Münster-based network specialist nicos provides data sovereignty in protected data spaces

“Industrial Intelligence—Networking Man and Machine in the Era of AI” is the motto of this year’s Hannover Messe, which will take place from April 1–5 for the 72nd time in the state capital of Lower Saxony. More than 6,500 exhibitors from 75 countries will be presenting their latest innovations on the expo grounds of Deutsche Messe AG. nicos AG will also be represented at this leading global expo for the industry. At the joint booth of the International Data Spaces Association in Hall 8, Booth C25, nicos will be presenting its use case on the topic “Management of Things, Identities, and Credentials” and the “motic® Broker for protected data spaces.” These measures for data sovereignty in IoT components ensure the existence of secure and trusted data communication in an era of digitalization and the resulting mass deployment of networked devices and collaborative value creation.

Management of Things, Identities, and Credentials in production facilities

nicos AG specializes in secure, global data networks. With high-performance IT infrastructure, the Münster-based network specialists enable collaboration and the secure exchange of data across different locations. This forms the basis for smart factories. The prime objective is ensuring users retain sovereignty over their data.

In production facilities, workpieces communicate with machines and control the production process. The prerequisite for trusted data communications is reliable proof of the level of technical security achieved by the communication partners involved. This is where motic® Broker, developed by nicos, comes in:

motic® stands for “Management of Things, Identities, and Credentials.” motic® Broker addresses the questions of who is permitted to use which data, for what purpose, for which time period, and under which conditions. Decisions regarding whether—and if so which—data is exchanged are defined in guidelines and based on authentic information regarding the identity and security level of the participants. In addition to the authorization mechanisms and use controls for communication participants in production facilities, motic® Broker also offers options for monitoring and logging transactions.

With motic® Broker, nicos provides another core component for the International Data Spaces (IDS) ecosystem, which is also the basis for advanced data processing such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.

International Data Spaces: protected virtual data spaces

International Data Spaces are virtual data spaces which enable the secure exchange of data and the simple linking of data in business ecosystems based on standards and with the aid of joint governance models. Data is securely networked “on demand” when it is queried by certified, trusted partners.

Identity Provider: the heart of IDS architecture

Already at the 2018 Hannover Messe, nicos presented one of the core components of the overall IDS architecture with Identity Provider, which it developed. It is only with this key module that participating interfaces have the ability to authorize and authenticate themselves. This allows the user to prove their identity to the system. It is only then that they can communicate with other users. In this case, the data provider possesses information which it provides to other participants in the International Data Space. Thanks to the IDS Identity Provider, this data is only exchanged when it is requested by certified partners. Participants retain sovereignty over their own data at all times.

At Hannover Messe 2019, nicos AG will be presenting its use case Management of Things, Identities, and Credentials: motic® Broker for a Secure Data Room at the joint booth of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) in Hall 8, Booth C25.

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