Robotics4EU wants input to guide Europe’s robot future

A three-year EU project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme called Robotics4EU wants input from the community to guide Europe’s robot future.

Robotics4EU aims to boost the adoption of robotics in Europe across a continent that is becoming increasingly sceptical of autonomous systems.

The initiative has released two surveys aimed at different stakeholders:

Robotics development community: https://www.research.net/r/3VQ6VXLPolicy and decision-makers:...

World Economic Forum designates Ericsson smart factory a ‘Global Lighthouse’

Ericsson’s 5G smart factory in Lewisville, Texas has received a valuable commendation from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF gave the factory its “Global Lighthouse” award in recognition of the site being a global leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The smart factory has achieved 120 percent improved output per employee and a 65 percent reduction in manual material handling through the deployment of automation technologies.

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Construction begins on £22.4 million National Robotarium in the UK

The UK has begun construction of a £22.4 million National Robotarium in Edinburgh which aims to solidify the country as a leader in AI and robotics.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:

“The creation of the UK’s first National Robotarium in Edinburgh will place Scotland at the forefront of a technological revolution that is changing the way we work.

This exciting new facility, supported by £21 million from the UK Government, will create...

Research: Higher robot densities linked to increased productivity

Research has found a link between higher densities of robots in a population and increased levels of productivity.

The study – conducted by supply chain specialists Balloon One – analysed countries with similar levels of manufacturing output and looked at their densities of robots and GDP per hours worked.

The UK, in particular, is falling behind in robot density:

(Credit: Balloon One)

The UK is the glaring example here but, aside from some...

How industrial organisations can adopt a successful IIoT strategy: Five steps to success

To some degree, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has existed for 50 years or more, but until a few years ago, industry simply didn’t have a popular term for it. For at least 50 years, industry has had sensors that are connected to computers, dedicated to better collecting measurements and recording them for analysis. At a very high level, that’s what IIoT is. Today, there are some material benefits in more recent IIoT developments which many companies are capitalising...

WEF: Inequality likely to worsen as robots set to do half of work by 2025

A report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts that robots will do half of all work tasks by 2025, with inequality likely to worsen as a result.

Concerns about the impact of automation on jobs are not exactly new, but most felt the timeline for significant change would be longer – providing more time for mass reskilling of the workforce.

The pandemic we find ourselves in is creating “a double disruption of jobs” with businesses reducing their employees while...

Arm unveils new solutions for IoT and automotive applications

Arm has unveiled new computing solutions designed for improving autonomy in IoT and automotive settings.

Arm has announced a suite of new IP including the Arm Cortex-A78AE CPU, Mali-G78AE GPU, and Mali-C71AE ISP. Each will work in tandem with supporting software and tools to enhance the autonomous workload capabilities of silicon providers and OEMs.

Chet Babla, VP of Automotive and IoT at Arm, said:

“Autonomy has the potential to improve every aspect of our...

AT&T provides global connectivity for Howden’s IIoT solution

US telecoms giant AT&T will provide global connectivity for Howden Uptime, an IIoT solution which remotely monitors heavy machinery.

Howden Group manufactures rotating equipment such as fans, compressors, steam turbines, and heaters. The company is headquartered near Glasgow, UK but produces equipment used globally across industries including power generation, petrochemical, waste, water, cement, mining, and more.

Earlier this year, Howden Uptime was announced to...

Experts believe Industry 4.0 will drive a century of advancements over five years

The majority of IT experts believe a century’s worth of technological advancements will happen over the next five years.

Four in five (82%) senior IT decision-makers (ITDMs) worldwide make the prediction as part of Industry 4.0 research conducted by Quadrant Strategies.

Industry 4.0 is the idea that we’re entering the fourth industrial revolution—driven by technologies such as large-scale M2M communications, the IoT, and AI.

The vast majority (87%) of...

Ben Wald, founder, Very: On why IoT projects are the hardest to launch

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been extraordinary in terms of implementing remote working policies on companies. But some have fared better than others.

Ben Wald, founder of IoT development firm Very, is no ordinary executive. Throughout his career Wald has striven to use tech to make a positive social change, although noting that 'aligning social impact with capitalism is never an easy marriage.' This manifests itself in the company's core values. Transparency is taken...