Rebuilding Industrial Civilization with ICT Technologies
A better connected world is around the corner.
By 2025, 100 billion connections — 90 percent from intelligent sensors — will link the globe as a direct result of ICT technologies. To leverage the benefits of this massive number of connections, industries will increasingly streamline their business processes, improve efficiencies, and unleash a huge potential for industrial innovation.
ICT technologies, such as mobile broadband, cloud computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are ushering in a new age in industrial civilization, as traditional industries now have at their disposal an unprecedented degree of integration between information, communication, and manufacturing systems.
In 2011, United States President Barack Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) program, and the Korean government released the Promoting Industry Convergence Law. In 2014, Germany released the standardization roadmap for Industry 4.0, and in October was joined by China.
Industry 4.0 is comprised of two major subject matters — smart factory and intelligent manufacturing — and a typical feature is the deep integration of ICT and manufacturing technologies. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) will connect huge numbers of machines in work groups. The machines will communicate freely with each other, perform self-initiated optimizations, and produce quality results at the lowest possible cost. CPS technologies will reduce repetitive work and require the fewest skilled workers.
In Industry 4.0, unprecedented amounts of data will be generated as a result of massive amounts of information being exchanged between people and people, people and machines, and machines and machines.
Managing massive data payloads in the age of Industry 4.0 will require complex system management tools, powerful communications infrastructures, and reliable security measures. Using a variety of ICT technologies, enterprises will extract “experience” that will help them make wise decisions in face of dynamic production scenarios.
Rebuilding industries for the 21st Century and beyond will require the joint input and close co-operation of all stakeholders, including governments, manufacturing research institutes, production equipment manufacturers, and ICT solution providers. Huawei is willing to co-operate with global partners and carry out joint innovation in ICT technologies to provide better products and solutions to our customers, and to promote the speedy and healthy development of all industries, in all countries around the world.