Combining different cyber-physical systems (CPSs) to make one large system is difficult thanks to the patchwork of transmission protocols and data formats. Digitalized applications require information to be represented and exchanged via common data formats. This is why we are working on an open message protocol that allows individual CPSs to communicate with each other and thus provides a quick and easy way of solving compatibility issues. Corporate data that exists in different data formats is made available through semantic modeling of the data and workflows that can be interpreted by machines.
An Industry 4.0 environment generally makes use of centrally controlled digital platforms into which the data is fed. Since there are any number of such platforms, we help companies find the right platform for each IoT use case.
As part of the project, we are also working on a new approach: We are using semantic web and linked data technologies to pave the way toward decentralized management and application logic. Such decentralized approaches provide users with consistent and flexible access to all relevant information while the original data owner retains data sovereignty.