The NIMBLE project is funded by the EC as one of the four projects in the FoF (Factories of the Future) PPP supply chain cluster, and as one of the ten projects under the overall theme of digital automation – collaborative manufacturing and logistics. All ten projects have been facilitated by the ConnectedFactories CSA project, which aim is to establish a structured overview of available and upcoming technological approaches and best practices.
In February 2018, NIMBLE started a collaboration with another three projects from the supply chain cluster: DIGICOR, COMPOSITION and vf-OS, jointly looking at the interoperability aspects of the four digital platforms. The results of our collaborative activities towards platforms mapping and interoperating are presented at the EFFRA Community Day 2018, 27 June 2018 in Brussels. The representatives of all four digital platforms including NIMBLE, met during the event and discussed the future steps.
Our presentation, entitled “Towards the Realisation of Hyperconnected Factories: Preliminary Results and Future Directions” has been presented by Usman Wajid (Information catalyst, UK (projects: DIGICOR, COMPOSITION)) during a 40 minutes presentation slot: EFFRA_FoF11-HyperConnectedFactories-UW.pdf.
Thank you, Usman, for your extraordinary collaboration!
The NIMBLE research paper entitled “Federated Byzantine Agreement to Ensure Trustworthiness of Digital Manufacturing Platforms” has been presented at the 1st Workshop on Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains for Distributed Systems (CryBlock 2018) in Munich, Germany. The goal of the workshop was to promote discussion on theory, progress, development, deployment and on the practical usage of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, smart contracts. The event was co-located with the 16th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2018).
Our research paper explores the use of the Stellar Consensus Protocol (SCP) and its Federated Byzantine Agreement (FBA) algorithm for ensuring trust and reputation between federated, cloud-based platform instances (nodes) and their participants. The paper discusses the message exchange flow between the NIMBLE application logic and Stellar consensus logic. The presentation was given by Johannes Innerbichler, Salzburg Research.
Data and location: 6-9 February, 2018. Valencia, Spain
FEVAMA was present in 38th FIMMA-International Fair of Machinery and Tools for Furniture, Carpentry and Decoration and 38th MADERALIA-International Exhibition of Materials and Components for Furniture, Carpentry and Decoration.
This fair has a biennial periodicity and professional character, and it´s aimed to professionals from all the wood-related industry sectors, such as first and second processing machinery, laptops, tools, environmental protection energy, plants and facilities, engineering, Hardware and locksmith; woods, sheets, boards, and paper edges; carpentry, construction, chemicals and surface finishing, semi-finished products / auxiliary industry, new materials (resins, pvc, aluminium, steel, glass, acrylic).
The fair was attended by 466 exhibitors and 32.945 professional visitors (40% of them from furniture industry and carpentry).
FIMMA-MADERALIA was a great appointment and a reference event for professional installation, prescribers, furniture manufacturers, decorators, carpenters, Interior designers and architects.
Two NIMBLE research papers have been presented at the 9th International Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Systems and Applications (I-ESA 2018), in Berlin, 22-23. March 2018.
The paper “Cybersecurity Requirements for Supporting Enterprise Interoperability of Multi-Sided Platforms” presents our approach to capturing security aspects related to business rules and constraints of NIMBLE Multi-Sided Platform (MSP). We design the MSPs Privacy Requirements Framework and the MSPs Security Architecture, in order to cater for specific use case-centric and platform-centric cybersecurity requirements. To ensure compliance with the upcoming GDPR, we discuss the mapping between elicited cybersecurity platform requirements and GDPR rules. The paper has been presented by Violeta Damjanovic-Behrendt (Salzburg Research).
