Project Overview

One of the arguments for an Internet of Things (IoT) is allowing devices, machines, and objects to interact with each other without relying on human intervention to set-up and commission the embedded intelligence. IoT@Work is an EU project led by Siemens AG running within the ICT research programme. The project focuses on harnessing IoT technologies in industrial and automation environments. It will use the FIAT Research Centre facilities (as part of the largest industrial company in Italy) to develop an IoT-based plug and work concept centered on industrial automation. The consortium also includes several distinguished researchers from City University London, Lemgo‘s Institut Industrial IT (inIT), European Microsoft Innovation Centre (EMIC), and TXT-e Solutions.

The designers of industrial automation systems have always faced the challenge of configuring a highly complex and demanding communication network as well as an IT security subsystem. This costly and often manual effort is critical in order to avoid failures that can lead to costly production interruptions (a FIAT factory produces a car each minute) or malfunction that can endanger involved humans.

IoT@Work Application Scenario

The final application scenario is located at the CRF premises. It encompasse various components and services that have been developed in IoT@Work and shows how they are interfacing and interacting with each other for the given scenario. A detailed description of the integrated IoT@Work technologies for the final pilot and several integration/installation guidelines for different technical components of IoT@Work can be found in deliverable D2.5.

Results: IoT@Work Integrated Technologies

A brief description of every IoT@Work technology can be found in our technology flyers available in the Downloads section of the website as pdf.

Technology 1: Directory Service

The IoT@Work DS uses a semantically annotated data model inspired by the uCode Relation Model where the attributes of a device profile are modeled as subject-relation-object triples. The subject is normally an IoT@Work Thing, the object can be another IoT@Work Thing or a primitive value, and the relation is an object attribute. The DS does not use uCodes for naming data elements. more details...

Technology 2: Auto-configuration of Real-Time Ethernet

Autoconfiguration of real-time Ethernet by introducing a service oriented architecture based on OPC-UA. The parameterization of the Profinet is done automatically by the autoconfiguration procedures. more details...

Technology 3: Event Dispatching (Event Notification Service)

The Event Notification Service is a middleware component that acts as a flexible and scalable connector among event sources (i.e. Publishers) and event consumers (i.e. Subscribers). In the IoT@Work project the ENS is used to collect and dispatch in near-real-time events coming from devices and services operating in the shop floor or a production facility. more details...

Technology 4: Capability-Based Access Control

The IoT@Work capability-based approach supports: access right delegation, capability tokens revocation, fine grained access rights. Capabilities are communicable and unforgeable tokens of authority. A capability token refers to a value that uniquely references an object along with an associated set of access rights. more details...

Technology 5: Complex Event Processing

The purpose is to showcase how the wealth of information available in a system supported by IoT@Work technologies can be used to easily add new applications in an agile manner and to perform agile control adaptation. Complex Event Processing (CEP) tool can substantially simplify the development of the new application logic. more details...

Technology 6: Network Slices

Slice System plays the role of a factory networking backbone. From the business scenario perspective, it separates the automation applications from IT or other applications by means of a network slice. more details...

Technology 7: Embedded Access Control

Network Access Control (NAC) is one important element of a defence in depth strategy providing secure Plug & Work and secure communication addressing above requirements. It supports and enables a secure device bootstrapping architecture. more details...

Project Data:

3 Years
1 June 2010 – 30 June 2013

Financial Details:
Call: FP7-ICT-Call5 - Contract Number ICT-257367
Funding from the European Commission: € 3,524,566
Total Budget: € 5,890,830

Project Coordination:
Siemens AG, Munich, Germany

Dr. Amine M. Houyou