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Manufacturing System Automation
An automated manufacturing system is the total integration of software and machinery used to create a system that performs manufacturing processes autonomously through computer programming.Without automated manufacturing systems, factory output would be vastly reduced, production would be very time consuming, working conditions would be less safe and quality control would be extremely difficult. Employees would need to work twice as hard to achieve in a day what they can now achieve in an hour with automated industrial systems. 
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Mass Customization
Mass customization is the new frontier in business for both manufacturing and service industries. At its core is a tremendous increase in variety and customization without a corresponding increase in costs. At its limit, it is the mass production of individually customized goods and services. At its best, it provides strategic advantage and economic value.Many implementations of mass customization are operational today, such as software-based product configurators that make it possible to add and/or change functionalities of a core product or to build fully custom enclosures from scratch. Companies that have succeeded with mass-customization business models tend to supply purely electronic products. However, these are not true "mass customizers" in the original sense, since they do not offer an alternative to mass production of material goods. 
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Microgrid
A microgrid is a localized group of electricity sources and loads that normally operates connected to and synchronous with the traditional wide area synchronous grid, but can also disconnect to "island mode"  and function autonomously as physical or economic conditions dictate.In this way, a microgrid can effectively integrate various sources of distributed generation (DG), especially Renewable Energy Sources (RES) - renewable electricity, and can supply emergency power, changing between the island and connected modes.Microgrids are typically supported by generators or renewable wind and solar energy resources and are often used to provide backup power or supplement the main power grid during periods of heavy demand. A microgrid strategy that integrates local wind or solar resources can provide redundancy for essential services and make the main grid less susceptible to localized disaster. 
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Mixed Reality
Mixed Reality implements digital information to enhance the real environment, and allows the users to interact with digital information or object in the same way as in the real world, thus making the environment richer and closer to reality. MR not just overlays the object, but also able to anchor it to the real world.In the industry sector, the Mixed Reality can be used for production assistance, training assistance, remote assistance,  On-field support, and Customer onboarding experience.   
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Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Natural language processing is an important direction in the field of computer science and artificial intelligence. It studies various theories and methods that enable effective communication between humans and computers in natural language. The ultimate objective of NLP is to read, decipher, understand, and make sense of the human languages in a manner that is valuable.Natural Language Processing is the driving force behind the following common applications: Language translation applications, Word Processors, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) applications and Personal assistant applications.
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Perimeter Security & Access Control
Perimeter Security and Access Control systems protect the external perimeter of a facility, control access to restricted areas, and detect and monitor anomalies. Access control includes the control of persons, vehicles, and materials through entrances and exists in a controlled area or premises. Perimeter detection, in contrast, is the detection of access to the outer limits of a detection area by means of physical barriers, sensors on physical barriers, or exterior sensors. Finally, intrusion alarm systems signal entry or attempted entry of a person or an object into the area or volume protected by the system. 
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Precision Farming
Precision farming enables farmers to increase production (yield), lower their operational costs and economize their applications of chemicals and fertilizers. Precision Conservation Management (PCM) focuses on improving crop yield through the analysis of real-time data from a variety of environmental sensors and other data sources located in commercial crop fields or throughout the enterprise.The five core components or processes of precision farming are: measuring variability, analyzing variability, decision-making, differential actions, assessment of results and measuring. 
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Predictive Maintenance (PdM)
The aim of predictive maintenance (PdM) is first to predict when equipment failure might occur, and secondly, to prevent the occurrence of the failure by performing maintenance. Monitoring for future failure allows maintenance to be planned before the failure occurs. Ideally, predictive maintenance allows the maintenance frequency to be as low as possible to prevent unplanned reactive maintenance, without incurring costs associated with doing too much preventive maintenance.Predictive maintenance uses condition-monitoring equipment to evaluate an asset’s performance in real-time. A key element in this process is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT allows for different assets and systems to connect, work together, and share, analyze and action data.  
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Process Control & Optimization (PCO)
Process Control and Optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints.The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations.Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance:- Equipment optimizationThe first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks.- Operating proceduresOperating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual.- Control optimizationIn a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
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Rapid Prototyping | 3D Printing
Rapid prototyping uses 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies to create prototypes faster and at a significantly lower cost than traditional methods. It is used to enable quick design iterations and development of physical proofs-of-concept products for market testing. Prototypes can be concept models to demonstrate the look and feel of a product or functional prototypes. Concept models are useful for marketing research and branding, as well as for allowing engineers and architects to explore design options. Functional prototypes have some but not all properties of the finished product. They can be tested to identify design flaws before going to production. 
