Microsoft to Create Immersive Tech for Wide Range of Industrial Usage

UTC by Tolu Ajiboye · 3 min read
Microsoft to Create Immersive Tech for Wide Range of Industrial Usage
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Software giant Microsoft has created a new team, called Industrial Metaverse Core, to pursue these stated tech goals.

According to reports, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) plans to create immersive tech for industrial workers. To actualize this effort, the tech giant has set up a new internal team known as Industrial Metaverse Core. The company reportedly revealed the new team internally last week.

Upcoming Microsoft Industrial Tech to Leverage Metaverse Possibilities

By harnessing the power of the metaverse, Microsoft seeks to enhance the core operability of industrial work via immersive tech. These immersive software interfaces cover varying functionalities, including industrial robotics and control systems for electrical plants. In addition, Microsoft also opines that an industrial work-focused virtual world will prove useful in monitoring machines and factory environments. This suggests its usage by aircraft mechanics in examining jet engines in a simulated software environment. Aviation mechanics will reportedly be able to assess the machinery using artificial reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) headsets.

In addition, Microsoft’s upcoming industrial offering also extends to transportation networks and includes tech built by Bonsai, a low-code artificial intelligence (AI) service acquired by the multinational technology corporation in 2018. At the time of Bonsai’s acquisition, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and head of autonomous systems, Gurdeep Pall, said it would be deployed onto the company’s Azure public cloud. The subsequent development of Azure’s services makes it possible for industrial engineers to merge AI with industrial equipment and processes. Furthermore, this merge is possible regardless of the engineer’s software experience.

Microsoft Partners with Mercedes Benz on Improved Vehicle Production

Microsoft has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to enhance vehicle production. According to reports, Microsoft’s Cloud will connect with the German automaker’s newly-introduced MO360 Data Platform to improve vehicle-production efficiency, sustainability, and resilience. In addition, Mercedes’ 30-passenger car plants will also link to the Washington-based software giant’s Cloud service.

Speaking on the collaboration, Joerg Burzer, a member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Production & Supply Chain Management, noted:

“This new partnership between Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz will make our global production network more intelligent, sustainable and resilient in an era of increased geopolitical and macroeconomic challenges. The ability to predict and prevent problems in production and logistics will become a key competitive advantage as we go all electric.”

Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz’s Chief Information Officer, Jan Brecht, also provided some exposition on the MO360’s operability, saying:

“With the MO360 data platform, we democratize technology and data in manufacturing. As we are moving toward a 100% digital enterprise, data is becoming everyone’s business at Mercedes-Benz. Our colleagues on the shop floor have access to production and management-related real-time data. They are able to work with drill-down dashboards and make data-based decisions.”

According to Mercedes-Benz, the MO360 Data Platform would help to create a virtual replica of its vehicle manufacturing process.

The new Mercedes-Benz Digital Factory Campus Berlin currently serves as a base for this Data Platform.

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