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The IUNO demonstrator is a template for a secure technology data marketplace that is both fully protected with Wibu-Systems’ solutions and open enough to accommodate additional actors and vendors; the IUNO cocktail mixing machine becomes a model for a new paradigm in manufacturing. Where vertical integration once meant physical control and ownership over every link in the supply chain, it can now mean the integration of independent partners. Like the recipes, production data can be traded, licensed, and securely transported through the Industrial Internet to smart factories that offer manufacturing as a service (MaaS). This creates new commercial freedom and access for sellers, buyers, and makers, all of whom can rest assured that their data is protected from theft, illicit use by more unscrupulous partners in the supply chain, or tampering along the way with the power of CodeMeter’s licensing and protection capabilities.
The future of industry is connected, intelligent, responsive, and customized. With concepts like Industry 4.0, we have a roadmap and a vision to follow. The protocols for machine communication and new HMI interfaces are available and continue to be refined. From the new data infrastructure to the industrial machines on the ground, the hardware is being rolled out in upgraded and retrofitted brownfield installations, or completely new greenfield sites.
Industrial engineers and the operators of their products on the ground have also begun to take the threat of cyber-criminality seriously and are investing in protection and licensing capabilities. Still, the opportunities to truly experience the Industrial Internet of Things and smart factories in action are few and far between.
IUNO, the German national reference project for IT security in Industry 4.0, is set to change this with a show-stopping technology demonstrator: a high-tech drinks mixer that showcases how a secure technology data marketplace can work as the front end of a smart, connected, and fully secured and licensed supply chain.
Developed in a multivendor project partnership including the IUNO members Wibu-Systems and TRUMPF, the drinks mixer works by combining a technology data marketplace – a repository of drinks that would-be vendors can add their favorite recipes to – with a secure data transmission concept and similarly protected front-end hardware. With a selection of recipes at the customer’s disposal, the drinks are chosen from the custom-made sales platform (at https://iuno.axoom.cloud) and paid for by Testnet Bitcoin. Once the customer has made his or her selection and the Bitcoin transaction has been processed, the technology marketplace sends the order for the right recipe in fully encrypted form to the physical mixer, using Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter License Central - the cloud solution for license management - to do the heavy lifting of encrypting, licensing, and securing the operation.
In the mixer itself, a CodeMeter dongle provides an anchor of trust for the protected operating software of the mixer and for the mixer’s correct identity in its transaction with the IUNO marketplace, using an industry-grade Infineon SLM 97 security controller. At no stage in the supply chain can the recipe be read out or tampered with, neither in the cloud marketplace nor in its transmission or in the mixer itself.
On top of protecting the IP in the recipes, the CodeMeter technology is used to enforce the licensing for each recipe. Only the paid number of items (drinks in this case) can be produced. The encrypted recipe is worthless without the corresponding license which defines the amount of goods allowed for production.
As in more regular manufacturing operations, the manufacturer of the technology (the mixer) and the vendor of the product (the recipe) – who could be one and the same or separate entities – can rest assured that their intellectual property is safe and sound.
The customer on the front end sees little of the intricate software and hardware that goes into making his or her drink of choice. Whatever drink the customer goes for, one thing is certain: the end result is more than a refreshing beverage. It is a taste of the future of industry.