The studio will bring together advanced 5G connectivity, AI, hybrid cloud, and edge computing capabilities under one roof


Inside the newly opened IBM Industry 4.0 Studio in Singapore. (Credit: SAMSUNG)

IBM, Samsung Electronics, and telecommunications firm M1 have opened the IBM Industry 4.0 Studio in Singapore for supporting innovative 5G trials to speed up how enterprises adopt Industry 4.0.

The studio will bring together advanced 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid cloud, and edge computing capabilities under one roof.

It will simulate operational use cases to demonstrate how businesses can leverage the technologies for transforming key operations at their workplaces.

For this, the studio will develop and test innovative Industry 4.0 solutions for businesses in Singapore and across the region.

It will focus on visual recognition solutions, augmented reality, acoustic insights, AI, automated guided vehicles, 5G end-to-end solutions, and container-based applications.

The IBM Industry 4.0 Studio is backed by the Singaporean Infocomm Media Development Authority, as part of the country’s 5G journey.

The studio will host Singapore’s first 5G Industry 4.0 trial that involves testing real-world applications which can be used in the manufacturing sector.

The trial will also be used for measuring and streamlining the performance of enterprise 5G for industrial applications.

Developed on Red OpenShift, the Industry 4.0 use cases will use IBM’s AI solutions for visual and acoustic analysis and augmented reality technologies.

Samsung Electronics B2B business, mobile communications business executive vice president and global head KC Choi said: “The opening of the Studio in Singapore is an important milestone in applying 5G-enabled mobile and network solutions with Industry 4.0 capabilities to help transform manufacturing.

“Mobile and 5G capabilities like these are empowering workers and changing the way factories and warehouses operate, bringing new efficiency and productivity to operations.”

In late 2020, Samsung Electronics revealed its plans to collaborate with IBM to enable businesses in embracing the fourth industrial revolution.

The South Korean firm will contribute its Galaxy 5G mobile devices and advanced end-to-end enterprise network solutions to the collaboration.

On the other hand, IBM is bringing its offerings in network management, hybrid cloud, and edge computing, and network expertise, and also its AI-driven industry solutions and Red Hat’s open architecture.

M1 will provide collaboration with its expertise in engineering and network services in designing and integrating 5G SA solutions and formulation of 5G test cases to comply with regulatory requirements.

IBM APAC general manager Brenda Harvey said: “5G presents an enormous opportunity for enterprises to drive new value and transform their operations to harness the next era of industrial connectivity.

“This project builds on IBM’s long-standing strategic partnership with Samsung, and a shared vision with M1 and IMDA, to help businesses tap into emerging hybrid cloud and AI technologies that will define their future success.”