Almost two months ago I joined the German-Austrian research project EuProGigant to support and temporarily represent the work from the Software AG side. In many ways, the project was topically something new and different from what I did before since the focus lies majorly on backend work with a high emphasis on security and interoperability. Furthermore, in the previous research action GAIA-X, the foundations have been defined and specified and should be applied as concrete implementation in the frame of the EuProGigant project.
The project EuProGigant stands for “European Production Giganet” and aims at calamity-avoiding, self-orchestration of the value chain, and learning ecosystems. The binational research project for smart and sovereign use of data in the European manufacturing industry. The project is carried out by an Austrian-German project consortium led by TU Wien and TU Darmstadt, with the goal of building a multi-location, digitally networked production ecosystem. As a lighthouse project for the GAIA-X initiative, which strives to build an open European data infrastructure, EuProGigant advances a resilient, data-driven, and sustainable industry in Europe. The ecosystem, which consists of data and infrastructure ecosystems, should show how to practically realize added value for customers and manufacturing companies through value creation based on smart and sovereign use of data. This should strengthen European industry and drives the contribution of industry to the sustainable development of Europe.
GAIA-X is a European initiative to build a common, secure, and sovereign data infrastructure for Europe based on the principles of trust and transparency. It was launched in early 2020, driven by policy and the economy. The aim of GAIA-X is to develop the new data infrastructure on the basis of the European legal framework, reducing dependence on large cloud providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Alibaba, and others. GAIA-X is the first opportunity to apply European standards for the secure and sovereign use of data in manufacturing. GAIA-X is paving the way for resilient value creation and learning ecosystems because it provides tools on how to design a virtual marketplace that is independent, overarching, and secure.