The Future Looks Bright: GE & Intel Ignite Industrial Internet Innovation

Intel IoT VP and GM of the Internet of Things Group (right) speaks at GE Minds and Machines 2016.

Intel IoT VP and GM of the Internet of Things Group Jonathan Ballon (right) speaks about the Industrial Internet of Things at GE Minds and Machines 2016.

Like many people in Silicon Valley, I am passionate about the application of technology toward the environment, human productivity, healthcare and safety. Before arriving at Intel, I spent time at General Electric as the chief operating officer for GE Digital and have enjoyed continuing the collaboration that we began years ago. During my discussion on stage with GE Chief Digital Officer John Gordon at GE Minds + Machines, “Electricity Reimagined: The Platform of Innovation Comes to Life,” we shared some of the GE and Intel collaborations, including exciting new business models.

GE is advancing the Industrial Internet by integrating Intel technology such as processors, security, gateway and embedded system components with the GE Predix platform for industries such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, transportation and more. Together, we are driving digital industrial transformation, turning operational data into real-time intelligence. Here are some great examples:


Smart Factories

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To quote GE CEO Jeff Immelt, we are “drinking our own champagne” by partnering with GE to drive our own digital industrial transformation as a manufacturer. Starting with our fabrication and sorting manufacturing facility in Arizona, we are leveraging the power of GE Predix and portfolio of GE Digital solutions. Together, we are exploring opportunities to create new applications and tools to power the Industrial Internet — and to bring our customers and partners on this journey with us.


Smart Stadiums

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Smart stadiums equipped with Intel Technology use GE Predix and the Intel IoT Platform to optimize everything from the fan experience to operations — from parking and ticketing to concessions and crowd management. All this while delivering real-time insight to operators.


Smart Locomotives

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GE Transportation, another Intel IoT solution collaborator, is making an impact with smart trains to speed up the supply chain process. It’s leveraging a next-generation, Intel-based locomotive data center for its GoLINC platform to enhance communication and improve productivity throughout operation. Its mobile data center provides robust processing, wireless communication, networking, video and data storage. GoLINC interfaces with both locomotive and third-party systems to make data available, and features onboard wireless capability for easier data transfer.


Smart Wind Farms

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GE Energy has created the GE Digital Wind Farm, which connects GE and non-GE wind farms to the Predix cloud via an Intel-based Predix-ready gateway. The GE Digital Wind Farm’s combination of software-defined turbines with a digital infrastructure is helping customers realize hundreds of millions of dollars of additional value over the life of a typical wind farm. The GE Digital Wind Farm solution generates up to 20 percent more energy output thanks to the Predix-ready gateway with Intel technology.


Smart Cities

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I’ve often talked about the future of cities and the implications for IoT. Cities consume 75 percent of the world’s energy and have 80 percent of the carbon impact. Of this, 40 percent of city energy consumption is for lighting.  Imagine a city where smart street lights direct drivers to open parking spaces, measure air quality for pollen and pollution, detect seismic activity and report automobile accidents the instant they happen.

The platform is ready. The operating system is open. But, it’s going to take the developer community to innovate the solutions that will make a lasting impact. It’s going to take the developer community to build the next app economy — the industrial app economy — where changing the world is at our fingertips.


The Future Looks Bright

Intel Iot Platform Infographic

Industrial IoT is real. GE and Intel are bringing together our technology, resources and developer communities to transform the market and open the possibilities. Let’s be first movers as we develop and drive innovation together for a better future.

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Secure Automated Vehicles Fuse Security With Functional Safety

I’m excited about the opportunity we have before us to lay the groundwork for safer automated vehicles, as outlined recently in U.S. President Barack Obama’s piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Self-driving, yes, but also safe.”  I see a clear path for fully autonomous vehicles to operate safely for the protection of everyone in and around the vehicle. Of course, no one company can do this alone. A job of this magnitude takes an entire ecosystem.

In the collaborations forming around architecting automated vehicles, automakers are realizing that they must ensure functional safety at all levels — hardware, software and network — from car to cloud. That’s why I am pleased that the Intel IoT ecosystem is working within the automotive industry to shift thinking about what we do today in order to enable the autonomous future of tomorrow.


Functional Safety, Meet Security

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We see the future as one in which the automotive industry fuses functional safety with cybersecurity. The two are interrelated and mutually dependent. Current ISO 26262 guidelines for functional safety do not fully comprehend this interrelationship. SAE J3061 has emerged as a great start to the guidelines for automotive cybersecurity, however the industry will need to establish some framework for implementation, or a reference architecture and set of best-known methods that demonstrate this fusion of safety and cybersecurity.

