A new industry association focused on accelerating Industry 4.0 transformation in India has been announced.
According to a number of Indian media reports Intel India has collaborated with the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) to launch an association called Plugin Alliance.
SINE is an umbrella organisation at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) which aims to foster entrepreneurship and nurture tech start-ups.
Plugin Alliance brings together members representing large enterprises, small and medium enterprises, technology solution providers, systems integrators, start-ups and the ecosystem – including funding partners, relevant incubators, government and industry bodies.
It currently has 53 members, including 25 start-ups. Its roadmap also includes collaborating with other global bodies focused on Industry 4.0, a term that refers to the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices using modern smart technology.
Slightly confusingly, a Plugin Alliance already exists – in the form of a US standard supporting all major plugin formats. However, this Indian grouping clearly has different aims.
A statement from the new grouping said that it aims to advance and scale emerging technology solutions, spanning artificial intelligence, machine vision, augmented reality/virtual reality, robotics, cybersecurity, 5G and edge, advanced driver assistance systems and mobility and other future emerging technologies.
Its focus areas include increasing awareness and enabling the adoption of Industry 4.0 among larger enterprises and SMEs; identifying and exploring current and future Industry 4.0 solutions; and accelerating start-ups to develop market-ready solutions.
The grouping hopes to build India as a brand for Industry 4.0 solutions and enhance the attractiveness of Indian manufacturing.