Exploitation

The exploitation of vf-OS outcomes is based on the alliances and agreements between consortium members. Synergistic exploitation tasks executed during the lifetime of the project created the so-called Exploitation Business Constellations, which varied depending on the geographical focus of the exploitation task, selected exploitation model depending on strategic interests, and final customer approach.

 

The exploitation of vf-OS outcomes is supported by the following :

1

Open Access.

vf-OS and all of its components are by default open source enabling complementors (software developers, services providers, etc.) to permanently improve the vf-OS components and interact with the Virtual Factory Platform and develop Apps using the Open Applications Development Kit (vf-OAK).

2

Sustainable Marketplace and App Store.

vf-OS takes advantage of the great success of the mobile apps business model that are currently being provided for systems such as Google Play or the Apple Store; transferring this approach to the manufacturing sector (vf-Store) based on the application framework and the information infrastructure created

3

Joint Exploitation of Project Partners.

Joint exploitation of the project outcomes helped to establish the RTD of vf-OS as a cloud platform and loosely coupled services. The joint exploitation of all partners is formalised through a joint exploitation agreement that ensures the sustainability of project outcomes beyond the project lifetime.

4

Spin-off Company. i4FS

As part of the project level exploitation plan and as a sustainability model for the furtherance of the project results, project partners have established a start-up company, Industry 4 factory solutions (i4FS – www.i4FS.eu) to exploit the project's technical outcomes, know-how and data-centric services.​