PPE Resilience Grant
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Oakland County, in partnership with Macomb County and Automation Alley, has created this grant to help enhance the emergency response readiness of the counties’ small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the application of digital technologies known as Industry 4.0. Grant funds will be used to re-train, re-organize, upskill, install and incorporate state-of-the-art digital manufacturing to prepare for a more resilient future when PPE is needed.
Industry 4.0 technologies for the purposes of this grant program refer to: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization, and Immersion (MSVI).
Industry 4.0 technologies enable rapid and resilient responses to catastrophic events. The following are some examples of their use during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Digital factory and MSVI technologies used to model TCF Center in Detroit
- Additive manufacturing used to produce ventilator parts and molds, and PPE
- Big data used to assess COVID-19 spread, behaviors, and trends
- Cybersecurity technologies critical for secure contact tracing