The paper “An Ontology Framework for Multisided Platform Interoperability” presents our approach to ontology-based enterprise interoperation that involves two core ontology modules: the Catalogue Ontology and the Business Process Ontology. For the representation of certain business aspects, the Catalogue Ontology exploits the Universal Business Language (UBL), while for the description of product characteristics related to different domains, the ontology makes use of the relevant industrial standards. The Business Process Ontology encompasses machine readable vocabularies for the semantic description of business processes, and could be extended by adding new ontologies or data schemas. The paper has been presented by Quan Deng from BIBA (Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH) and won The Most Innovative Solution Award. Here is the complete list of the paper authors: Q. Deng, S. Gönül, Y. Kabak, N. Gessa, D. Glachs, F. Gigante, V. Damjanovic-Behrendt, K. Hribernik, K.D. Thoben.
Both papers are available from https://www.nimble-project.org/papers/
Title of event: HABITAT Fair 2017 (http://www.feriahabitatvalencia.com)
Data and location: 19-22 September, 2017. Valencia, Spain
Feria Habitat Valencia 2017, showcase to the world of creativity, innovation and design. The commercial offer of Feria Habitat Valencia integrates all elements of Habitat for the home and facilities; furniture, lighting, decoration, home textiles, mattresses.
AIDIMME and FEVAMA shared a stand at the fair and have the chance to disseminate NIMBLE to specific companies visiting the booth through face-to-face interviews. MICUNA, as well, presented NIMBLE to some relevant MICUNA´s suppliers to create awareness about NIMBLE platform to join us as soon as it is ready.
Title of the event: Kind + Jugend
Date and location: 14-17 September, 2017. Cologne, Germany
MICUNA was an exhibitor in the leading international trade fair of the baby and children’s outfitting industry during last September 20-23 in Cologne. In their booth MICUNA presented NIMBLE to some key enterprises.
Kind + Jugend confirms its outstanding international position:
Around 22,500 visitors from 113 countries
Increase in the level of internationality of the visitors
Top quality across the board
Digital Kidsroom arouses great interest
Title of event: ENCAJA Fair 2017
Data and location: 30-31 May and 1 June, 2017. Valencia, Spain
AIDIMME has supported the arrangement of the NIMBLE presentation inside the ENCAJA fair with the support of FEVAMA and MICUNA. The ENCAJA event is a professional fair which main goal is the promotion of encounters between supplying and demanding companies in order to cover business, technology and knowledge, focusing on finding real and effective solutions for the storage, distribution and sales points. NIMBLE was present in ENCAJA from 30th May to 1st June through the childcare furniture use case proposed by MICUNA.
The NIMBLE platform was also presented to the audience on 1st June during a dedicated speech in which the main aspects of the platform were explained exhibiting specific mock-ups focused on the supply chain of the furniture sector. The presentation was specially targeted to providers of services and raw materials, logistics and manufacturers.
Furthermore, face-to-face meetings have been arranged and specific questionnaires have been filled by the companies in order to know some details about the companies and its interest in NIMBLE.
INNOVA has presented the NIMBLE project at the INTEROP-VLAB General Assembly 2017, which took place 13-16 of June, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
INTEROP-VLab, the European Virtual Laboratory for Enterprise Interoperability (I-VLab, http://interop-vlab.eu), is an initiative to develop networked research with critical mass in the Enterprise Interoperability (EI) domain and associated domains (Future Internet and Enterprise Systems Applications).
The main objective of this dissemination action has been to create awareness about the NIMBLE project.
Slides explaining the scope, benefits and use cases of NIMBLE were presented, and the audience showed a deep interest concerning the whole concept and implementation of the project. A number of question were asked, especially concerning the recruitment of users for the platform and the implementation of the expected impact.
At the conference were present representatives from 10 organizations, including universities, technological centres and research institutes from 6 European countries.
The project partner BALance presented the NIMBLE platform on the most important ship-building exhibition in the world: Nor-Shipping 2017 (http://nor-shipping.com/).
A few numbers about the event:
- Visitor and delegate entries at exhibition: 31,500
- Number of exhibiting companies: 900
- Number of national pavilions: 19
- Exhibiting space m2: 21,000
BALance has organized a topic day on their booth, where NIMBLE has been presented related to topic: Maritime 4.0 – Automation, Robotics and Sensors.