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Researchers find way to easily connect machines from different manufacturers

| Author / Editor: / Rosemarie Stahl

Johannes Kölsch (left) and Christopher Heinz are developing a user-friendly software system that connects devices from different manufacturers.
Johannes Kölsch (left) and Christopher Heinz are developing a user-friendly software system that connects devices from different manufacturers. (Source: University of Kaiserslautern)

One of the biggest problems with digitalisation is that it either needs machine manufacturers to open their software systems to other brands, or it needs a connection software that can work with machines regardless of their producers. The latter is attempted by researchers from Germany.

The Internet of Things is steadily progressing: not only computers, but also machines, cars and household appliances are connected. Linking devices from different manufacturers is proving to be difficult. Researchers from the University of Kaiserslautern have found a solution: they are developing a user-friendly software system that connects devices from different manufacturers. The user can decide who has access. The system is ideal for companies, private households, as well as traffic systems and building technology. They technology has also been presented at the research stand of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate at Hannover Messe in April.

Users can conveniently turn on the heating or lights remotely by smartphone, while machines exchange data in an automotive production facility. These are just two examples that show how devices are becoming increasingly interconnected. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been part of our everyday lives for quite some time. “An increasing number of devices have their own network connection and IP address,” says Christopher Heinz, doctoral student under Prof Dr Christoph Grimm, who is head of the design of cyber-physical systems department at the University of Kaiserslautern. The abbreviation ‘IP’ stands for Internet Protocol and represents a unique web address.

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