This is Telefónica's proposal to help the industry in its digital transformation

The industrial sector plays a very significant role in the Spanish economy, however, it is not easy for it. And the industry faces numerous challenges such as attracting and retaining talent, digitalization or sustainability. Given this scenario, Telefónica has decided to launch the “Smart Industry: Leading the Change” demo at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC). This is one comprehensive proposal of solutions that helps this sector to digitally transform and develop a “fully automated, digitalized and secure” industrial process so that it can be more competitive, innovative and respectful of the environment.

This demo shows the ability of a collaborative robot to pick up the pieces and take them to an artificial vision camera that will determine if these meet the “optimal quality levels”. If the piece does not present any irregularity, the robot will continue with the manufacturing process, which, in this case, is a keychain, and will take it to the robotic arm to print the company's centenary logo. with the industrial printer that is integrated. However, if it detects any damage to the piece, the company explains that “the system will report the reason why it is discarded so that The robot separates it, placing it in a different drawer for defective materials.“.

“Industry is a priority sector for us due to the importance it has in the economy and the countless opportunities that technology provides in the construction of more efficient and competitive production processes. This demo is a clear example of the comprehensive technological capabilities that we have to cover any automation and security need in the sector,” explains Telefónica Tech's director of operations for Spain and America, María Jesús Almazora.

Likewise, the demo has MES and SGA industrial digitization systems to monitor available virgin material and printed parts, as well as to give orders to autonomous mobile robots to bring more raw materials and replace drawers that are full. So, “The industrial sector manages to optimize its warehouse by being able to technologically manage its inventoryprovide the product with end-to-end traceability and control stock and production in real time,” explains the telecommunications company.

The data collected – the number of defects, the quality of the parts, the rate of parts that are made per moment… – provide valuable information to management platforms to ensure a “more efficient and productive” production cycle. By having all the data, thanks to advanced technologies such as 5G and edge computing, changes can be simulated and situations anticipated, possible breakdowns anticipated and measures taken and even responses applied to check if they work before implementing them in the factory.

Cybersecurity solution

Cyberattacks are the order of the day, threatening millions of people, companies and even governments. For this reason, the “Smart Industry: Leading the Change” demo also incorporates the Aristeo cybersecurity solution, which captures and analyzes threats to protect connected elements from possible attacks by cybercriminals.

This project developed by Telefónica Tech deploys on the Internet a decoy network with “real industrial hardware” that reproduces industrial environments to confuse attackers and extract all the information about the threats received, in addition to identifying unknown trends and vulnerabilities.

“Without the intelligence of Aristaeus, The robot paralyzes and emits light and acoustic signals when they receive 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,” the company concludes.