Following the announcement of the formation of the Yangdong Artificial Intelligence Research Institute a few weeks ago, the Matrix team has started detailing several of the projects currently in development. The first project detailed was the Enterprise Cloudchain — a high-performance, secure and interoperable enterprise-grade big data platform combining AI, cloud computing and blockchain technology that aims to support the operations and maintenance of several industrial production applications by providing computing resources, data and an AI model ecosystem.
The Enterprise Cloudchain illustrates how the Matrix AI Network intends to do its part in supporting and promoting the digital transformation of traditional manufacturing while taking full advantage of China’s vast quantities of manufacturing data. However, this is only one element of Matrix’s plans to explore smart cities. This article delves deeper into Matrix’s IoT Cloud and Intelligent Warehouse Solutions.
A Smart City’s Foundation — the IoT Cloud Platform
Matrix’s IoT Cloud Platform consists of four technical layers: IoT hardware, IoT intelligent gateway, IoT cloud system and AI/tracking applications.
The IoT hardware layer includes, amongst other things, temperature sensors, humidity sensors, accelerometers, GPS, NB-IoT/GPRS wireless modules, and RFID tags. These all help the IoT Cloud Platform collect valuable necessary data and form an indispensable part of the platform.
The IoT intelligent gateway layer includes a universal gateway for collecting package location, tag and delivery documentation information. This layer also collects environmental data, video, images and sound. It also contains a device gateway to serve logistics and warehousing.
The IoT cloud system layer includes the Matrix AI Network’s AI Server, blockchain technology, cloud storage and an information push engine.
These layers combine to enable the IoT Cloud Platform applications to serve and upgrade retail operations, information verification, logistics and tracking.
On the road to Intelligent Logistics
At its core, intelligent logistics does not differ drastically from traditional logistics. The general workflow of both is the same. Differences lie in an increase in efficiency and a reduction in error through intelligent automation. Intelligent logistics relies heavily on information collection and management. As such, each package is given a unique ID when it is put into inventory. This ID is displayed using a QR code to facilitate querying. When taken out of storage, the package is scanned and tracked with on-chain data. The package is again scanned and tracked when loaded and removed from the delivery vehicle. During transportation, the vehicle is tracked. If the package arrives safely, the process is complete and confirmed. If an accident occurs during transportation or delivery — whether the package is lost, damaged or otherwise — an alarm is automatically triggered, and the position and direction of the package are confirmed via blockchain data.
6 for 6: An Intelligent Warehouse Solution
Matrix’s Intelligent Warehouse Solution comprises six systems including power monitoring, fire detection, dangerous object detection, security monitoring, AI data analysis and an intelligent cloud platform. These systems incorporate a number of core technologies including industrial big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain to create an Intelligent Warehouse aimed at realizing six primary objectives: data verification for AI models, production safety, warehouse management, early warning, regulatory compliance and task tracking.
Function and Form… there’s an APP for that!
The ubiquity of smartphones means it is no longer necessary to conduct the operations and management of industrial systems in centralized large-screen platforms. Matrix’s Intelligent Warehouse Solution allows users to manage equipment, projects, alarms, videos, inspections and maintenance using a convenient mobile App. Users also receive timely alerts to greatly reduce the change of accidents.
Matrix’s efforts in Intelligent Logistics and Intelligent Warehouse are in service of a Smart City future. The emergence of smart cities is not only driven by the gradual rise of society’s technological competency, but by a belief that technology should be in service of improving people’s lives; in this case, by improving the efficiency of urban governance and alleviating resource constraints. Matrix’s Yangdong Artificial Intelligence Research Institute hopes that the integration of artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data and the Internet of Things will transform and upgrade the logistics and warehousing industry, and ultimately improve people’s lives.