ECCE Value Proposition Statement

The Edge Computing Stack for your Business and your Customers

The ECCE aims at saving research and development efforts by providing technology stacks for Edge Nodes based on existing, matched components to small, medium and large enterprises for the rising Edge Computing market in smart manufacturing and other Industrial IoT domains.

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RAMEC4.0

The Edge Computing paradigm describes an approach to execute certain services closer to devices and thereby supplements centralized Cloud Computing solutions. Amongst others, such an architecture can enhance data privacy and lower network latency. The global Edge Computing market is estimated to be worth 3 to 18 Billion EUR until 2023 and an international Edge Computing eco system that takes European particularities into account would benefit all industrial application domains.

The planned Edge Computing Consortium Europe (ECCE) aims at supporting small, medium-sized and large enterprises in Europe and all around the world to adopt related technologies and in particular with a focus on the augmentation of Operational Technologies (OT) with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Its mission is to drive adoption of the Edge Computing paradigm within the manufacturing and other industrial markets. It will emphasize on utilizing and contributing to existing solutions, standards and initiatives to ensure that industrial needs and requirements are optimally addressed in member products.

Therefore, goals of this initiative include the specification of a Reference Architecture Model for Edge Computing (ECCE RAMEC), the development of reference technology stacks (ECCE Edge Nodes), the identification of gaps and recommendation of best practices by evaluating approaches within multiple scenarios (ECCE Pathfinders), and the synchronization with related initiatives/standardization organizations and the promotion of the results. The consortium welcomes collaboration with more partners who are engaged in the action of digitalization verticals.

Vision
Statement

An open, standards-based, interoperable, industry-driven, secure and international Edge Computing eco system that takes European particularities into account.

Mission
Statement

Drive adoption of the Edge Computing paradigm in industrial markets by discussing, evaluating and evangelizing technological, regulatory and business view points. Focus on utilizing and contributing to existing technologies, standards and initiatives to ensure that industrial needs and requirements are optimally addressed in member products.

Current Goals

Specify a Reference Architecture Model for Edge Computing (RAMEC) including terminology

Develop Reference Edge Nodes including hardware and software by reusing existing work

Provide best practice recommendations

Organize testing events

Standardize gaps within related SDOs

Federate with major initiatives

Promote results on public events and trainings

Next objectives

Q4/2018

Soft Launch & Press Release

Q1/2019

Synchronize with most important initiatives

Q2/2019

Legal Founding

Current FAQ

How many meetings will there be?

Answer: This will be decided before the initiative will be founded in Q2/2019. Current proposal includes: (1) General Assembly meeting once a year (physical) for major decisions and elections. (2) Plenary meeting every quarter (physical) for general topics, approvals, status updates from WGs. (3) Working Groups meeting every month (virtual) for WG specific topics and decisions.

Is there an agreement regarding intellectual property rights?

Answer: The specific terms will be agreed upon before the initiative will be founded in Q2/2019.

Are there financial obligations?

Answer: Not yet. However, the initiative will need funding for various activities and depends on the number of members.

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