”

 

And as our IoT data starts to help drive decisions, things go from being mere devices that carry signals to being agents of empowerment that transform organizations.

 

That’s how we close the last-mile gap.

 

We’ve only scratched the surface. As devices light up, things get interesting—if we can decode what the devices have to say.

 

But what is the fundamental characteristic of this new perspective?

“This new approach will generate shared knowledge.

While before such a vision was the prerogative of the experts, who could see the pockets of inefficiency nested in the process, thanks to a factor of “natural data analysis” dictated by experience, the IoT and the deep analysis will make it more democratic and accessible reach excellence.

Who will win this great challenge are the companies that will be able to create open IoT platforms, for the realization of applications aimed at solving real problems, caring about security and data supply chain.

 

Once we see and understand IoT data, we’ll be able to make smarter decisions about our personal well-being, our professional performance, and the world we share.

 

With the rise of low-cost sensors, connectivity everywhere, and our fast-growing volume of data, the Internet of Things is likely to reshape the world as we know it.

The Internet of Things is probably going to reshape the world as we probably are aware of it. As per Gartner, Inc., there will be almost 26 billion associated gadgets by 2020. From wearables to home automation, to assembling streamlining, the potential outcomes are colossal, yet so are the difficulties.

 

“In my opinion, this is a real industrial revolution that will make a natural selection of truly innovative companies and those that instead claim to be but that are actually conservative and will struggle to move forward.”

 

If you do not want to miss the opportunity that this digital transformation brings to, contact us for a free consultation to this email: marketing@greenvulcano.com

 

As soon as possible we will set up a meeting where you can solve your doubts and you will have the necessary tools to face this revolution.

 

We have already described the general characteristics of Smart Working in the previous article, giving a detailed analysis of what the legislation says about it [NdR see the previous article].
In this part, we will try to go deeper into the practical implementation of Smart Working and we will do pointing out what are the main difficulties and then describe some Italian or international success case.

6 things to keep in mind when talking about Smart Working

A recent report by the United Nations International Labor Organization revealed that while employees are more productive when they work outside the conventional office, they are also more vulnerable to working longer hours, at a more intense pace of work and, in some cases, to more stress.

Below we analyze a little more in detail the main challenges that the management of remote work brings with it.

1. Working too much

One of the reasons many managers do not approve remote work is their fear employees would not work as before without a physical and personal supervision. But, most of the time, the opposite tends to be the reality: remote workers are more likely to charge work and achieve more results. When personal life and work are both under one roof, it is more difficult to “switch off”.

So the question is, how to avoid overloading?

  • We must impose ourselves pauses and set clear start and end times;
  • Set up appointments on the calendar at the end of the day to leave the home office;
  • Turn off notifications on your phone and computer, so you do not get back to work after a few hours

2. Interruptions: family, pets and/or bell

The good news is that when you work from home, you avoid colleagues who come to your desk and other office breaks (it’s someone’s birthday! We organize a cake in the party room!).
The bad news is that probably other types of interruptions and distractions will need to be addressed, regardless of whether it is the UPS courier that delivers you a package or your in-laws that come without warning.

It is doubly true when the children are involved.

3. Communication problems

Communication is essential for a remote team and keeping it at decent levels is a big challenge.
The problem of communication is certainly more complex if just some members of the teamwork are in the office. You could lose important discussions that took place during breaks and not be involved in some decision.

Unless the company has a strong culture of inclusion even for remote workers, this could be a serious problem.
The only real solution is to communicate as much as possible, clarify everything that could create misunderstandings and be proactive in speaking.

4. Sharing material

For their daily work, employees should be allowed to use any device they wish to access the company’s applications and services securely and remotely.
The law mandatory does not consider the use of technological tools (computer, tablet, etc.) that remotely connect the worker, but indeed, this is and will be the predominant modality.

5. Time zone differences

Related to being or feeling out of the loop, some companies find the differences in time zones a problem to address. If the company is located in distant parts of the world, it could also happen that a part of the team will wake up only when the other party is going to bed. And if, from a production point of view, having the team located in different time zones can be an opportunity to generate a virtuous cycle where work never ceases to be worked but only passes from one colleague to another, this also means that you can not always rely on the fact that a colleague is available to answer an urgent question or resolve any other immediate need.

