KX proudly participated as a Lead Partner in the 4th Sensors & IIoT: Manufacturing, Automation & Robotics event. Over two days, 40+ global speakers discussed innovations in sensor and IIoT applications, emerging projects, and relevant case studies. Speakers included automotive leaders, Volkswagen and Audi, consumer goods giants, P&G and Unilever, aerospace manufacturer Airbus, and many more. With the ever evolving landscape in sensors and IIoT, this event offered a deeper look into future trends and on how to address future-proof digital transformation.
Addressing the 500+ enterprises that participated in the event, KX’s SVP of IoT and Utilities, Przemek Tomczak offered a keynote presentation on Why Continuous Operational Intelligence is a Game-Changer for Manufacturing. His presentation drew on new research, commissioned by KX, which identified that the manufacturing sector on a global scale is committed to making significant investments in real-time analytic solutions to maximize the value held within the vast volumes of data being created, both centrally and at the edge. The study showed that 64% believe it to be very important to be able to access real-time data to make smarter business decisions. The need for real-time visibility comes from the need to improve quality, yield, the customer experience, efficiency, and reducing overhead costs.
So how well do existing technologies handle continuous intelligence with increase in data volume and demand for speed? Przemek explained how legacy technologies are struggling to cope with the increased volume, velocity, and variety of data while the move to edge computing can expose latency issues with how data is analyzed. The challenges exist in getting technology and processes aligned to facilitate the operational shift required to fully exploit the benefits that an increased investment in real-time data analytics can bring.
Thomas Degan, KX’s Industry Solutions Architect joined a panel on The Use of Sensors and IoT in Industrial Digital Transformation with leaders from Unilever, Gambica, and Arcelor Mittal, moderated by Hadi Moztarzadeh, Senior Technology Officer from HVM Catpult. This engaging panel covered a broad spectrum of topics on key trends and gaps in IIoT, and the need for organizations to facilitate the changes. The 5 key takeaways from the discussion are as follows:
Overall, the panel discussion exposed the complexities in the use of sensors and IoT in industrial digital transformation, not only from a technical point of view but a cultural one as well. Existing solutions to address key issues were shared, and the importance of working together to solve the problems of the future was acknowledged.
Representing KX for the Women in Smart Manufacturing and Technology Innovation panel, Michelle Campbell, Data Scientist/ KDB+ Developer, joined other women leaders from Groupe Renault, Airbus Blue Sky, and Unilever. The discussion began sharing the good work that has already been done to address the issue of equality of opportunity for women in the tech sector. Yet, they unanimously agreed that there is still much to be done. The four women shared challenges that they’ve faced and personal examples of how they coped with often being the only women in the room and going out of their way to be heard. With these experiences, they proposed key areas where tech firms can play an important role and make an immediate difference:
Across the four women on the panel, they were confident that the tech sector is moving in the right direction and expressed their commitment to support future women leaders of tomorrow.