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Real-Time Location System (RTLS)
In business, knowledge is power, and with it comes efficiency, productivity, safety, and profits. Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) provide this knowledge by delivering precise visibility of critical assets—supply chain, manufacturing, and human, in real-time.For transportation and logistics enterprises, this knowledge means having end-to-end visibility and traceability of all containers, pallets, and packages. For manufacturers, it enables intelligent management and flow of all critical assets, whether in the facility or at a sprawling storage yard. Under security and safety operations, it means controlling employee access and ensuring they do not linger in hazardous areas beyond safety requirements.RTLS or indoor positioning systems (IPS) can be simply described as GPS on steroids but used indoors for the purpose of tracking, locating and monitoring the activity of people and things. It is used in healthcare, manufacturing, smart warehouses, hospitality, education, and other industries for the purpose of maximizing workflow efficiency, safety, wayfinding, and inventory and asset control and has been proven to deliver significant return on investment (ROI). 
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Security Claims Evaluation
Security Claims Evaluation is an open and easily configurable cybersecurity platform for the evaluation of endpoint, gateway, and other networked components’ security capabilities.In an industrial environment setting, monitoring of sensors provides a window into the system and operational efficiencies. Specifically, monitoring key parameters such as temperature, vibration, currents, and voltage provide the operator with insights into whether operations are normal, within normal failure mode, or whether there is an indication of a cybersecurity/security breach.Security Claims Evaluation provides a platform for users to evaluate whether data from the sensors under test is indicative of normal operation or abnormal operation in a non-invasive and non-intrusive manner. Furthermore, using machine learning in combination with real-time analytics capabilities, the sensor operation can be monitored and analyzed 24/7. Logging of abnormal events can be performed for further assessment and future remediation actions. Through running a pre-defined security test suite that encompasses pen testing, known vulnerabilities, and other testing methodologies, testbed users’ security claims can be evaluated at a single or multiple connection points – encompassing an endpoint to a gateway to cloud assessment. A report based on the test results can be provided to users describing potential security weaknesses and proposed recommendations and remediation methods. 
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Shipment Tracking
Utilizing IoT and digital supply chain management platforms have moved far beyond looking at only ocean carrier milestones. With this new level of end-to-end shipment visibility, shippers can instantly access transit times from every carrier along the route to create efficiencies and increase communication within their organizations – ultimately providing the highest level of customer satisfaction.Digitized data comes in many formats, including feeds from the Internet of Things (IoT). Global supply chains are ideal candidates for IoT applications because there are so many moving parts and multiple parties. IoT applications capture and share immense amounts of data that equip logistics managers with a level of visibility not previously achievable. Specifically, for shippers and the carriers moving their products, advances in cellular devices and networks have made it possible for less-than-truckload (LTL) and other over-the-road truckers to provide tracking data.These connected tracking devices feed into transportation management and supply chain platforms to provide critical information at the pallet and package level. When connected with the ocean, air, and rail shipment tracking, these last mile data systems give shippers a competitive edge. To alleviate the pressure on your supply chain, the most important component is a technology platform with one big view of everything across your multimodal transportation ecosystem. 
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Smart City Operations
The goal of a Smart city is to improve the fundamental infrastructure by providing a decent quality of life, a clean and sustainable environment through the application of intelligent solutions. Smart cities can be used in eight sectors: Mobility, Security, Healthcare, Energy, Water, Waste, Economic Development,  Engagement, and community.  The Smart City Operations is an integrated system that enables the communication within the team and cross functions to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services. With real-time and transparent information, city officials are able to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving. 
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Smart Contracts
A smart contract is a computer protocol designed to disseminate, validate or execute contracts in an informational way. Smart contracts allow for trusted transactions without third parties, which are traceable and irreversible.Smart contracts are designed to provide better security than traditional contracts and reduce other transaction costs associated with contracts. Meanwhile, a smart contract not only describes the rules and penalties related to an agreement in the same way that a traditional contract does, but it can also automatically enforce those responsibilities. 
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Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
Structural health monitoring is a tool used to ensure the safety and soundness of structures. Structural health monitoring uses an assortment of sensors to collect and analyze data pertaining to any damage or deterioration that a structure may receive over the course of its life. The data that structural health monitoring systems acquire can help its users avoid structural failures.Numerous structural health monitoring systems are available. They differ by cost, quality, purpose, and technology. They use many types of structural health monitoring devices and software systems to analyze the data retrieved from the devices. The type of structural health monitoring system that should be used is specific to the structure or structures being monitored.Structural health monitoring is used on structures such as bridges, skyscrapers, stadiums, wind turbines, ships, airplanes, and many others. 
