Importance & Background
The role of the Internet of Things (IoT), from everyday use to large-scale industrial applications, has been expanding at an accelerating pace. Currently, there exist several barriers which prevent the total integration of operation technology. For instance, at the time when the AHT project was being proposed, there existed a low efficiency in the engineering industry in being able to leverage the IoT and the “system of systems” into its products.
There existed a need for new and advanced digitalization and automation tools, especially in the European engineering industry. AHT project set forth to develop these tools. The introduction of the AHT framework could reduce the costs of developing and introducing flexible and secure digitization and automation solutions by about 20 to 50 %. Thus helping Europe become more competitive, and create new jobs and business opportunities. At the same time help in reducing energy consumption and the environmental footprint.