6. Hiccup Technology

Nothing makes a worker shake in fear as much as a break from the internet. Or, perhaps, when your computer breaks down. On these occasions the responsibility is only on the employee who must find solutions as soon as possible, losing the work balance that he was able to build himself.

Examples of success

High-speed Internet and powerful apps allow anyone with a desk job to work from home. Today most companies insist that employees are commuting, sometimes overwhelming, in an office.

It is clear that the time for comparison is essential: excellent for team building, collaboration and not to get lost in the nuances of communication. However, as some companies already show, there is no need for a physical office to succeed.

In fact, it could be argued that being utterly remote with a 100% team, without any company office, makes the most profitable companies.

Among the examples we found the most interesting we chose:

Buffer

Their social media management tools are used by over 60,000 paying customers because they make sharing on social networks very simple and fast.
Buffer has a completely distributed team, with over 80 employees working in different countries. It is very interesting the map of the time zones of employees that is made public. In addition to teleworking, employee benefits include unlimited vacations, free books and kindle and annual international retreats (the last one was in Waikiki, Hawaii!).

InVision

InVision offers a collaboration platform for designing and prototyping. With InVision, teams can design and test products using an intuitive interface from anywhere, just like the InVision team of over 220 staff members located in 14 different countries.

This is how Avi Posluns, InVision Director of Team Happiness, describes their experience: “Being 100% distributed is intentional. Our CEO Clark Valberg wants his staff to work where he wants, whenever he wants. We put the emphasis on results, not on physical presence.

Being remote also allows us to tap into talents that are not limited by physical position. We can engage team members who are good at what they do regardless of where they are. ” The startup offers a wide range of benefits including personal medical insurance, free gym passes, equipment allowances, conference and travel bags, and even unlimited Starbucks drinks. Weekly check-ins and anonymous surveys help ensure that employees are satisfied and not abandoned to their jobs.

Barilla

Barilla launched its Smart Working project in 2013 and, by 2020, aims to involve all workers, production lines excluded.
The goal of the project is to give employees the opportunity to work flexibly, anywhere and at any time, thanks to new digital communication tools and new methodologies.

This is why the Emilian company – which employs around 8,000 people worldwide, with a turnover of over 3 billion euros and 29 production sites – has extended its Smart Working project to all its national and international offices. The response of the employees was excellent: about 1,200 employees joined the project started three years ago, which aims to involve all workers, net of production lines. Until now, to appreciate the possibility of working in an agile way, in particular, women between the ages of 30 and 55 and those traveling between home and office over 25 kilometers.

“Smart Working for Barilla means three things” – says Alessandra Stasi, Head of Organization & People Development – “First of all, working anywhere, anytime, and secondly it means using spaces in a different way: we worked a lot in the various offices to reorganize the offices around collaboration, communication, and individual concentration activities, which today can also be done remotely. The third aspect is digital technologies “.

Conclusion

Smart Working is an organizational change. Switch from physical presence in the office to work for goals with an evolution of leadership models.

The perception that the current “working practices” are not flexible enough to get the most out of their staff is increasingly widespread and therefore more, and more companies are organizing to establish this new culture.

But these changes must lead to the definition of a more fluid business structure that can allow you to work remotely by accessing files saved on the company’s local servers, to exchange files between colleagues in a secure way and to automate the processes that require the most time. Less human presence is needed.

To do all this, GreenVulcano has devised an entire suite of software that is changing the working life of many international companies.

With this document, we have tried to give all the information possible to make a decision, but we hope that this reading does not remain just an informative effort but is an incentive to bring a new transformation in companies.
If you are interested in learning more, contact us here:

marketing@greenvulcano.com

and together we will look for the best solution to achieve your goals.

OPEN SPACE’s model seems to have failed. The open and shared workspace that appeared to be the answer to the solitary and alienating routine is not effective, and it also has deleterious effects on productivity.
Spread in recent years to improve teamwork and encourage a constant stream of ideas among colleagues, it now seems to give way to new solutions.

