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  • 2-Hrs Customised Session

    Get your digitalisation projects off the ground, resolve technical issues on your production network, or improve the Cyber Security within your production environment in less than 2 hours. Through these sessions we will probe your networking issues or projects, have a discussion to give you quick guidance to overcome difficulties / common pitfalls, and draft together some solutions. Begin to achieve peak production. You can choose one of our 2-Hrs Customised Session out of the following options: ◾ Agile Bespoke Consulting: Fluid and open conversation and advisory on any IIoT, Networking or Operational Efficiency aspect you may need help with. Get quick access to our Experts knowledge on Digital Transformation. ◾ Digitalisation Projects Kick-Off: Project Scoping, Network Set-Up Overview, Tech Implementation Draft, Quick Tips and Guidance. ◾ Production Network Troubleshooting: Issues Assessment, Network Pulse, Tips and Guidance on Pitfalls, Tech Implementation Drafting. ◾ Cyber Security Improvement: Security Systems, IPS, Firewalls, and Remote Access Pulse, Security Configuration & IT Actions needed. 2 Hour Customised Session, £350.00 ex VAT: · Send us a short description of your issue / project. · We will assign your session to the most qualified and knowledgeable engineer in that subject. · Fill in a questionnaire to enable us to drill down into your requirement further. · Set a date for the session and Receive a summary of the session including insights, guidance, additional resources and next steps. --- Need more comprehensive advisory? Check out our IoT Planning Programmes. .

  • IIoT Silver Programme

    Obtain a complete assessment of your IoT & Industry 4.0 maturity and develop a comprehensive action plan with our IoT Consultants for a 360° Digital Transformation experience. Begin to achieve peak production. Our IIoT Silver Programme includes a thorough review of: ◾ Your Industrial IoT adoption capabilities from existing assets and IoT Solutions: IoT Maturity Level Assessment, meaning the state and level of use of technology in the production process, including Basic IT Networking, Connectivity, Security, Data Management & Industrial Automation. Analysis of your Industry 4.0 potential, evaluation of networks, plant, data and automation technologies. ◾ Current critical IoT Network or Production Network Issues: Hardware Troubleshooting, IP Configurations, Connectivity & Performance, DNS Problems, Firewalls & Malware Protection, and Database Performance among others. Get practical tips and an action plan to predict, prevent and correct issues, avoiding plant downtime. ◾ Industrial Networking & Enterprise IT State and Implementation Plan: Create a comprehensive and agile IoT & manufacturing technology implementation project that includes Basic IT Connections, Secure Architectures and Systems, M2M connectivity, IT & OT Convergence, Data Architectures, Analytics, and Smart Manufacturing technologies. Improve your Manufacturing Efficiency through an advanced implementation plan in which you will maximise benefits both tactically and strategically. ◾ Secure Remote Access Review: Assessment of your Network Architectures, Security Systems and Security Configuration Action Plan. Advanced current Cybersecurity approach evaluation at both Network and Infrastructure levels of IT & OT. ◾ IT | OT Digital Strategy: Deep review of your IT | OT integration and IoT networking. Action Plans for Leadership, Policy Development, Skills & Training, Technology implementation and Data Management. Machine-integration and communication (M2M). ◾ Energy & Process Management Assessment: Evaluation of your energy data acquisition and training on detection of energy saving opportunities and process optimisation through IoT Solutions. Process digitalization and automation. ◾ Rapid & Agile Implementation Plan: Development of a ROI-focused Industry 4.0 Strategy and a Fast Deployment blueprint of critical and strategic IoT solutions for improving your Manufacturing Efficiency. IoT vendor selection and negotiation, design of Minimum Viable Products (MVPs).

  • IIoT Bronze Programme

    Obtain through this IoT consulting and planning programme a pulse of your Industry 4.0 maturity and develop an introductory action plan with our IoT Consultants for your first Polestar Digital Transformation experience. Incrementally improve your manufacturing productivity. Our IIoT Bronze Programme includes a rapid review of: ◾ Your Industrial IoT adoption capabilities from existing assets and IoT Solutions: IoT Maturity Level Assessment, meaning the state and level of use of technology in the production process, including Industrial Networking & Enterprise IT, Connectivity, Security, Data Management & Industrial Automation. ◾ Current critical IoT Network or Production Network issues: Hardware Troubleshooting, IP Configurations, Connectivity & Performance, DNS Problems, Firewalls & Malware Protection, and Database Performance among others. ◾ Secure Remote Access Review: Assessment of your Network Architectures, Security Systems and Security Configuration Action Plan. Current Cybersecurity Approach Evaluation. ◾ IT | OT Convergence Assessment: Review of your ability to integrate IT with OT, maximise the benefits of IIoT, and generate savings in production from IoT technology efficiencies. ◾ Energy Management Guidance: Evaluation of your energy data acquisition methods, and guidance on the detection of energy saving opportunities through IoT Solutions.

