The Role of the Internet of Things for Increased Autonomy and Agility in Collaborative Production Environments

  • Marc-André IsenbergEmail author
  • Dirk Werthmann
  • Ernesto Morales-Kluge
  • Bernd Scholz-Reiter


This chapter discusses the contribution of the Internet of Things for providing a fine-grained information infrastructure within collaborative production environments. Such infrastructure makes up-to-date information available to autonomous objects to render contextual decisions that evolve elemental agility. A technical discussion illustrates the feasibility of autonomous objects as well as their possible involvement in the Internet of Things. Additionally, a demonstrator is described, which exemplifies the effects of autonomous objects on agile processes within the automotive industry. Concluding, the chapter relevant research questions in the field of the Internet of Things and collaborative production environments are specified.


Supply Chain Autonomous Control Virtual Enterprise Agent Platform Agile Manufacturing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc-André Isenberg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dirk Werthmann
    • 1
  • Ernesto Morales-Kluge
    • 1
  • Bernd Scholz-Reiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Planning and Control of Production SystemsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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