Intel Pursues ‘Data-Centric Transformation’

Intel moves into Industry 4.0 technology
Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, displays a wafer containing Intel Xeon processors. Image: Intel

Intel is making moves toward a “Data-Centric Transformation,” changing its approach to technology and forward-looking innovation.

In a press release, the Santa Clara, California-based company discussed its latest exhibition (April 1-5) at the annual Hanover Fair Industrial Technology Trade Show. At the show, Intel is revealing its ambitious plans for the future.

Intel Pursues Industry 4.0

“We are well along the journey to Industry 4.0—where analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) drive intelligence, decision-making and productivity.”

So began the announcement from one of the world’s largest tech companies released last week.

Intel announced its aim to get ahead of “Industry 4.0,” a term used to describe the modern trend in manufacturing of automation and data processing.

The Hanover Fair, known in the local vernacular as “Hannover Messe,” is one of the world’s largest trade fairs. The event broadly covers industrial technology and is held annually on the eponymous Hanover Fairground in Germany to hundreds of thousands of guests. For Intel to announce its new Industry 4.0 perspective here makes a symbolic moment for the company.

For Now, Details Short

The precise details of how Intel will pursue Industry 4.0 were few and far between.

In a press release fraught with forward-looking concepts like “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),” “intelligent factory,” and “AI,” Intel invited the public to its Hannover Messe booth (Hall 6, Stand D46; April 1-5, 2019).

Intel’s industrial automation program offers an ecosystem in partnership with other industry leaders McAfee and Wind River. Building upon already-existing programs like this, Intel might achieve its ambition of data-centric connections between business intelligence and decision-making.

A major talking point in industrial tech, “OT/IT convergence,” is covered in an Intel page from the industrial automation program. At the heart of OT/IT convergence is really the concept of Industry 4.0: Getting information technology to work with operational technology in a symbiotic way. In this sense, Intel has already been developing a grasp on Industry 4.0 all along; now, Intel sees it as a core aim for the company.

After it was announced that Intel’s next-gen Comet Lake processors might have 10 processors, this latest news from Intel gives a glimpse into the company’s diverse ways of developing for the future.