The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) enables connectivity for real and virtual machines as well as industrial processes. Whether Industry 4.0, Smart Building or Smart City – IIOT opens up completely new applications for companies.

However, not all companies can currently benefit from this development. Large companies are implementing their own IIOT process chain solutions – from sensors to customer integration – and establishing them on the market. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on the other hand, can only implement part of it. In particular, the lack of standardized interfaces, the effort required to set up and manage the network, and the currently high price of base stations are barriers to the rapid spread of IIOT among SMEs.

The aim of the IIOT4KMU project is to make it easier for SMEs to enter the new IIOT world. For this purpose, standardized interfaces and universal components are implemented along the IIOT process chain. They can be combined with each other according to the modular principle.

Our solution approaches are:

  • Minimize entry hurdle
    • Pin compatible radio module to other radio standards
    • Open source software to control the radio module
    • Training and information events on IIOT solutions
  • Enable rapid prototyping
    • Prototype consisting of sensor and radio modules available in LZE online store
    • Development with open available IDE
    • Online store with reference and evaluation solutions
  • Implement plug & play cloud solution
    • Open existing back-end solutions to other radio technologies as well
    • Support to develop an open back-end in an Academia Track
  • Encourage community building
    • Integration of makers
    • Promotion of industrial alliances
  • Analyze IIOT markets and potentials for SMEs
    • Identify SME relevant fields of application
    • Identify differentiation potentials for SMEs
    • Develop market access strategies specifically for SMEs



Stefan Ereth
Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen
Tel. +49 (0)9131 776-6323

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