Case studies

Airbus

In collaboration with DFKI (the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence) and Neocosmo GmbH, Digital Catapult supported Airbus to access European funding from the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), developing a training rig that demonstrated how IoT and LPWAN technologies can optimise processes and drive greater efficiency.

Deploying a multi-network solution in Airbus’ factory of the future allowed it to communicate in ways not previously possible. The range of technologies led to better training for new employees in a low risk environment: this results in reduced training times - from months down to weeks - away from the live assembly floor.

The ability to capture data from experienced workers in near real time helps to identify best practice.

RAF

The RAF needs to keep track of high-value assets whilst in storage and during transit, often in extreme and challenging safety-critical environments. Understanding the conditions an asset is exposed to is essential to ensure it is stored and maintained appropriately, and that it is fit for purpose.

The RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) wanted to prove the concept of using environmental data logging sensors in conjunction with low power wide area network (LPWAN) infrastructure to monitor assets within an operational military airfield environment.

Digital Catapult and RCO designed, deployed and ran a trial to help prove the potential of LPWAN technologies in this scenario.

The success of the RAF trial led to approaches by the Royal Navy and the Army for Digital Catapult to deliver similar proofs of concept to meet their specific asset monitoring needs. The RAF’s trial objectives have now been broadened to test the technology in even more challenging conditions, including at sea.

10 km²

area covered by the RAF LPWAN network