The rationale for the creation of the ECN has been the increasing awareness of the advantages coming from the use of the technologies based on the IEC-61499, and how such a standard has all the prerequisite to become one of the cornerstone for Industry 4.0. Sharing this common vision and the mission to bring IEC-61499 to full industrial maturity, each competence centre of the Network undertakes to provide technology transfers services both at European and regional level, reaching a wider range of stakeholders interested in the application of the standard to their processes and systems.
In their daily activities, the competence centres shall:
- At regional level, operate to become a recognized point of reference for all know-how related to IEC-61499, as much as a nexus to the surrounding technology transfer stakeholders (universities, research centres, innovation hubs, etc.) that could support the market transfer of the standard;
- At European level, act as an aggregated and unified entity, to maximize the efforts of international cooperation, to define common strategies of strategic support to the acceptance of the standard, to communicate with the institutional stakeholders (European Commission, CEN/CENELEC, EEN, etc.) and bring forward the relevance of IEC-61499 for Industry 4.0
Following this approach, the ENC Portal has been developed to guarantee a free access to everyone interested in further information about the network, its activities and the services it will progressively launch during the months.