Capgemini brings 5G innovation to Mumbai and Paris with labs
Continuing with the implementation of its ‘Intelligent Industry’ strategy, Capgemini Group has announced the opening of two new tech innovation labs, one located in Paris and the other in Mumbai.
With the aim of enabling industry experimentation and deployment of 5G and Edge technologies, these labs are designed to help organisations industry-wise to prepare for taking advantage of the 5G and Edge revolution, driving their data-driven transformation towards Intelligent Industry.
These labs complement the 5G Lab for telecommunications companies, enterprises and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), a lab focused on the development of network capabilities and solutions that debuted in December 2020 in Portugal.
“5G brings a step-change in connectivity and automation to all industries nad opens new perspectives and possibilities for business,” says Pierre Fortier, Head of 5G, Capgemini Invent. “By embracing the 5G digital revolution, organisations will be able to take advantage of the cinreasing volume of data nad derive real-time actionable insights.”
Bringing 5G innovation to Paris and Mumbai
The multidisciplinary team of experts at these new labs will help organisations in the exploration of the latest use cases; experiencing new perspectives on how 5G is transforming their industry; and in helping them to build, monetise, and strategise what 5G brings next for their business.
Services include strategy, ideation and planning, use case design and development, and ecosystem orchestration and integration.
According to Fortier, the 5G Labs in Paris and Mumbai are “designed to accompany organizations in their transformation journey towards Intelligent Industry, onboarding them in the 5G ecosystem to explore all innovation possibilities and helping them to build and monetize customized end-to end solutions for their business.”
A platform to accelerate 5G adoption cross-industry
Capgemini’s 5G Labs are instrumental in the company’s strategy in the intelligent industry space, and draw on an innovation ecosystem of partners to experience all the new possibilities offered to organizations and build their end-to-end solutions.
They integrate the latest networking, cloud and edge computing technologies with cutting edge 5G connectivity, and an agile and modular application environment.
With an ecosystem of partners (both telecom and technology driven) and focus on end-to-end solutions for industries, Capgemini’s 5G experts have developed four dedicated areas of specialty, based on industry requirements and proven use cases:
- Smart Factory For the manufacturing and automotive sector, it covers production activities carried out in factories and warehouses. Examples of use cases include AR assistance, autonomous devices in warehouse and assembly lines, computer vision based Quality Assurance and safety and surveillance.
- Smart Utilities For the energy and chemicals sectors, it covers processes, logistics and operations. Examples of use cases include remote monitoring of sites, mission-critical process control, energy efficiency and sustainability.
- Smart Cities For the public sector (including transport, health, education), it covers services provided to large samples of population. Examples of use cases include public transport infotainment, immersive learning, crowd management, telemedicine.
- Smart Retail For the retail, consumer goods and luxury goods sector, it covers activities that enhance the personalisation of services to end consumers. Examples of use cases include immersive shopping experience, purchase automation via smart carts.
Expo 2020: SAP Ariba to Digitise and Automate Procurement
Expo 2020, a World Expo that is set to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was originally scheduled to run from 20th October 2020 until 10th April 2021, but, as with just about everything in the world of supply chain, the COVID-19 pandemic forced event organisers to postpone the highly-anticipated get-together. The new date for the Expo, which will be hosted in the Dubai Exhibition Centre, spanning across a 438-hectare space, is Friday 1st October, until 31st March 2022. But, there will be limitations to who can and cannot attend the event, so SAP has stepped in to fix the problem.
What is Expo 2020?
‘Expo 2020 and SAP have run a series of onboarding summits for Expo’s valued supply chain network. As Expo’s procurement needs shift from construction to interior fit-outs, facilities management and technology services, Expo 2020 and SAP will continue to provide ongoing one-on-one support, including a dedicated helpdesk, to guide suppliers throughout the evolution to digital transactions and processes.
Expo 2020 Dubai, which will open its doors to the world from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022, is the first World Expo and only the second mega-event to secure a Procurement Excellence Award from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.’
SAP Ariba’s Solution
In a recent announcement, it was told that more than 25,000 of Expo 2020 Dubai’s local and global suppliers would benefit from a real-time, unified digital procurement and payment platform, thanks to technology provided by SAP, the events Innovative Enterprise Software Partner.
The solution, provided by SAP Ariba, will supposedly fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined digital experience for Expo 2020’s suppliers while simultaneously enhancing transparency and efficiency across the event’s global supply chain. ‘The global technology company’s cloud-based SAP Ariba procurement solutions run on its UAE public cloud data centre and connect to Ariba Network enabling buyers and suppliers to connect and transact’, according to SAP.
Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: ‘Expo 2020 is a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth in both domestic and international economies. Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever. The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.’
Through SAP Ariba’s collaborative and mobile-friendly platform, any registered suppliers at Expo 2020 will be able to participate in sourcing events and the negotiation and signing of contracts; users will also be able to submit invoices and track payments in real-time. According to the platform, Expo 2020 has already transacted in excess of AED 1 billion on the platform, ‘highlighting its commitment to driving long-term business growth in the region and beyond, with a particular focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).’
Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: ‘Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing. Expo 2020 has already brought more than AED 1 billion in spend under management with SAP Ariba solutions.’