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The Industrialist: Trends & Innovations - October 2022

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The Industrialist: Trends & Innovations - October 2022

  1. 1. Innovate Trends and innovations that matter October 2022
  2. 2. Know more about the latest announcements impacting industry, from steering-wheel free robotaxis, to hydrogen- powered luxury cruise ships.
  3. 3. Industrial is a front runner in combining human ingenuity with technology and innovation. Thomas Rinn Senior Managing Director, Global Industrial Sector Lead, Accenture
  4. 4. EasyJet and Rolls-Royce propel hydrogen engine technology The two companies have announced a joint partnership, H2ZERO, that promises to accelerate the development of hydrogen combustion engine technology. H2ZERO will combine Rolls-Royce engine expertise— developed through rig tests with Cranfield and Loughborough universities—with EasyJet’s operational knowledge. H2ZERO will launch a series of engine tests on the ground in 2022, beginning with a Rolls- Royce AE 2100 in the UK and followed up with a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine. The end goal is to prove that hydrogen is an option for powering a wide range of aircraft by the mid-2030s, including narrow-body airplanes. Both companies had already committed to the UN-backed goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 01
  5. 5. Johnson Controls buys Tempered Networks cybersecurity Johnson Controls has acquired the Seattle-based zero trust cybersecurity provider to keep connected buildings secure. Tempered Networks’ ‘Airwall’ technology enables data to be shared securely between a multitude of endpoints, including edge gateways and cloud platforms, by ensuring people and devices are continuously authenticated. The platform will be rolled out across deployments of Johnson Controls’ own AI-enabled Openblue secure communications stack. The platform combines edge AI and machine learning in the cloud to optimize building management. Together, the companies hope to make all buildings smarter and more sustainable. 02
  6. 6. TK Elevator launches IoT predictive maintenance The German company is rolling out a real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance platform known as MAX, that it says will reduce elevator downtime by up to 50%. The platform harnesses the cloud, big data and machine learning to collect elevator data—everything from door movements to problem codes—and provides building owners and managers with the ability to monitor and control their equipment, and the insights to increase uptime and improve passenger safety. MAX enables real-time predictive diagnostics and sends alerts to elevator engineers in the event any components need to be replaced or systems updated. MAX can even calculate a piece of equipment’s remaining lifespan. 03
  7. 7. Hitachi and HyperloopTT complete signalling trial Hitachi Rail has modified its European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) simulators to work with HyperloopTT's technology. The collaboration brings signalling logics from high-speed rail to the cloud, to help HyperloopTT develop reliable, sustainable, fast and affordable capsule travel. HyperloopTT’s ultimate goal is to transport people at speeds of up to 1,200km/h and the proof of concept, being developed with Hitachi, gets the company one step closer to that goal. The new digital simulator enables the integrated testing of traffic management, signalling and safety features, and the companies are now developing an interface. Because ERTMS is used everywhere in the world, HyperloopTT’s systems won’t need to create new standards. 04
  8. 8. Explora Journeys and Fincantieri launch hydrogen cruise ships Explora Journeys, the luxury cruise division of MSC Group, has announced it will operate a fleet of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ships and two that are hydrogen-powered. The company is building the new hydrogen powered vessels with shipbuilder Fincantieri. EXPLORA V and VI will be ready in 2027 and 2028 and will feature new LNG engines designed to help eliminate methane slip, as well as a containment system for liquid hydrogen. The hydrogen will be used to power a six-megawatt fuel cell that will generate power for the hotel portion of the ship, so it can be emission free when in port. LNG eliminates local air pollutant emissions such as sulphur oxides and particles. Using the engines in marine vessels could help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent compared to standard fuels. 05
  9. 9. Michelin acquires RoadBotics US startup RoadBotics specializes in image analysis of road infrastructures. The company harnesses artificial intelligence to collect, scan and analyze visual data from smartphone cameras attached to vehicles. It then transforms that data into actionable insights to improve road safety and maintenance. Michelin DDi (Driving Data to Intelligence) already offers its own data intelligence services. The division researches and develops telematics data, for example by logging the road condition from sensor data on vehicles. The acquisition will enable it to accelerate the development and rollout of its ‘Safer Roads’ solution in North America and later Europe, and consolidate its offering. The data gathered by RoadBotics will provide insights on driver behavior and help identify the causes of near misses on the road. 06
  10. 10. Baidu robotaxis have removeable steering wheel The Chinese tech giant has revealed a new driverless car that will be used by its ride-hailing robotaxi service in China in 2023—a year before Tesla begins mass production of a similar vehicle. The electric Apollo RT6 features a removeable steering wheel and will cost $37,000—almost half the cost of Baidu’s previous model. Although it can operate without human intervention, it must have a detailed map of the area it will operate in pre-loaded to its system. The company claims driverless taxis will charge half the fees of traditional taxis. Baidu’s autonomous ride-hailing service, Apollo Go, is already available in parts of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou—though staff do remain in the vehicle for safety reasons. The service has operated more than one million journeys in just two years. 07
  11. 11. Robot helps Kajima build stay on track A concrete finishing robot is helping Japanese construction firm Kajima Corp complete construction of its regional headquarters in Changi on target, following worker shortages caused by the pandemic. The robot smooths and levels concrete floors and can reduce labor costs by up to 30 percent. Using a robot for the complex task also stands to improve quality and safety according to Kajima, which claims it can determine the hardness and unevenness of concrete. The headquarters, known as the Kajima Lab for Global Engineering, Architecture and Real Estate (The Gear), is designed to increase collaboration among local companies, with its third floor open to researchers from startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) partnered with Kajima. 08
  12. 12. About The Industrialist The Industrialist is Accenture's monthly digital magazine that puts game-changing perspectives in the spotlight. It combines thought-provoking content and insights, to keep you on top of what’s new in the industrial industry. Featuring different CXOs and diverse leader views, you can be inspired by leading innovators, explore the latest trends, tools, technologies, and innovations, and ignite your industry interest with transformational thought leadership. Discover how to lead the way and Subscribe today. Visit us at www.accenture.com/theindustrialist Disclaimer This document makes reference to names, marks, and domains/websites owned by third parties. All such names, marks, and domains/websites are the property of their respective owners. No sponsorship, endorsement or approval of this content by the owners of such materials is intended, expressed or implied. Copyright © 2022 Accenture all rights reserved.

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