Plattform Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet Consortium Deepen Collaboration

Author photo: Chantal Polsonetti
By Chantal Polsonetti
Acquisition or Partnership

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), now incorporating OpenFog, and Plattform Industrie 4.0 announced that they have deepened their relationship.  The two organizations work together to drive global interoperability and advance the IIoT.

The first of these new joint projects undertaken by the two organizations will focus on security, edge computing, Industrie 4.0 components and digital twin.  To demonstrate and validate that the concepts and standards work, the companies will produce a whitepaper on a common understanding of digital twins as well as set-up joint testbeds.  

One potential testbed complementary to both organizations is the IIC Smart Factory Web testbed, operated by IIC since September 2016 and led by Fraunhofer IOSB and KETI, with participants Microsoft and SAP.  This testbed investigates integrated architectures and technologies for a web of distributed smart factories based upon the international standards OPC UA and AutomationML.  Next, digital twins based on the concepts of the asset administration shell of the Plattform Industrie 4.0 will be evaluated.

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