Korean German Collaboration enabling a Smart Factory Web

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Smart Factory Web receives IIC Testbed Award

On behalf of the whole team working in the IIC testbed "Smart Factory Web" Dr. Kym Watson received the IIC Testbed Award during the IIC Quarterly Meeting in Helsinki (photo: from left to right: Kathy Walsh/IIC, Dr. Kym Watson, Joseph Fontaine/IIC).
Congratulations to Dr. Watson and the team for the excellent work which done in this successful testbed.
More infomation on the Smart Factory Web can be found on this Website.

The Korean Institute KETI and Fraunhofer IOSB have launched a project financed by the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE). Based on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts, we are investigating integrated architectures and technologies for a web of distributed smart factories.

The Smart Factory Web aims to form a network of smart factories with flexible adaptation of production capabilities and sharing of resources and assets to improve order fulfilment. With this project, various goals are pursued:

  • Flexible adaptation of production capabilities and sharing of resources/assets in a web of Smart Factories to improve order fulfillment
  • Provide the technical basis for new business models with flexible assignment of production resources across factory locations
  • Factory-to-factory interoperability with the industrial standards OPC UA and AutomationML
  • Enable cross-site usage scenarios with secure Plug & Work functions and data analytics


The project creates values in three respects:


  • Create and validate new business models with flexible assignment of production resources across factory locations
  • Help operators to manage factory resources efficiently with a view of all factories by using mashup, simulation and data analytic services
  • Create new opportunities for SMEs, allowing flexible response to orders



  • Reduce IT system integration and installation costs
  • Faster engineering and ramp-up time of modules, machines and IT systems
  • Improve equipment utilization



  • Enabling development of an ecosystem of companies with new job profiles
  • Enable cross-site collaboration of production and engineers


The Smart Factory Web was accepted as IIC Testbed by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the course of its consortial meeting on 19 September 2016 in Germany. A full list of IIC testbeds can be found on the IIC Testbed page

The project itself is subdivided into 4 phases:

  • Phase 1: Geospatial Mapping and Factory Information
  • Phase 2: Plug & Work
  • Phase 3: Data & Service Integration
  • Phase 4: Collaboration