Askar Sembin spoke at the Industry 4.0 gliding session, which took place as part of the Digital Almaty 2021 forum

The general director of the fund spoke about a holistic R&D ecosystem that unites the state, industrial enterprises and IT companies.

— Practice has shown that in the conditions of COVID-19 the best results were shown by industrial enterprises that managed to introduce a certain — rather high — level of digitalization in advance. This allowed enterprises, even with a shortage of personnel or the introduction of quarantine restrictions, to function almost uninterruptedly. However, these are local solutions.

And for interaction with other enterprises, services, measures of state support, a single platform is needed. What was said today at the plenary session. During a pandemic, the need for market participants — IT companies, industrial enterprises, and the university environment — for online communications has become a necessity. Therefore, the Tech Garden Autonomous Cluster Fund has been working on the creation of such a platform over the past year.

And for interaction with other enterprises, services, measures of state support, a single platform is needed. What was said today at the plenary session. During a pandemic, the need for market participants — IT companies, industrial enterprises, and the university environment — for online communications has become a necessity. Therefore, the Autonomous Cluster Fund Tech Garden has been working on the creation of such a platform over the past year.

This is a unified Smart Industry Management Platform, the goal of which is to form an Industry 4.0 ecosystem in Kazakhstan through direct interaction of industrial enterprises, the public sector (including development institutions), IT and innovative companies, universities and research institutes. The Industry 4.0 ecosystem formed on the SIMP platform will provide timely and operational support to the country's industrial enterprises in their digital transformation and stimulate the active introduction of digital technologies.

Today the platform is implemented in beta version, you can familiarize yourself with it on our official website: https://techgarden.kz/simp

More than thirty innovative companies offering solutions for various industries have already become residents of the platform. At the same time, in cooperation with the Kazakhstani Center for Industry and Export "QazIndustry", we conducted a survey of more than one hundred industrial enterprises and received valuable data on the readiness and needs of industrial enterprises in the digital transformation strategy, in specific digital solutions, in personnel training, and so on. It has been an up-to-date experience in collecting this amount and quality of data and the process will continue.

Next, we will have to consider the issue of deep analytics. Why do we need this data? In order for enterprises to be profitable, they must see the result from the analysis of this data, so that, for example, each enterprise has access to the Internet of the power that it needs, who needs artificial intelligence, and who needs training. In fact, we are talking about a digitalization map, which we have already created in a pilot version and in the near future it will be available for platform participants.

The next step is the practice of exchanging information on the implemented successful projects in the field of Industry 4.0. So, today, together with our partner — AK Altynalmas JSC —  we are working on placing a successful case on the use of artificial intelligence for a digital factory on our platform. The project was implemented by our Competence Center "IntelliSense-LAB". As a result of the implementation, the total annual economic effect from the implementation of the system in 2020 amounted to more than $ 1.3 million.

We also implemented a digital well project together with our partner, Caspian Oil JSC.

Next, how does one or another solution scale? Having collected a marketplace of IT solutions from our residents and tasks from industrial enterprises, we offered the parties the following format. We persuade industrial enterprises, as part of their own corporate innovations, to conduct an acceleration program, a marathon. This is a rather unique thing. She was born thanks to cooperation with Kazakhmys Corporation LLP. We ran a weeklong marathon showing nine mature IT solutions. This format gives the participants points of contact, the opportunity to choose the most suitable solution and start digitalization of technological or business processes with little or no risk.

As a result of such a marathon, for example, Kainar-AKB LLP chose a company — a resident of our platform — to implement MES systems and automate workflow.

The marathons were run online. Having run ten such marathons, we have significantly expanded the audience. Since the beginning of this year, we have begun cooperation with Samruk-Kazyna, and now we are preparing a new large marathon of IT solutions for the tasks of Samruk-Kazyna enterprises.

Thus, we already have a digital MMC factory, a digital well, and now we are working on the issue of implementing a digital substation.

It is expedient to consider the development of the innovation cluster Industry 4.0 as an integral R&D ecosystem, within the framework of a national project based on the SIMP technology platform, which unites the state, industrial enterprises and IT companies. Today we see that it is precisely through the use of platform solutions that significant progress can be achieved in the field of enterprise modernization.

This platform should integrate government support measures and the needs of enterprises, for example, in taxation. We are already launching one of the SIMP modules — the QazR&D platform, which will solve the issues of transparency in spending 1% of the SRS / ZND of subsoil users on R&D. The platform is implemented using Blockchain technologies by our Center for the Technological Development of Intelligent Systems.

SIMP will also solve the learning problem. This is the most important factor, and we are already ready to meet this need. Together with the Russian company Tsifra, we are now launching the Fifth Competence Center for employee training.

Our immediate goal is to help one hundred Kazakhstani companies by introducing elements of Industry 4.0 within five years to reach a new level of digital transformation. For this year, we are planning about 15-20 implementations of existing solutions, which are partly offered through our Competence Centers, partly from SIMP resident companies.

The main goal we see is the integration of the national platforms of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, the creation of a common market for the needs of industrial enterprises and the capabilities of IT companies, so that we, as Kazakhstan, become competitive precisely as a large regional cluster of Industry 4.0.

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