Arrowhead Tools for Engineering of Digitalisation Solutions

The Arrowhead Tools project aims for digitalisation and automation solutions for the European industry, which will close the gaps that hinder the IT/OT integration by introducing new technologies in an open source platform for the design and run-time engineering of IoT and System of Systems. This in the response to identified technology and competence gaps as indicated in the figure below.

The concept of Arrowhead Tools is based on identified needs for establishing Digital industry. This will require an integration platform enabling seamless interoperability, engineering tools and tools chains enabling integration of legacy operational technology (OT) with new IoT and SoS technology enabling our future automation and digitalisation solutions. Obviously relevant personnel competence is a key for general industrial usage.

These gaps will be addressed by four major components of the Arrowhead Tools concept:

– Provision of a mature service integration platform providing extensive interoperability between IoT services and legacy technology together with management capabilities for dynamic configuration and orchestration of System of Systems solutions.

– Provision of efficient procedures, tools and integrated tool chains for engineering, operational management, maintenance and evolution of service platform-based digitalisation and automation solutions in both design time and run time.

– Provision of training material (HW and SW) for upgrading of industry personnel.

– Feasibility verification of above procedures, technologies and materials through demonstrations in a wide range of applications use cases, each with clearly identified exploitation potential.

The networked society is expected to provide a number of societal benefit regarding e.g. production efficiency, energy efficiency, transportation efficiency, environmental footprint (curtesy of Infineon AG).

The Arrowhead Tools consortia is industry driven and dominated, 33 large enterprises, 24 SME’s with the support of 31 RTO’s. In total 104 million EUR is invested by the industry (46%), 17 EU countries (30%) and the European commission (24%), with the joint ambition to improve Europe competitiveness in automation and digitalisation engineering. A successful execution of the Arrowhead Tools concept and approach is expected to impact to the overall engineering cost for digitalisation and automation solutions. Such solutions will impact our society in a way where more and more of our society seamlessly is sharing information for benefit of e.g. production efficiency, energy efficiency, transportation efficiency, environmental footprint, cf. figure above Business with significant contribution to this networked information society is to a large extend Software and Software Based Services.

The overall SSBS market current growth is 2.9% – resulting in a market size of nearly EUR 290 billion by 2020. European SSBS market growth is behind major competitors like US and India, It’s expected that Arrowhead Tools will impact both the global growth rate and the European competitive position.

KONIKER will support FAGOR ARRASATE mainly in the design and development of the different industrial protocols to be implemented in the current Data Acquisition System, thus the main goal on this project is to technologically improve this current product to a more IoT oriented Data Acquisition System. Part of dissemination and communication actions will also be carried out by KONIKER.

This project has received funding from ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 826452. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Norway and Switzerland.

Project information

Budget: 90 M€

Type of Project / Financing Program: Horizon 2020 ECSEL

Dates for carrying out the program: 2019-2021


Number of countries: 18

Number of partners: 80

Project ARROWHEAD TOOLS financed by

  • European Commision
  • Unión Europea

Partners in the project ARROWHEAD TOOLS

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