TE-News: Proliferation of Mobile Devices in Smart Factories

TE Connectivity Contributes to White Paper on the Proliferation of Mobile Devices in Smart Factories




Jonathan Graham

Email - jonathan.graham@te.com

Tel -  +49-6151 607 3756


September 4, 2018

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) announce the release of "Consumer Devices in the Industrie 4.0 Environment – What Challenges Arise When Using Mobile Devices in Industrial Applications?" white paper.

The white paper addresses the challenges of using personal mobile devices in company networks, bring your own device (BYOD), and alternatively permitting the private use of corporate owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices in the factory environment. The paper covers the topics of integration, maintenance and security. Starting from the benefits of using mobile devices in industrial applications, the white paper explores challenges including security, administrative and legal implications. The paper serves as a guideline on the usage of mobile devices and gives an outlook on future developments and demands.


"The seamless digitalization of the shop floor enables the provision of valuable information to the operating staff and engineers in near real-time and can easily be managed on mobile devices," said Guenter Feldmeier, fellow at TE’s industrial business unit and global standardization and consortia leader. "In addition to classical human-machine interface (HMI), consumer devices will be used more extensively to display such information, which implies huge future opportunities and threats at the same time. This white paper elaborates on the challenges and provides practical advice to plant managers and mobile device users as technology allows factories to become more connected and productive."


The white paper is part of a series of publications on Industry 4.0 from the Systems Aspects working group of ZVEI's Automation division, chaired by TE’s Feldmeier.


Download the white papers from ZVEI’s website.

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