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Interoperability of the Time of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things

Department of Management, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands
Future Internet 2019, 11(2), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11020036
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 28 January 2019 / Accepted: 1 February 2019 / Published: 3 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10th Anniversary Feature Papers)
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Abstract

Industry 4.0 demands a dynamic optimization of production lines. They are formed by sets of heterogeneous devices that cooperate towards a shared goal. The Internet of Things can serve as a technology enabler for implementing such a vision. Nevertheless, the domain is struggling in finding a shared understanding of the concepts for describing a device. This aspect plays a fundamental role in enabling an “intelligent interoperability” among sensor and actuators that will constitute a dynamic Industry 4.0 production line. In this paper, we summarize the efforts of academics and practitioners toward describing devices in order to enable dynamic reconfiguration by machines or humans. We also propose a set of concepts for describing devices, and we analyze how present initiatives are covering these aspects. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; Industry 4.0; semantic web; ontology; intelligent interoperability; dynamic production processes Internet of Things; Industry 4.0; semantic web; ontology; intelligent interoperability; dynamic production processes
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Lelli, F. Interoperability of the Time of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Future Internet 2019, 11, 36.

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