The futurologist Nicola Millard, an expert in emerging data, analysis and technologies, has predicted that employees will become “backpackers” that, armed with laptops or tablets, will collaborate in small groups remotely.
At the New Scientist Live in London, she explained her theory: “the open space offices are a model that does not fit anyone, we are interrupted every three minutes, there are too many distractions”.

In the coming years, traditional offices will be a memory, and we will increasingly orient towards more fluid and “smart” solutions.

We can find a clue about this happening in Italy. Only a few days ago, thanks to the experimentation started last July, Osmar’s employees will be able, through individual agreements, to work outside the company’s plant.

Smart Working represents a tremendous cultural change deriving from the mission to reconcile the work-life balance.
“Smart workers” won’t have a time card and are going to enjoy complete autonomy. As for previous “industrial revolution” that will bring many advantages but also important challenges that the company must be prepared to face.

We interviewed various experts and made them some question starting from the recently approved law of Smart Working.

The Smart Working law

With the law “Lavoro agile” (n.81/2017), Smart Working has been institutionalized in Italy, and each employee now has the opportunity to perform subordinate work flexibly, away from the company premises. The law also applies to all public administrations.

This law is aimed at employees or managers and is based on mobile technologies such as tablets and smartphones.

“Agile workers” obtain equal treatment – economic and regulatory – compared to colleagues who perform the service with ordinary methods. Therefore, they have protection in case of accidents and illnesses, according to the methods illustrated by INAIL in the circular n. 48/2017.

In particular, the definition of Smart Working emphasizes the organizational flexibility, the voluntariness of the parties that sign the individual agreement and the use of instruments that allow remote work (such as laptops, tablets and smartphone).

Be careful: agile work is not a new type of work contract, but only a way to execute the subordinate relationship. This will carry out partly within the company premises and partly outside, without a fixed location, within the limits of working hours established by law and collective bargaining.

To start this “smart” working relationship, a written contract is required between the parties: it can be either fixed-term or indefinite, but always with the unilateral possibility of the employee to withdraw.

Agile work from 2013 to 2016 grew by 40% in Italy. According to a research carried out by the Smart Working Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano: the Italian smart workers are now more than 300,000 or about 8% of the total number of employees, managers and executives. Large companies are more interested in agile workers (30% realized ad hoc projects in 2016) than small and medium-sized businesses.

Smart Working is, therefore, a new approach to the way of working and collaborating within a company and involves three necessary steps:
1) review the employment relationship from the number of hours worked to the objectives to be achieved.

2) the relationship between manager and employee must pass from control to trust.
3) review workspaces in a smart key: with cloud technology and portable devices, the desk becomes virtual.

Agile work puts the person at the center of the organization with the aim of making his personal and professional goals converge with those of the company and increase productivity.

Italian companies, large and medium, have welcomed the new law, which has included in a regulatory framework a practice long ago already widespread in many multinationals, and has accelerated its adoption in many others, with an increase of 14% the number of smart workers in Italy, from 240,000 in 2016 to 305,000 in 2017 (source Observatory SmartWorking Politecnico di Milano).

Conclusions

We hope that at the end of this article, you have become familiar with the Smart Working topic and are already thinking about how to start it in your company.
This article is the first of a two-part series. The second will be more specific on the main difficulties of those companies implementing a remote work project, giving examples of successful implementation both internationally and nationally. Besides, if you have any doubt or question, feel free to write us at marketing@greenvulcano.com

Industries are changing. They are becoming increasingly digital and interconnected, thanks to the evolution of old processes and the introduction of new technologies such as: Automation, Robotization, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data which together are helping to make industries more advanced.

The fourth industrial revolution began in Italy, which is the second largest manufacturing country in Europe. There are some risks, but also many opportunities.

According to the former Minister of economic development, Mario Calenda, the industry 4.0 movement, introduced on September 21, 2016, would help Italian companies revive their competitive capacity through highly targeted technological investments. As a result of this, there is a re-launch of the entire economic sector.

