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Cisco, China Unicom preps nationwide network for Industrial Internet
Cisco has teamed with Chinese telecoms provider China Unicom to extend the latter's nationwide optical network with capabilities for Industrial Internet. The two companies have pursued an integration strategy for China Unicom's MPLS VPN network through "cloud + network" synergy based on Segment Routing.
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Nokia, Telia 5G Industry 4.0 trial

Nokia and Telia have carried out a trial of industrial applications using 5G in a manufacturing setting at the Nokia Conscious Factory in Oulu, Finland. The two companies claim this is the first 'real-world' use of 5G applied to industrial uses. The trial employed ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G with machine-learning to enhance production in manufacturing environment.
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GE Digital real-time field communications

GE Digital subsidiary ServiceMax has launched a real time communications solution for field teams, jointly developed with enterprise communications specialist Zinc. The field communications solution is designed to integrate with GE Digital's Industrial Internet platform Predix, including work orders, accounts, installed products and contracts held on the Predix system.
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Honeywell visualisation for batch productivity

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has introduced a process control visualisation technology to increase productivity for batch operations. The system allows operators to "look ahead" into their processes and see an intuitive and comprehensive timeline of every task required to complete a product batch. The company says that the new technology improves process visibility, simplifies maintenance and allows for faster validation.
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CRS precision farming service
Illinois based crop insurance firm Crop Risk Services (“CRS”) is bundling precision farming capabilities with its federal and private insurance offerings. The new facility will capture agricultural technology driven precision planting records to improve insurance coverage
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Device Authority, Gemalto partner on IoT enterprise security
IoT identity and access management specialist Device Authority has formed an alliance with digital security firm Gemalto. The partnership enables companies to protect data and digital identities across endpoint devices, gateways and clouds. The aim is to integrate technologies to simplify ‘security by design’ implementations for a trusted IoT ecosystem. The two companies aim to make it easier for manufacturers, enterprises and service providers to build strong security into their IoT devices from the outset.
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ZK IoT, blockchain steel pipe manufacturing
China based steel engineering firm ZK International is implementing blockchain into its manufacturing process and supply chain management system. The company has partnered with TNT Blockchain Inc, and has launched a blockchain-focused subsidiary, xSigma. Technologies involved include Track-n-Trace, which is designed to improve the traceability and inventory systems of small to medium sized manufacturing companies
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Molex, TTTech collaborate on industrial IoT
Illinois based electronics systems specialist Molex and Austrian industrial networking and safety controls provider TTTech are partnering to develop interoperable systems for industrial Internet of Things applications.
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