Industry 4.0 leads to greater efficiency, safety and sustainability

Published on 08/11/2021 in Customer Stories

Industry 4.0 leads to greater efficiency, safety and sustainability

Industry 4.0 demands an overall strategy for digital transformation. Without a strategy, efforts are limited to isolated projects with a limited effect. So says Frederic Lhostte, Head of Analytics, Things & Applications at Proximus, in the IT journal Data News.

In an online double interview with Data News, experts from Proximus and Inetum-Realdolmen exchanged ideas on the current state of play of Industry 4.0 in Belgium. Lhostte : “Digital transformation offers a good way to look at Industry 4.0. Companies are looking for greater efficiency, safety and sustainability. They’re using digital tools to achieve those goals.”

Building blocks: sensors, AI and connectivity

“Very often companies are convinced of the opportunities of Industry 4.0, but they hesitate to take the first concrete steps.” A roadmap offers the necessary guidance. “That way they get an overview of a first case that they can initiate, or a IT partner who can provide the appropriate support.” It’s just as important that this is not an isolated exercise. The available technology is no longer a barrier. “Sensors, connectivity, artificial intelligence: all the building blocks are readily available.”

5G as a game changer

So the technological issue is no longer the big obstacle; what the business wants to achieve is. The arrival of new technology – 5G in particular – is bringing even more goals within reach. “5G is a game changer for Industry 4.0, that much is clear. But once again, 5G is not the only factor that counts. It’s just as important for a company to develop the right mindset to get to work with Industry 4.0.”

Listen to a comprehensive summary of the double interview here:

Podcast Industry 4.0 Opens a new window

Frederic Lhostte on Industry 4.0: view a short video here:

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Want to know more about Industry 4.0? Discover the experience of six Factories of the Future here:

Discover e-book Industry 4.0 Opens a new window


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