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The aim of the FIND project is to develop an integrated architecture for the industrial Internet of tomorrow; in particular, a network control capable of automatically mapping and monitoring the requirements of industrial applications for a variety of resources and networking possibilities. Manual interventions when configuring the network and during operations are kept to a minimum. In addition, using a variety of network technologies, it will also be possible to automatically provide defined service packages on an end-to-end basis. This approach, for example, permits a very flexible and efficient implementation of the complex, distributed control architectures where the underlying complexity is mainly abstracted from the application developers and plant operators. The system automatically compensates for the loss or failure of a single resource (for example, a control hardware), reducing unnecessary standstill time of the other units or machines and increasing the efficiency of the overall plant. Future systems currently in development like Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) or 5G should be easily integrated just as the many existing industrial communication technologies and devices to ensure seamless migration.

Professor Schotten, scientific director and head of the Intelligent Networks research department at DFKI, is the coordinator of the consortium: "We seek to develop a new and future-proof network control through the combination and integration of existing network technologies that will be flexible, secure, and efficient in operation."

As the degree of networking increases, there is also a significant increase in the requirement for the network solutions under development to be protected from attack. The FIND project devotes special attention to this topic and, consequently, develops and integrates special security concepts during the design phase. The new industrial networking technologies will be met with wide acceptance if they can be used without the need for specialized network experts, which implies another key requirement – user friendliness. The FIND solution will feature automated configuration, optimization, and control connectivity.

Project funding of approximately 4.3 million euros has been provided for a three-year term by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


11–12 October 2017 in Passau


Project coordinator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Dieter Schotten
Phone: +49 (0)631 20575 3000
Email: Hans_Dieter.Schotten[at]
Research Group Intelligent Networks: