Welcome to Stratum 4’s website.  We are a professional consultancy dedicated to assisting industrial clients with innovation in the digital age, specializing in the engineering of intelligent automation products, systems and services.

Complementary IA systems and services improve operational efficiency and productivity in a broad range of industrial settings, automating the monitoring, supervision and regulatory control of real and synthetic value production processes.

Intelligence in IA systems relies on computational science and engineering, applied artificial intelligence (AI, e.g., pattern matching), secure time-sensitive networks, and data analytics to enable agile (real-time) data management, situation assessment, decision and control applications.

When coupled to legacy business and manufacturing automation systems, IA systems are evolving into decentralized configurations enhanced with Industrial Internet of Things devices and distributed Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).

As such, IA systems and their supporting service systems function within and across organizational units, enabling Decentralized Industrial Organizations (DIO).  Functioning collaboratively without a central authority, DIO employ, among other advanced digital technologies, blockchains (distributed ledger technology), cryptography (cybersecurity), and smart contracts.  

IA/AI systems are intelligent (cognitive) to the degree they maintain awareness of, and predictable performance in response to, a range of unfolding situations.  IA systems may be stationary or mobile, whether their functions are embedded as components in other systems, or operate as “end systems” at the edge of large-scale cloud-hosted service systems.

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As a professional practice, Stratum 4 offers CTO-class insights and experience concerning training, design, development and deployment of sophisticated automation systems informed by systems science (cybernetics), data sciences (e.g., in silico discovery based on analytics applied to very large datasets), distributed systems (e.g., secure, real-time, high performance and high availability computing, storage and communication systems), and applied mathematics (e.g., probabilistic system modeling, simulation, and visualization).

Stratum 4 is dedicated to assisting clients with strategy, design, development, operation and maintenance of intelligent products and service systems.

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