- The Industrial IOTA Lab Aachen (IILA) has welcomed its first pilot customers within a closed alpha phase with the WZL of the RWTH Aachen University, the Fraunhofer IPT, WBA GmbH, SPAICER and several other partners.
- With the IOTA Tangle based MyDataEconomy platform, IILA is developing the backbone of the data economy for manufacturing industry.
Via a new blog post, the Industrial IOTA Lab Aachen (IILA) has announced a significant breakthrough in the development of the project. As the IILA announced, the first pilot member with the WZL of RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer IPT, WBA GmbH, ACAM GmbH, TPU Plus GmbH, SPAICER and the 5G-Industry Campus Europe were welcomed to test the “data economy of the future” in a closed alpha phase.
The Industrial IOTA Lab Aachen was founded in April 2018 as a joint project of the WZL of RWTH Aachen University and senseering GmbH. The vision of the Industrial IOTA Lab Aachen is to develop the backbone of data management for manufacturing technology and to connect it with the industry.
Industrial IOTA Lab Aachen starts alpha test phase
The technical basis is the MyDataEconomy platform, a digital data marketplace for industrial data sources and large amounts of data developed by senseering GmbH. The platform is based on a secure and low-latency Edge-AI architecture, but can also optionally be operated in common cloud instances (AWS, Azure, etc.) and uses IOTA’s Distributed Ledger Technology to ensure data integrity, data sovereignty and protection against forgery.
The MyDataEconomy platform digitizes very complex and difficult to network data sources with and among each other in a particularly simple way. This enables the secure and efficient exchange of data across network and company boundaries. Dr. Daniel Trauth, CEO of senseering GmbH, summarizes the goals of the platform as follows:
The MyDataEconomy ecosystem not only makes it possible to improve the quality of condition monitoring and predictive maintenance approaches to a particularly high degree, it also provides an infrastructure with which (industrial) data, digital twins, data-based services or innovative algorithms can be exploited, exchanged or monetized in a value-added manner in the future, like real materials and goods.
In order to put the technology through its paces, the alpha test phase has now been launched. Two renowned German production technology research institutes, the machine tool laboratory (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, will be accompanying the test. Each of the pilot customers will be testing a different application area.
The WZL will test the MyDataEconomy platform in conjunction with its Feintool XFT2500 speed industrial fine blanking system, while the Fraunhofer Institute will put the platform to the test for the production of sophisticated components in the aerospace sector. In addition, WBA GmbH will use the technology in its own demonstration tool shop to research “innovative solutions for the industry with over 80 member companies”.
The Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM) will use the MyDataEconomy platform to pool resources and facilitate industry access to the expertise of leading science and research institutions, as Dr. Kristian Arntz, CEO of ACAM, explained:
Digitization allows construction plans in the field of additive manufacturing to be shared worldwide and produced locally under optimal, i.e. sustainable, conditions. By means of blockchain, the authenticity of decentralized manufacturing can also be ensured and consistent quality guaranteed.
Currently, the MyDataEconomy platform is only available to selected companies and institutions to test beneficial use cases for further development. However, after a successful alpha phase, the MyDataEconomy platform will be open to everyone, including private individuals.
All further use and test cases, as well as more detailed descriptions can be found in the official press release on the start of the alpha phase.