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IC4F - Industrial Communication for Factories is the flagship project with the goal of developing safe, robust, and real- time communication solutions for the manufacturing industry. By mid of 2020, 15 project partners from industry and research will develop a technology toolkit for a trustworthy infrastructure based on industrial information and communications technology (ICT). The project strives for an open architecture that extends across domains and allows a modular extension for new applications and communication technologies. In particular, the technology kit will enable users to select a specific migration path along with the right ICT technologies according to the new requirements in the scope of the industrial Internet / Industry 4.0. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) within the PAiCE funding program.

Time Frame:
03/2017 - 06/2020
SNET Team Members:
Dr. Sandro Rodriguez Garzon, Felix Beierle
BOSCH, brown-iposs, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer, GPS, MAG, NOKIA, rt-solutions, Schindler, SIEMENS, Still, TU Berlin, TU Karlsruhe, Universität Stuttgart
Funding by:
PAiCE funding program, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)


IC4F addresses the required confluence of information and communications technology as well as automation for upcoming use cases in the scope of Industry 4.0, i.e., the Industrial Internet. In particular, IC4F aims to build an reference architecture for communication technologies and a modular technology toolkit for a reliable industry communication and computing infrastructure.

The flagship project IC4F specifically targets future industrial applications and accordingly will present a communication reference architecture. In particular, the goal is a modular approach to enable a flexible composition of components. Key technologies include 5G, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), cloud computing, virtualization, as well as industrial monitoring and analytics. The realization requires a holistic view on the underlying infrastructure – basically an Industrial Internet.

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