17 Aug

IoT and Industry 4.0

What does IoT and Industry 4.0 have in common? Are they referring to the same thing or are they different concepts?

Industry 4.0 refers to a new phase in the Industrial Revolution that focuses heavily on Interconnectivity, automation, machine learning, and real-time data. Industry 4.0, also sometimes referred to as IIoT or smart manufacturing, marries physical production and operations with smart digital technology, machine learning, and big data to create a more holistic and better connected ecosystem for companies that focus on manufacturing and supply chain management.

That’s where Industry 4.0 comes into play.

Industry 4.0 isn’t just about investing in new technology and tools to improve manufacturing efficiency—it’s about revolutionizing the way your entire business operates and grows. To survive and thrive now, you have to be willing to invest in Industry 4.0.

Evolution of Industry from 1.0 to 4.0

Before digging too much deeper into the what, why, and how of Industry 4.0, it’s beneficial to first understand how exactly manufacturing has evolved since the 1800s.

The First Industrial Revolution

During this period of time, manufacturing evolved from focusing on manual labor performed by people and aided by work animals to a more optimized form of labor performed by people through the use of water and steam-powered engines and other types of machine tools.

06 Sep

StarHub, M1 fined over broadband service disruptions during COVID-19 circuit breaker

StarHub and M1 have been fined by IMDA over disruptions to their Broadband services in April and May respectively.

StarHub was fined $210,000 while M1 was fined $400,000 according to IMDA.

IMDA took into considerations “relevant factors such as the duration, impact, and customers service measures adopted by the operators to mitigate impact”.  The authorities said it has concluded its investigations and found that the telcos have contravened the Code of Practice for Telecommunication Service Resilience 2016.

StarHub’s service disruption affected up to 250,000 broadband subscribers for close to five hours  on Apr 15.

The incident occurred when a StarHub staff made a configuration error during a planned network migration exercise.

“IMDA’s investigations found that the incident could have been prevented if StarHub had better supervised its staff during the migration exercise,” said the authority.

It decided on a S$210,000 fine for the telco, having also considered its “efforts to restore services as soon as possible, and its prompt communication and compensation to affected subscribers”, added IMDA.

M1’s broadband service was disrupted over two days on May 12 and 13.

The first incident lasted 23 hours from 7am on May 12 to 6am on May 13, affecting about 18,000 customers.

The cause of the disruption was “a corrupted profile database in M1’s broadband network gateway”, said IMDA.

The next incident on May 13 lasted about six hours and affected up to 20,000 subscribers.

It “was caused by a software fault in M1’s network equipment, which affected the routing of Internet traffic for affected M1 subscribers”, said the authority.

“IMDA’s investigations found that the first incident occurred because M1’s staff and vendor had not followed prescribed procedures. For the second incident, IMDA assessed that as the software fault was the first of its kind for such equipment, M1 could not have reasonably foreseen and prevented the incident.”

On the amount of penalty given to M1 – S$400,000 – the authority said it also considered that the disruption “lasted almost a full day, causing significant inconvenience to affected subscribers, and M1’s proactive compensation to affected subscribers following the incident”.

15 Apr

StarHub users hit by Fibre Broadband disruptions

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SINGAPORE: StarHub users across Singapore reported issues with their Internet service on Wednesday (Apr 15), with frustrated customers taking to social media to complain of an outage.

The disruption began at about 11am, according to posts on Twitter and on StarHub’s Facebook page.

In its latest update at 5.30pm, the telco said that the affected fibre broadband services are being “progressively restored”, adding that there is no evidence pointing to a cyber attack.

About 6000 reports of disruption to StarHub Fibre Broadband services.

“We have rectified a network issue with one of our Domain Name Servers that handles Internet traffic routing. Restoration of services is being closely monitored,” said StarHub in a Facebook post.

“We will bring you further updates upon full service restoration.”

StarHub had said in the morning that fibre services to some customers in the North and North-East regions were temporarily affected for about 20 minutes due to a network equipment fault.

