Improving service capabilities to realise the Industry 4.0 Revolution.

Advances in internet communication technologies and data analytics are occurring at a much quicker pace than at any other time in history. The Australian OIIE™ Interoperability Laboratory aims to meet these demands by piloting new business models to support asset intensive industries, such as:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas

Our focus

  • Perform industry scale testing and piloting
  • Improve service capabilities domestically and internationally
  • Implement standards-based models to support asset sensitive industries

By shifting information and operational technology systems from ad-hoc bespoke implementations to a standards-based model, the Laboratory aims to deliver analytics to enable software and service providers to focus on their value-add proposition.

Partnering with industry we will enable enterprises to investigate the integration of OIIE technologies into their digital organisational frameworks. We will also partner with other researchers to leverage the Laboratory’s new technologies in partnership with other participating organisations.

The OIIE Interoperability Laboratory will be affiliated with the OIIE Australian Working Group, which aims to promote industry interoperability and engage with Australian SMEs to help them provide unique services to projects. As part of its involvement with the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC), the Laboratory will provide cross-project infrastructure and capability for the FEnEx CRC to deliver its research programme. The Laboratory also supports the OIIE OGI Pilot, providing a platform for Australian participants to engage internationally with their industry.

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    The OIIE Interoperability Laboratory provides several OIIE instances for research and industry purposes. Each instance will comprise core infrastructure conforming to OIIE Specifications, including the:

    • ISBM: providing the core communications and connectivity infrastructure using a common set of interfaces (REST and SOAP) for both intra- and inter-enterprise connectivity conforming to ISA-95/IEC 62264 Part 6 Messaging Service Model; adaptors allow existing and novel systems or applications to communicate in an interoperable manner using publish/subscribe and request/response messaging modalities
    • Service Directory: sitting atop the ISBM, a Service Directory provides configuration management of the ecosystem, including available services, capabilities, and the data flows of the ecosystem; essentially providing a vendor-neutral “App Store” for OIIE instances
    • Common Interoperability Registry (CIR): handling the registration, mapping, and translation of object identifiers from diverse systems; it allows disparate systems to exchange information about objects they share but identify differently due to viewing the objects from different contexts or perspectives
    • SDAIR (Structured Digital Asset Interoperability Registry): providing the federation capabilities of such a diverse environment and supporting event-driven Management of Change and synchronisation across the ecosystem; provenance information and other object meta-data references back to each object’s System of Record (or “source of truth”) while facilitating the incorporation of additional data from other systems that have a different view of the objects

    The University of South Australia, partners, and participants will be able to provide services over this core, standards-based, vendor-neutral infrastructure, together developing an ever growing ecosystem to meet industry needs.

    There are currently two OIIE instances available that will be scaled up over time. These include:

    1. The core OIIE Interoperability Lab instance, which is where research, development, and testing will take place. This instance will likely evolve rapidly as it will support the trialling of new technologies from the University of South Australia, its partners, and OIIE participants.
    2. The OIIE Australian Working Group instance will provide a more stable environment for moving tested technologies from Australian SMEs through staging and into production, supporting them to provide unique value-add services to projects.