Advantech Corporation
Advantech Partners with Five Global Leading Companies to create "Edgecross Consortium" to Accelerate Global Industry 4.0 Growth

November 8, 2017

Global Intelligent Systems leader Advantech has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan, and Oracle Japan to establish the "Edgecross Consortium" to overcome boundaries between companies and industries in order to realize collaboration between factory automation and IT.  The objective is to create new value centered on edge computing.  The joint press conference to announce the establishment of the Edgecross Consortium was held on November 6th, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, and the establishment of the consortium is planned for November 29th, 2017.

"Partnering with leading global companies in accelerating our global business in Industry 4.0 is Advantech's key strategy," stated Allan Yang, CTO of Advantech.  "Advantech joined the Mitsubishi e-F@ctory Alliance this April to foster business opportunities for smart manufacturing in Asia through co-marketing and co-exhibition.  Joining the Edgecross Consortium is our next big step to expand global collaboration and business in Industry 4.0.  We are very proud to be a part of Edgecross Consortium with these leading global companies; we are looking forward to collaborating with consortium members to develop Industry 4.0 products and solutions to enhance our customer experience."

Yoshikazu Miyata, Executive Officer and Group President of Factory Automation Systems at Mitsubishi Electric, gave the following statement regarding the new partnership, "The consortium welcomes Advantech as a key member.  We are happy to work with Advantech, a worldwide leading innovator for Edge computing and IoT solutions.  We are looking forward to co-creating with Advantech to provide innovative IoT solutions to customers."

The Edgecross Consortium allows the easy realization of factory automation and IT collaboration through its open software platform ("Edgecross Software Platform"), which is based on edge computing.  By residing on the edge layer, the Edgecross Software Platform facilities connectivity between factory shop floors and value chains, while enabling the rapid acquisition, analysis, and utilization of data, which are essential to smart manufacturing.  In addition, user applications can be easily created and shared on the edge to realize various IoT utilization purposes.

"Advantech has been a leader in IPCs and edge intelligence servers (EIS) as a key component for factory automation and IT collaboration.  We plan to further collaborate with the Edgecross Consortium in order to provide WISE-PaaS software through Edgecross Software Platform and to co-develop iFactory solution-ready platforms (SRP) with consortium members," states Jonney Chang, Associate Vice President, Advantech Industrial IoT Group.

The consortium aims to co-develop the platform specifications and achieve certification of Edgecross products, in addition to co-marketing promotion and global co-selling for consortium members.   Starting from Japan and then globally, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the Edgecross booth display at the SCF Fair and Smart Factory EXPO 2018.  Advantech is organizing the IoT Co-Creation Summit from November 1 to 3, 2018, in Suzhou , China, with more than 2,500 attendees from all over the world.  The summit will seek to foster the three phases of growth brought about by IoT and to demonstration the co-creation achievement of IoT WISE-PaaS, EIS, and SRPs.

About Advantech

Advantech has the corporate vision to "Enable an Intelligent Planet". The company is a global leader in the fields of IoT intelligent systems and embedded platforms. To embrace the trends of IoT, big data, and artificial intelligence, Advantech promotes IoT hardware and software solutions with the Edge Intelligence WISE-PaaS core to assist business partners and clients in connecting their industrial chains. Advantech is also working with business partners to co-create business ecosystems that accelerate the goal of industrial intelligence.

About Edgecross

Edgecross is an open software platform based on edge computing.  The goal of this platform is to realize collaboration between factory automation and IT solutions, thereby overcoming company and industry barriers.  Edgecross Consortium members will together contribute to co-create the Edgecross Software Platform.  "Edgecross" is currently in the process of applying for trademark registration.  Oracle and Java are registered trademarks for Oracle Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States and in other countries.

Chuck Harrell
Key Account Marketing
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