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Volume 60, Issue 3


Blockchain in Industrie 4.0: Beyond cryptocurrency

Martin Laabs / Siniša Đukanović
Published Online: 2018-06-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2018-0011


Industrie 4.0, the transition from static, centrally controlled production to dynamic, decentralized manufacturing, is aiming to increase product quality, customization and efficiency. Autonomous production systems and flexible inter-organizational cooperation are key challenges. Blockchain seems to be a natural fit to cope with these challenges. This article derives major challenges of I4.0 and compares them with benefits of blockchain technology. Use cases demonstrate where challenges and benefits match. Also, well known blockchain issues and possible solutions are addressed.

Keywords: Industry 4.0; blockchain; IIoT; smart manufactoring; smart contracts; smart factory

ACM CCS: Applied computingEnterprise computingIT architectures, Security and privacySoftware and application securityDomain-specific security and privacy architectures, Computer systems organizationEmbedded and cyber-physical systems


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About the article

Martin Laabs

Martin Laabs studied business informatics at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He is currently a researcher at Fraunhofer SIT, where he worked on various projects for the IT industry, e. g. on the topics of secure software development, secure software supply chain and public key infrastructures (PKI). Since 2014 he works in the department of Industrial Security Solutions (ISS) where is doing research on topics like threat and risk modeling, anomaly detection as well as blockchain technology, mainly in the context of Industrie 4.0. He is also an active member of Germany’s reference project for IT security in I4.0 named IUNO. https://www.iuno-projekt.de.

Siniša Đukanović

Siniša Đukanović is a researcher at the Frauhofer SIT, where, being a member of the IT security testlab, he conducted IT security analysis on hard- and software from various domains, e. g. banking and telecommunications. Since 2014 he is deputy head of the department Industrial Security Solutions (ISS), where he researches IT security technologies for the manufacturing industry, especially in the context of Industrie 4.0. He is one of the technical leads for Germany’s reference project for IT-security in Industrie 4.0 named IUNO. https://www.iuno-projekt.de.

Received: 2018-02-21

Revised: 2018-05-18

Accepted: 2018-05-28

Published Online: 2018-06-28

Published in Print: 2018-07-01

Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 60, Issue 3, Pages 143–153, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2018-0011.

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