Distributed control systems for manufacturing are currently evolving towards Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT) systems. Sensors and actuators get equipped with internet connectivity, which allows them to interface with cloud platforms. This potentially enables a number of application cases. However, industrial “things” may be much more complex and more resource-constrained than typical consumer space “things”. This talk provides an overview of Industrial IoT application cases and sketches various challenges for researchers and practitioners using the example of turning a level sensor for industrial tanks into an IoT device.
I had a talk on Hannover Fair 2018 in the Forum “Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet”. The slides are published on Slideshare:
I gave a guest lecture at University of Heidelberg on “Software Architecture in Process Automation” for Prof. Barbara Paech’s software engineering students:
In Baden Baden at the German Automation Congress 2017, I recently gave this talk on a standards-based approach towards Plug&Produce applications:
The Plattform Industrie 4.0 has released a new paper on a standards-based Plug&Produce approach for industrial devices, which was mostly written by me. The paper is a contribution to the current working groups on Industrie 4.0 and focuses on a specific application scenario, where devices connect to each other with limited human interaction. Its purpose is to point to existing standards and reveal standardization gaps. Although a good fundament of standards exists, there is still the need to create more semantically standardized information models to realized this application scenario in a vendor-neutral way.