Police discovered a suspicious vehicle filled with gas canisters in a parking lot near two factories in eastern France on Friday, government officials said. The vehicle was parked near two factories in Chasse-sur-Rhone, according to a government press release. People reported seeing a leak. Fourteen gas cans were found inside, a police source told BMFTV. Officials evacuated about 200 employees in the factories and urged residents to avoid the area.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract manufacturer of silicon chips, is set to announce plans to build an advanced chip factory in Arizona as U.S. concerns grow about dependence on Asia for the critical technology. The plans come as the Trump administration has sought to jump-start development of new chip factories in the U.S. due to rising fears about the U.S.'s heavy reliance on Taiwan, China and South Korea to produce microelectronics and other key technologies.
I was grateful to have the opportunity to speak with Otto Berkes, Executive Vice President and CTO at CA Technologies at their Built to Change Summit. Otto joined CA a couple of years ago from Microsoft and HBO when they began acquiring companies to ensure they could help their enterprise clients make the transition to connecting with and satisfying end-user customers through software-based experiences. What are the themes you're seeing in technology today? How can companies leverage AI/ML to succeed? How are your clients using your solutions?
Artificial intelligence has a key role to play in the smart factory, helping manufacturers predict demand patterns and allocate resources far more accurately. In other words, AI allows manufacturers to answer questions based on cold, hard data rather than human guesswork. At its Oracle Open World event in September 2018, executive vice president of application development Steve Miranda unveiled new, cloud-based smart factory apps that come with embedded AI – Oracle Adaptive Intelligent Apps. These, said Miranda, would support "sophisticated decision science" – but in a way that was hidden from users and embedded in the software they use to perform day-to-day work tasks.
Our phones, cars and water have all gotten smart, so it was only a matter of time before industry did, too. You've probably heard the term smart factory, or maybe you've heard about the industrial internet of things (IIoT). It's simple to deduce that these next-generation factories introduce new technologies to do things even better. So, how exactly do they do it? A combination of interconnectivity and tools known as a cyber-physical system (CPS) is what makes a smart factory "smart".