Telefónica Unveils ‘Smart Industry: Leading the Change’ Demo at MWC 2024

Telefónica Unveils ‘Smart Industry: Leading the Change’ Demo at MWC 2024

(IN BRIEF) Telefónica showcases its technological prowess at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 with the unveiling of the ‘Smart Industry: Leading the Change’ demo. This comprehensive demonstration highlights Telefónica’s capabilities in digitizing and automating industrial processes using advanced technologies such as 5G, edge computing, OT cybersecurity, big data analytics, artificial vision, and blockchain. Through this demo, visitors witness the creation of a wooden key ring, commemorating Telefónica’s 100 years of history, as an example of how industrial sectors can enhance competitiveness, innovation, and sustainability. The demo integrates robotic arms, artificial vision, blockchain traceability, and cybersecurity solutions to offer a seamless and secure manufacturing experience, setting a new standard for industrial transformation powered by Telefónica’s network and cutting-edge technologies.

(PRESS RELEASE) MADRID, 27-Feb-2024 — /EuropaWire/ — At the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Telefónica is showcasing its technological capacity to develop a fully automated, digitised and secure industrial process that incorporates advanced technologies such as 5G, edge computing, OT cyber security, big data and data analytics, artificial vision and blockchain. Through its demo ‘Smart Industry: Leading the Change’, the company shows on its stand how the industrial sector can automate and digitise factory processes and creates for visitors, as an example, a wooden key ring with a screen-printed logo commemorating its 100 years of history.

The demo ‘Smart Industry: Leading the Change’ is a comprehensive proposal of solutions that help the industrial sector to digitally transform itself to be more competitive, innovative and environmentally friendly. It mainly consists of two robotic arms (one of them collaborative) and an IoVI artificial vision camera that performs quality control of the parts and through artificial intelligence makes decisions and launches actions to the collaborative robotic arm. Each element registers through TrustOS, Telefónica Tech’s blockchain service, all the relevant events in the process (entry and exit of each zone, quality parameters…) to be able to offer visitors detailed traceability and details of the different phases of the key ring’s manufacture.

In addition, the demo also features an AMR dedicated to intralogistics functions, which will be immune to potential threats thanks to the OT cybersecurity measures adopted.

María Jesús Almazor, Telefónica Tech COO for Spain and the Americas, said: “Industry is a priority sector for us because of its importance in the economy and because of the countless opportunities that technology offers in building more efficient and competitive production processes. This demo is a clear example of the comprehensive technological capabilities we have to cover any automation and safety needs in the sector”.

How the demo works

In the ‘Smart Industry: Leading the Change’ demo, Telefónica demonstrates the collaborative robot’s ability to pick up the parts in a drawer and transport them to the machine vision camera to determine whether they meet optimum quality levels. If the part is free of any irregularities, the robot will continue the process of making the key ring by bringing it close to the robotic arm to print the company’s centenary logo with its integrated industrial printer. However, if the computer vision technology detects any damage to the part or is unable to find the key ring perforation, the system will inform the robot of the reason for discarding it so that the robot can put it aside and deposit it in a different drawer for defective materials.

The key ring, in addition to the screen-printed image of Telefónica’s centenary logo, will also have a QR code printed on the back with a dual purpose. On the one hand, each key ring has a digital certificate issued by TrustOS, Telefónica Tech’s managed blockchain platform, which accredits the originality and authenticity of the key ring as part of the limited series manufactured to mark the company’s centenary. On the other hand, it allows visitors to see the detailed traceability of the industrial process, from the date it was manufactured to the different analyses carried out on the different elements. Blockchain technology guarantees both the authenticity of the product and control over the production process by creating ecosystems of trust where the information recorded is totally transparent and cannot be modified, altered or eliminated without leaving evidence of it.

The demo also relies on the MES and WMS industrial digitalisation systems to monitor available virgin material and printed parts, as well as to give orders to the AMR to bring in more raw material and replace full drawers. In this way, the industrial sector is able to optimise its warehouse by being able to technologically manage its inventory, provide end-to-end product traceability and control stock and production in real time.

All this data (part quality, the rate of printed parts produced per minute and the number of defects, among others) provides valuable information to management platforms to ensure a more efficient and productive production cycle. In this sense, the demo shows a digital twin, representing virtually and in real time the physical environment thanks to the low latency of 5G and edge computing, which collects all the data from each of the processes, makes it possible to simulate changes and foresee situations, anticipate possible breakdowns and take measures and even apply responses to check if they work before implementing them in the factory.

The ‘Smart Industry: Leading the Change’ demo also incorporates the Aristeo cyber security solution to protect connected elements from possible attacks by cybercriminals. Aristeo is a pioneering predictive threat capture and analysis project developed by Telefónica Tech that consists of deploying a network of decoys on the Internet with real industrial hardware that reproduces industrial environments to confuse attackers and extract all the information about the threats received (their strengths, weaknesses and their behaviour in each part of the system they pass through). As a predictive system, it also identifies trends and unknown vulnerabilities that it will later use to improve and update customer protection.

In this case, visitors will be able to see how, without Aristeo’s intelligence, the robot paralyses and emits light and acoustic signals when it receives a cyber-attack, and yet how the loading of its intelligence into the security systems manages to protect the robot from a threat for which the security system was not prepared a priori.

For more information: Telefónica at MWC 2024

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SOURCE: Telefónica, S.A.


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