Forum on digitalization of the industry Forum.Digital Industry 2021

December 11, 2021

On December 10, the III Annual International Online Conference Forum.Digital Industry took place. The event was organized by the Digital Economy Development Fund together with the UNIDO Centre for Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation. The main topic of the event was the digital transformation of the industry.

In his report, Mr. Alexey Berezhnoy, Head of the Department for Support of Industrial Development Projects of the Industrial Development Agency of the City of Moscow, spoke about the „Technology Bank“ — a project of the Moscow Government, implemented by providing industrial enterprises with a range of services for the selection and support of the implementation of modern technological solutions, providing advice on existing technologies Industry 4.0 and implementation of pilot projects as well.

“Today, in order to maintain competitiveness in the market, industrial enterprises need to implement digital technologies. The Moscow Government, represented by the Industrial Development Agency, acts as technology consultant accompanying the stages of selection and implementation of digital technologies, as well as providing practical assistance to enterprises of the capital’s industry,” said Mr. Berezhnoy.

Mr. Anton Kukanov, Deputy Head of Roskachestvo, spoke about the importance of increasing the digital literacy of enterprise personnel in the context of digital transformation. He noted that in 2021, there were more than 100 attacks on Russian companies using malware. The average amount of the ransom paid is 3 million rubles, and the maximum is 40 million rubles. At the same time, the entry point for malware often becomes the device of an ordinary employee, and by no means vulnerabilities in the systems themselves. „Today, the weakest link in any system is a person,“ the speaker summed up.

Mr. Sergey Korotkov, Director of the UNIDO Centre for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation, in his speech focused on one of the main directions in the development of digitalization — promoting the dissemination of advanced digital production (ADP) technologies.

The emergence and development of ADP within Industry 4.0 is radically changing the manufacturing industry, increasingly blurring the boundaries between physical and digital production systems. Progress in the development of robotics, artificial intelligence technologies, additive manufacturing and data analysis opens up significant opportunities for accelerating the process of introducing innovations, increasing the share of manufacturing in the total value added.

According to Mr. Korotkov, the introduction of new products to the market within the framework of the concept of sustainable development contributes to the emergence of new industries, increasing production efficiency and, in the future, may open up new opportunities for investors.

„Growing production efficiency while respecting the environment, supporting competitiveness, reducing gender inequality, increasing profits through the use of energy and resource-saving technologies — all this can be digitized and in the future can become a new driver for the development of industrial sectors.“

The event gathered together the representatives of the Association of European Businesses, the National Association of Robotics Market Participants, the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (RUSNANO group), the Russia-OECD Center RANEPA, the Gaidar Institute, RUDN University, ANO Investment Promotion Agency, Novikombank, Sberbank, VEB. RF, Rosatom, SODIS Lab Group of Companies, Northwestern Federal District RF Creonomics, Fora Robotics, Robovizard, RobotTechnika LLC and others.

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