When I speak with automotive industry leaders around the world, I am often surprised by the widely varying perspectives on these two topics. Some believe that functional safety considerations beyond the in-vehicle architectures are not necessary. However, in a world moving quickly to predominately connected vs. not connected vehicles, the effects of security and functional safety concepts in the automotive network infrastructure and data centers from an end-to-end consideration are paramount. Security vulnerabilities will open the doors to safety concerns. What is really needed is a secure end-to-end scalable architecture.


Scaling out Automated Vehicle Safety

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We need partners and industry standards to scale. The Intel IoT ecosystem understands the complexity of fusing functional safety with security. From researching and developing business models with OEMs to collaborating with regulatory bodies, members of the Intel IoT ecosystem are helping guide functional safety for automated vehicles. Add to this the cybersecurity and data center expertise of Intel and you have a solid foundation for a secure end-to-end solution.

As with any nascent technology, the need for automakers to differentiate their offerings, combined with the newness of the automated driving market, is making standardization a back-burner priority. Here at Intel, we believe collaboration is the logical answer. That is why Intel remains a leader, supporter and contributor to key industry consortiums and relevant standards bodies, and we have actively contributed on both ISO 26262 and SAE J3061.


The Road to Autonomous

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Fueled by decades of success, the Intel IoT ecosystem is paving the road ahead for the automated vehicles of the future. That is what happens when innovation and collaboration merge on the road to fully automated vehicles. Intel is a logical trusted advisor to the auto industry for safety and security — together we can make a better future.

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Here’s How Security Can Drive Automated Vehicle Innovation

As director of strategic planning and production management for Intel’s Transportation Solutions Division, one thing I am particularly excited about these days is the future of automated vehicles. Advances we’re making in connected car technologies have tremendous potential to change our lives and societies for the better. Just imagine it: zero accidents, reduced congestion in the world’s most polluted cities and mobility for all.

Here at Intel, we’ve identified three key pillars that will guide us on the road to an automated vehicle future: the car (including in-vehicle computing and human-machine interfaces, or HMIs), the cloud and data center, and the communications that connect them, specifically 5G. Paramount to each of these pillars is security.

Yet while opportunity awaits, many automakers are still struggling to fuse together automated vehicle platform security. Today’s operating systems and automotive applications can have more than 100 million lines of code, making it challenging for an automaker to ensure that software is secure. Usually, there is an expectation that software will have a defect rate of 0.75 per function point, of which some percentage will cause security vulnerabilities. Agile product life cycle methodologies allow for collective learned enhancements (like maps, traffic data, parking and enhanced visual and cognitive acuity via deep learning updates), security patches and service upgrades with secure software over the air (SOTA) updates.


Architecting Security

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The Intel ecosystem is working to build resilient security and in-depth architecture, starting at the silicon level and extending to the operating system. Together, we’re protecting communication channels between devices and to the automotive data center for trusted software updates and secure downloads of maps and other navigational information. This fits right into what I consider to be some overall best practices for designing a secure automated driving environment. Along with that, we’re analyzing risk, combining functional safety and security teams, and architecting for requirements.

People can sometimes underestimate how broad a topic automotive security is, from initial design phases through manufacturing and production. By starting early and doing a holistic analysis, you can analyze threats and identify risks, then you can prioritize those risks and focus on hardening your architecture and solution. But it’s an industry and ecosystem challenge. No single company can solve automotive cybersecurity on its own.


Securing the Ride

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Historically, all existing security technologies evolve to address threats of their time. For example, intrusion detection systems (IDS) evolved in the 1980s in response to the proliferation of viruses and worms on personal computers, and public key cryptography was invented in the 1970s to secure network communications.

Today, we are doing research into new security technology that can help protect cyberphysical systems. This new technology will allow detection of security failures and will be able to self-recover or self-heal. It will also incorporate elements of artificial intelligence to create necessary levels of resiliency.


Driving toward the Future

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Looking ahead, we are setting new standards and defining future architectures for safe, secure transportation that spans the vehicle, communications and data center. With cross-company technology and product leadership across IoT, data center, Intel Security, Wind River Systems, Intel Labs, and our new acquisitions of Nervana, Arynga, Itseez and YOGITECH in particular, Intel is uniquely positioned to prepare automakers and suppliers for the amazing future of transportation. And with our continued commitment to scalable, end-to-end security solutions, the Intel IoT ecosystem is providing layered protection from chip to cloud for a safer tomorrow.

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