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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Improve Your Safety and Operations with 3D Lidar and Video Intelligence

  • Smart spaces use video, IoT, analytics, and AI-driven insights to improve efficiencies.
  • 3D lidar keeps people and assets safe while protecting privacy.
  • 3D lidar and video solutions can help manufacturers limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Hitachi Vantara helps manufacturers adapt quickly to the “new normal.”
Safety and operational efficiencies are always top of mind for manufacturers to stay competitive, reduce injury costs, and avoid reputational risk.

COVID-19 is forcing businesses to change how and where they operate, making these two focal points even more challenging as safety requirements grow, potentially leading to new areas of inefficiency for connected workers. But as manufacturers deploy innovative solutions to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, they should keep in mind how these solutions can advance their broader health, safety, and environmental goals, and how these goals align with the broader organizational strategy.

Video intelligence and 3D lidar help manufacturers collect and analyze data that improves safety and operations. Solutions like Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Video Insights help manufacturers ensure their operations are safe and efficient, and identify areas for improvement.

Biographies

Mark Jules
Vice President,
Smart Spaces and Lumada Video Insights,
Hitachi Vantara
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James Destro
General Manager,
Manufacturing Practice,
Hitachi Vantara

Context

Mark Jules and James Destro discussed how 3D lidar and video intelligence can be used to help manufacturers improve operational efficiency and safety, both in response to COVID-19 as well as with an eye toward the future.

Improve Your Safety and Operations with 3D Lidar and Video Intelligence - Webinar

Safety and efficiency are two critical items for any manufacturer. Forward thinking manufacturers are leveraging AI and IoT to create smart spaces in their factories, warehouses, and facilities to deliver insights and alerts that improve these key elements of worker safety and operational efficiency. With 3D LiDAR and video intelligence, manufacturers can measure what was once unmeasurable, and refine operations with new data – accelerating progress towards Manufacturing 4.0 and delivering advantages to stay ahead of the competition.
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Key Takeaways

Smart spaces use video, IoT, analytics, and AI-driven insights to improve efficiencies.


Video, the Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used within urban and industrial areas to create smart spaces. The data collected from and analyzed by these technologies is being used to deliver insights to people, facility managers, and machines to improve organizational efficiency and quality of life.


Using video from smart cameras and existing security cameras, organizations can capture specific information about objects, including size, position, and movement. Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Video Insights solution uses information collected from cameras and other sources across the business, including 3D lidar sensors, IoT sensors, and business, social, and operational data. The data sources provide analytics and alerts for these smart spaces.

Lumada Video Insights: End-to-End Portfolio to Enable Smart Spaces

Intelligent DataOps: Orchestration, Governance, Security, Privacy Protection and Compliance

 

Lumada Video Insights

End-to-End Portfolio to Enable Smart Spaces

Intelligent DataOps

Orchestration, Governance, Security, Privacy Protection and Compliance

 

3D lidar keeps people and assets safe while protecting privacy.

3D lidar is one of the key sensor technologies Lumada Video Insights uses to collect data. The laser technology shows movement in detail while protecting personal privacy by pixelating or color-masking faces or people.


“3D lidar allows us to capture the 3D data we want, but without any kind of privacy infringement.”
— Mark Jules, Hitachi Vantara

Common Uses for 3D Lidar in Manufacturing

In a manufacturing environment, 3D lidar is used to keep people and assets safe.

In addition to collecting the data, the Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVA) archives captured videos, lidar renderings, and metadata for incident and case management. Manufacturers also use these videos and data to understand safety and efficiency challenges in their environment so that they can be resolved.

Intrusion Detection
System Stoppages
Safety*

*Such as slip and fall, incorrect machine use, and whether or not safety equipment is being used.

Left-Behind Objects
Quality Control
*Such as slip and fall, incorrect machine use, and whether or not safety equipment is being used.

3D lidar and video solutions can help manufacturers limit the spread of COVID-19.

Manufacturers face new safety challenges as they re-open facilities and bring back employees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using video solutions, including thermal cameras, and 3D lidar manufacturers can put in place a first layer of detection and protection without sacrificing employee privacy.

Detect and alert for elevated body temperatures...

using thermal cameras. Alerts for temperatures above a preset threshold show the location of detection in real time and can be stored for later analysis.

Verify proper handwashing behavior...

among employees using 3D lidar, analyzed by AI, without capturing personal information. Alerts and analytics can be created to track hand washing compliance, so that employee groups and locations not following proper procedures can be targeted for training and enforcement.

Enforce social distancing...

...with 3D lidar. Alerts and analytics can be generated from AI-analysis to track people without identity information, count people in areas, and ensure that social distancing policies, such as spacing, are followed.

Hitachi Vantara helps manufacturers adapt quickly to the “new normal.”

While COVID-19 is immediately changing how and where businesses—including manufacturers—work, many manufacturers were already working to transition to a more general “new normal” of Industry 4.0. Hitachi Vantara helps manufacturers ease the transition to pandemic operations, as well as to the smart manufacturing and smart spaces that are necessary for the factories of the future.

Recognizing that the manufacturing industry faces the challenges of realizing value from transformation projects, Hitachi Vantara helps manufacturers accelerate the vision-to-value in three main steps.

1
A preliminary assessment identifies goals, objects, challenges, and themes. 
2
The define and assess phase further identifies solutions that can help deliver outcomes.
3
Finally, the proof of value phase allows manufacturers to see that the solution delivers value.

Hitachi Vantara uses its solutions in its own factories to great accolades. Hitachi’s Omika Works, which uses Lumada-based technology solutions, was recognized as an “Advanced 4th Industrial Revolution Lighthouse” by the World Economic Forum. Customers have also experienced success with Lumada both in preparing for the future and in trans-forming during COVID-19.

Accelerate Vision-to-Value
Examples of Customer Successes
Company
Transformative Vision
Implementation

Precision Drilling

Oil and gas rigs for the future

Using 3D lidar and video, measuring previously unmeasurable equipment and processes to understand how and where transformation can happen and improve efficient operations.

Ericsson

Factory of the future

Creating a fully automated factory using a 5G electronics assembly line. The first step is to process analytics for visibility in delays and defects.

Logan Aluminum

Quality, safety, and environment steward

Driving innovation around quality, safety, and the environment. Also using the solution to help support a spike in aluminum production due to COVID-19.

Other Important Point

Solutions go beyond COVID-19. When the pandemic is eventually over, manufacturers won’t be left with useless equipment and software. Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada solution can be implemented with COVID-19 safety and detection in mind and then ex-tended to support Industry 4.0 and other business outcomes at any time. This includes things like operator procedure observation and analysis, visual-izing activity in an area with employee movement heatmaps, safety alerts for personnel occupancy when vehicles like forklifts are in the area, and waste build-up alerts that indicate bins need to be emptied.

“We accelerate vision-to-value by aligning stakeholders and getting trusted advisors and practitioners in to help drive the overall transformation companies are working toward.”
— James Destro, Hitachi Vantara

Additional Resources

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Lumada Video Insights

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