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UK organisations shying away from emerging technology

Softcat has surveyed over 1,600 of its customers across 18 different industries to reveal the biggest 2020 technology priorities. According to the Government, the UK has the potential to be a global leader in data-driven technologies such as AI and investment in the coming years and this will underpin the country’s future prosperity. However, despite […]

Report reveals workers’ growing appetite for disruptive technology

A report from Advanced, the software and services provider, has revealed workers’ increasing hunger for innovation to improve the way they work. Findings from its Annual Trends Survey for 2019-20 show that disruptive tools are fast earning their spot as must-have tools in the day-to-day workplace. As much as 38 per cent of the survey […]

Researchers advise European Parliament on responsible AI development

Researchers from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have argued for the establishment of international ethical standards in artificial intelligence (AI) to give people “more confidence” in technology. Representatives from the European Union-funded SHERPA project, led by DMU, have advised Members of European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels that a set of universally recognised guidelines would help […]

Manufacturing sector maintains growth trajectory amid challenging market conditions

Manufacturing business growth has continued to rise over the past year, but at a much slower rate than the previous 12 months. Despite challenging market conditions and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining skilled staff, there has been a marginal one percent rise in the number of businesses reporting growth. These findings are survey results […]

Companies still lump cybersecurity into IT budget

The vast majority (89 per cent) of chief information security officers (CISO) are regularly summoned by the board of directors to provide recommendations for the business. This is a key finding from the latest global survey of information security heads commissioned by Kaspersky. The study also revealed that despite a ‘direct line’ with top bosses, […]

Risk-averse culture means business is struggling to innovate

Risk-averse cultures, excessive red tape and time constraints are restricting innovation within large businesses, new research from Studio Graphene has found. The London-based digital agency commissioned an independent survey of more than 750 senior decision-makers within UK organisations. It found that 71 per cent of organisations have budgets and resources dedicated to innovation, with this figure rising […]

Bringing 5G to the factory floor needs more than the traditional telco approach

5G will dramatically gain importance in providing wireless connectivity to industrial environments, especially in the context of Industry 4.0 and the automation of production processes and monitoring of machine conditions. According to ABI Research, a global tech market advisory firm, by 2026, there will be 5.3 million 5G connections on the factory floor which will […]

Cobot market to account for 30% of total robot market by 2027

Human and robot hand touching

Market intelligence firm Interact Analysis has released a new market report – The Collaborative Robot Market – 2019 – which indicates strong and sustained growth for the collaborative robot industry. In 2018, global revenues from cobot production exceeded $550 million. This was almost a 60% increase over 2017; and over 19,000 cobots were shipped. Interact […]

Getting the most out of IIoT with machine learning

Richard Irwin, senior product marketer with Bentley Systems, explains what benefits machine learning can bring to asset intensive industries, in relation to the Industrial Internet of Things. The industrial world is awash with data and new information from sensors, applications, equipment, and people. But the data is worthless if it is left untouched or not […]

Giving life to the digital twin

Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems

CTS spoke to Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, about the evolution of the digital twin and its implications for managing assets in manufacturing  How has your view of digital twins changed over the years? Perhaps our view is parochial and comes from a vendor’s standpoint. When digital twins first appeared, they were used for […]

Intelligent automation empowers manufacturers to work like tomorrow, today

For success manufacturers need to look beyond automation to a world of intelligent automation where digitally enabled workers and robots work together The manufacturing industry is inherently complex, with more moving parts than ever before. Supply chains are geographically diverse. Regulatory requirements continually evolve. Massive amounts of information are often stored outside of organisation applications […]