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  • Learning Session: Remote Manufacturing in 2021.

    Deploying a Global Manufacturing Strategy in Times of Remote Work. How to Securely and Efficiently Connect Production Lines and Teams across the UK & Europe. During these unprecedented times, manufacturers in the UK and Europe have accelerated the dispersion of their manufacturing operations, aiming to gain efficiencies and face new regulations, political factors, scarce qualified resources, and the enforcement of remote work. In this learning session we discussed the effects that dual forces - the global COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, have had on the manufacturing industry in Europe and the UK testing business resilience and pushing forward Global Manufacturing Strategies. We will show you how it is possible yet to achieve efficiencies through secure industrial connectivity. In this webinar called "Delivering your Global Manufacturing Strategy in Times of Remote Working" we looked upon how to Securely and Efficiently Connect Production Lines and Teams Across the UK and Europe. We showcased tips and real case studies from our IIoT & Cybersecurity experts to: ◾ Understand solutions that help in overcoming common threats of Remote Manufacturing. ◾ Know about key factors you should consider when evaluating Remote Work technologies. ◾ Learn how to define and measure success when implementing new technologies. The speakers were: Julian Smith Polestar IIoT's Managing Director, Cyber-Security Engineer experienced in maximising ROI in OT & IT. Julian has worked implementing Industry 4.0 technologies with manufacturing, transport and utility companies in the UK and Europe; including Carlsberg, Delta, Jaguar & Coca-Cola. Ethan Schmertzler Dispel's CEO and Co-Founder. Ethan has spent 7 years looking for ways to optimise secure remote access to industrial control systems of utility companies and manufacturers, serving already over 12 million people and partners every day from offices in the US, Japan and Europe. Download the Webinar's Quick Handout here: Follow the link: Remote Manufacturing in 2021 Full Handout, and Download the PDF The Challenges for the Manufacturing Industry in 2021 Before COVID-19 and Brexit, manufacturers dispersed operations across different regions depending on the required processes and product specializations. Innovation, high-tech manufacturing, and industrial bases were separated not only demographically, but also geographically throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. This represented a challenge on teams mobility. With travel limited by COVID-19 and regulations imposed by Brexit, manufacturers who previously optimized production by spreading it out are now unable to reach their equipment and keep production up remotely. As an industry, we are experiencing a sudden and urgent need for remote work. We need a way to enable greater resiliency while still continuing business growth, off-site. This is why Digital Transformation is now a key priority in manufacturing businesses looking to adapt and optimize their production. We can no longer rely on manual, on-site practices for critical functions such as keeping machines running and gathering manufacturing data. The only way to enable smart decision-making and process optimization is to fully, securely, and efficiently enable remote access for facilities, teams, and management. Key takeaway: Brexit and COVID-19 presented a challenge in mobility, and manufacturers without secure remote access solutions are struggling to efficiently keep productions lines up. Remote Manufacturing Solutions Many manufacturers tried to overcome such challenges by installing quick-fix remote access solutions that work, but are not secure. Whether it be an unprotected access point or a shadow Android phone plugged into your OT network, you did the best you could to configure a remote access setup quickly, and were forced to accept the security risk. Unfortunately, the security risk is very high: 29% of all cyberattacks in the UK were targeted at manufacturers last year. Quick-fix methods often satisfy IT’s need for efficiency but leave IT & OT’s security requirements unattended. In order to optimize your remote manufacturing strategy, you need a system that bridges the gap between IT and OT: a tool that both meets cybersecurity requirements mandated by IT, and maximizes plant efficiency for OT. The good news is that this gap is bridgeable. Done properly, remote access to industrial control systems fulfills the needs of both IT and OT, providing substantial enhancements to uptime, system availability, and safety. See cases where installing quick-fix remote access solutions have led to serious security & efficiency threats: Molson Coors brewing operations disrupted by cyberattack Kansas Water Utility Attack Underscores Security Limitations In Municipalities Attacker Accessed Florida Town’s Water Treatment System More specifically, a successful secure remote access solution should be tailor-made for industrial environments, and should also facilitate: Delivering operations from different countries. Vendor access, for maintenance purposes. Training, that would otherwise require a physical location. Key