The undergoing transformation in our current socio-economic models, led by the advent of emerging technologies, has changed the relation of customers to products and services. Customers play no longer a passive role in the product and service development process as they express their product and service experiences and opinions through several channels such as discussion forums, blogs, chat, idea voting, and more. In addition, sensor systems in combination with products incorporated in the Internet of Things (IoT), are becoming increasingly common.
The potential endless amounts of available information offer a rich ground for value creation in the product-service innovation chain. In this context FALCON envisions to provide a framework to enable the realization of new products and value-adding services, resulting from user-experiences and product and related services usage; undertaken with the principles of sustainability and social responsibility.
FALCON will create impact through the following objectives:
- First the project will address product-service information collection through collaborative intelligence and Product Embedded Information Devices.
- Second, it will enable new mechanisms for product-service knowledge representation, exploitation, openness and diffusion.
- Third, it will strengthen collaboration and new product-service development through new feedback and feed forward mechanisms in the product life-cycle.
- Fourth, FALCON will explore manufacturing intelligence to support innovative product-services design and finally FALCON will improve product-service lifecycle assessment approaches through the real-time collection of product-service usage information and related experiences.
The project is driven by a consortium of highly recognized researchers (BIBA, EPFL, TU Delft ), experienced solution providers (UBITECH, Holonix, Softeco, i-Deal) and industrial companies (Arcelik, Philipps, Dena Cashmere, DATAPIXEL, MEWS Innovation, & Isadeus).
|Number of participants:||13|
|Total budget - Public funding:||5 098 268,00 Euro - 4 594 973,00 Euro|
|Call topic:||Innovative product-service design using manufacturing intelligence (FoF.NMPB.2014.5)|
|Instrument:||Collaborative project (generic)|
FALCON aims to gather Product Usage Information from Product Embedded Information Devices as well as customer feedback through the internet and social media. These information will be re-used directly to improve product-services. These product-service optimizations are carried out in a multidisciplinary way by stakeholders from different domains. FALCON further supports the process of product-service optimization by providing a collaboration platform.
FALCON aims to provide methodologies and approaches for representation of design knowledge on the one hand and additionally for forecasting and simulation mechanism. The representation of design knowledge will be based on existing standards and the developments dedicated to the Rule Interchange Format, which has been developed within the FP7 LinkedDesign project. Furthermore, FALCON supports the optimization of Forecasting and Simulation mechanism. By using real-life data gathered from Product Embedded Information Devices, sensors or from social media (blogs, twitter, facebook etc.) throughout the whole lifecycle optimized results are expected in order to find the best solutions for new generation product-services.
The FALCON Open Virtual Platform aims to support different domains dedicated to the whole lifecycle of products. In order to achieve this goal the Virtual Open Platform will include an ontology enabling different domains to exploit the FALCON VOP. Dedicated to the field of new product design the Rule Interchange Format will be further developed in order to represent design knowledge in a neutral format. This way also general valid knowledge (such as Moment of Inertia etc.) can be re-used in different contexts of product design.
In FALCON, current standards work will be taken into account and used when applicable. This includes normative standards as set by ISO and its national bodies which are of high importance to industrial companies. Additionally, standards proposed by some of the major influential de-facto standardization bodies like The Open Group, W3C, OASIS, and OMG will be assessed and added to our architectural framework. We will cooperate with major relevant commercial players, many of them already included in the FALCON consortium to establish joint standardization activities.
At the architecture level, FALCON will endeavor to standardize communication protocols, data exchange formats, data exchange interfaces. At the content level, ontologies should be standardized, general / vertical, and domain-specific ontologies. We foresee first de facto standardization, driven by technology pick up from interested parties, supported by publicity and dissemination activities (e.g., W3C member submissions), supported then by founding or joining initiatives within OASIS for specific content vocabularies. The Open Group is a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium, whose vision of Boundary less Information Flow™ will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. Standards for the sharing and reuse of lifecycle data, information and knowledge based on results developed in FALCON. The standards will be promoted through the Internet of Things (ITO) work group (www.opengroup.org/iot/). Several FALCON partners are among the initiators and main drivers of this work group.
- | BIBA - BREMER INSTITUT FUER PRODUKTION UND LOGISTIK GMBH (Coördinator)
- | ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)
- | HOLONIX SRL
- | SOFTECO SISMAT SRL
- | Philips
- | TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
- | DATAPIXEL SL
- | MANDELLI LAURA
- | I-DEAL S.R.L.C.R.
- | Vinci Consulting
- | UBITECH LIMITED