Our society is facing both energy and competitiveness challenges. These challenges are tightly linked and require new dynamic interactions between energy producers and energy consumers, between machines, between systems, between people and systems, etc.
Cooperative automation is the key for these dynamic interactions and is enabled by the technology developed around the Internet of Things and Service Oriented Architectures.
Arrowhead is addressing efficiency and flexibility at the global scale by means of collaborative automation for five application areas: production (manufacturing, processing, energy), smart buildings and infrastructures, electro-mobility and virtual markets of energy.
Vision and grand challenges
The vision of the project is to enable collaborative automation by networked embedded devices. The grand challenges are enabling the interoperability and integrability of services provided by almost any device.
The success of Arrowhead technology depends not only on the technology but also on the capability to create and pursue innovations supported by the core of the technology developed. If successful the approach is expected to strongly contribute to very significant reduction, 75 % or more, in the design and engineering efforts for the predicted multi-billion networked devices.