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SDT: connecting clients to Industry 4.0

Article - October 13, 2020

Providing a full turnkey package of services, Portuguese company SDT Electrónica offers new generation network solutions for clients looking to take advantage of the opportunities posed by the latest Industry 4.0 technologies.


With the rise of IoT, Big Data, cloud computing, intelligent devices, advanced robotics and autonomous vehicles, a new industrial era, known as Industry 4.0, has emerged. As our world becomes fully connected, an ever-growing number of machines, sensors, devices and applications will communicate with each other, sharing information at lightning-fast speed using 5G (and later 6G) broadband internet. This ultra-fast communication age has also prompted demand for a new generation of networks, comprising of the latest communications infrastructure, equipment and components.

Industry 4.0 technologies are set to transform all segments of the economy. And to survive and thrive in this new data-driven era, businesses must adapt and make use of these new technologies, or face being left behind. Such adaption will indeed be a challenge for many, but incorporating these new technologies will also offer new opportunities and possibilities across the board. 

Providing industry-leading communication services and solutions for more than 40 years, Portuguese company SDT Electrónica has positioned itself at the forefront of this new ICT landscape, supporting clients who want to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the latest Industry 4.0 technologies.

“In a totally connected and globalized world that facilitates and demands efficient solutions, SDT will always be faithful to its essential strategic foundations by selecting and integrating cutting-edge technology,” says SDT CEO, Bertrand Bouet.

Mr. Bertrand Bouet, President & CEO of SDT Electronica

“SDT always provides its partners and users with the best sensory experiences through intelligent and automatic means in highly resilient and secure environments.”

Thanks to the experience acquired from working on a diverse range of projects involving network infrastructure, SDT has the capacity to offer services for planning technological evolution, infrastructure optimization, multi-vendor integration and migration towards new generation systems. Specializing in the installation and configuration of voice, data, video and mobile network infrastructure, SDT guarantees the highest performance to ensure clients the best return on their investment in the network.

Beyond planning, optimization, installation and configuration of the new network, SDT offers a full suite of services extending to project management, operation, supervision, logistics, training and certification, offering a one-stop shop to clients based on its turnkey business model.

Mobile Phones

IoT (the Internet of Things) is the centerpiece technology of the Industry 4.0 era, allowing all sorts of “things” – from buildings, bridges, roads and cars to factory machinery, robots, domestic appliances and even our bodies – to connect to the internet and to each other,  gathering and sharing data in real-time. Indeed, IoT has moved well beyond being just a concept; it is estimated that there are currently some 50 billion devices connected to the internet in 2020, with another 35 billion predicted to be installed in 2021.

As smartphones serve as the brain, eyes and remote control for users within the IoT ecosystem, SDT took the decision to start developing its first smartphones back in 2013 in response to the growing demand for IoT devices.

Leveraging on its rich know-how in selecting the best equipment and technologies for new generation networks, SDT established a strong chain of production partners, guaranteeing the very high quality of the final product. The company signed a distribution agreement with Google and has since sold 800,000 of its LAIQ-branded smartphones, which are characterized by sleek design and the highest-quality components.

Global growth

SDT has come a long way since its establishment over 40 years ago and is a now an important global player, with over 7 million terminals sold since 2009. Having established SDT Brazil in 2015, the company has become the number one provider of video processing solutions in Latin America, while it is also the top supplier of CATV network solutions in the Portuguese domestic market.

With 50-plus employees operating in Portugal, Brazil, China and Mexico, over 80% of SDT’s workforce hold higher education degrees and are instrumental to development and innovation within the company. As turnover continues to grow (reaching €37.7 million in 2019), SDT will continue to invest 15% of its revenues in knowledge and innovation, in order to bring the best and most state-of-the-art solutions and services to its growing international client base.