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Old and New Join Forces; How AI, IoT and Digital Tech are Transforming Resource Industries

POINT ROBERTS, Wash. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investorideas.com, a global investor news source covering Artificial Intelligence issues a special edition of The AI Eye, looking at how new developments in AI, IoT and the digital tech sector are now being deployed in seemingly “old-school” industries such as oil and gas and mining.

As technology progresses forward at a breakneck pace, older and more established industry sectors such as oil and gas, or mining and manufacturing are beginning to realize that utilizing these new technologies is the only way to embrace the future.  BI Intelligence predicts that global manufacturers will invest $70 Billion on IoT solutions in 2020, up from $29 Billion spent in 2015.

Universal mCloud Corp. (TSX-V: MCLD) (OTCQB: MCLDF), a leading provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and analytics, recently unveiled its plans to connect oil and gas field workers with real-time access to digital work assistance capabilities using the Company’s AssetCare platform delivered via head-worn, hands-free smart glasses.

Originally developed to support field workers and maintainers in mCloud’s Smart Buildings and Wind segments, the Company expects to deliver similar capabilities within its recently announced entry into Oil and Gas through its newly-signed three-year global licensing agreement for AssetCare solutions with Fulcrum Automation Technologies (“Fulcrum”). In the oil and gas industry, mCloud estimates there are over 1.4 million field workers operating over 500,000 assets across North America whose roles would benefit from the enhanced productivity and efficiency that would come with hands-free access to AssetCare in the field.

Delivered on smart glasses, mCloud’s AssetCare platform enables workers in the field to get access to the right information at the right time combining the features of an AI-powered digital assistant with advanced 3D and mixed reality. Real-time digital work instructions enable workers to get guidance and verification as they work through complex procedures, ensuring they get jobs done right the first time. Smart work order management capabilities ensure workers focus on those field assets in most urgent need of attention.

In addition, remote assistance, provided through mCloud’s strategic arrangement with Agnity Global enables workers in the field to virtually collaborate with experts in the corporate back-office through a secure, enterprise-grade video and audio link.

“Our ability to deliver AssetCare on hands-free smart glasses lets us dramatically improve the productivity and efficiency of field workers everywhere,” said Dr. Barry Po, mCloud’s Chief Product Officer. “All across the oil and gas value chain, there are opportunities for us to enhance the way decisions are made in the field.”

Schneider Electric S.E. (OTC: SBGSY), a leader of digital transformation in energy management and automation, has recently announced the launch of Schneider Electric Exchange, the world's first cross-industry open ecosystem dedicated to solving real-world sustainability and efficiency challenges.

"Digitization continues to revolutionize the way we work and behave. The world can no longer work in independent silos; the need for better integration and collaboration has unearthed new opportunities and solutions. Schneider Electric Exchange brings together a diverse ecosystem of digital innovators and experts, enabling the co-creation of solutions and enriching learning and speed through collective intelligence. Together this digital ecosystem creates, collaborates, and scales business growth," says Cyril Perducat, EVP IoT & Digital Offers, Schneider Electric.

Stelco Holdings Inc. (TSX: STLC) (OTC: STZHF), the owners of North America's newest and most technologically advanced integrated steelmaking facilities recently announced signing an agreement with Canvass Analytics Inc., a global leader in AI software for intelligent industrial operations to use Canvass's AI platform to transform its steel operations, improve yield and boost productivity.

Alan Kestenbaum, Executive Chairman of Stelco Inc. commented: "As a company that strives to deliver the market's highest quality products in a cost competitive manner, we are continuously looking at how we can operate better. By partnering with Canvass Analytics, we are systematically transforming our facilities into intelligent operations environments and augmenting a digitally oriented workforce in order to take the efficiency of our operations to the next level. Canvass Analytics quickly demonstrated to us the usefulness of AI in certain areas of our operations and the potential of applying AI across our operations in order to increase our profitability and competitiveness."

In the mining sector, Albert Mining Inc. (TSX-V: AIIM), using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced knowledge-extraction techniques since 2005 announced on March 28th that its technology will be used on Playfair Mining Ltd.’s RKV property (Tynset, Hedmark County area, 295.96 square kilometres), located in Southern Norway, 350 km North of Oslo. A fee will be paid to Albert for applying its CARDS (Computer Aided Resources Detection Software) system using AI and Datamining on the RKV property.

Albert Mining says its objective is to develop a new royalty stream by significantly enhancing and participating in the exploration success rate of mining.

AI is changing the future of the resource sector from agriculture to energy and mining but it also impacts almost all sectors as innovation and demand for efficiency become key ingredients for success.  In Canada and the US, the resource sector is a key contributor the economy, so the old must meet the new or face meeting the fate of the dinosaurs.

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