October 23 - 25, 2018

Rosemont, IL

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ubisensejenningsADRIAN JENNINGS
VP, RTLS Technology

Adrian Jennings serves as the Vice President of RTLS Technology for Ubisense in the Americas. In this role he consults with enterprise customers to help them understand how to integrate location technologies to support their business objectives and generate meaningful returns. Jennings also acts as an internal advisor at Ubisense, leveraging deep knowledge of the North American market to support global product strategy. Prior to joining Ubisense Jennings was the CTO of Time Domain, a location technology provider for both civilian and military use. He is a former rocket scientist, and as the designated UK intelligence expert for command-guided missile systems spent three years with the US Department of Defense as a missile consultant. He received a master’s degree in physics from Oxford University.

Location Context for IIoT Platforms

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or “Industry 4.0” describes a future in which context-aware smart systems can continually re-optimize themselves to make leaps in quality and efficiency, despite the growing complexity of manufacturing operations. Mr. Jennings argues that a critical context to enable such leaps is location. Indeed, automotive assembly plants are a complex feat of coordination, ensuring that the correct tool is used in the target process, on the right vehicle, in the designated workstation, in the planned sequence and within a precise takt-time.

Mr. Jennings will describe case-studies highlighting the importance of location awareness for improving quality and reducing waste in assembly plants. These examples lead to a discussion of the requirements for a location-aware IIoT platform. Examples taken from practical deployments will highlight the need for scalability, from very small to very large, production-critical reliability and the importance of very low latency to manage industrial controls.

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