Digitalizzazione 5 - MAS Elettronica

Digitalization 5.0, digital and green transition: what should a technological partner offer?

The digital and green transition is a strategic point at the center of the European Agenda to give a new boost to the Economy and to focus on a more sustainable and technological future. Thanks to this dual transition, the EU forecasts a vital impact (and partially it is already happening) on the economy, industry, and society. The global pandemic has surely accelerated some aspects of this transition, especially regarding digitalization, but at the same time, it has underlined the obstacles that need to be solved to reach the goals. In the New Industrial Strategy for Europe 2021, the EU Commission laid the foundation to define the strategies to support and accelerate this transition towards faster digitalization and a green economy through transition paths, international projects, or partnerships. To support this crucial phase, the EU has allocated enormous resources that supply the PNRR Plan (Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza). 

PNRR for the digitalization and the green transition

The PNRR plan (the National Recovery and Resilience Plan) is an intervention to concretize the Next Generation EU. This fund aims at repairing the economic damage caused by the pandemic crisis. The PNRR represents an essential opportunity for companies to begin sustainable growth. The digital transition will absorb one-third of the PNRR’s resources, splitting interventions between two main sectors: digital infrastructure and connectivity on one side and digitalization on the other.     

Italy is the country that benefits most from the Next Generation EU resources. The EU Recovery and Resilience Plan guarantees more than 191 billion euros to be used by 2026

- 71,1 billion to be allocated to the green transition, 

- 48,1 billion to be allocated to digitalization. 

In addition to these resources, we need to add the React EU with 13 billion euros and the Complementary Fund, provided by the Italian Government, which reaches 30,62 billion euros.

The PNRR interventions refer to three main EU strategic pillars

  • digitalization and innovation; 
  • green transition;
  • social inclusion. 

Among the six PNRR missions, two are particularly related to the digital and green transition: 

  1. Mission 1: Digitalization, innovation, competitiveness, and culture, that aims at modernizing the infrastructures, the Public Administration, and the production system; 
  2. Mission 2: Green revolution, which includes goals like sustainable agriculture, circular economy, renewable energy, energy consumption, and sustainable mobility. 

Challenges for the digital and green transition

Besides the procedures to arrange the resources for the dual transition, there are challenges that are hindering technological progress, like the raw materials supply. An analysis of the strategic sectors for Europe points out that the EU relies on external supply for raw materials, batteries, semiconductors, cloud, and edge technologies. All these sectors are fundamental for digital transformation. 

How to solve this issue?

MAS supports the digitalization and the green transition

To promote the digital and green transition, and benefit from the PNRR resources, a company needs a solid IT infrastructure and the best technical skills. MAS Elettronica can support small, medium, and large companies in the digital and green transition. Thanks to our experience and expertise, we design efficient embedded systems that can be adapted for any project. Planning, programming, and versatility allow us to confront the most difficult challenges, like raw materials supply, and comply with the client's needs and timings.

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Predictive Maintenance, MAS Elettronica

Predictive Maintenance for a more sustainable future

Machine maintenance is one of the most important aspects of every industrial business. Until now, industries have adopted two types of maintenance: reactive and preventive. The first one, reactive maintenance, is a reaction to an issue: it is done when a machine breaks down and there could be a production stop. The second type, preventive maintenance, is like car maintenance: it is done at a specific moment and, usually, some components are substituted even if they are still in good condition because the following control won’t be soon.

Thanks to Industry 4.0 technologies, another type of maintenance fits in the industrial world bringing important benefits: predictive maintenance. 

What does predictive maintenance mean?

Predictive maintenance uses the most sophisticated technologies, like AI, the Internet of Things, and Machine Learning, to analyze data in real-time and promptly intervene to avoid damages or interruptions during the production process. Thanks to Big Data, it is possible to perform predictive analysis on machinery. Basically, predictive maintenance detects problems before they occur.

Innovative technologies allow companies to perform this type of maintenance also on remote machinery, in poorly accessible or risky areas. 

Environment sustainability, safety, and productivity

AI applications maximize productivity thanks to real-time data analysis that allows industries to take the best decisions at the right time. However, the benefits of predictivity aren’t only related to production and the economic impact on a company, but they are also linked to environmental sustainability and workforce security

Sustainability is today an important part of industrial strategies: thanks to predictive maintenance it is possible to implement significant improvements to reduce the impact on the environment. Extending the average life of machinery with a consequent reduction of obsolete machines and not-recyclable components is possible. By analyzing machines’ performances, it is also possible to estimate the energy consumption and find solutions for energy efficiency, reducing energy needs and CO2 emissions. 

