IDS-I Community Kick-off

May 28, 2020 | News

IDSA strengthens its competences in industrial production and streamlines its offers for smart manufacturing ecosystems in the IDS-Industrial Community (IDS-I). Industrial and academic members of the Platform Industrie 4.0 provide the core of this new community, however, many other national, European and Asian partners have joined. This new community strengthens the existing cooperation between IDSA and the Platform Industrie 4.0 as two competence fields are combined: The Platform’s know-how in Industrie 4.0 and IDSA‘s experiences in data sharing ecosystems and data sovereignty. The IDS-I community was officially launched at the Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe on May 26, 2020.

More than 60 participants from all over the world joined the kick-off meeting. They pursued the objective to mirror the demands for data sovereignty in industrial production with the current IDS concepts and technologies and to drive a roadmap for future work within the IDS-I Community.

“The huge response was impressive. Furthermore, the depth of the discussion and the enduring interest throughout the whole meeting. This was a great kick-start for a vital community – I am looking forward to see IDS-I flourish”

Lars Nagel, CEO of IDSA.

Mission to enable design, set-up and operation

IDSA aims to guarantee data sovereignty by an open, vendor-independent architecture for a peer-to-peer network which provides usage control of data from all domains. The IDS-I is a further community of the IDSA. It will map and adapt the IDS principles and technologies to the application domain of industrial production. These important activities and even more are stated in the IDS-I mission statement, which was created during the Kick-Off Meeting.

The mission comprises the following topics:

  • To gather requirements on data sovereignty incl. data sharing, data usage monitoring and control as well as data provenance tracking by means of representative use case specifications.
  • To map these requirements systematically to the standards, capabilities and recommended technologies of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) and the Platform Industrie 4.0 (PI4.0).
  • To derive profiles of IDSA/PI4.0 specifications that support the requirements in industrial business eco-systems on the basis of standards and by means of common governance models.
  • To validate and demonstrate the applicability of these specifications by means of reference testbeds, e.g. the IIC Testbed Smart Factory Web, and/or GAIA-X use cases.
  • To contribute to the outreach of the IDS architecture and specifications to the community of industrial production and smart manufacturing.

The mission of the IDS-Industrial Community is to enable the design, set-up and operation of International Data Spaces tailored to the needs of the application domain of industrial production respectively smart manufacturing.

“The widespread adoption of the IDS-I mission statement represents the broad and demanding spectrum of expectations by the IDS-I participants. The profound expertise and input of the participants will ensure that the value proposition of IDS will be made visible for the industrial community, however, interoperability with Industrie 4.0 specifications will remain a key success factor.”

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Usländer, Head of Department Information Management and Production Control at Fraunhofer IOSB

Strengthening the cooperation

The IDS-I Community will strengthen the link between IDSA and the Platform Industrie 4.0 as well as the Industrial Internet Consortium and formal liaison partners in the industrial sector, such as the Robot Revolution Initiative, the Industrial Value Chain Initiative, the Data Trading Alliance and the OPC-Foundation.

Andreas Teuscher, Chief Information Security Officer at SICK AG, and Dr.-Ing. Thomas Usländer, Head of Information Management and Control Technology at Fraunhofer IOSB, are the elected co-chairs of the IDS-I Community.

“With this community the industry gets the opportunity to exchange ideas on existing concepts and to develop new ones tailored to their needs. I invite everyone to participate and make IDS-based solutions applicable.”

Andreas Teuscher, Chief Information Security Officer at SICK AG

Further interested IDS-I participants are welcome. Just send an email “register IDS-I” to

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