Software for efficiency and co-operation – and a lighter footprint
Software is a key enabler for improving workflows and decision-making. Companies turn to our subsidiary Sylog for expert help in their effort to build future proof solutions and to integrate systems for optimized workflows and to maximize their use of resources. Here’s a look at some of the Sylog projects highlighting the power of software.
- Digitalization, integration and optimization – these are the things we are working with, says Therese Hansson-Rosenqvist, directing manager of Sylog Väst AB, headquartered in Göteborg.
- Regardless of which applications we’re looking at, software can save time and resources, and make us all work smarter and more efficiently. We are helping our customers to achieve these benefits across many different domains.
As the automotive industry is strongly present in and around Göteborg, Sylog has a lot of activity in that sector, much of it related to electrification and autonomous driving. Electrification of the vehicle drivetrain together with the electrification of other vehicle components is a massive trend in the automotive industry. Another trend is development of technologies for driver assistance, route optimization, and other steps towards the ultimate goal of autonomous driving.
As an example, as many modern vehicles have a hybrid drivetrain with both batteries and a combustion engine, you need to balance the usage of fuel and battery, for instance in regards to route planning.
Sylog is developing driver assistance software to plan routes more efficiently, not only to get from A to B as quickly as possible, but also to balance fuel and electricity to achieve the best blend of resources. Software can send recommendations to the driver, or even enable the car to take that decision itself.
According to Therese Hansson-Rosenqvist, Sylog is also in various ways contributing to the car industry’s journey towards autonomous driving. Sylog consultants are participating in development projects in that domain, both in regards to personal cars, trucks, buses and construction equipment. It’s all about planning, information sharing, driving efficiently and safely – and reducing the environmental footprint along the way.
5 and 6G
Connectivity is a necessary requirement for the technologies and services surrounding automotive electrification and assisted driving. The connection has to be fast and powerful to cope with the increasing demands for data volume, bandwidth, and low latency.
Thus optimization of communication infrastructure is an integral part of the Sylog software domain. Among other things, Sylog is working together with a large telecom company developing software infrastructure for 5G and 6G technologies.
These super fast and powerful communication technologies will be the foundation on which a multitude of future services will be built.
Control room system
– Communication and connectivity is also a prerequisite for a number of security solutions and emergency services we are developing for different customers, says Therese Hansson-Rosenqvist.
As an example, Sylog consultants are working with control room systems for different customers.
The system developed is central to emergency services integrating telephony components, radio communication, camera feeds, necessary key data from external systems etc. These systems enable swifter response in case of emergencies, increased security in society, and higher efficiency for the workforce.
For an extreme example of how Sylog increases safety with software we have to go to Australia. Sylog consultants are coding software for mining trains, transporting iron ore from a huge mining district in the desert north of Perth, to the city’s harbour.
As the working conditions are extreme with scorching heat and poisonous snakes, the trains need to be automated as much as possible, and not only for safety reasons, but also to fit more cars to the train to save energy and to streamline the transport of iron ore.
According to Therese Hansson-Rosenqvist, software enables organisations to handle complex processes to achieve increased efficiency, better coordination and deeper integration.
– As an example, we are working with our customers to develop systems for scheduling the work of airline crews. These work schedules for large airlines are very complex processes governed by flight and duty time limitations set by the regulators and unions. Also, the systems developed generate route optimizations in order to reduce fuel and make the flight more efficient for both crew and passengers.
Sylog is also present in the manufacturing industry. A large manufacturer of mechanical components for the manufacturing industry is engaging Sylog to increase its work efficiency.
The general industry trend is pointing towards automation of maintenance and support, with online access to production equipment and processing of sensor input from the equipment to reduce the risk of sudden interruptions in production and unwanted downtime. The aim is to harvest information in near real-time of the condition of equipment and components, to predict failures and intervene before something happens, reducing waste, and optimizing the manufacturing process.
The large industrial manufacturer needed to optimize its handling of documentation. The high-quality components it’s producing require verification of the quality of the materials used in production. These certificates have to be managed continuously, so Sylog developed an automated system with a dashboard showing the current state of documentation and certificates, with notifications sent out automatically, when expiring certificates needed to be renewed.
According to Therese Hansson-Rosenqvist, the digital transition has the potential to reduce the environmental footprint of both society and industry.
– We are helping our customers achieve their goals, both when it comes to reducing the usage of fossil fuels, when it comes to achieving more efficiency with less resources, and when it comes to providing access to data for better decision-making. Software is at the centre of all this, and for us it’s exciting to be part of the digitalisation journey of so many different companies and organizations.