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Starting in October 2020, an international group of researchers will investigate how the Internet of Things can make supply chains more efficient and secure. The Barkhausen Institut is playing a key role in the iNGENIOUS project.

Today, the manufacturing and delivery of all kinds of products often requires huge, highly interconnected supply chains. The more complex a product is, the larger is the supply chain behind it. The Corona crisis has shown how vulnerable these supply chains can be.

The next generation of the Internet of Things can make the management of complex supply processes more predictable and less prone to error in the future. The EU-funded project iNGENIOUS (Next-GENERATION IoT sOlutions for the Universal Supply Chain) was set up to drive this development forward. In this multinational project with 21 partners from industry and research, the Barkhausen Institut will take over the technical coordination from October 2020.

The aim of the project is to use innovative technologies to propose both technical and business solutions in order to ultimately build a complete platform for supply chain management. Many companies have already recognized in recent years the opportunities offered by the Internet of Things. They are now moving towards the complete digitalization of their supply chains. To enable these companies to make their production and transport routes more efficient and secure in the future, they will use highly developed technologies. The technology research of the individual partners is focused on 6 application cases. For example, satellite connections and the modern, high-performance 5G communications standard make global supply chains verifiable. New mechanisms of artificial intelligence also enable more precise predictions for process automation and plant management than conventional systems.

The iNGENIOUS project consists of 21 partners spread over 8 countries, including three telecommunications operators and manufacturers, two network operators, four logistics partners, two universities, three research institutes and seven high-tech SMEs. In iNGENIOUS, the Barkhausen Institut takes on the role of technical manager, responsible for the technical coordination of the work packages during the implementation of the project. In addition, the Barkhausen Institut brings its M3 operating system platform, based on a tile-based hardware architecture, to the project, which focuses from the beginning on security by design and isolation. Via the M3 platform and together with 5G networks, neuromorphic sensors in logistics vehicles are to be connected safely and energy-efficiently to a central early warning system, so that defects in vehicles can be detected and eliminated at an early stage.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 957216.

Project duration: 2020-2023

Contact: Dr. Tim Hentschel,, Dr. Carsten Weinhold

Cooperation partners:  Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Ericsson Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (TEI), Nokia Spain S.A. (NOK), SES Techcom S.A. (SES), Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo S.A. (TID), Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Sequans Communications S.A. (SEQ), Nextworks (NXW), Cumucore OY (CMC), AWAKE.AI Oy (AWA), NeuroDigital Technologies (NED), NeuroControls GmbH (NCG), ASTI Mobile Robotics S.A.U. (ASTI), Polsko-Japońska Akademia Technik Komputerowych (PJATK), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), ValenciaPort Foundation (FV), 5G Communications for Future Industry Verticals, S.L. (5CMM), Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSPMTS), ST Engineering iDirect (Ireland) Limited (iDR), COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Spain) S.A. (COSSP)