Jash Bansidhar, Managing Director, Advantech Europe
You’d be forgiven for assuming that a global crisis such as what we have been experiencing last year might result in a slowing pace of innovation, as companies diverted resources to short-term operations and survival. But in fact, in many instances the opposite has been true. The Covid-19 pandemic has precipitated a myriad of innovations designed to help governments, companies and individuals cope with what everyone is now calling “the new normal”.
In the area of smart cities, for example, existing community co-creation cultures and government funding have enabled rapid technology introductions such as Covid-19 apps, for example.
Advantech’s IoT and solution integration expertise has played a key role in supporting this, but our involvement of innovation across Manufacturing Industry and Smart City applications.
We have also supported customers across a number of commercial sectors to drive their own innovation implementations. This has taken place across key technology areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and edge computing, strengthening our own market-leading position in industrial internet of things (IIoT) computing and devices.
The planned roll-out of 5G communications networks has gathered pace rapidly to meet the requirements for more rapid connectivity and digital co-operation in response to the increase in home working and also the more rapid implementation of technologies such as robotisation.
Meanwhile, companies are harnessing the power of analytics to make their operations faster, smarter and leaner. At the same time, AI increases insight and enables more responsive customer service and communication.
Central to many areas of increased innovation has been Advantech’s strategy of “co-creation” – collaboration with leading partners across the world, bringing together the best of both companies’ technologies to deliver solution-ready platforms for specific customer applications.
Working with Robovision, for example, we launched a no-code software platform which allows users to exploit AI through computer vision technology. Manufacturers can detect and classify defects in real time, automate previously human-driven processes, and so enjoy real benefits in productivity and safety.
Elsewhere, our partnership with BrainCreators has delivered an intelligent automation platform for visual asset inspection and monitoring. Not only does this enable real-time asset identification and initiation of required actions, it enables knowledge to be retained within a company through the employment of AI.
As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.” That is what Advantech has always striven to be, and through working with partners with the same ethos, we are supporting an increased pace of innovation across multiple sectors and applications.
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