Using a standalone 5G network, the studio will support innovative 5G trials to accelerate how businesses embrace Industry 4.0
IBM, Samsung Electronics (Samsung) and M1 today opened the IBM Industry 4.0 studio, which will combine advanced 5G connectivity with artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid cloud and advanced computing capabilities to develop and test innovative industry 4.0 solutions for businesses in Singapore and across the region.
The Studio simulates operational use cases that demonstrate how businesses can harness the power of hybrid cloud and AI technologies and advanced 5G capabilities to transform mission-critical operations and drive new value – from quality improvement and from productivity in production lines to empowerment of service and quality control personnel. The Studio will develop, test and compare real-world Industry 4.0 use cases involving autonomous guided vehicles, collaborative robots, 3D augmented reality, and visual and acoustic recognition and classification of AI in time. real.
IBM has worked with Samsung and M1 to deliver solutions that take advantage of the ultra-low latency, high reliability and security of 5G connectivity, combining Samsung’s industry-leading 5G standalone network solutions and mobile devices with IBM’s hybrid cloud, Edge computing and AI technologies, as well as M1’s engineering and network services expertise in the design and integration of 5G SA solutions and the formulation of 5G test cases to meet the regulatory requirements. Based on Red OpenShift, Industry 4.0 use cases use IBM’s AI solutions for visual and acoustic analysis and augmented reality technologies.
Supported by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority as part of Singapore’s 5G journey, the Studio hosts the country’s first 5G Industry 4.0 trial, testing real-world applications that can be applied in manufacturing, while measuring and optimizing the performance of the 5G enterprise for industrial use.
With full-fledged stand-alone 5G capability covering at least half of Singapore by the end of 2022, Singapore will inspire more businesses to assess how they can integrate 5G into their existing operations, but they need a way. to test new use cases to assess their adoption strategies and return on investment.
This launch is the next step in the global strategic partnership between Samsung and IBM to advance 5G and innovation in the cutting edge industry through enterprise networks and cross collaboration with global mobile operators. Samsung and IBM are working together to provide new solutions for businesses to unleash the power of 5G that will increase productivity and open up new business opportunities. Additionally, the combined efforts of the two companies allow businesses to quickly customize and deploy their applications, while flexibly managing them in any cloud, on-premise, or private environment of their choice.
“5G presents a huge opportunity for businesses to generate new value and transform their operations to harness the next era of industrial connectivity. This project builds on IBM’s long-standing strategic partnership with Samsung and a shared vision with M1 and IMDA, to help businesses harness emerging hybrid cloud and AI technologies that will define their future success. It is crucial that these companies have the opportunity to test and evaluate these technology investments, and we are committed to working side-by-side with them to ensure that they make the best decisions that will truly propel their businesses forward ” , said Brenda Harvey, Managing Director, IBM APAC.
There are seven focus areas explored through the Studio that could deliver transformative value to customers by applying ultra-low latency, high bandwidth, stable and secure 5G connectivity to Industry 4.0 applications:
- 1. Visual recognition solutions using IBM Maximo Visual Inspection. Together with 5G, this enables real-time streaming video analytics to fuel use cases such as faster identification of defects on the manufacturing line or quick sorting of parts in a warehouse environment.
- 2. Acoustic insights. Applies AI to analyze audio captured by phones and tablets to discover potential faults in server fans, for example. Combined with 5G, this enables faster audio streaming and analysis to enable continuous real-time monitoring.
- 3. Augmented reality (AR) solution, a collaboration between IBM Singapore and IBM Haifa Research Lab. For example, users can point their mobile device’s camera at equipment and display step-by-step instructions superimposed on the image on their screen to guide them through a procedure such as setup, test, or repair. 5G allows fast and dynamic access to multiple procedure templates, so that a technician can quickly navigate from step to step without long delays to download new templates. If the technician encounters an issue not covered in the procedural model, 5G enables a remote expert to provide real-time, live, peer-to-peer support using onscreen AR guidance.
- 4. Complex use cases for automated guided vehicles and collaborative robots, thanks to the low latency of 5G. For example, a robot arm uses a phone to visually scan an item; the visual is sent to the server, analyzed and the result returned; the robot arm then takes action to sort or reject the item based on the result of the visual inspection. The low latency of 5G allows this process to take place in near real time, allowing the robot arm to immediately sort or reject parts.
- 5. AI models developed and deployed on edge servers, with flexibility and dynamic scalability of resources through Red Hat OpenShift.
- 6. Container-based applications with continuous monitoring and automated management, integration and control of multiple solutions deployed at the edge, through IBM Edge Application Manager.
- 7. 5G end-to-end solutions and vertical use cases for private networks. Deliver private networks that combine Samsung’s latest 5G end-to-end solutions, including RAN and Core, with IBM’s open hybrid cloud technologies. Additionally, explore new vertical use cases to enable companies to adopt emerging technologies critical to Industry 4.0.
“5G is a potential game changer for Industry 4.0. It is the critical connectivity layer that can enable smart manufacturing. I would like to congratulate IBM on opening its 5G compatible Industry 4.0 studio here in Singapore. It is important that Singapore is the place where innovative 5G solutions can be developed and deployed globally. A strong 5G ecosystem will provide more opportunities for businesses and our employees. We will work with the industry to move forward with 5G as we build Singapore’s digital future, ”said Lew Chuen Hong, Managing Director, IMDA.
“As a pioneer in the development of 5G in Singapore, M1 is the first network operator to deploy 5G trials as early as 2018 and has developed more than 15 5G use cases, trials and partnerships – an industry record, in the fields of autonomous vehicles. , robotics, AI and more. The endless possibilities that the 5G SA network can bring to manufacturing Industry 4.0 in Singapore should benefit companies. M1’s 5G hyper-connectivity, end-to-end network slicing, ultra-low latency, and highly reliable and secure communications will allow businesses to not only work faster, more efficiently, and securely, but also smarter. The use cases tested and developed under this project will help more Singapore companies embrace 5G, bringing added value to the acceleration of Industry 4.0 and creating a vibrant 5G ecosystem for Singapore, ”said declared Manjot Singh Mann, CEO of M1.
KC Choi, Executive Vice President and Global Head of B2B Business, Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics commented, “The opening of the Studio in Singapore is an important milestone in the application of 5G-enabled mobile and network solutions with Industry 4.0 capabilities to help transform manufacturing. Mobile and 5G capabilities like these empower workers and change the way factories and warehouses operate, bringing new efficiency and productivity to operations. Samsung is pleased to collaborate with IBM, IMDA and M1 in this groundbreaking project to make 5G a reality for customers. “