Relevance and Usage of Semantic Technologies in the Factory of Things

Matthias Loskyll
In: Salvatore Pileggi (Hrsg.). Semantic Interoperability. International Workshop on Semantic Interoperability (IWSI-11), located at International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2011), January 28-30, Rom, Italy, Pages 64-72, SciTePress Digital Library, Portugal, 1/2011.


The Factory of Things (FoT) describes the extension of the Internet of Things specific to the production domain. The semantic description of products, processes and plants depicts a basic module of this approach, through which information can be filtered and services can be discovered and orchestrated on demand. The usage of semantic technologies in the context of production can make a valuable contribution towards managing the growing complexity and increasing the flexibility and adaptability of production facilities. This position paper discusses several use cases, which explain the potential advantages of using semantic technologies in the field of production automation. These scenarios cover the interpretation of heterogeneous context data using ontologies, the semantic description of facilities including the respective components (e.g. sensors), and the orchestration of semantically annotated web services to build complex production processes. Based on the described use cases, several scientific issues are discussed with a special focus on semantic interoperability.



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