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I-NL-4: Plug&Play SCSN-based AI services 

Experiment Description

The South Netherlands DIH aims to support equipment manufacturing companies in the digital Industry 4.0 transformation. The main challenge addressed by SCSN is that it is not easy to link ICT systems between companies, especially covering the supply network as-a-whole. Current practice shows that many companies solve this manually: Employees transfer information from an incoming order into their own system. SCSN is developing a communication standard enabling the machine building industry to share data across company borders in an easier, safer and more reliable way. The challenge within this experiment is to extend the current infrastructure, which is used by 10 Service Providers and 300 manufacturing companies, to encapsulate other services besides the current purchase-to-pay focus. By using the scalability aspects of the current infrastructure, we want to further scale new services such as the AI-based Translation and Integration Service (ATIS). This enables third-parties to use the translation service of a specific service provider, therefore increasing the impact of these services. 

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Expected Impact

The current network is used to share purchase-to-pay information. The experiment aims to extend significantly by, for example, allowing other data to be shared and enabling AI-based services on the network. Moreover, the experiment supports the business case creation for these new AI-based services by supporting the development of full set of services, clearly identifying the added value for the members, providing a legal framework (including a revenue model) in which these new services can further build upon, possibility to connect to an existing network of industry partners. Furthermore, another expected impact of allowing new services and data exchanges to be used on the SCSN data space is the enablement of entirely new business models. Currently, all companies connected to SCSN are manufacturing companies connected through their ERP vendor. Opening up the possibilities of the network would enable new companies with new specialties to add value to the network. Having such a new service available allows all network members to relatively easily use this new service through their already connected IT systems. Providing them with new capabilities and enhancing their competitiveness in the market.

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