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Research

New economic and technological concepts help organisations maintain long-term competitiveness. Recognizing this, our research department evaluates specialist and technological developments and their effects on diverse sectors, on company management and also on IT support for business processes.

Working together with colleagues from specialist areas, or in discussion with experts from our sister companies in Scheer Holding, new ideas are created for consultancy products and services that, in the medium to long term, find their way into the Scheer service portfolio.

Innovation is created in co-operation that goes beyond company boundaries. Therefore we work together in the research environment with companies renowned in the economy and with research institutes and professors.

 

Research projects

Research in Scheer GmbH supports the early detection of technical and organisational innovations. The themes identified are implemented prototypically within the framework of research projects conducted in collaboration with numerous co-operation partners. The findings of these projects flow into the development of our software and consultancy products and help to strengthen our position in the market.

AppSist

Mobile assistance systems and internet services in intelligent production.

As with the Guided-AB project, the AppSist joint project has been housed within the “Autonomic for Industry 4.0” technology program of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi).

Scheer GmbH is working in partnership with imc information multimedia communication AG together in a consortium with Festo Learning Centre GmbH, Brabant & Lehnert GmbH, The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, MBB Manufacturing Technologies GmbH, Ruhr University in Bochum and the Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organisation IAO.

The aim of the project is the optimization of the interaction between man and machine against the background of people centred knowledge acquisition and the development of personalized, KI based knowledge and action services. Above and beyond this, strategies for the organizational and technical integration of assistance programs in cyber-physical systems (CPS) are being developed. Based on the research results, business models for CPS integrated internet services are being conceived and tested.

A procedural model for the organizational and technical implementation of process help services is expected to result out of the project. To this end an integrated methodology is being conceived and realized with the aim of transforming process models in user-context models. The implementation will take place on the Scheer BPaaS platform. For further information see: http://www.autonomik40.de/

Guided AB

Energy efficiency, comfort and security through intuitive buildings and home networks with a dual-reality service and assistance platform

Like the AppSist project, the Guided-AB joint project is one of 14 projects in the “Autonomic for Industry 4.0” technology program of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi).

The consortium, comprising the Saarland company Hager Group, QBUS Holding (part of the OBG Group), Interactive Software Solutions GmbH, IS Predict GmbH and Scheer GmbH is supported on the scientific side by the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Communications Technology of the University of Dortmund. The aim of the project is to achieve improvements in energy efficiency, comfort and security through intelligent buildings and home networks.

The central element of the project is the development of a service and assistance platform for use in smart buildings. Via this portal, inhabitants should be able to control the building in real time and to run apps, such as e.g. for weather forecasts, on the platform. The aim of the project is, however, not to create a prototype, but to test the technology directly with real users in real buildings.

Scheer GmbH is responsible, for example, for the development of the Autonomic Building Assistance Configurator. Using this environment, to be developed on the Scheer BPaaS platform, scenarios and procedures for use in autonomic buildings can be modelled by means of domain specific description languages.

The project was presented by Johannes Hauck (Project manager, Hager electro GmbH & Co. KG) to a plenary session at the SmartHome2Market Congress of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin. Guided AB was generally received positively and awoke great interest amongst the specialist audience. Within the framework of Guided AB, Scheer developed a domain specific description language for the modelling of procedures and scenarios in buildings. Interactive Software Solutions is responsible for the central component “Guided AB Assistance platform”.

Guided AL

The joint project Guided AL is one of 15 projects supported by the Support Program Smart Service World. With this support program, the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi) will be making a significant contribution to the German economy’s understanding of digitization as an opportunity and that it is creatively used.

The consortium is built around Scheer GmbH along with the companies Hager Electro GmbH & Co. KG and banbutsu GmbH. On the scientific side the project is being supported by the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken and the Institute for Communications Technology at the University of Dortmund.

The aim of the “Guided Autonomic Locations (Guided AL)” project is the creation of an open, internet based, standardized data exchange and service platform for the realization of new, partially building-wide and intelligent services in the context of building automation and the human sphere of life. In this context, it is being examined which technical requirements are necessary to create and offer building-wide intelligent services (smart services) based on existing and new automation solutions and wearables. Alongside the necessary platform infrastructure for comprehensive Smart Service solutions, value is also being placed on the simple realizability of small, thematically focussed, intelligent applications that can run, for example, on the autonomous locations service platform in the form of special apps. The project is examining and implementing approaches for the service platform and, based on the autonomous locations service platform, is realizing model applications in the areas of living, working, shopping and health.

OpenServ

Like the Guided AL project, the joint project Open Serve 4AP is one of 15 projects supported by the Support Program Smart Service World. In respect of Industry 4.0, the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi) wishes to make a significant contribution to the German economy’s understanding of digitization as an opportunity and that it is creatively used.

The consortium is built around the Munich company Salt Solutions GmbH along with the companies Sick AG, Sick Stegman GmbH, BSH Household Appliances, software4production GmbH and Scheer GmbH. On the scientific side the project is being supported by the Fraunhofer IWU, project group RMV in Augsburg.

Occupying centre space within the research aims of the OpenServ4 project is the development of a platform for internet based services in the area of cyber-physical production systems. To this end, technical and architectural pre-requisites are needed to be able to offer risk analysis and predictive maintenance, based on CPPS industrial online process controls via sensor and event-based data processing algorithms, as a “service” for the independent and flexible reaction of production plant to changes in environmental conditions. The focus herein lies on integrated sensors which deliver the data for the required services. For this reason the simplified integration of sensor systems in production processes, real-time enabled data capture, processing and transfer as well as measurement methods for applications in the area of CPPS are being addressed.

PolyEnergyNet

The PolyEnergyNet project – resilient poly-networks for the secure delivery of energy is being supported by the Federal Ministry for Economics and energy.

The consortium built around the public utility company Stadtwerke Saarlouis GmbH and Scheer GmbH also includes the following companies: B.A.U.M Consult GmbH, [ui!] – the urban institute , VOLTARIS GmbH and VSE Verteilnetz GmbH. From a scientific viewpoint the project is being supported by German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), the Technical University of Berlin and the Technical University of Darmstadt.

The aim of the project is the research and model realization of resilient local networks. These are characterized by a robust network operation that can react to volatility in the feed-in of decentralized renewable energy sources as well as to unforeseen events and cyber-attacks. PolyEnergyNet’s main interest is in the creation and use of a suitable information base that enables the recognition of conditions critical to the network, and their subsequent correction. In addition, the continued emergency supply of energy (as widely as possible), or respectively the quarantining of parts of the network, should be possible until a re-incorporation into the entire system can be executed.

If it can be shown, the benefits of the project lie in the possibility of controlling the local network in extreme situations, and that the necessary instruments are available to ensure cost-effective operation of the network. In this respect, PolyEnergyNet will be a show-case example of how the “traffic light model” outlined by BDEW can be implemented in practice.

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