takeaway: Mitigate security risk and improve production efficiency by investing in secure remote access made for industrial networks. Authentication, Virtual Desktops, SD-WANs, Virtual Machines, Protocol Management, Whitelisting & Encryption, all ingredients for Efficient Remote Access: A Playbook For Finding Secure & Efficient Remote Access Technologies When it comes to finding the right technology, start by considering your end goal. Most companies answer this with “to find a technology,” “to find a secure technology,” “to maintain cybersecurity,” or to “implement remote access.” However, these are not the end goal. The real end goal is plant efficiency. To accomplish this, you need to: Maximize performance. Minimize downtime. Maintain system control. To properly evaluate the new technologies you’re looking to implement, you must place a relentless focus on plant efficiency. Here are the 3 key considerations you should make when evaluating a new technology. 1. Security and Compliance A robust remote access system should allow complete control for your OT network admin with full security features built-in. If you are looking for a baseline of security best practices, a good place to start for those in the UK are the NCSC Cyber Assessment Framework, the Network and Information Systems Regulations, and the National Cyber Security Center Guides for the Design of Cyber Secure Systems. Similarly, NIST 800-82, and IEC 62443 are also helpful resources to give direction to how you shape your security posture. Need help in digesting these frameworks or implementing Secure-by-Design architectures? Talk to us on a 2-Hrs Customised Consulting Session! Too often, security is seen as the enemy of efficiency. Especially in OT environments, security must be designed to boost plant efficiency. Make sure to ask: Is the product’s access control built to improve productivity, minimize downtime, and maintain system control? Ask a consultant to walk through how you would onboard, give access, and revoke access for a third-party vendor technician. A good technology consultant should tell you about: Access control. Regulatory frameworks. Secure architecture. Resilience and fault tolerance. 2. Time-to-Equipment Every minute of downtime is money lost. Your technology should be actively helping you minimize downtime, so it is essential that your technology is fast and easy to use. Ask your tech consultant to show you how the technology considers: User experience. Connection time. Accessible design. 3. Long-term Viability Factories are built to last decades. Is your digital technology built to keep up through 2050? New digital technology should bring you towards resilience and flexibility, not bog down your systems further. Ask your consultant: How often do I have to buy new hardware to stay on the most up-to-date version of this technology? Do I have to restart/re-install software on my equipment? How will this technology work with our Digital Transformation initiatives through 2050? How to Measure the Efficiency Impact of these Implementations? If you are looking to measure the efficiency impact of a technology, the best place to start is with a simple back-of-the-napkin comparison. To accomplish this, here are the steps you should take, and the data you need to collect: Please follow the link to download and use Efficiency Calculator Excel Spreadsheet and enter your inputs for your efficiency gains. Enter your findings into the “Executive Summary View” page, and look at the box at the top for your results. Key takeaway: Make sure your investment in the technology is worth the gains it will bring your organization. For more information, please download the Event's Full Memories PDF, or schedule a discussion on IoT solutions for Industries and remote access solutions for your manufacturing organization by clicking the banners below: More About this and Other Events: The Audience This webinar was designed for CEOs, CTOs, COOs, Production Managers, Heads of Engineering, Plant Directors, Facility Managers, Operations Managers, OT Managers, Security Architects, Network Architects and Site Engineers from the Manufacturing Industry. Next Events If you can't make it to this session no worries, we will be holding other Industry 4.0 events through the year. Just keep checking our Industry 4.0 Events & Offers page. Past Events Want to know what we've been up to? Check our YouTube channel where you'll find Industry 4.0 related events that we've hosted. Follow-Up Contact us for receiving advise through our IIoT Planning Programmes! #Industry40TechnologiesUK #NetworkIntegratorsUK #PolestarIIoT

  • IoT2market: Polestar Industrial IoT company profile

    Empowering Industry with innovative IoT: Delivering Industrial strength IoT in the UK, Europe & North America | Cisco IoT & Siemens Automation Partners. We develop and create strategies with a set of IIoT technology adoption stages that help any manufacturing company to become Smart. Having been in business over decades, we have worked on both sides of the IT & OT divide with Enterprise IT as well as Production Engineering in delivering enterprise and industrial IT infrastructures, IIoT technologies and Industry 4.0 Consulting. Go to story #Industry40TechnologiesUK

