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We seek to collaborate with small to medium sized manufacturers, where an IoT technology solution would enable existing equipment within established manufacturing sites to be transformed rapidly and inexpensively into digitised smart environments using IoT devices over a network with built-in data security, privacy and fault tolerance.

Secure Intelligent IoT Tag

CSIRO is carrying out research into intelligent IoT system prototypes with integrated and customised cybersecurity to benefit small and medium-sized manufacturers. This product can be envisioned as a modular starter kit for digitalisation.

The kit comprises:

  • a variety of low power wireless sensing devices
  • battery-powered infrastructure relay beacons; and
  • a gateway

Complementing this hardware are additional services for smartphones and the cloud, including:

  • device configuration services
  • system design and testing services
  • data streaming and data management services; and
  • analytics services

This Secure Intelligent IoT for Digital Manufacturing product combines two crucial features for companies starting out on an Industry 4.0 technology journey.

  • Firstly, out of the box IoT security and fault tolerance
  • Secondly, our use of low power “intelligent devices” combining sensor, communication and AI@edge functionality. These Embedded Intelligence Platform (EIP) devices employ proven CSIRO technologies.

Designed to classify and compliment the characteristics of the objects on which they are attached, these devices share their location and proximity to other devices.

Proposed benefits

This research is focussed on how an unobtrusive, low cost and secure product could lower barriers to achieving digitalisation for Manufacturers.

CSIRO is developing EIP devices as a solution designed to enhance safety and productivity while integrating with existing and expensive fit-for-purpose equipment.

It will not require new fit-outs, changes or re-designs of factory floor IT systems.

Examples of out-of-the-box functionality include:

  • The tags can be camera fitted to cost effectively monitor solutions for non-networked equipment by accessing readouts and dials
  • The tags can be coupled to temperature, vibration and other sensors; to acquire, pre-process and communicate data
  • The tags can be coupled to microswitches, position or pressure sensors; for example, to ensure safe working devices are in-place, or to detect and communicate the state of physical controls such as hydraulic valves
  • The tags can be networked to communicate with each other within proximity and interpret the type of ‘entity’ in their cluster. One example of this is enabling autonomous detection and reporting of safety and security anomalies.

If this technology application presents as potential for adaptation or integration to your manufacturing processes, or your business has digital integration challenges that we may be able to assist with, we would love to hear from you. Contact us via the information below.

Practical applications

A tag based IoT device network can revolutionise your team’s real-time coordination of workshop floor activities and flow by tracking and reporting the movements and statuses of resources, assets and equipment.

The value proposition is the ability to easily and inexpensively roll-out a digital network (separate to the corporate network) of low cost, low power devices that can return location and object status information and interfaced with existing sensors.

Having this unprecedented situational awareness will provide both real-time and longitudinal insights that can highlight improvement opportunities for product flow and the optimal use of resources. It enables task refinement and operation time estimates, identifying occurrences of congestion and rework, and pinpointing safety issues.

A tag network can track incoming components and assets (process or test equipment, staff, etc.) on a manufacturing site. It can also report location and status of subassemblies, sense key process factors (such as status and temperature of a curing oven) and digitalise equipment displays with retrofittable “micro camera” devices.

An analysis of the software ecosystem including advanced tools to assist production supervisors with visualising and retrospectively analysing operations and flows will be designed and implemented in consultation with industrial partners across manufacturing, construction, warehousing and mining.

If this technology application presents as potential for adaptation or integration to your manufacturing processes, or your business has digital integration challenges that we may be able to assist with, we would love to hear from you. Contact us via the information below.

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