Jul 10, 2020

Siemens: harnessing digital twins for safe production

Innovation
covid-19
production
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Safe production
Siemens launches new solutions for safe and optimised production by harnessing real time location systems and digital twins technology...

By harnessing a combination of hardware and software, Siemens has developed a new solution for companies facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The new solution uses integrated digital twins to simulate the work environment, providing organisations with the capability to test and optimise the setup of work areas, validate safety measures and develop future proof production lines, as well as control how employees interact with each other, the production line and with how the manufacturing plant is configured. 

When it comes to kick starting operations, Siemens states that “it is not just a case of re-establishing operating processes with new standards; the safety of each individual employee in terms of social distancing will also be a much more important consideration in future.”

With this in mind Siemens’ new solution harnesses the Simatic RTLS real time location system which provides organisations with the capability to measure, monitor and maintain the social distancing measure. Via wearable RTLS transponders with infrastructure devices, organisations can track the movement of employees in clearly defined areas while maintaining all applicable data protection regulations. The Simatic RTLS’s real time data can also be combined with a digital twin of a production environment. To process the location data from the transponders, Siemens has also integrated its SieTrace software into the new solution. SieTrace uses an algorithm to determine the distance between employees. If the social distance is below 1.5m a warning is sent to all involved via an e-link display on the transponder to ensure social distancing can be implemented continuously.

Should an employee contract COVID-19, organisations can utilise this solution to determine the possible interaction scenarios between their employees, as well as identify possible ‘hotspots’ for high risk areas quickly and easily. As a result organisations can utilise this knowledge to implement safety concepts to areas where there is a specific need for optimisation reducing the need for large cost intensive hygiene measures across an entire site.

With this new solution developed by Siemens, organisations can benefit from increased transparency relating to movement data from Simatic RTLS. A benefit which can be effectively utilised by other applications. 

“The intelligence acquired based on position data for the digital twin provides the company with a comprehensive overview of material flow, order information or possible problem areas for the entire company. With precise location information, time-consuming searches can be minimised or bottlenecks avoided entirely, while throughput and efficiency in the company can be increased. Real-time locating systems support the successful implementation of safety concepts, while also revealing potential for optimisation for innovative production and logistics concepts,” commented Siemens in a company statement.

To find out more about Simatic RTLS, click here!

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Jun 16, 2021

NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation

Virgin Mobile MEA
Netnumber
3 min
Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer at NetNumber, discusses how cloud-native architecture is accelerating the transition to 5G for telcos

NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.

NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks. 

“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.

The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.

“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.

“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.

Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.

Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.

“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.

Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:

  • Expertise -  NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
  • Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
  • Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
  • Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
  • Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.

 

NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA

“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region. 

“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services. 

“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings. 

“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture.  We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”

Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.

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