Short description of the project
Fraunhofer IOSB supports the International Data Spaces Association's efforts to create a sovereign, secure data exchange network with the International Data Space (IDS). Data from production facilities and factories are extremely critical and should only be shared with third parties in specific use cases. With the IDS, data can be protected through usage control and further usage by third parties can be tracked (provenance). For example, it is not only possible to restrict who receives data, but also how the data may be processed. This is why Fraunhofer IOSB has developed the OPC UA Factory Connector - an IDS connector that provides important IDS functionalities for factories. The latest version is based on the Trusted Connector, the reference implementation for a security gateway (DIN SPEC 27070) in IDS.
An important building block for interoperability in Industry 4.0 is the Asset Administration Shell (AAS). For plants, components, sensors or products, an administration shell can serve as a digital representation. The administration shell is specified in different formats and can be transmitted via different protocols. In the industrial context, OPC UA is a widespread data model and communication protocol for factory plants. Therefore, our connector also supports management shells in OPC UA format, thus combining the advantages of Industry 4.0 and IDS.
Application example and service offer for manufacturing companies
For the connection of industrial plants to the IDS, we provide the OPC UA Factory Connector. We are happy to support you in Industry 4.0 scenarios or use cases with management shells and IDS.