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Industry 4.0

Digital Conference Seals German-French Collaboration

Norms, standards and a binding legal framework are the key to a functioning Industry 4.0. Germany and France now want to work together more closely on these points.

12 Jan. 2017
Deutsch-Französische Digitalkonferenz
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As part of a joint declaration to mark the 2nd German-French Digital Conference, the two neighboring countries announced, among other things, a more intense collaboration on the 'Alliance Industrie de Futur' ('Industry Alliance of the Future') and 'Plattform Industrie 4.0' ('Platform Industry 4.0') initiatives. The projects have already developed application scenarios for the digitalization of the manufacturing sector, now they also want to draw up a joint reference-architecture for norms on the basis of RAMI 4.0 and Big Picture.

This will predominantly, but not exclusively, benefit cloud applications: Small and medium-sized businesses in traditionally strong industrial countries are facing the technological transformation with more uncertainty than most. That is why France and Germany want to work together to develop certification norms for data protection and implement the relevant procedures. With regard to the digital market in particular, a harmonization of the legal framework could give European companies that extra push, according to the Bitkom digital association , which points out that the two countries combined already account for one third of the sales of IT/telecom products and services for all EU countries.