Dr Marco Sacco
CNR-STIIMA (Subsidiary of Lecco, Italy)
President of EuroVR - European Association of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
ABSTRACT. Interactive technologies such as Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are set to transform the ways in which people communicate, interact and share information on the internet and beyond.
This will directly impact a larger number of European industries ranging from manufacturing, data life cycle, healthcare, engineering, to education, entertainment, media and culture, enabling new business opportunities.
Manufacturing sector transformation (the so call Factory 4.0) requires the introduction of advanced tools for both the knowledge representation and simulation. For over 10 years, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have generated benefits in several sectors thanks to the potentialities offered by these visualization technologies able to provide an added value to the contents and data enrichment.
The challenge is to create tools and services which AR (VR) as advanced user interfaces will enable a better interaction for the users while improving manufacturing processes and personnel training.
Manufacturing companies, thanks to the reduction of cost and a widespread of devices, could now take advantage integrating AR technologies.
Some example developed at CNR-STIIMA will be presented.
Dr. Marco Sacco (male, born in 1968), Senior Researcher, head of CNR-STIIMA Lecco subsidiary, and head of division Enterprise Engineering and Virtual Applications (25 people). President of EuroVR (European Association of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality). His experiences are: VR/MR/AR applied to the life-cycle of the product/process/factory, discrete event and 3D simulation, Knowledge management and Semantic Web. He has been coordinator of European and National projects. He has more than 150 publications, including papers in academic journals and conference proceedings.
IoT Technical Marketing in STMicroelectronics, Italy
ABSTRACT. The ballooning IoT phenomena today encompasses wide ranging application scenarios in many sectors, including Smart Cities, Home & Building Automation, Smart Things and Industry 4.0. The key elements behind this growth story include the miniaturized and more intelligent sensing and processing hardware based on silicon technologies, several robust and reliable connectivity protocols, and highly refined signal conditioning and power and energy management.
The Smart City strategy for a more efficient and sustainable society involves interfacing state-of-the-art metering ICs featuring highly accurate monitoring and control functionality with broader systems integrating microcontrollers, sensors, safety and protection devices in wireless and power-line transmission networks.
In Smart Metering, for example, utilities can easily monitor and control end user power consumption and energy grid losses by combining connectivity infrastructure with electricity, gas, water and heat metering systems, and the users themselves can view real-time consumption data. In a further example, by coupling remote public light management services with sensors and connectivity, municipalities can optimize energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs, and employ the same connectivity to improve other fundamental public services such as security, air pollution monitoring, and even smart parking.
In Industry 4.0, the concept of Predictive Maintenance to improve industrial tool management is also gaining traction. This technology involves the diagnosis of key symptomatic indicators to allow advanced planning of costly machine care and maintenance, in order to reduce unnecessary or untimely downtime and avoid unrecoverable failures.
ST is well positioned to address these markets with state-of-the-art technologies and a wide range of products, thanks to its profound understanding of the building blocks associated with each of these ecosystems.
- NFC and Bluetooth, w/o mesh topology
- RF Sub-GHz, Sigfox, LoRA Connectivity
- MEMS Motion and Environment Sensor
- ToF Proximity, Microphone, etc
- …the building blocks of utility ecosystems
Filippo Colaianni received his M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Catania, in 2001. He is currently the Technical Marketing Section Manager at STMicroelectronics, for IoT, Smart City and Home Building Automation sectors. He is responsible for project management, promotion and demand creation for Smart City, Smart Meter, Home Building Automation and Connectivity solutions, and has accumulated a deep working knowledge of ARM Cortex-M MCU, Connectivity and Sensors products in this role.