The first break-out session during the 2019 annual event of the Data Value Center – Smart Industry was about using data to strengthen the competitive position. Three speakers: Bert Breeman from Luminis, Jeroen de Bruijn from Festa Solutions and Jelle Melis from Alten – all of these companies are members of the High Tech Software Cluster.

Bert Breeman – Luminis

Bert told his story about the promise of data. “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” was the quote with which he started his story after a brief introduction about Luminis. Bert told his story on the basis of a case about collecting data on boats. By collecting, interpreting and showing data new insights can be created for, in this case, boatman about everything that can be measured. These new insights can, among other things, reduce fuel consumption and improve fleet performance. The conclusion of the story is that data can provide new insights that can be used to improve efficiency.

Jeroen de Bruijn – Festa Solutions

Jeroens story was all about the digital twin. Within Unity (a gaming platform) a situation in the real world can be simulated in a digital world. With Virtual Reality glasses and controllers you can walk around in the digital world. The software in the digital world corresponds to the software that will be used with the physical machines. This makes it possible, for example, to train personnel for certain situations, to collect data before a machine is actually built or to see whether emergency buttons are placed in suitable places. Ultimately, this ensures that the actual machine will not stand still for a long time in the event of a calamity, since the personnel is already trained for these certain situations.

Jelle Melis – Alten

Jelle told about the use of data on the basis of two cases: predictive maintenance and smart glasses. By placing sensors, data can be extracted. He told his story through the company Marel, a food processing company. Sensors are used in the factory to detect bone residues. With technology that extracts data, it is possible to determine when sensors will break down three months in advance. Because of this knowledge, maintenance can take place on time and the production line does not have to be stopped.

The second case was about smart glasses which have sensors built-in. These perceive light such as UV or light from laptop or mobile screens but also the angle of the position of your head. The sensors send information to an app which provides information for the user. The glasses use little battery and are connected via bluetooth to an app. The app sends notifications to the wearer based on the gathered data. An example is that the app tells the user that he has to apply sunscreen because he or she has been exposed to ultraviolet for a long time.

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