From uncertainties such as Brexit in the UK and compliance requirements to urbanization and sustainability demands, organizations are on a tightrope, balancing these priorities whilst trying to modernize their services.
However, with the right digital transformation strategies and support in place, this balance is easier to achieve. Not only because organizations will have the technology in place to help them remain compliant, but because the collection of meaningful information and the use of automation will help businesses move towards the collaborative and connective standards of Industry 4.0.
What is Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 is arguably one of the most evolutionary eras the manufacturing industry has ever experienced, and also describes the automated/digital trend.
Centred around the exchange and automation of data, this wave of digital transformation moves physical assets from static structures into connected ecosystems.
Technology like Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) is improving the way buildings are designed, made and maintained as they allow for communication between human and machine, and machines with each other. And this is just the beginning.
Industry 4.0 is built from the convergence of technology including:
- Big data
- Additive manufacturing
- Automation and autonomous controls
- Cloud computing
- Artificial Intelligence
- Wearable technology
- Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Industry 4.0 builds the foundation for tomorrow’s smart assets and smart cities
Using IoT networks and sensors, smart assets collect data from their surroundings so that they can adapt to their environment and adjust their operational performance accordingly. Not only does this increase the efficiency, sustainability and security of buildings and infrastructures, but it also transforms facilities management.
This technology creates the framework for smart cities, where assets, buildings and infrastructures can not only communicate with each other, but also with an interconnected network of work, travel and living spaces.