Collaboration between IDSA and NTT Com to Link Japanese Smart Data Platform and Europe’s GAIA‑X

By Aki­ra Sakai­no, Evan­ge­list, NTT Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons

Octo­ber 1st, 2020, saw the begin­ning of a col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween IDSA and NTT Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Cor­po­ra­ti­on (NTT Com), the ICT solu­ti­ons and inter­na­tio­nal com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons busi­ness wit­hin the NTT Group. The col­la­bo­ra­ti­on will com­pri­se a seri­es of tests aimed at deve­lo­ping a secu­re, glo­bal data-manage­ment plat­form that ensu­res inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty bet­ween local­ly or regio­nal­ly orga­ni­zed data plat­forms built and mana­ged in coun­tries world­wi­de.

The test envi­ron­ment for secu­re sharing and exchan­ge of high­ly con­fi­den­ti­al data will inclu­de the IDS Con­nec­tor, the core tech­no­lo­gy of GAIA‑X[1], and NTT Com’s Things Cloud® IoT plat­form and Smart Data Plat­form (SDPF)[2], the lat­ter of which incor­po­ra­ting Data Trust®[3] poli­ci­es.

In addi­ti­on to asses­sing the prac­ti­ca­li­ty and ope­ra­bi­li­ty of a new struc­tu­re for mana­ging and enfor­cing data access rights on the basis of rela­ted laws and under­ly­ing con­tracts, the col­la­bo­ra­ti­on will shed light on the requi­re­ments to be met by plat­forms desi­gned for data manage­ment across natio­nal bor­ders. The results are expec­ted to lead to the estab­lish­ment of data manage­ment plat­forms that smooth­ly link local­ly or regio­nal­ly orga­ni­zed data plat­forms in mul­ti­ple coun­tries across the glo­be.

Testbed for interoperability and data usage rights management

The col­la­bo­ra­ti­on will inclu­de various cases of data sharing and exchan­ge across natio­nal bor­ders, such as remo­te moni­to­ring of machi­nes over­seas. Initi­al­ly, NTT Com, in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the NTT Soft­ware Inno­va­ti­on Cen­ter[4], will deploy the IDS Con­nec­tor and NTT Com’s SDPF in a test envi­ron­ment in Japan in order to test sys­tem inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty and data usa­ge rights manage­ment.

The test envi­ron­ment in Japan will then be con­nec­ted to two test envi­ron­ments in Euro­pe: IDSA’s test envi­ron­ment in Ger­ma­ny and a sepa­ra­te test envi­ron­ment ope­ra­ted by Swiss non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­on Switz­er­land Inno­va­ti­on Park Biel/Bienne[5].

Global data management platform

The­re­af­ter, NTT Com will pro­ceed with fur­ther veri­fi­ca­ti­on and tes­ting by app­ly­ing the fin­dings from the first pha­se in a test ope­ra­ti­on envi­ron­ment (test bed) aiming to veri­fy inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty of various hard­ware and soft­ware com­pon­ents using the IDS Con­nec­tor.

The new, glo­bal data manage­ment plat­form will be joint­ly deve­lo­ped by Japa­ne­se and over­seas com­pa­nies and orga­niz­a­ti­ons. At the same time, NTT Com will deter­mi­ne con­cre­te requi­re­ments to be met by the plat­form, tog­e­ther with various orga­niz­a­ti­ons and com­pa­nies acti­ve in Japan and over­seas, inclu­ding the Robot Revo­lu­ti­on & Indus­tri­al IoT Initia­ti­ve[6].

Going for­ward, NTT Com hopes to sup­port the for­mu­la­ti­on of basic spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons through public-pri­va­te-aca­de­mic col­la­bo­ra­ti­on. Ulti­mate­ly, NTT Com aims to con­tri­bu­te to the rea­liz­a­ti­on of a smart world by deve­lo­ping and pro­vi­ding a plat­form for broad sharing and exchan­ge of data in wide-ran­ging fiel­ds world­wi­de.

Protecting the rights of data providers and owners

Tech­no­lo­gies for IoT, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, and data uti­liz­a­ti­on are incre­a­singly being app­lied in diver­se indus­tries, inclu­ding manu­fac­tu­ring, logistics, trans­por­ta­ti­on, medi­cal care, and ener­gy, as well as by public aut­ho­ri­ties and govern­men­tal agen­ci­es. To faci­li­ta­te advan­ced, mul­tipur­po­sed data usa­ge, appro­pria­te sys­tems are nee­ded that ensu­re secu­re and reli­able sharing and exchan­ge of data bet­ween busi­nes­ses and other orga­niz­a­ti­ons across indus­tries and natio­nal bor­ders. At the same time, the rights of data providers/owners must be pro­tec­ted, and the rights of data pro­vi­ders and users must be obser­ved in terms of when, whe­re and under what con­di­ti­ons spe­ci­fic data can be used by whom and for what pur­po­se.

Cur­r­ent­ly, legal sys­tems and tech­no­lo­gies are being deve­lo­ped world­wi­de to crea­te appro­pria­te data infra­st­ruc­tures, as data exchan­ge in inter­na­tio­nal busi­ness requi­res com­pli­an­ce with data infra­st­ruc­tu­re spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons accord­ing to the laws and regu­la­ti­ons of the respec­ti­ve coun­tries.

More infor­ma­ti­on is avail­ab­le at: The Robot Revo­lu­ti­on and Indus­tri­al IoT Inter­na­tio­nal Sym­po­si­um 2020 –Glo­bal tops talk: Manu­fac­tu­ring busi­ness and para­digm shift– [Ses­si­on 3] Japan-Ger­ma­ny Expert Forum


[1] GAIA‑X is a Euro­pean pro­ject initia­ted by the governments of Ger­ma­ny and Fran­ce in Octo­ber 2019 to build a decen­tra­li­zed data infra­st­ruc­tu­re for data sharing and exchan­ge pro­tec­ted by Euro­pean data laws.

[2] Smart Data Plat­form (SDPF) is NTT Com’s next-genera­ti­on plat­form offers com­pre­hen­si­ve, one-stop func­tions for cor­po­ra­te digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on (DX).

[3] DATA Trust® is a regis­tered trade­mark of Nip­pon Tele­graph and Tele­pho­ne Cor­po­ra­ti­on (NTT).

[4] The NTT Soft­ware Inno­va­ti­on Cen­ter is an NTT labo­ra­to­ry enga­ged in rese­ar­ching and deve­lo­ping IT infra­st­ruc­tu­re tech­no­lo­gies, such as DX acce­le­ra­ti­on, soft­ware infra­st­ruc­tu­re, AI infra­st­ruc­tu­re, and next-genera­ti­on com­pu­ters that are beco­m­ing important infra­st­ruc­tu­re.

[5] Switz­er­land Inno­va­ti­on Park Biel/Bienne is a Swiss non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­on that car­ri­es out and sup­ports pri­ma­ri­ly indus­try-ori­en­ted app­lied rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment.

[6] The Robot Revo­lu­ti­on & Indus­tri­al IoT Initia­ti­ve is a pri­va­te orga­niz­a­ti­on estab­lis­hed in 2015 at the initia­ti­ve of the Japa­ne­se government to faci­li­ta­te the use of indus­tri­al IoT, robots etc. NTT Com has been acti­ve as the secre­ta­ri­at of the Glo­bal Data Manage­ment Plat­form Sub-Working group sin­ce Octo­ber 2019.