It added that services resumed progressively after backup equipment immediately took over, and advised customers to reboot their modems and routers to refresh their data connection.

However, users were still reporting outages in the afternoon, with many complaining about being unable to work from home amid the COVID-19 circuit breaker measures.

This article was first sighted on Channel News Asia

31 Jan

8 Reasons Why Your Company Needs A 1Gbps Internet Connection

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In this age of real-time information and global economy, the speed and efficiency of a company’s Internet connection can make or break it. While speeds of 100Mbps may seem sufficient, limiting your company’s Internet bandwidth may well limit your company’s true potential.

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1. Empowering your company in today’s era of cloud computing

More businesses are running their operations with cloud computing solutions transitioning to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as Office 365, Google Apps, Salesforce and so on. In fact, the International Data Corporation (IDC) expects cloud software to grow surpass $112.8 billion by 2019. However, taking advantage of SaaS applications mean higher network traffic. As more applications are hosted externally, having Internet with larger bandwidth ensures optimum user experience while accessing cloud services.

2. Expands your business reach and creates new market opportunities

More businesses are going online. E-commerce is growing at an explosive rate with global B2C e-commerce sales amounting to more than US$1.2 trillion. A stable and super high-speed Internet connection has never been more important for supporting inquiries and online sales from customers all over the world. With a 1Gbps Internet connection, your business can easily take advantage of this enormous global online market demand and create new business opportunities.

3. It supports and optimises operations for peak periods

Wile seasonal holidays are a boon for business and revenue, they can also be a bane to operational capabilities. Spikes in customer traffic due to seasonal sales, month-end closings and other peak periods can cause serious bottlenecks, affecting productivity and interfering with the all-important customer experience. A 1Gbps connection provides you a buffer for spikes in customer demand and ensures that any sudden surge in requests can be processed quickly, allowing your business to stay competitive and deliver consistently.

4. It enriches your relationship with your customers

Communication is a key part of business and today’s Internet technology offers a number of exciting ways to communicate with your clients across the world: digital voice, video, desktop collaboration, telepresence etc. With various forms of multimedia access powered by apps like Skype, WebEx, Facetime, Google Hangouts, creating and maintaining crucial customer relations has never been easier. As such, it is imperative that you have sufficient bandwidth to prevent laggy or choppy calls. Having a 1Gbps connection facilitates smooth and stable communications, allowing you to fully convey the best features of your products as well as provide the best customer service.

5. Lightning fast uploads and downloads

As our capacity to store and process data grows exponentially, so do the size of our data files. In fact, 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the last two years. Businesses today increasingly have to handle and work with large files like high definition images, videos and large slide presentations. With a 1Gbps connection, the larges file s can be easily downloaded in minutes, emails with large attachments can be sent quickly, and regular file and system backups can be completed in no time.

6. Improve communication and productivity of your workforce

The core strength of a businesses lies with the effective employee communication. Slow internet speeds as a result of limited bandwidth, coupled by a high volume of communication during busy hours can hinder your company’s productivity. A high speed connection give businesses the assurance of sufficient bandwidth to support centralised unified communications across multiple departments and remote offices, enabling better collaboration and faster information sharing.

7. Support the increasing use of multiple device per employee in the office

The one-computer-per-employee model has dramatically shifted in years to a bring-your-own-device workplace culture. Professionals now conduct their business not only through a desktop but also laptops, smartphones and tablets. With more devices connected to the office network, there is high amount of traffic generated from video calls, streaming files, email and internet browsing. A 1Gbps connection ensures that there is enough bandwidth to go around.

8. Enables new ways of working

The workplace have evolved dynamically in recent years with the rise of part-time, freelance economy and global coma pines. Telecommuting is becoming increasingly common in the era of cloud computing. A high-speed internet connection to the office allows employees greater flexibility and faster access to their work-related resources, empowering them to work from home or outside the office, anytime and anywhere.

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