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The Industrial Internet Security Framework: A security framework built on cooperation

Global collaboration is essential to protect the industrial internet. “Attacks to industrial sites will not be a local affair in the industrial internet, but an international one,” says Dr. Jesus Molina, Security Consultant at Fujitsu, on the Industrial Internet Consortium blog. He was part of the team that worked on the recently published Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF).

The framework required close cooperation from many contributors globally and it took a lot of patience and testing to get it right. According to Molina, each draft received hundreds of comments and they wanted it to be inclusive of many views, so it took years to get IISF completed. He believes the final document provides a comprehensive and balanced view on securing current and future industrial systems. He also says that the framework is a living document.

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Leading players in the IoT for the automotive industry

A key pillar of Internet of Things advancement is automotive development. Writing in the IoT Tech Expo Blog, Jon Kennard lists the key players that are pushing IoT discovery forward in the automotive industry.

In Kennard’s opinion, groups such as Tesla, Renault, Google, Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens, among others, are leading the way in terms of the connected vehicle ecosystem. “Siemens has been researching and developing autonomous vehicles for years, and their view of the movement is much more from a network and system perspective. Buses, trains – very little falls out of scope for this forward-thinking tech giant.”

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How to Hack a Port

How to develop digital solutions in a port environment, where things happen fast, and many actors must operate together seamlessly? This is the challenge Konecranes presented to developers at Maritime Hack organized on November 26 and 27 in Helsinki.

The third hackathon organized by Konecranes took hackers into a completely new environment – into a port, where the level of automation can be significantly higher than in a factory environment.

Maritime Hack was special also in another way –the event included three separate challenges and was organized by Industryhack in cooperation with Rolls-Royce, the City of Helsinki and Konecranes. The whole event gathered dozens of developers and designers to Arctech Shipyard in Helsinki.

“The whole maritime industry needs a lot of disruption, and there is a great demand for digitalization. It is a good example of an industry with many different players, regulations, and rules. The different players need to find new ways to work together to fully benefit from digitalization,” said Industryhack CEO Petri Vilén, who will be participating in the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017.

The attending teams were chosen from a great number of applicants and granted access to the application programming interface (API) provided by the event organizers.

This time the teams had a unique opportunity to visit the Port of Helsinki on the week before the actual event. The visit included info sessions by organizing companies and a guided tour to the different areas of the port – the pier, the yard, and to the gate.

Full automation is the big dream – many things can be automated already today

The teams were presented with three different challenges that all concerned the use of digital information flow in port operations: vessel unloading, yard operations, as well as in-and-out land traffic.

“There is still a lot of manual intervention in container port operations. With automated information flow we can reduce the amount of manual work and also the risk of information being faulty. Full automation is the big dream, but there is a lot of smaller solutions that can be applied to existing operations already today,” explained Konecranes Sales Manager Ville Hoppu.

The teams received specialist coaching from a number of Industryhack coaches. The coaching was especially useful in developing the creative ideas into concrete solutions that create value for the customer. As the second day turned into night, many teams still continued to develop their ideas.

Winner team creates an application to optimize truck traffic

On the final day, each team got to present their solutions to the jury. At the demo session, the teams presented solutions to challenges ranging from weather conditions to container yard operations of small ports.

“The whole maritime industry needs a lot of disruption, and there is a great demand for digitalization. It is a good example of an industry with many different players, regulations, and rules” -Petri Vilén, Industryhack

Team Nortal developed the winning solution. The team presented a mobile application for truck drivers that strives to optimize time spent on cargo pickup. Currently there is hardly any communication between the port and the truck driver. This is something the winning team wants to change.

The winning application is set to optimize cargo pickup. The demo included a calendar view and a function that allows the truck driver to schedule an optimal time for cargo pickup. The application is set to improve efficiency and waiting time as well as cut costs. Reducing waiting times by one per cent can result in significant savings as cargo volumes are high.

Juha Pankakoski, Konecranes Chief Digital Officer, was surprised to see that all teams had focused on one theme – improving the information flow related to material flow at the port.

Pankakoski explained that the winning team was able to develop a very practical and well-functioning solution to a very practical problem.

“The winning solution has good applicability, and it can be easily deployed and distributed in actual working environment. It can also be easily developed further,” Pankakoski said.

The key to victory was the insight to tackle a very specific problem and develop a very concrete solution.

“The idea was quite simple, but we spent a lot of time calculating the business case behind it. We wanted to make sure that the solution actually creates value for Konecranes,” the winning team explained.

Tricky challenge, great ideas

Maritime Hack was different from the two previous hackathons organized by Konecranes because it took place in a complex port environment with a lot of different actors, regulations and rules. The two previous hackathons took place in a factory environment.

“Ports are complicated logistics hubs, where many actors have to work together and communicate with each other. Ports are also very controlled environments where functions take place on very designated areas. Different equipment and systems need to work together seamlessly. The environment is demanding and hectic,” Juha Pankakoski explained.

Pankakoski gave credit to the teams for finding novel solutions despite the tricky challenge.

“We noticed that this is by far a more challenging area than that of the two previous hackathons. All the more, I’m happy to see that the teams were able to come up with innovative ideas.”

To see all the videos from the three-day event, go to Konecranes’ YouTube channel

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The business viewpoint of securing the Industrial Internet

According to Daniela Previtali, Global Marketing Director, WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, the tone of the many discussions about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) varies widely from one viewpoint of unbridled optimism about the seemingly endless possibilities to another filled with apocalyptic doom and gloom about the safety of the planet and everyone on it. “Two extreme views perhaps, but there is no denying the fact that security is an issue that needs to be carefully addressed before any of those endless possibilities can become a reality in the industrial internet,” she writes in Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

Though there is a growing awareness and concern for IIoT security, the ability to address these concerns with step-by-step roadmap has not been well coordinated until now. The framework and detailed approach will be published in the coming months in the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Industrial Internet Security Framework Technical Report (IISF).

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Predictive Maintenance Part 1 of 5: Predictive maintenance in the automotive industry

Predictive maintenance is a hot buzzword in the automotive industry, but what does it take to implement it and what are its benefits? Ken Elliott, Global Director of Analytics within Enterprise Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, explores these questions on the Business Value Exchange blog.

“Predictive maintenance is about finding the sweet spot that lets you get the most life out of your equipment while minimizing the risk of failure. It involves gathering large quantities of data – such as maintenance records and data from sensors on the equipment – analyzing the data, and creating a predictive model to determine the optimal time for maintenance tasks to be performed on each individual piece of equipment,” he writes.

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