Dr.-Ing. Andreas Gössling holds a German diploma (Master of Science equivalent) in Computer Science from the University of Münster, Germany, and a PhD in Engineering from the Faculty of Computer Science at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. He worked as a research associate at Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden University) from 2006 until 2012. From 2012 until 2016 he worked at Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen, Germany as a management trainee and a research engineer with responsibility for data exchange in industrial applications. Since 2016 he is group leader for netIOT – Industrial cloud communication at Hilscher GmbH, Hattersheim, Germany. His research and development history encompasses artificial neural networks, time-synchronised networked applications, fieldbuses and fieldbus device descriptions, data exchange standards in automation (especially OPC UA and AutomationML) as well as architectures of automation systems. He is a board member at AutomationML e.V. and member of working groups in Plattform Industrie 4.0 and VDI/VDE GMA.
Interoperability within the Industrial Internet - The need for Interface and Model Standardization
Industrial Networks have a history of heterogeneous technologies existing in specialised areas of application. In order to address the opportunities and benefits of the Industrial Internet and Industrie 4.0, interoperability of these different technologies becomes a growing challenge for engineers and integrators in the field. This presentation outlines the obstacles that the industrial internet has to address in order to achieve interoperability within automation systems and shows exemplary approaches for tackling the obstacles. Special focus is put on the paradigm shifts that the definitions of interfaces and models are currently undergoing. As the demand for interfaces between automation technologies grows, new approaches are needed in order to address the resulting engineering effort. A new class of standards focuses not on domain-specific functionalities, but on enabling interoperability between other standards. How this is done is being outlined by an example from the domain of industrial communication technologies.