“Value chains and product lifecycles must
become more transparent and sustainable. That is why together with Merck we
will develop a completely new digital solution that enables
"trustworthy" communication between machines, for example, for the
exchange of production data and laboratory data. Our customers will be able to
produce more efficiently while ensuring sustainability and quality of their
products in a wide range of areas – from personalized medicine to food and
beverages to high-tech electronics,” said Cedrik Neike, Managing Board Member
of Siemens AG and CEO of Digital Industries.
Due to the increasing complexity of value
chains, the current traceability, transparency and quality control requirements
are growing exponentially. To drive forward the Industrial Internet of Things
(IIoT), which is rapidly transforming value chains and manufacturing across all
industries, there is a pressing need for effective and secure data and
information exchange. Nevertheless, within the current IIoT context, there is a
lack of M2M communication regarding the quality status of many products.
Consequently, the targeted solution aims to provide a framework for an
efficient M2M interaction.
The targeted solution would provide all
parties involved in the value chain with an immediate single-source-of-truth
access point to trusted data and enable new levels of traceability,
transparency, safety, and quality of industrial products. This could eventually
allow customers to generate disruptive business models such as pay-per-part or
pay-per-performance, which would be driven by machines in the IIoT.
Cutting-edge technologies such as smart
contracts, tokens, blockchain, and industrial edge computing can anchor physical
objects to a digital identity and thus ensure transparency and authenticity of
information and physical objects. This promotes originality and helps prevent
the creation of counterfeit products.
Merck and Siemens are envisioning an
end-to-end solution that will enable customers to rely on one immutable single
source of truth between production and laboratory quality control. Within the
scope of the collaboration, Siemens plans to build an object-centric IIoT data
ecosystem in which objects can communicate by sharing data within a trusted
environment. Both companies also plan to combine the crypto anchor technology
portfolio of Merck with Siemens’ trusted traceability system (an end-to-end
genealogy system for products) to make them interoperable based on blockchain
The solution is planned to be scalable
across the entire value chain. Stakeholders are to have access to all data
across the entire lifecycle of a product – from product design to use by the
end consumer. This would simplify processes and significantly increase
efficiency across industries.