Our experts support an important building block in the implementation of the German government’s Digital Agenda within the ‘SME 4.0 – Digital Production and Work Processes’ funding initiative. Throughout Germany, five ‘SME 4.0 Excellence Centres’ will receive funding from the end of 2015. Their purpose is to pool practical knowledge on digital technologies and Industry 4.0 applications within SMEs in order to support these companies during digital transformation through the provision of visualisation and testing facilities. This will strengthen their competitiveness and help open up new fields of business. As a supportive measure, four ‘SME 4.0 Agencies’ started work in October 2014. They will contribute their expertise to the excellence centres and to distributors and companies.
At the DLR Project Management Agency, we will support the funding initiatives throughout their life-cycle and will implement individual measures. Besides project management, the DLR Project Management Agency will also provide technical and content assistance to the ‘IT Security for Industry 4.0 – Tomorrow’s production, products and services in a time of globalised value added chains’. In this, we will investigate technical, organisational and legal aspects of security. The lessons learned in this study will be incorporated in new funding measures.