Internet of Things can control factories from home

5 July 2022

Companies around the world have whole-heartedly adopted working-from-home, after we were given no choice during the global COVID-19 pandemic. With statistics on both employee satisfaction as well as overall performance, numerous businesses have reported an improvement in their business with this new way of life. Where it stands now, with the pandemic having died down, most companies that can, now offer flexible working schemes, allowing their employees to work both from home and in the office. CEOs around the world have stated that this is the future of the workspace, and it will no longer be the norm for future generations to experience the typical nine-to-five job that we have grown accustomed to.

As this new way of life is ushered into the workplace, technologies are being developed to continue to enhance and cater to this adjustment. Such advancements include virtual reality, holograms, and the constantly evolving internet-of-things. Moreover, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institution has recently announced a successful demonstration in the industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) service that controls and monitors smart factory facilities and robots in real-time at home and abroad simultaneously.

This new IoT device is connected through ultra-low latency communications technology and communications delay between distances of over 10,000km is less than 0.3 seconds. This project demonstrated that a factory in Gyeongsan, Korea can be controlled in real-time seamlessly from the University of Oulu, Finland. This technology has enabled increased productivity and reduced defects, therefore increasing competitiveness, even taking into consideration the possibility of the event of communication errors. This innovation demonstrates a new remote manufacturing possibility where factories at home and abroad can be managed from single or multiple locations. It is the world’s first attempt to enhance the service scope and availability of smart factories.

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