Use Case: Integration of Data along the Life Cycle of Production Machines

One of our Use Cases called "Integration of Data along the Life Cycle of Production Machines" was incorporated by Gaia-X and is part of the Industry 4.0/SME Domain.

One of the current challenges the Use Case is facing is the often-missing flow of information from the delivered machines and plants back into the digital representation for machine and plant manufacturers.

Another challenge is the lack of information exchange across individual production plants of an operator where similar or identical machines are operated. This can also be applied to the supplier relationship between the machine/plant builder and the component manufacturer. To overcome the problems, information abstracted from data must be stored in a suitable platform that enables the exchange of information independently of manufacturers and across the supply chain without having to release technological know-how, as well as additional services offered must be defined according to their use and the benefits achieved.

The use case envisions the integration of information abstracted from data from various production sites (1), the supply chain (2) and the life cycle of machines and plants (3), which enables new types of cross-fleet and cross-site smart services based on a larger data pool.

Gaia-X Hubs

Gaia-X Hubs are the central contact points for companies, stakeholders, initiatives, associations, and public sector bodies in each country contributing to the Gaia-X project. The aim is to set up one national Gaia-X Hub in each participating country to act as the voice of user ecosystems and to provide a central point of contact to interested parties on a national level. 

In the Gaia-X Hub Germany, the user perspective is represented by many companies and experts. Hub members are organised in the domain working groups Agriculture, Energy, Finance, Geoinformation, Health, Industry 4.0/SME, Mobility, Public Sector, Smart City/Smart Region and Smart Living. Members of the Gaia-X Hub Germany gather, analyse, and evaluate use cases to consolidate requirements towards Gaia-X. Moreover, use cases illustrate the need for and the added benefit of a sovereign European data infrastructure.


With Gaia-X, representatives from business, science and politics on an international level create a proposal for the next generation of data infrastructure: an open, transparent and secure digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust.

Gaia-X is the result of a multitude of individual platforms that all follow a common standard – the Gaia-X standard. Together, we are developing a data infrastructure based on the values of openness, transparency, and trust. So, what emerges is not a cloud, but a networked system that links many cloud services providers together.

The organisational structure of Gaia-X is built on three pillars: the Gaia-X Association, the national Gaia-X Hubs, and the Gaia-X Community. Within these, there are various working groups and committees