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Tamper Detection
Tamper detection is the ability of a device to sense that an active attempt to compromise the device integrity or the data associated with the device is in progress; the detection of the threat may enable the device to initiate appropriate defensive actions. The tamper detection design can be implemented to sense different types, techniques, and sophistication of tampering, depending on the perceived threats and risks. The methods used for tamper detection are typically designed as a suite of sensors each specialized on a single threat type, some of which may be physical penetration, hot or cold temperature extremes, input voltage variations, input frequency variations, x-rays, and gamma rays. 
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Time Sensitive Networks
A time-sensitive network (TSN) is a set of Ethernet standards that will allow time-synchronized low latency streaming services through 802 networks. TSN delivers mechanisms to create distributed, synchronized, hard real-time systems over standard Ethernet. These systems use the same infrastructure to provide real-time control and communicate all standard IT data, powering convergence of control, measurement, configuration, UI and file exchange infrastructure.Time-Sensitive Networks (TSN) operate in a manufacturing ecosystem of applications. TSN enable a standard, single, open network infrastructure supporting multi-vendor interoperability and integration.They are used to support real-time control and synchronization of high performance machines over a single, standard Ethernet network, supporting multi-vendor interoperability and integration. 
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Track and Trace for Industrial Tools & Assets
Track and trace for industrial tools refer to systems capable of recognizing and reporting the location and status of tools in a facility. Today's production of industrial and consumer goods requires exacting work. Precise application of pressure or torque is required in many industries and operator errors can cause costly defects. Track and trace technology can improve production safety, quality, and productivity.The goal of ‘Track and Trace’ is to manage handheld power tools in manufacturing and maintenance environments more efficiently.Asset tracking is currently done via barcode and a variety of manual steps in most cases. However, new solutions leveraging smart tags, near-field communication (NFC), and RFID are coming to market to globally track all varieties of objects in real time. 
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Vehicle Telematics
Fleet telematics enable the monitoring of location, movement, status, and behavior of a vehicle within a fleet. This is achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GSM device that is installed in each vehicle, which then communicates with the user and cloud-based software. Additional sensors and actuators may be added to the system to enable additional functionality, such as vehicle remote control and driver status tracking.Telematics systems provide analytics to determine the optimal route based on location and traffic information, the vehicle's condition, and operational cost prediction.  
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Virtual Reality
Virtual reality technology uses a computer to create a three-dimensional virtual space.  It provides users with the simulation of visual, auditory and tactile senses so that users can observe things in the three-dimensional space in time and without restrictions as they experience the situation substitute human consciousness into a virtual world.Currently, the Virtual Reality can be used in manufacture, healthcare, automotive, space, military and law enforcement, and entertainment industry by providing job training or new ways of introducing an audience to a concept or experience.  
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Visual Quality Detection
Visual Quality Detection refers to the use of vision for automatic inspection, process control and robot guidance in an industrial environment.Quality assurance systems utilize RFID, sensors, video monitoring, remote information distribution and cloud solutions on the production line to streamline inspection procedures, improve decision making, and reduce costs driven by quality defects. 
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Warehouse Automation
Warehouse automation is the application of specialized equipment and storage and retrieval systems to automation the performance of repetitive processes previously handled by unskilled and semi-skilled labor. A wide range of applications are possible in a warehouse, ranging from the use of robotics to unload products or crates to the automation of storage and retrieval of products on demand. Warehouse operations efficiency is central to the success of any company that processes, inventories, and ships orders. And warehouse automation is necessary to create an agile supply chain. The recent growth of the market is due to the exponential growth of the e-commerce industry, advancements in robotics, and the emergence of IoT. 
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Water Quality and Leakage Monitoring
Smart Water Monitoring Platforms are ultra-low-power sensor nodes designed for use in rugged environments and deployment in hard-to-access locations. They detect damages in the water supply infrastructure and potential risks to public health or environmental damage in real-time.Water leaks typically go undetected or are responded to only after the event. Therefore, a significant amount of water is lost due to excessive irrigation (only 70% of the water supplied is consumed by agriculture).The demand for innovative solutions to enable more efficient use of available water resources, to improve drinking water quality, and improve water resource planning is growing. Due to this, some analysts estimate the global water sector to be worth 1 trillion USD per year by 2025.IoT enables precise control over water resources data, thus allowing an efficient and optimized management of water companies. Smart water management systems can make a fast and significant improvement to the cost and reliability of water supplies, especially in urban areas and in agriculture.There are various applications for smart water management such as water leakage detection, watering management through sensors, drinking water quality monitoring, quality control of pools and water reserves, etc. At present, water companies have numerous sensors and devices which are able to provide input for detailed reports about relevant business critical factors – including water temperature, water quality/composition, water pressure, water flow, etc. However, most water companies still lack advanced real-time reporting and prediction capabilities to monitor “changing” factors. As a consequence, there is a focus on real-time data extraction, reporting, visualization. 
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