Cooperation between the Netherlands and Germany is Indispensable and Entails Great Opportunites

16.10.2018

On the third day of a Dutch mission to Germany, an event was organized in Saarbrücken with the theme "a safe and digital industry". As the fourth industrial revolution, driven by major leaps in IT innovation, it is time to connect the Dutch and German initiatives. In the opinion of the SMeART partners, the event was an important step towards this connection. The consortium also trusts to profit from the cooperation.

During the whole program several Dutch and German key-note speakers spoke to the public in an interactive setting. After the introduction on Smart Industry, the delegation visited various demonstrators in Saarbrücken. His Majesty Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Máxima joined this part of the program in the context of their working visit to the German federal states and saw the developments in the Netherlands and Germany in the field of Smart Industry.

One of the demonstrators coming from the Dutch company Compumatica, outlines the problem that factories and systems of the future are connected to the internet in various ways, which entails risks. A hack, with all possible consequences, is lying in wait. With the MagiCtwin technology, Compumatica shows that by applying one-way traffic or highly regulated two-way traffic, it is virtually impossible to reach and attack factories or systems from the internet.

In addition, the royal couple was present at the networking event in which participants discussed different themes with a focus on cooperation between the Netherlands and Germany. Finally, a cooperation agreement was signed between Smart Industry and Platform Industrie 4.0. With this, the ambitions and initiatives on both sides were recorded in writing.

The "Knowledge Alliance for Upskilling Europe's SMEs to meet the challenges of Smart Engineering", which is living the international collaboration, sees this as an important step.

Source: Smart Industry NL

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