Data Networks: In IoT we trust

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Data Networks: In IoT we trust

Scadafence’s passive solutions for smart manufacturers are designed to reduce operational risks such as downtime, product manipulation, and the theft of sensitive proprietary information. The company’s broad solution suite includes continuous real-time monitoring of the industrial environment as well as lightweight tools designed to automate the security assessment process. It is software-based and available either as a virtual appliance or as a network appliance.

Uniscon’s Sealed Cloud infrastructure provides overall data room protection and a detailed journal. It includes a number of patented services and solutions, some of which are available from partners such as Deutsche Telekom. The technology ensures that memory contents and all data transfers remain encrypted. Moreover, it keeps content and metadata protected during processing.

Industrial data space

The Industrial Data Space initiative is organized in two branches: a research project and a user association. The initiative’s launch in 2014 was therefore followed in January 2016 by the creation of the Industrial Data Space Association, a non-profit body representing users’ interests in the standardization of research results. The association has members from 74 companies based in 13 countries.The activities of IDS are conducted in close collaboration with Plattform Industrie 4.0, an alliance of bodies Virtual from politics, science, industry, and trade unions.

The IDS reference architecture has a structure of five layers:

  • The Business Layer – specifies and categorizes the different stakeholders
  • The Functional Layer – defines requirements and features
  • The Process Layer – describes interactions between IDS components
  • The Information Layer – defines the model’s static and dynamic aspects
  • System Layer – contains logical software components, covering integration, configuration, and deployment.

The next goal for IDS is to carve out relationships and compatibility with other reference architectures, such as the Industrial Internet Consortium in the US and the Japanese Industrial Value Chain Initiative.

Interview: Kurt Kammerer

How can users in manufacturing or automotive securely and effectively communicate with each other?
Data space platforms can be integrated in any workflow to allow users to communicate securely and verifiably on any digital channel, using any device. The wide spectrum from human-to-human interaction to machine-to-machine (M2M) data transactions must be supported across interconnected business networks which are common to automotive and manufacturing industries. Beside a comprehensive approach, a realistic price model is required otherwise a good overall architecture will soon come to an economical end.

What are the most important capabilities for secure IoT communications?
We focus on three aspects. On top, confidentiality is key. The market favors encryption solutions that are both secure and user-friendly. Second, easy accessibility for users is vitally important for adoption. The requirements range from simple access rights and identity management to affordable costs. Last but not least, quality counts. Quality of service must be ensured and governed by service level agreements across the IoT and business networks.

Unlike the Internet, which has a sophisticated governance ecosystem, the whole world of blockchain is the wild west

Kurt Kammerer
CEO of Regify and founder of Regify Asia (ISST)

Kurt Kammerer CEO of Regify - Data Networks


How many instances of IoT platforms would a company need?
The abundance of IoT platforms with each vendor of machinery having its own [architecture] leads to situations where one factory may have to deal with several IoT platforms. The producer doesn’t want this. As the data owner, the producer wants control over his own data instead of feeding his production data into IoT platforms of vendors. As much as the producer wants the big picture in real time, he doesn’t want to engage in complex integrating projects that connect the IoT platforms. Therefore, networked communication is needed that connects whole ecosystems (supply/demand/production networks). One single account from the provider of choice will give global access across IoT or Industry 4.0 platforms. With Regispace (, we’ve successfully implemented core IDS proposals in a number of industries.

Can you give us a few examples?
Several partners in Luxembourg and the UK operate Regify platforms for the health sector. These platforms ensure full control of data for the data owner, compliance regarding data privacy and security, and at the same time they enable networked communication across the entire health sector. Regify’s patented and distributed architecture connects users (from humans to machines) across instances of platforms, lets them transact while respecting access rights that each owner of data can grant or revoke at a granular level. Users simply register with their chosen provider to gain full access to other users across the data space providers.

How about standards for secure
data space? Standardization efforts such as IDS and other international approaches are important because they facilitate cooperation within an industry. To date, many users consider comprehensive architecture and data models as too theoretical for today’s challenges. Therefore, Regify solutions work on every digital channel and every device independently of which data partners want to exchange, standardized or unstandardized. Our European, and especially our Asian, customers are calling for this.

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