Also Luigi Di Maio, 5 Star leader and new Minister of economic development, explained his plan for innovation and technology in Italy. In a recent interview in February during the election campaign, Di Maio expressed that he wanted to support the startup economy, Industry 4.0, and the innovation of Italian companies. He also supports the involvement of sectors in which technology plays a key role, such as school, culture, environment and tourism.

Meanwhile, Gianni Potti, president of CNCT – Confindustria Innovative and Technological Services, launches an appeal to the new Minister Di Maio in a letter containing five ideas for a strategy to avoid waste and a maximization of possible government interventions.

  1. Going Beyond the Depreciation Lever

Regulations and incentives are used to regenerate the industrial economy. Industry 4.0 can not be and is not only a fiscal lever, it is much more. The transformation of the European industrial system is the re-engineering of the production processes. It is the total rethinking of the product / service relationship. The first question to be addressed is how to promote production with incentives and vouchers, the part of the consulting process that involves cloud, sensors, social media, marketing, analytics and big data, cyber security and so on.

  2. Connecting the Competence Center and the Digital Innovation Hub

In the last few years, two different interpretations of the role of DIH have been created: one directly within the European, Union and the second is from MISE.
The primary objective therefore is to rediscover a unique direction for the role of DIH, bringing them to their original purpose: that of specialization on their strategic tasks (orientation, high training and applied research) and the fundamental one of relationship and connection with PMI in the local area.

If this does not happen, the risk will make the train of innovation lose all our hard core businesses: small and medium.

  3. A Shared Strategy between Government, Regions and Chambers of Commerce

The third question to be answered is if the industry 4.0 plan can be integrated with the European Union, Regions, and Chambers of Commerce.

The suggestion is the constitution of a government control with Conferenza delle Regioni  and Camere di Commercio for a shared strategy and especially to avoid overlaps and waste.

  4. Promoting Innovation of PMI

PMI is the key to achieving the sustainable medium and long-term growth necessary for Italy. As the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said, “PMI are the key to spreading the fourth Industrial Revolution in Japan. We will promote and support the introduction of IT and robots adapted to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses based on the business conditions of each company “.

It is clearly aimed at a technology dedicated to people and to better live our cities.

5. Involving young people

The first digital revolution must take place in the heads of entrepreneurs that provides a different, more advanced skill set, with the human element at the core of the 4.0 Industry. Decisive in this process is the involvement of young people, and knowing how to mix the natural predisposition of young people for digital with the know-how present in our companies.

An excellent example of this revolution can be seen in Amazon, one of the most used ecommerce platform in the world, which is testing the limits of automation and human-machine collaboration.

While the company’s ambitions to use drones for delivery have garnered considerable media attention, armies of “Kiva” robots already are connected via Wi-Fi and used in company warehouses.

The idea behind the introduction of Kiva robots is that it makes more sense for robots to identify products on the shelves and take them to their destinations, rather than having humans perform these tasks, due to speed and accuracy.

According to Dave Clark, senior vice president of Amazon, in 2014, Kiva robots helped the company cut operating costs by 20%.

Conclusion

We must acknowledge the policy of understanding the needs of such dynamic market. Di Maio’s document of Confindustria confirms the existence of a healthy interaction between government and businesses. However, the existence of many unanswered questions and obstacles still has to be addressed to bring our country to the position it aims to be in.

 

We will continue to follow Italian and EU developments on the subject. Follow us on our blog and leave a comment to tell us what you liked and what you would like to read in the next releases.

Industrial IoT represents such a radical change for manufacturing industries to be considered as the fourth industrial revolution by the analysts.

The modifications to the production structure and the benefits to the business resulting from IIoT have been compared to the innovations brought in by the introduction of the first mechanical tools (end of ‘700), the invention of the first production lines (beginning of ‘900) and by the first automations in the early 70s.

What is IIoT?

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The National Industry Plan 4.0, presented last September 21st in Milan by the former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda, aims to create a favorable environment for enterprises, taking into account the new phase of globalization and technological changes happening, through a set of organic measures capable of favoring investments for innovation.

The Italian Industrial sector, with all its urgencies and requests for attention, has now become a proper strategic plan in Renzi’s government.
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