NIKI 4.0: Project Partners Make Project Work Accessible to the Public

Development of an open source application for simple testing of Industry 4.0 in the company/ Building plans for sensors, source code and gateway instructions available as a free software license

Photo credits: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Karlsruhe, 25.06.2018 – With the termination of the project NIKI 4.0, the entire project work will be made accessible to the public on June 25, 2018. Instructions for the gateway, including a building plan, an installation and configuration guide and an installer, as well as the source code for the visualisation by means of an augmented reality application for Android are now available under the free software license Apache-2.0. In addition, the package contains building plans for diverse sensors such as the environment sensor EIS, a position sensor, an E-meter, a virtual sensor for the simulation of different types of sensors and the so-called PROFIBUS-Sniffer, an information coupler. The license allows the artefacts to be used in other scientific, industrial and commercial projects.

NIKI 4.0 stands for the project "Non-Disruptive Evaluation Kit for Industry 4.0". As a part of the project, a package for SMEs was developed, extending the existing production facilities through non-disruptive ad hoc sensors and information couplers easily and cost-effectively. With the developed open source software, SMEs in particular have the opportunity to test and evaluate individually, whether their own company should invest in the purchase of Industry 4.0-compatible machines and production facilities, in the Industry 4.0 environment even without cost-intensive investments.

Researchers of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology developed a visualisation of NIKI 4.0. For this purpose, at first a visualisation concept was developed with the help of the project partners and the committee accompanying the project, and published as WhitePaper. Subsequently, the implementation as an Android application as well as the testing in evaluation scenarios took place.

Hahn-Schickard developed, partly building on own existing works, the sensors for NIKI 4.0. Due to the integrated batteries, the sensors are self-sufficient for the test time and communicate via the radio protocol 6LoWPAN without influencing any further infrastructure.

With the information gateway, the Institute of Reliable Embedded Systems and Communication Electronics (ivESK) at Offenburg University has developed the central data hub of NIKI 4.0. All data sources, sensors and information couplers send their data to the gateway. This converts, if still necessary, the data consistently into the OPC UA format and makes these available to different clients via LAN and WLAN using a uniform interface.

The project was launched on February 1, 2016. Commissioned by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung gGmbH, the project had a total term of 28 months and ended on May 31, 2018. Besides the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, research partners of the project NIKI 4.0 were Hahn-Schickard and Offenburg University. The committee accompanying the project consisted of decision-makers from industry and an external expert for data visualisation.

Further information on the project can be found at www.niki-40.de. Images are available in web and print resolution at www.fzi.de/presse below this press release. The use of the images is only permitted for editorial reporting on the project NIKI 4.0.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The head office is in Karlsruhe.

The FZI has a branch office in Berlin.

About Hahn-Schickard

Hahn-Schickard develops intelligent products using microsystems engineering: from the initial idea or concept through to the product – across all industry sectors. The research and development service provider is represented by its sites at three locations in Baden-Württemberg: in Stuttgart, Villingen-Schwenningen and Freiburg. In trustful cooperation with the industry, Hahn-Schickard realises innovative products and technologies in the fields of sensor and actuator technology, cyber-physical systems, communication technology, software development, lab-on-a-chip and analytics, microelectronics, integrated circuit packaging, micro assembly and reliability. The sites in Villingen-Schwenningen and Stuttgart are involved in the project NIKI 4.0. Hahn-Schickard is also the consortium leader of the project NIKI 4.0.

About Offenburg University

Offenburg University is one of the leading technical universities in central Baden. More than 4,500 students are enrolled in the area of studies of technology, business and media. The team of the Institute of Reliable Embedded Systems and Communication Electronics (ivESK), guided by Prof. Sikora, currently consists of ten full-time engineers and doctoral students. These are supported by about fifteen students. They have extensive know-how for secure, modular, energy-efficient and reliable communication solutions and their implementation in embedded systems.

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