Cooperative embedded systems: networking of public administration with intelligent Industry 4.0 environments

One of the central challenges of future Industry 4.0 environments is how to design a cooperative control approach for embedded systems and intelligent environments. The factory of the future will be capable of controling many processes in real time due to the assistance of such systems and environments.

“Embedded systems” exist if an actor integrates hardware and software components in a more comprehensive product in order to realise product-specific functional features. They interact with the outside world using defined interfaces and protocols. Ideally, a so-called “industrial data space” combines individual interaction levels: As an interface, it serves on the one hand as an interpreting unit for smooth communication between various technical bodies, and on the other hand as a data trustee for the objectively correct and trustworthy assignment of sensitive business and personal data.

Standards for proper initial programming are crucial in setting the course at the beginning of the innovation cycle. Furthermore, networking the administration effectively, securely and lawfully with intelligent environments is decisive for sovereign supervision and incident-related intervention in fully automated embedded systems. What a cooperative control approach for embedded systems and intelligent environments could look like, in terms of competition and tender law as well, raises numerous challenging academic questions. The programme area is also taking up the challenge of the interdisciplinary academic observation of the technical, normative and administrative development of “Industry 4.0”, the “Internet of Things” and their interfaces from the beginning. Special attention will be directed here to the questions of data allocation, data sovereignty and open data in the ecosystem of a smart factory and within smart cities.

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Prof. Dr. Mario Martini