Industry 4.0

IoT iniates a fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing companies
IT_Industry Industrie 4.0
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After mechanization, electrification and digitalisation of the industry, the advent of the ‘Internet of Things’ initiates a fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing companies. Real-time communication of machines, storage systems and equipment with digital systems enable new types of production processes. Machines do communicate with each other by a constant exchange of large amounts of data, and can therefore operate themselves independently. Being affiliated to each other, they work more efficiently and detect errors on own. Consumers are notified when products have to be replaced, repaired or recalled, whether they are still fresh or have exceeded their expiry date.

VdTÜV is convinced that Europe must utilise the latest developments in the digital world intelligently in production, in order to achieve greater efficiency and competitiveness in industry. Value creation and business models of industrial production can be redesigned completely. Therefore, uniform framework conditions for cross-industry and cross-border technology partnerships are necessary.

From the VdTÜV perspective, the legal provisions and standards in Germany and the EU must be designed in a way, that ensures that new products and technologies can be rapidly brought into circulation in the European single market. For Industry 4.0, standards and the creation of reference architectures for the networked technology of cyber-physical systems (CPS) are indispensable. Independent certification by accredited, neutral third parties provide reliable evidence that these standards are being complied with. They ensure transparency and the necessary confidence in products, processes and new technologies.


VdTÜV position on the regulation proposal for a European “Cybersecurity Act”

As part of the 2017 cybersecurity strategy, the European Commission (EC) published a regulation proposal for the “EU Cybersecurity Agency” and the “Cybersecurity Act” in September 2017. VdTÜV welcomes the objective the EC is pursuing with this legislative initiative: Strengthening trust in the security of products and ensuring a higher level of cybersecurity through a consistent framework for the certification of IoT products.

VdTÜV Position: Data Protection, IT Security & Compliance as a Basis for New Business Models in Digital Connected Mobility

Modern cars with their large number of electronic control units are, according to the public opinion, susceptible to hacker attacks. Thus, IT security is becoming more and more important in the industry. VdTÜV emphasises three aspects that must be guaranteed: the operational safety of the vehicle, IT security and data protection as well as the privacy of drivers.

VdTÜV Position: Information security of smart products in Europe

Does the regulatory framework for product safety remain up to the task in regard to smart products or is there a need for legislative adjustments?