Infrastructure key to complete Digital Single Market

Orgalime welcomes the Digital Single Market Strategy outlined by the European Commission today. “We are happy to see that the Commission recognises digitalisation as the key driver of future innovation.  Our companies are developing and providing more and more sensor-equipped machinery, smart production systems and intelligent products which are interconnected. We see the ‘Internet of Things’ starting to take up rapidly today, with some 50 billion devices being connected in less than 5 years from now. This is where future products, business models and jobs are in manufacturing”, says Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime.

Nevertheless, there still needs to be more focus on industrial needs – communication between machines is rising exponentially and Europe should shape its physical and legal infrastructure accordingly, starting with the following steps:

  • Creating a physical infrastructure ready for hugely increased data flows
  • Timely development of industry lead standards for industrial needs in order to ensure interoperability of systems and machines
  • Creating a legal framework that protects sensitive personal and company data but gives access, where appropriate and at fair and reasonable conditions to both raw and aggregated data.

“Our vision is an interconnected European economy that benefits best from one of its biggest assets: a strong manufacturing industry, often embedded in regional clusters that are world-leading. That is why it is so important that digitalisation finds its way into the entire value chain along the production, starting from every SME to big global players. We are looking forward to working with the European institutions on the necessary measures in detail” concluded Harris.


6 May, 2015
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