Exprivia/Italtel, an international group of Information and Communication Technology, in partnership with Cisco, has launched a strategic collaboration with FANUC, a Japanese multinational which develops industrial robots, and Elettric80, a company focussed on factory automation, to drive the integration of digital technologies into industrial environments and empower Industry 4.0 use cases.
The first result of this collaboration was on show at the Mobile World Congress 2019 with the FANUC CR-4iA Cobot. It leverages 5G intelligent networks and can be controlled through chatbots and vocal-recognition technology.
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and computer vision technologies create a Cobot that can identify, grasp and position coffee pods based on colour recognition. The user can interact with the Cobot via a voice request, or use a chatbot. The ability to interact vocally is made possible by “Cisco WebEx Teams” and “Questit Qplus” solutions, as well as voice assistants.
Gerardo Del Vecchio, Head of Partnership and Ecosystem Management of the Exprivia/Italtel group, said: “The collaboration with FANUC allows us to be at the side of the most virtuous companies which are turning their attention to an ultra-connected industrial model. The integration of IoT solutions is the true accelerator of competitiveness and growth on the path to Industry 4.0.”
Marco Ghirardello, General Manager of FANUC Italia and Vice President of FANUC Europe, said: “The key to success is through collaboration and integration of skills in different fields, which are united in the joint effort to make factories more productive and efficient. We have chosen Exprivia/Italtel as a partner, which ensures FANUC’s technological solutions have the most advanced connectivity features and can be easily implemented in even the most demanding IoT architectures.”
Raffaello Sernicola, Telco Innovation Leader of Cisco Systems, Italy, added: “The advent of 5G allows the development of innovative solutions in the area of Enterprise 4.0 which was previously not possible. Thanks to the collaboration of the various technological and integration partners, both in the field of industrial automation and telecommunication, it will bring benefits to end customers in terms of increased production and cost reduction.”
Marco Casarini, Technical Director of Elettric80, added: “The synergy between innovation in automation and communication enables new scenarios for monitoring and remote control of systems with benefits for all those involved in the supply chain.”