Predictive maintenance is the optimal solution to avoid excessive controls and useless interventions (that would mean additional costs and workforces) or on the other hand a lack of maintenance (in this case would also mean expensive interventions and production stops). By using data from sensors on machinery, it is possible to schedule maintenance when it is really necessary. 

Predictive maintenance is also fundamental to guarantee more safety for workers because it is possible to predict faults that could be risky for the plant operation. 

Predictive maintenance: a technological challenge

Predictive maintenance is strictly linked to adequate technologies, like AI, the Internet of Things, or Machine learning, to collect and process information and support algorithms. The transformation process towards a predictive model includes an innovative vision and a structured roadmap to support the required technological change. 

MAS Elettronica helps companies towards this predictive transition thanks to boards with specific functionalities, like MAS Control Box, a board from Modul MAS family dedicated to Smart Energy and IoT applications. Control Box is a smart and low-cost gateway to collect, control, process, and send - with MQTT protocol - information and data that come from other members of the family (Piccola, Smart Sensor, Solar Power Box).

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AI and sustainability: the best Smart Cities to follow

Minority Report, A.I. but also Blade Runner or the series of Back to the Future: Hollywood has always made the public dream about futuristic and innovative cities with bizarre technologies but often ingenious solutions. Movies have made us imagine a future - now a present - where Artificial Intelligence would have been an everyday technology. The real world wasn’t as fast as Hollywood’s fantasy, but it made enormous progress.

Smart City: a sustainable opportunity

The future of Smart Cities will show a more intrinsic union with new technologies, like AI. More efficient cities, inclusive and personalized services, a better quality of life, but also the opportunity to have intelligent and sustainable cities: are the big challenges and opportunities that new technologies offer for smart cities.

Artificial Intelligence technologies can transform cities from unlivable places to organized and efficient organizations. Thanks to the collected data, it is possible to monitor and direct traffic, forecast potentially dangerous events, suggest solutions to citizens and reduce energy consumption and pollution.

The best examples of Smart Cities

Singapore, Amsterdam, Dubai, Barcelona, Helsinki, and London: are some of the major cities that are building AI models for a more democratic and technological society, focused on human rights. In 2018 Amsterdam, Barcelona, and New York founded the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights (CC4DR), a network that includes more than 50 cities, that aims to define and protect digital rights. Three years later it was launched the Global Observatory on Urban AI aimed at monitoring trends and collecting best practices for responsible use of AI technologies.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is a project to promote a smarter, greener and healthier future in the Dutch Capital. To build a sustainable city, smart and technological solutions are needed to solve the problems related to the environment, pollution, renewable energies, and the gradual dropping of fossil fuels. Among the projects, there is ‘Climate Street’, which has made street illumination more efficient, reducing pollution. The local administration has also developed ‘Open City’ to promote people's participation in the projects. Amsterdam is also very careful about data protection, transparency and privacy: thanks to important initiatives, like ‘The Algorithm Register’, the local administration offers an overview of AI systems and algorithms used in town.

Helsinki

The Finnish Capital is another smart city that is very careful about transparency and data protection to promote the conscious participation of citizens. The city has an ‘AI Register’ with all the information about the current AI technologies, the type of data collected, and their usage. Helsinki promotes projects to reduce the digital divide to have a more inclusive, technological, and innovative city.

Barcelona

In 2011 Barcelona hosted the first Smart City Expo and the World Congress to promote important projects about sustainability and digital. Barcelona has now a capillary network of sensors that monitor traffic, air quality, pollution, and pedestrian transit. The city has also smart garbage bins that discharge garbage in an underground deposit, reducing bad odor and garbage trucks’ journeys.

Oslo

Olso is implementing smart and sustainable strategies, like 650k LED lights that can change autonomously light intensity and can be remotely controlled.

