Edge and Big Data technologies for Industry 4.0 to create an integrated pre-sale and after-sale environment

Patera, Lorenzo (2023) Edge and Big Data technologies for Industry 4.0 to create an integrated pre-sale and after-sale environment, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Computer science and engineering, 35 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/10461.
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The fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, has rapidly gained traction in businesses across Europe and the world, becoming a central theme in small, medium, and large enterprises alike. This new paradigm shifts the focus from locally-based and barely automated firms to a globally interconnected industrial sector, stimulating economic growth and productivity, and supporting the upskilling and reskilling of employees. However, despite the maturity and scalability of information and cloud technologies, the support systems already present in the machine field are often outdated and lack the necessary security, access control, and advanced communication capabilities. This dissertation proposes architectures and technologies designed to bridge the gap between Operational and Information Technology, in a manner that is non-disruptive, efficient, and scalable. The proposal presents cloud-enabled data-gathering architectures that make use of the newest IT and networking technologies to achieve the desired quality of service and non-functional properties. By harnessing industrial and business data, processes can be optimized even before product sale, while the integrated environment enhances data exchange for post-sale support. The architectures have been tested and have shown encouraging performance results, providing a promising solution for companies looking to embrace Industry 4.0, enhance their operational capabilities, and prepare themselves for the upcoming fifth human-centric revolution.

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Patera, Lorenzo
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Industry 5.0, Industry 4.0, IT/OT Convergence, Smart Manufacturing, Industrial IoT, Cyber Physical Systems, Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Cloud Continuum, Function as a Service, Serverless, Software Defined Networking.
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5 Luglio 2023

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