The Record - Issue 17: Summer 2020

24 www. t e c h n o l o g y r e c o r d . c om PTC and Rockwell Automation have introduced a new turnkey software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, Factory Insights as a Service, marking significant advancement to their collaboration with Microsoft on the convergence of IT and operational technology excellence. This new offering empowers businesses to rapidly deploy highly relevant use cases at scale – providing insights into assets, workforce, and production- floor performance. PTC and Rockwell Automation say: “Rather than getting stuck in pilot purgatory, Factory Insights as a Service delivers significant business impact for Industry 4.0 initiatives, helps companies accelerate time to value, and scales initiatives rapidly across the enterprise.” Learn more at strategic-partnerships/microsoft/ factory-insights-as-a-service Utilities solution provider Ferranti and communications firm Solgari have partnered to combine their Microsoft Dynamics 365 cloud solutions for the utilities industry. As a result, Solgari’s all-channel communications solution will be available within the MECOMS 365 platform. Solgari’s offering helps its customers increase efficiency and meet compliance requirements, while the MECOMS 365 platform gives users access to Microsoft Dynamics 365, tailored to the needs of the energy and utilities industry. By combining the solutions, users can simply log into Dynamics 365 via a device and start using Solgari’s solution, facilitating operational flexibility. Enterprises will also benefit from a single data view of their customers, as they can record, archive, search and retrieve all customer conversations. Ferranti and Solgari combine Dynamics 365 utilities solutions PTC and Rockwell Automation introduce Factory Insights as a Service for industrial enterprises Logitech offers Microsoft Teams collaboration kits Logitech is now offering Microsoft Teams-certified personal collaboration kits – that feature a headset and webcam – to help employees maintain productivity while taking video calls from their desktop. The Wired Personal Video Collaboration Kit features the Logitech Zone Wired headset and C925e webcam, which offer high-quality audio and video. The Pro Personal Video Collaboration Kit includes a Logitech Zone Wireless headset and a Brio 4K Pro webcam. Both headsets, which are certified for Microsoft Teams, feature a dedicated Teams button to launch a Teams meeting with a single click. Last Mile Team tests urban logistics with digital twins Last Mile Team has joined 26 high-level partners in the European Union’s H2020-funded LEAD project. As part of this, the company will use its Last Mile Digital Platform to create a digital twin of a city and test different innovative solutions for optimising city-wide logistics. This will help city leaders to make decisions on the best way to create a resilient logistics chain that addresses the requirements of the on-demand economy while aligning competing interests and creating value for all stakeholders in a public-private urban environment. MAR K E TWATCH From left: Last Mile Team co-founder Lis Fernandez, founder and CEO Angel Batalla and co-founder Daida González