NVIDIA: Real-time AI drives industrial automation’s next phase

The heavy lifting in manufacturing, factory logistics, and robotics is getting assistance from real-time AI, according to NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang's keynote at GTC 2024.

A simulation-first approach is paving the way for the next phase of automation in these industries that often involve bulky products, expensive equipment, collaborative robotic environments, and logistically-complex facilities.

Huang demonstrated how developers could use digital twins to develop, test,...

Digital twins on the manufacturing menu – with help from the hyperscalers

ScaleOut Analytics

Only one in 10 global manufacturing organisations are not considering the implementation of digital twins, according to new data from IoT Analytics – down from a third in 2020.

The Germany-based analyst, in its Digital Twin Market Report 2023-2027, has forecast that the global digital twin market could grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of approximately 30% in the next four years.

While the company stresses that these figures are not absolute – the use of...

UK boosts ‘cyber-physical infrastructure’ funding

The UK Government is boosting innovation in cyber-physical infrastructure by awarding £200,000 to the X-Catapult Consortium. This initiative aims to create a vibrant community of tech experts, bridging the gap between industry, academia, and the public sector.

The funding, a result of the Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Ecosystem Building competition launched earlier this year by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), will fuel the development of a robust...

NVIDIA unveils Omniverse innovations to accelerate OpenUSD adoption

NVIDIA has unveiled a suite of innovations to accelerate the widespread adoption of OpenUSD through its Omniverse industrial metaverse platform.

OpenUSD, created by Pixar Animation Studios, is a cutting-edge 3D scene description technology designed to facilitate interoperability across various tools, data, and workflows.

Earlier this month, NVIDIA joined industry titans in creating the Alliance for OpenUSD (AOUSD) to standardise OpenUSD specifications and create a solid...

UKAEA will develop a fusion energy plant in the metaverse

The industrial metaverse is set to revolutionise the development of the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s prototype fusion energy plant, STEP, located in Nottinghamshire.

The immersive and connected virtual environment will serve as the digital realm where engineers and scientists will collaborate to design and refine the plant's engineering blueprint.

In partnership with Dell Technologies, Intel, and the University of Cambridge, UKAEA aims to leverage the power of...

Simulation with digital twins aids decision-making for large systems

What if telematics applications could track telemetry from every vehicle in a fleet, and immediately analyze it to identify issues, such as lost or erratic drivers or emerging mechanical problems? What if airlines could continuously track the progress of passengers during their itineraries and proactively respond to delays and cancellations to reduce stress and smooth operations? What if rail operators could detect impending mechanical failures before a derailment...

Quest Global and Nvidia partner for digital twins in manufacturing

Quest Global and Nvidia are teaming up to create digital twin solutions for the manufacturing and automotive industries on the latter’s Omniverse Enterprise platform.

Omniverse Enterprise is a scalable, end-to-end platform which enables enterprise organisations to build and operate metaverse applications. Teams can connect and customise complex 3D pipelines and operate large-scale, physically accurate virtual worlds, including entire premises such as factories.

Regular...

‘Metaverse’ is a contender for Oxford’s Word of the Year

“Metaverse” is among the leading three contenders for Oxford’s Word of the Year (WotY). 

The metaverse is an unsurprising inclusion for WotY—not everyone understands it, but most will have at least heard the term.

Facebook changing its company name to Meta towards the end of 2021 undoubtedly led to increased awareness of the metaverse. Over the last year, the word has been thrown around a little too easily.

There is still some confusion around what...

Survey: Adoption of digital transformation tech is accelerating

According to a survey of UK leaders conducted by bluQube, the adoption of digital transformation technologies is accelerating.

“So-called ‘future’ technologies, such as robotics or the Internet of Things, have now firmly entered the mainstream for businesses looking to grow and stand out from the chasing pack,” commented Simon Kearsley, CEO of bluQube.

Almost three-quarters (72%) of business leaders report their organisations have adopted mobile technology. An...

Marine-focused connected testbed launches in Plymouth

A testbed called Smart Sound Connect has been launched in Plymouth for companies to conduct marine research up to 20 miles offshore.

The testbed is a world-first and uses a private 4G/5G network by Vodafone and Nokia for connectivity across the coastal proving grounds.

Nick Gliddon, Business Director at Vodafone UK, said:

“Smart Sound Connect is using cutting edge innovation to accelerate developments in marine technology through 5G.

The 5G mobile...