  • Unified Wired and Wireless Access Edge

    The digital business era is here, and it’s changing the business landscape faster than ever. Businesses that embrace digital transformation are more profitable and quickly become market leaders, while those that don’t risk falling behind and becoming irrelevant. This is why digital transformation has become a top mandate for almost every IT and business leader. The ZK Research IT Priorities Survey found that 90% of businesses currently have digital transformation initiatives underway (Exhibit 1), up from 84% last year. Historically, the network edge has been considered of low importance. It connected workers’ computers, printers and a few other devices to the main network, but most user data and applications resided on computers. The network was used to periodically fetch new information or to support “best effort” services, such as email. In this scenario, the access edge played a role of base connectivity and was considered to be of low value. Today, the role of the access edge is completely different and should be considered mission critical. These are the top factors driving up the value of the access edge: Almost all applications are networked. The Internet of Things (IoT) is now mainstream. The use of sensors and beacons has grown. WiFi has become pervasive. Security is shifting to the access edge. The evolution of the access edge is the single biggest change in networking in decades, as it is an entirely new operational and architectural model. An access edge is designed specifically for digital businesses and will bring a level of dynamism never seen before to the edge as well as enable it to have the same level of agility as other areas of IT. Consequently, the network will no longer be the bottleneck that holds organizations back. An access edge is designed specifically for digital businesses and will bring a level of dynamism never seen before to the edge as well as enable it to have the same level of agility as other areas of IT. Key criteria for the new access edge include the following: Unified management of wired and wireless. Software-centric solution. Segmentation everywhere. Integrated threat defense. Automatable network. Single pane of glass management. Standards-based solution. Machine learning (ML)–based intelligence. Intent-based networking (IBN). Recently, Cisco upgraded its widely deployed Catalyst line of access switches and added new line of Catalyst Access Points and Wireless Controllers. The new Catalyst 9000 family delivers on the vision of intent-based networking with some advanced features today, but it also provides a path to a fully autonomous network in the future. The digital transformation era is here, and businesses need to adapt to survive. Today, competitive advantage is based on a company’s ability to be agile, adapt to changes and make rapid shifts to capture market transitions. Most of the digital-enabling technologies—such as IoT, cloud and mobility—are network centric, which raises the value of the network, particularly the access edge. If the business is to harness the full potential of these technologies, the access edge must evolve, with the first step being implementing a unified edge. Shifting to a unified access network needs to be top of mind for CIOs today, as it is the foundation for digital transformation. Read the full research document here. Polestar and ZK Research provide tactical advice and strategic guidance to help manufacturers in both the current business climate and the long term. We deliver insights to end-user IT managers; end-user network managers, and vendors of IT hardware, software & services. Contact us to schedule an IIoT Workshop. #Industry40TechnologiesUK

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  • Network & Systems Integration | Polestar IIoT | UK

    Industrial Networks & Systems Integration Industrial Internet of Things solutions for Enterprises and Global Manufacturers. We are leading a Network & Systems Integrator Company and IT Service Provider for Enterprises and Manufacturers across the UK & EMEA. Our technical expertise ranges in a variety of Operating Systems, Networks, and Databases. Independent Vendor Managers within a wide IoT partners ecosystem. ​ Our services and solutions can securely and efficiently connect entire production lines, stream data in real-time, and help to boost plant performance. ​ Certified Cisco IoT & Siemens Automation Partners. Digital Transformation As a Network and Systems Integration Company for the Manufacturing Industry in the UK & EMEA, we leverage our extensive expertise in IoT and our IT capabilities to deliver bespoke strategies and implement technologies & processes, boosting operations and helping manufacturers to become industry leaders. Networking Specialisms Secure-by-Design Network Architectures Switching, Routing & Ringfencing IT & OT Networks Implementation/Integration Remote Access to ICS, IT & OT IoT Systems Integration IoT Enablement for Robotics & Automation Active Asset Management Edge Computing Industrial Cybersecurity and Firewalls Virtualisation IoT Partners Ecosystem We are independent Network & Systems Integrators that help manufacturers streamline and optimise their supply chains end to end, bringing in unbiased digital manufacturing solutions to drive agility. Know more about some of our partners... We work independently as IIoT partners with: All Partners What manufacturers say: "Polestar enabled us to re-utilise our existing network hardware to realise exceptional performance increases and make the management of the network much simpler." ​ - Graeme Walker, Group Senior Automation Manager, Carlsberg U.K. Unified Wired & Wireless Industrial Solutions Click the Banner to get an Analyst Report Network & Systems Integration Case Studies Case Study: UCS Deployment & Secure Network for a Pharmaceutical | FMCG Producer Click here to download the full case. Cisco's UCS (Unified Computing System) help manufacturing businesses to achieve the consistency,... Case Study: Secure Networks & MES for a Modular Houses Manufacturer Read the full Case Study here. To guarantee better quality in production, the customer required the implementation of a secure by design... Have a question? with us. Get in touch Book an IoT Consulting Session

