Colt and IBM create Industry 4.0 Lab in the UK

Colt Technology Services and IBM have launched a joint lab environment to bring secured edge cloud services backed by IBM Cloud Satellite to end customers and address challenges in adopting Industry 4.0 technologies in the manufacturing value chain.

IBM and Colt have a longstanding collaboration that aims to bring innovation across industries by enhancing their operations and better serving their customers. The lab will provide hands-on experiences for enterprises across the industry as they leverage and monetize 5G, and edge capabilities such as: visual inspection, supply chain telemetry monitoring, IT/OT security, remote management, and threat monitoring.

This approach leveraged Colt’s next-gen cloud SD-WAN services and Colt Edge, and IBM’s hybrid cloud and AI technologies, to create an environment  for customers that will optimize their manufacturing operations performance while enabling the smooth convergence of IT and OT at the network’s edge.

The lab has integrated three foundational edge use cases for Industry 4.0: visual inspection-based inference at the Edge, supply chain telemetry, and security.

Jose Favilla, director and Industry 4.0 global leader at IBM, said: “The partnership between Colt and IBM enables us to bring the best combination of connectivity, edge, security and asset performance management, enabling our manufacturing clients to capture the value of data processing at the edge.”

Mirko Voltolini, Colt’s VP of Innovation, said: “Colt and IBM have been working in collaboration for many years, and the launch of the joint lab is a customer showcase for the power of our work together. We’re bringing together the best of connectivity, edge and smart manufacturing solutions, reinforced by the expertise of IBM and Colt, to demonstrate how we can support migration to IBM Maximo Application Suite and power our customers’ transformation journeys. Industry 4.0 has huge potential for the manufacturing sector, and the lab is an exciting next step for Colt and IBM as we support enterprises to improve the visibility, analysis, performance and maintenance of their industrial systems and operations.”