Singapore

Singapore is one of the smartest cities in the World. Thanks to the Smart Nation Platform, the local administration collects the essential information to manage efficiently the city. This project accelerates the process of technological integration and improves its inhabitants’ life. Among the projects, the city will introduce smart lights and will promote the installation of more than 6k solar panels on private houses’ roofs. In order to achieve these goals, it is necessary that the city is connected: that’s why 95% of private houses have broadband internet.

Dubai

With the program Smart Dubai and the app DubaiNow, the Emirates city will digitalize all the services: from transport to ITC, from energy to urban development. The Government aims to save 245 million dollars and this will have a big impact on the environment, too, by avoiding completely paper documents.

London

The British Capital is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the World. The program ‘Connected London’ will provide 5G to the entire city. Drones will localize the areas where to install antennas to have optimal coverage. ‘Smarter London Together' roadmap focuses on five main key points: more services for citizens, the new management of big data, smart streets better digital competencies and cybersecurity, and better collaboration in the entire ecosystem.

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Connettività, Agricoltura, Sostenibilità

Agritech: 5G, IoT and blockchain fo sustainable agricolture

Connectivity, digitalization, IoT and 5G technologies, blockchain: these are all concepts usually related to sectors like automotive, pharma, manufacturing and public administration. But there is another sector that can benefit from new technologies and it is agriculture

Digitalization and innovation are processes that are expanding in the farm industry to improve the production cycle and guarantee security, quality, and protection in the entire production chain. 

Agritech opportunities  

Agritech includes all those technologies and applications that allow to development of innovative and efficient solutions to improve product profitability, reduce waste and guarantee to the consumers a safe and high-quality product.  

Thanks to the Internet of Things, there are many technological applications in agriculture: 

  • smart sensors to be installed in the fields to remote monitor fundamental soil parameters like temperature, humidity, and light; 
  • smart and automated irrigation systems that understand if and when it is needed to irrigate; 
  • drones, both terrestrial and aerial, that can be used to monitor fields, livestock, cut crops or spray treatments on crops;
  • livestock monitoring through wearable devices to collect data about livestock health; 
  • new technologies will bring new job opportunities to young and specialized people and at the same time there is the chance to reduce arduous activities that often lead to illegal hiring; 
  • conduct predictive analysis on crops thanks to the data collected by the sensors and plan machinery used to collect and stock goods. Farmers can monitor the farm’s trends and plan future actions to improve profitability. 

In a historical time like now, when water and energy can be critical elements for a farmer, IoT technology can optimize resources and reduce waste. 

Sustainable agriculture and PNRR 

Agritech expansion is fundamental for the development of sustainable agriculture so that it won’t be any more irrational exploitation but an opportunity for coexistence with the planet that hosts us. According to the UN guidelines, sustainable agriculture should reduce waste, energy, and water consumption, respect the environment and limit pollution, ensure equity and transparency throughout the entire supply chain and encourage inclusive economic growth

The Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza (PNRR) follows this direction and plans important investments to modernize the agricultural sector. There are three main pillars in the Government strategy for agriculture: circular economy and sustainable agriculture, production chain contracts and land protection. PNRR allocates 7 billion euros for the agricultural sector, and one-third will be dedicated to sustainability and a circular economy. In addition to these funds, there are transversal projects that are not directly linked to agriculture but the sector will benefit, too, like 5G development. 

Blockchain and traceability

Among modernization projects in the agricultural sector, there are all those initiatives linked to traceability use of blockchain technology. Based on decentralized systems that allow data immutability, blockchain technology is a valid solution that guarantees the traceability of the entire production chain. This is an important aspect, especially for organic farms with a risk of counterfeiting. 

Connectivity and security

Parallel to technological innovation, there is another fundamental area that businesses need to take into account: cybersecurity. The increasing number of connected devices, using Wifi, Bluetooth or 5G, presents a potential risk for cyberattacks, live a violation of sensitive and private data. Human-machine interfaces, HMI, need to be secure and reliable to avoid a network to become a backdoor for cyberattacks. It is fundamental that HMIs have a backup function for system recovery and proceed with the production process. MAS Elettronica solutions offer a high level of data security, thanks to TPM (Trusted Platform Module), a module with a cryptographic processor. 

MAS Elettronica solutions for agritech

MAS Elettronica offers reliable and innovative embedded solutions for all sectors. Among our top products are our flexible and adaptable HMIs. The characteristics of solutions are cybersecurity and 5G connectivity, fundamental elements for technological innovation. 

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