Industry 4.0 & the Industrial Internet

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

From Suppliers to Consumers: Issues of Liability in Industry 4.0

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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  • May 10 - 13, 2016 Munich, Germany