Development of a Framework for Dynamic Function Deployment and Extension by Using Apps on Intelligent Field Devices

Mathias Schmitt, Matthias Loskyll, Detlef Zühlke

In: The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control. World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC-14) Promoting automatic control for the benefit of humankind August 24-29 Cape Town South Africa IFAC 2014.


The aim of this paper is to give an insight regarding the current work in the field of mobile interaction in industrial environments by using established interaction technologies and metaphors from the consumer market. The main objective is the development and implementation of a holistic “app framework”, which enables dynamic function deployment and extension by using mobile apps on intelligent field devices. As a result, field device functionalities can be updated and adapted effectively in accordance with well-known “app concepts” from the field of consumer electronics to comply with the urgent requirements of more flexible and changeable factory systems of the future. In addition, a much more user-friendly and utilizable interaction with field devices can be realized. Proprietary software solutions and device-stationary user interfaces can be overcome and replaced by uniform, cross-vendor solutions.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence