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New Research Uncovers Edge Computing Challenges and Highlights Strategies for Future Proofing Edge Capabilities

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today unveiled findings from a newly commissioned IDC White Paper entitled, Succeeding at Digital First Connected Operations, that highlights the power of edge computing in enabling the shift to a digital-first world. The white paper details responses from over 1,000 IT and operations professionals across industrial, healthcare, education, and other verticals as well as a series of in-depth interviews with industrial enterprises. Respondents were global, representing firms in the United States, China, Japan, Germany, The United Kingdom, India, and Ireland. The organizations ranged in size from 100 to more than 1,000 employees. Responses provided insights about the factors driving edge investments, the challenges firms faced while deploying to the edge, obstacles to continued investment, and strategic recommendations to future-proof edge capabilities. “As organizations seek to create new or improved experiences for customers and to become more operationally efficient, improve safety and security, and become more sustainable, they are leaning more on digital technologies. The white paper examines the crucial role that edge computing and edge deployments play in enabling digital-first, connected operations,” says Chris Hanley, SVP, Commercial Operations & Global Channels, leading edge commercial strategy, Schneider Electric. “It highlights strategies that IT professional and decision makers can adopt to future proof their edge computing capabilities to support remote, connected, secure, reliable, resilient, and sustainable operations.” Edge computing is one of the major enablers of a digital-first paradigm. In fact, the most common use cases of edge infrastructure include cybersecurity systems to monitor the operational network locally as well as storing and processing operational data to bring it to the cloud. Further, when organizations were asked why they were investing in edge computing to support these workloads, respondents cited, “improve cybersecurity” (50%) and “systems resiliency and reliability” (44%). Yet, there are various challenges that organizations must overcome to ensure their edge infrastructure, and thus, their connected operations, are resilient and reliable. Despite the promise of the edge, many organizations report connectivity and power outage concerns. In fact, 32% of respondents have experienced a “lack of connectivity or slow connectivity” with their edge deployments. Further, 31% have experienced a “utility power outage or power surge lasting more than 60 seconds.” - Challenges to overcome when transitioning to digital-first connected operations (1) Security. Physical and cybersecurity concerns are high when connecting operations. This concern will require systems and processes that are tailored for this new paradigm. Yet, once connected to the cloud, the power of operational data can be harnessed to drive a host of new and enhanced use cases. Such data can enhance collaboration in the enterprise and enable remote operations capabilities that result in labor efficiencies while ensuring companies have resilient, remote operations capabilities. (2) Skills. The workforce needs to have the right skills to execute across technology settings and to be able to build alignment internally to drive change. This focus will require companies to engage with new ecosystem partners inside and outside of their organization. (3) Reliability. As more of the local operations capabilities are directly supported remotely through the connected edge, reliability is a critical concern. “Resilient edge resources are the foundation for shifting to digital-first, connected operations,” said Jennifer Cooke, Research Director, Edge Strategies, IDC. “Organizations will become vulnerable if and when their technology fails. To future proof edge deployments, leaders must develop a strategy that addresses concerns, such as cybersecurity and connectivity issues, and ensures access to the skills required to maintain resilient edge infrastructures.” How organizations can future-proof edge capabilities to support their transition to digital-first connected operations • Resilient, secure, sustainable power and connectivity resources: By including resilient power and connectivity resources early in the edge planning phases, companies can reduce the risk of downtime. • Remote Monitoring and Management of edge resources at large scale: The ongoing management of edge infrastructure at scale will challenge all organizations. Having the right skills in the right place at the right time will be difficult if not impossible. Ensure that your edge resources are equipped to support continuous remote monitoring and autonomous operation. • Trusted partners that can provide the necessary skills for the above edge resources: Consider trusted partners to provide industry best practices and service in situations or locations where it is not economically or physically feasible to do it yourself. Trusted service partners can often predict problems before they occur. Further, look for partners that also have a commitment to sustainability since among those surveyed, 82% cited commitment to sustainability as a selection criterion for edge solution providers As a trusted partner and full solution provider, Schneider Electric works closely with customers in designing their strategies to ensure certainty, resiliency, security and sustainability throughout the design, deployment and management at the edge via: • Resilient, secure, connected and sustainable physical infrastructure solutions for any edge environment – delivering certainty in a connected world; • A cloud-based monitoring and management platform EcoStruxure IT providing remote visibility including security, data-driven insights and recommendations, reporting capabilities and digital service capabilities; and • An integrated ecosystem composed of IT Technology alliances, a global network of trusted experienced channel partners and service engineers as well as rules-based design tools. Download the entire IDC White Paper, sponsored by Schneider Electric, Succeeding at Connected Operations with Edge Computing, doc #US48982222 , April 2022) here. https://www.se.com/ww/en/download/document/SE_IDC_WP_Edge/

