Dec 21, 2016 | News

The opening congress  for “Smart Service Welt – Internetbasierte Dienste für die Wirtschaft” (Smart Service World – Internet-Based Services for the Economy), a technology programme funded by the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi), showed once again how relevant the topic of Industrial Data Space is. “In times of digitalisation it makes real sense for companies to come together to form user institutions”, explains Ralf-Peter Simon, Managing Director of KOMSA group, and member of the board of the Industrial Data Space Association. The cooperations and partner-like collaborations are a clear trend; they enable solutions that meet the requirements of everyday practice in companies to develop and become established quickly. “This is the truly unique feature of Industrial Data Space. We are a user association, not a development association”, emphasises Simon, who presented Industrial Data Space in his presentation at the congress as an “Enabler of the Smart Service World”. The initiative offers ideal opportunities for both individuals and companies to take part. Just how big the potential and the need in many companies is, became clear during the presentation of funded projects at Smart Service World. “I believe that many of the examples presented here would progress even faster with Industrial Data Space”, Simon tells us. This first congress was convincing: “It was interesting that there were several mentions of Industrial Data Space in keynotes and discussions.” In his welcoming speech, Dr Andreas Goerdeler, Head of Sub-Department National and International Digital Agenda” at BMWi, and Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech in his presentation, both referred to Industrial Data Space.
The conference was the starting signal for the BMWi’s second funding initiative, namely for “Smart Service World II”. The first initiative started in the year 2014 and was a great success. This was proven by the projects showcased at the opening event at the end of November. Companies and consortia can apply for the current funding with their ideas until mid-February.

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