  • Polestar IIoT | Industry 4.0 | United Kingdom

    Industry 4.0 Technologies UK: Industrial Automation IoT Smart Factory Industry 4.0 Managed Service Provider MSP Icon Are you IIoT Ready? Polestar's Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and services will move your enterprise further, making it radically Anytime, anywhere. connected, secure and smart , ​ Begin your Digital Transformation through a staged Industry 4.0 Strategy and our unique LSD+t methodology. Know How IIoT & Industry 4.0 Technologies Industries are driven by constant and quick change. To cope, adapt, lead and thrive production plants need to connect their machinery, operational technology and IT systems together, harnessing secure-by-design networks, cloud systems, data, automation and AI to boost production and reach peak performance. Polestar IIoT & Industry 4.0 services offer manufacturers optimised operations through implementing a series of tested best-practices and solutions for embedding connectivity, security and intelligence in their plants and continue building a better and more sustainable business. Industry 4.0 Technologies & Services Industry 4.0 Technologies UK: Polestar IIoT Tested Benefits + Including the creation of new business models, reduction of product launching times, energy efficiency, and others . Benefits of Industry 4.0 Technologies Cost Reduction - % In manufacturing at a mature implementation stage. Efficiency Increase + % From improvements in workforce efficiency and downtime reductions. Need more guidance? Book an Industrial IoT Workshop Want your factory be all of this? See how we can help: Industry 4.0 Technologies & Services How to become a Smart Factory IIoT Technologies are great to enhance productivity. For that, your manufacturing plants need to become: smart learn more... Explore analytics, logic & predictive behaviour. gatherer learn more... Record data of transactions, logs & diagnostics. secure learn more... Implement security features, element encoding & factor authentication. connected learn more... Build interfaces, communication and a secure-by-design network. Connected Industry 4.0 Technologies UK White Circle Connected Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Cloud Icon Gatherer Industry 4.0 Technologies UK White Circle Gatherer Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Analytics Report Big Icon Gatherer Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Analytics Report Small Icon basic learn more... Ensure physical needs: power, connectivity, climate & value. Smart Industry 4.0 Technologies UK White Circle Smart Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Analytics Dashboard Icon Basic Industry 4.0 Technologies UK White Circle Basic Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Big Check Basic Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Small Check Secure Industry 4.0 Technologies UK White Circle Secure Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Chip Icon Secure Industry 4.0 Technologies UK Lock Icon What Global Manufacturers Say... "Polestar enabled us to re-utilise our existing network hardware to realise exceptional performance increases and make the management of the network much simpler." ​ - Graeme Walker, Group Senior Automation Manager, Carlsberg U.K. Unified Wired & Wireless Industrial Solutions Click the Banner to get an Analyst Report Polestar's IIoT Latest Projects MODULAR HOUSING MANUFACTURER Implementation of a secure-by-design network to connect the customers Manufacturing Execution System (Siemens). Read more PHARMA | FMCG PRODUCER Integration of hardware and software with existing factory lines and a Cisco UCS. New network implementation to comply with government standards. Read more More Industry 4.0 Projects CARLSBERG FAILOVER Implementation of a failover solution utilising Double-Take software to ensure high-availability of Carlsberg’s critical systems. Read more Latest Posts from our IIoT Blog Learning Session: Remote Manufacturing in 2021. In this learning session we discussed trends on Global manufacturing and how to achieve efficiencies through secure industrial networks. IoT2market: Polestar Industrial IoT company profile Empowering Industry with innovative IoT: Delivering Industrial strength IoT in the UK, Europe & North America | Cisco IoT & Siemens... Unified Wired and Wireless Access Edge The digital business era is here, and it’s changing the business landscape faster than ever. Businesses that embrace digital... 1 2 3 4 5 https://www.polestarinteractive.com

  • Thank You | IIoT Consultancy Packages | Polestar IIoT | UK

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