INASSE “INdustry 4.0 AS a SErvice”
INASSE “INdustry 4.0 AS a SErvice”
POR FESR 2014-2020 – Tender Notice 1. “Strategic research and development projects”, Tender RSI 2017
Roles: CUBIT: partner, SECO srl: Project Leader
Duration: 15.1.2018 -15.3.2020
Total project budget: 2.286.886,06 €
Partners: SECO Srl, Consortium Ubiquitous Technologies-CUBIT Scarl, Evidence Srl, Florence Techonologies Srl, La FDS Srl, Università di SIENA-Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali Politiche e Cognitive (DISPOC).
The aim of the project is to design, produce and launch an Industry 4.0 product as a service, complete with a set of embedded hardware tools, a software platform based on cloud services and Artificial Intelligence. INASSE wants to bring a complete IIoT (Industrial IoT) product to business, which integrates hardware, software, web, cloud, mobile, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Human-Machine Interaction (HMI), User Experience (UX) and connectivity “as a service”.
The Idea at the basis of the project
The industrial world is undergoing a period of changes, which are not just technological, but above all socio-economic. Factory structures are becoming evermore flexible, “ergonomic”, open and smart, and people’s role in this new scenario is extremely important. At a global level, the industrial sector is undergoing a rapid transformation with regard to production processes, organisation and decisions, which are due to the progressive and increasingly capillary computerization of all areas of production.
This change is so radical that it is being called the “fourth industrial revolution”, following the previous revolutions which were marked by the invention of the steam engine (first industrial revolution), by the exploitation of new forms of energy such as electricity and oil and by the advent of mass production (second industrial revolution), by the invention of the computer and subsequently the Internet (third Industrial Revolution).
The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, marks an important step towards the Industrial Internet of Things, which we can define as a set of devices and machines that communicate with each other in an “intelligent” way and interact through the network with other objects, systems of distributed analysis (Cloud Services) and people.
The digitization of all activities and the development of new services, from production to the product itself, will be the guiding thread of Industry 4.0 in the manufacturing sector.
Technological objectives of the project
The INASSE project aims to create, produce and commercialize a set of sensors, modules and hardware tools that can be integrated and can be embedded within any industrial electromechanical machinery, allowing you to enable pre-existing machinery, i.e. the retrofitting of machines already present on the market. In fact, the innovation implemented by the project is identified as “Virtual Manufacturing: Managerial Control in Manufacturing through the Cloud“. INASSE wants to bring the vision of UDOO into the industrial world, with the creation of a complete IIoT (Industrial IoT) product, integrating hardware, software, web, cloud, mobile, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Human-Machine Interaction (HMI), User Experience (UX) design, connectivity, all provided as a service mode. A B2B service with an unprecedented concept, to which we give the name of Industry 4.0 as a service (INASSE), i.e. a service for the distribution of subscription-enabling technologies.
INASSE is characterized by the simplicity and speed of its installation onto industrial products and machinery, and allows a control innovation based on IoT Web technologies and high security.
1) Market prospects
The monetization prospects of INASSE cover four macro-areas:
- Embedded electronics,
- cloud services,
- Big Data,
- Professional services.
The embedded electronics is the first market that INASSE will assail. The embedded electronics market is progressively embracing the potential of the Industrial IoT and new technologies. The adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions, today synonymous with innovation, will tomorrow be as normal, as having a company website.
2) Business exploitation of results
The project strengthens skills in the fields of new generation LTE modems dedicated to IoT, wireless industrial sensors, industrial interfaces on Modbus protocols, Canbus, data management through gateways and transmitting to Cloud Services.
In particular for Cubit, in its capacity as Research Organization specializing in wireless technologies (Wi-Fi, BT, Narrow Band IoT, Z-Wave, Zigbee, 4G, Low Range) and sensors applied to the Internet of Things for Smart Cities and for Industry 4.0, the project represents an opportunity to strengthen its know-how on low consumption wireless sensors, a growing skill which is required in this moment by the market. Moreover, this know-how can certainly be used in many other markets.
Finally, it is important to remember that Cubit is unique in that it has the possibility of issuing FCC and CE certifications – owning in fact the equipment and accreditations necessary for these certifications. Therefore, the INASSE sensors will not require further certifications, will enable new functionalities and will offer Cubit the opportunity to diversify its market.