Having an IDS Connector is a prerequisite for participating in Industrial Data Space. The Connector provides the communication interface to other participants in the network. The Connector is not a predetermined hardware and software with specified interfaces but is a logical entity composed of different services or components according to the task in hand – a complex topic and a prerequisite for the technical implementation of Industrial Data Space. That is why a guideline was developed for member companies and published in November 2017 called “Industrial Data Space – Connector in a nutshell”.
“Members can be guided by this, become acquainted with the connector specification and the reference architecture and begin with implementation”, explains Ralf Nagel of Fraunhofer ISST and Head of the AP2 software development, who wrote the 25-page document.
The publication is divided into three sections:
1. From which components can you assemble your own connector according to your individual requirements?
2. How can the compatibility of the connector with other connectors be checked as a supplement to certification?
3. How can communication be standardised in Industrial Data Space?
It is the third section that is particularly important for Ralf Nagel: “Here, I would like to emphasise that Industrial Data Space does not determine a standard API for data retrieval, but describes the individual data APIs of connectors through a standardised information model (metadata)".
You can find further details in the PDF that is available for all members in the download area.