The security and sovereignty of data is the key topic and target of Industrial Data Space and the user association. How the target can be achieved, how data can be safely shared and utilised, is and has been discussed among the members again and again. For example, Dr.-Ing. Robert Bauer, Chairman of the SICK AG Executive Board and member of the Board of the Industrial Data Space Association, and Prof. Dr.-Ing Boris Otto, manager of the research project Industrial Data Space at Fraunhofer IML Dortmund call for the establishment (see latest news) of globally accepted basic conditions for data property, data ownership and transfer. Another important point is to consider data as goods. The target of the current digital transformations within companies and supply chains is to make data from machines, components and even human beings available. Data from different sources will be shared to enable the implementation of Industry 4.0 and networked with each other. With that, data are not just “waste products” of value creation processes and thus gain more and more value.
At the same time as networking increases, the challenge grows for companies to protect their sensitive data and – if tradable as goods – to transfer them safely and profitably. The association and research project are convinced that a basic condition for that is for companies to keep control over their data and thus their digital sovereignty. Sensitive data mustn’t leave the influence of the originator. That is why Industrial Data Space is offering its new approach for a solution where developing the Base Connector is key. For the first time, this will guarantee data sovereignty, not only by legal means but also by technical means.