Industry 4.0 & the Industrial Internet

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016 TIME: 14:30-15:30 LOCATION: CHIEMSEE


In most cases, the terms Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are used interchangeably. But these two terms, though referring to similar technologies and applications, have different origins and meanings. Industry 4.0 is focused specifically on the manufacturing industry and the goal of ensuring its competitiveness in a highly dynamic global market. The IIC is more focused on enabling and accelerating the adoption of Internet-connected technologies across industries, both manufacturing and non-manufacturing. That’s why it’s important to understand the differences between Industry 4.0 and the "Industrial Internet of Things" and where our mindset and approaches best fit.


Luigi De Bernardini graduated as Electrical Engineer in 1991 at Padua University. He fast understood that software to manage Operations will be the future and in 1996 he founded Autoware. Since then he was Autoware CEO, bringing the company to manage MES/MOM projects in manufacturing facilities...

What do we mean by ‘Industry 4.0’ and what is the role of the Internet of Things? In a ‘smart manufacturing’ world, machines and devices communicate with each other and exchange huge amounts of data in real time to manage the industrial production process to create more complex, flexible and customised products. What happens when something in the connected supply chain goes wrong and causes physical damage? Who is liable for the consequences or any potential faults in the end product? Who is liable for the actions taken by autonomous or semi-autonomous machines?

This session will look at the responsibilities and liabilities of organisations involved in the ‘smart manufacturing’ process both internally (e.g. towards employees) and externally (e.g. other organisations, suppliers, consumers, the environment) and at the difficulties of attributing liability in a complex web of stakeholders that might include cloud service providers. We will also discuss the importance of contractual and non-contractual liability as well as statutory and common law liability, including fault-based and strict liability.

This session will also look at why these legal questions are important and at potential ways to clarify issues of attribution of liability in Industry 4.0.


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