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Advantech teams up with 5 global companies to create Industry 4.0-focused Edgecross Consortium

Nov. 7, 2017
The company will collaborate with Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan and Oracle Japan in order to create new value around edge computing
Advantech has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan and Oracle Japan to establish the Edgecross Consortium, which aims to overcome boundaries to realize collaboration between factory automation and IT. The ultimate objective is to create new value centered on edge computing.  The establishment of the consortium is planned for Nov. 29.

"Partnering with leading global companies in accelerating our global business in Industry 4.0 is Advantech’s key strategy,” sid Allan Yang, CTO of Advantech. “Advantech joined the Mitsubishi e-F@ctory Alliance this April to foster business opportunities for smart manufacturing in Asia through co-marketing and co-exhibition.  Joining the Edgecross Consortium is our next big step to expand global collaboration and business in Industry 4.0.  We are very proud to be a part of Edgecross Consortium with these leading global companies; we are looking forward to collaborating with consortium members to develop Industry 4.0 products and solutions to enhance our customer experience."

“The consortium welcomes Advantech as a key member," said Yoshikazu Miyata, executive officer and group president of factory automation systems at Mitsubishi Electric. "We are happy to work with Advantech, a worldwide leading innovator for Edge computing and IoT solutions.  We are looking forward to co-creating with Advantech to provide innovative IoT solutions to customers."

According to Advantech, the Edgecross Consortium allows the realization of factory automation and IT collaboration through its open software platform, which is based on edge computing. By residing on the edge layer, the Edgecross Software Platform will facilitate connectivity between factory shop floors and value chains, while enabling the rapid acquisition, analysis, and utilization of data. In addition, user applications can be easily shared on the edge to realize various IoT utilization purposes.

The consortium aims to co-develop the platform specifications and achieve certification of Edgecross products, in addition to co-marketing promotion and global co-selling for consortium members. Starting from Japan and then globally, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the Edgecross booth display at the SCF Fair and Smart Factory EXPO 2018.

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