Com­pa­nies like Micro­soft, Goog­le, Intel, Tele­kom and Deloit­te as exhi­bi­tors, more than 250 speakers from indus­try, busi­ness and rese­arch and about 13,000 visi­tors from 114 dif­fe­rent coun­tries – the IoT Solu­ti­ons World Con­gress in Bar­ce­lo­na was a gre­at suc­cess for the orga­ni­sers. The Indus­tri­al Data Space Asso­cia­ti­on can also draw a tho­rough­ly posi­ti­ve con­clu­si­on after its pre­mie­re as an exhi­bi­tor at one of the lea­ding IoT exhi­bi­ti­ons in Euro­pe. “The num­ber of visi­tors at our booth and the feed­back we got about our idea and the pre­vious suc­ces­ses of Indus­tri­al Data Space was fan­tastic”, Lars Nagel, Mana­ging Direc­tor of the Indus­tri­al Data Space Asso­cia­ti­on, looks back at the exhi­bi­ti­on in Spain with satis­fac­tion.

At their 30 squa­re met­re booth, the User Asso­cia­ti­on demons­tra­ted the cor­nerstones that have alre­ady been achie­ved toge­ther with the mem­ber com­pa­nies Cybus, Fraun­ho­fer ISST, MSG Group and Nicos in a vivid and prac­tice-ori­en­ted way. One exhi­bit about the refe­rence use case Logistics, for examp­le, show­ed how app­ly­ing Indus­tri­al Data Space can work in logistics and how it is able to opti­mi­se pro­ces­ses sustain­ab­ly – for examp­le in the sup­ply chain.

With a con­stel­la­ti­on of 1,500 LED lamps, Cybus impres­si­ve­ly show­ca­sed how data can be dis­tri­bu­t­ed in real time bet­ween manu­fac­tu­ring and cloud with Cybus Con­nect­wa­re. The MSG Group pre­sen­ted their myDa­ta plat­form, a data bro­ker for data-cent­red busi­ness models. The fact that Indus­tri­al Data Space can be a solu­ti­on for sover­eign data exchan­ge for com­pa­nies world­wi­de, was under­li­ned by the IDSA mem­ber thys­sen­krupp at IoT with a film spe­ci­fi­cal­ly pro­du­ced for the exhi­bi­ti­on: “The solu­ti­on is Indus­tri­al Data Space”.
The­re was ano­t­her prac­tical examp­le of a very suc­cess­ful coope­ra­ti­on at the IoT Solu­ti­ons World Con­gress: Direct­ly next to the Indus­tri­al Data Space Association’s booth, the FIWARE Foun­da­ti­on also had their stand. They would like to deploy the first open source imple­men­ta­ti­on of Indus­tri­al Data Space.

Whe­re­as ever­y­thing was run­ning smooth­ly insi­de the exhi­bi­ti­on halls, the cur­rent poli­ti­cal events in Spain affec­ted arri­vals and depar­tures. Strikes and demons­tra­ti­ons sub­se­quent to the Cata­l­an inde­pen­dence refe­ren­dum of 1 Octo­ber 2017 part­ly stop­ped the traf­fic and public trans­port. Trans­port with bus­ses, under­ground and cabs was only gua­ran­teed for one hour befo­re and one hour after the begin­ning of the exhi­bi­ti­on. Par­ti­ci­pants who wan­ted to be more fle­xi­ble nee­ded to be more ima­gi­na­ti­ve: Uwe Brett­ner, Mana­ging Direc­tor of nicos AG, and Jörg Lang­kau, Mana­ging Direc­tor of nicos Rese­arch & Deve­lop­ment GmbH, quick­ly deci­ded to rent bikes as the best way to get to the exhi­bi­ti­on halls.