Modenese coachbuilder ARES reveals limited-edition ARES Defender V8 Hardtop

World-renowned luxury Italian coachbuilder ARES Modena has released details of its bespoke Defender V8 Hardtop. Combining robust yet beguilingly elegant design, exquisite levels of hand-crafted luxury, state-of-the-art technology, and phenomenal performance, it represents a modern-day tribute to the timeless off-road icon and a compelling acquisition for any collector or aficionado. The ARES Defender V8 Hardtop follows on from the company’s acclaimed Defender Ultra V8, which was unveiled in 2018. The new model is designed by the company’s Centro Stile in Modena and assembled in the ARES smart factory using a combination of contemporary OEM-level technology and traditional handcraft skills. These include CAD, carbon fiber ovens, electrical system engineering specialists, drivetrain assembly, paint shop, artisan leather works and metal coachbuilding facilities. No detail is spared in the painstaking creation of the ultimate Defender. With a design heritage that can trace its routes all the way back to the first Land Rover Series 1 of 1948, the Defender's taut, square lines are treated with due reference by the ARES design team. A series of subtle enhancements bring additional layers of modernity and sophistication. Devoid of all visible body bolts, the ARES Defender’s elegant lines are further enhanced by larger rear tinted windows, while a premium-grade panoramic sunroof floods the cabin with sunlight. Based on a Land Rover Defender chassis and featuring a suspension lift kit, the ARES Defender V8 Hardtop rides 35mm higher than the standard model on striking 18-inch ARES Design alloy wheels wrapped in Cooper Discoverer tires. Wider wheel arches, an ARES Design carbon fiber bonnet, a new single-piece carbon fiber front end featuring powerful LED headlamps nestling in a contemporary-themed grille and new rear circular LED taillights amplify the Defender’s purposeful styling. Inside, the ARES designers and artisans have transformed the Defender’s utilitarian cabin into a sumptuous environment that cocoons its occupants in the lap of luxury. Only the very finest leather, carbon fiber, wood and aluminum trim are used throughout the cabin. They combine to create an aura of assured quality and unsurpassed comfort, which fully extends to every part of the cabin, including the bench seats in the luggage compartment. The Defender’s in-cabin technology has undergone a similar metamorphose. The vehicle is replete with all-round electric windows, a six-speaker state-of-the-art infotainment system with subwoofer, featuring satellite navigation and Apple Car Play & Android Auto Bluetooth connectivity. A bespoke instrument panel and a beautiful hand-stitched leather steering wheel place the driver at the heart of the action, within easy reach of the upgraded and modernized switchgear and controls. A press of the starter button summons a new 5328cc V8 engine – which replaces the outgoing 4-cylinder turbodiesel – to life. Integrated as part of an extensive engineering program undertaken by ARES, the V8 engine dispatches its 355hp and mammoth 519Nm of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. To ensure a superlative driving experience, the ARES engineers have further bolstered the transmission system, axle shafts and CV joints to accommodate the significantly enhanced performance of the ARES Defender V8 Hardtop. The braking system has been similarly upgraded and sports larger performance discs and 6-piston calipers. An advanced electronically adjustable ORAM suspension system offering sport and comfort modes, ensures a relaxing ride, engaging handling, and precision body control whatever the terrain. ARES will coach-build a limited series of ARES Defender V8 Hardtop models, each priced from €235,000 ex VAT. Orders can now be placed at aresdesign.com

Shaping sovereign and sustainable digitization - keynote from CONTACT Software at the prostep ivip Symposium 2022

The anniversary edition of the convention will be held under the motto “Innovations for Systems Creation”. CONTACT is premium partner together with Mitsubishi Electric and shows how companies can benefit from end-to-end industry 4.0 applications by linking PLM and IoT. On June 8 and 9, the prostep ivip Association presents the 25th edition of the prostep ivip Symposium. About 700 attendees are expected at the International Congress Center (ICS) in Stuttgart, Germany. For the first time in two years, one of the most important PLM congresses will be held as a live event on site. In addition to a comprehensive lineup of presentations, keynotes, and workshops, the accompanying exhibition creates room for networking and personal exchange. Together with Mitsubishi Electric, CONTACT Software is premium partner of this year’s Symposium. The prostep ivip Symposium will kick off with a keynote from CONTACT CEO Karl Heinz Zachries. Under the title “How to shape a sustainable future with PLM & IoT”, he highlights how companies can increase their innovative capabilities in the face of increasing market dynamics and digitization requirements to continue to act sovereignly in the future. “Profound ecological and social changes have massively increased the transformation pressure on the global industry,” explains Zachries. “Companies need new competencies and capabilities to drive their digital transformation in a future-proof manner. In this context, the combination of PLM and IoT know-how with advanced platform technologies offers an ideal foundation for resilient and sustainable business models.” Two presentations from international companies provide exclusive insights into the practical implementation of CONTACT’s solutions. In their presentation on “Lean naval PLM Roll-Out and common ship data model for collaboration”, the Norwegian shipbuilding company Ulstein Design & Solutions AS shares how the switch to CIM Database PLM has simplified digital collaboration and naval systems engineering. The presentation covers the project setup, roll-out, and the capabilities of CONTACT’s PLM system. Marel is the world’s leading provider of full-line solutions, software, and services for the food processing industry. Their presentation “Data Governance in Digital Product Highways” revolves around innovative solutions for master data management, particularly with regard to deduplication, multi-BOM management, and product configuration. The Icelandic company has implemented a Digital Product Highway based on CONTACT Elements. It joins master data, sales information, and prices and makes them available to other IT systems via an enterprise service bus (ESB). At their joint exhibition booth 23-25, Mitsubishi Electric and CONTACT Software demonstrate under the motto “The door opener for digital transformation” that interoperability and openness simplify data exchange from the shopfloor level into the enterprise IT as well as across company boundaries. Visitors learn how the entire product lifecycle – from development and simulation to manufacturing and operation – can be represented in a cloud-based process chain. In addition, the implementation of a closed-loop process by linking the PLM system with the IoT is illustrated. This allows companies to optimize the next generation of their products and services in a more targeted way and increase their competitiveness.