Hanover Fair 2016: Defending networked factories and energy systems against cyber attack

22.04.2016 | Corporate: What are the benefits of networked systems, and what are the risks? Meet the TÜV NORD GROUP at this year's Hanover Fair.

Hanover: What are the benefits of networked systems, and what are the risks? To help answer this question, TÜV NORD GROUP is presenting use of Industry 4.0 technologies at this year’s Hanover Fair based on a model pipeline. A comprehensive service portfolio from the areas of IT security, functional safety, automation technology and other related sectors will also be on display.

In the next few years, new business models for products and services will be created as a result of intelligent use of data and networking of people and things – and many existing models will disappear from the market. However, pioneers of Industry 4.0 are often faced with the problem of linking machinery from different organizations. Harmonized industry standards have to be developed and legal questions clarified, for example as to who owns the data (data sovereignty) or how availability, integrity and confidentiality of data can be assured (data security). IT security is in fact one of the main challenges, as cyber attacks on networked technologies place plant availability and the effectiveness of functional safety systems at risk. However, today it is already worthwhile to invest in Industry 4.0 technologies, as networked plant and equipment with decentralized control mechanisms offer companies an overview of relevant raw material flows, production data and the states of plant and equipment, which can then be monitored and optimised to achieve maximum cost efficiency. Targeted risk analyses and suitable IT security measures then achieve higher security levels.

Pipeline model demonstrates networked systems

At the Hanover Fair, TÜV NORD will use a model created by Phoenix Contact, KROHNE and Rosen for monitoring leaks in pipelines as an example of beneficial use of Industry 4.0 technologies. The model clearly displays the sensors, communication interfaces, visualisation systems and inspection equipment needed for decentralised control in pipelines which can be used for transportation of gas, oil or refined products. At an assumed length of over 100 kilometres, the pipeline is equipped with a leak monitoring system, including the necessary measuring and automation technology. Secure data transfer from remote locations and from rough or dangerous environments is also demonstrated. In order to achieve this, signals from the potentially explosive zones are recorded, subjected to preliminary processing and sent on to a central visualisation and evaluation system. The model also demonstrates how pipelines are inspected using intelligent “pigs” and other test procedures in order to detect corrosion, cracks and leaks, and this is where TÜV NORD works to assess localised damage. 3D simulation models also help to evaluate corrosion sites, optimise test cycles and plan repairs as efficiently as possible. This evaluation and assessment procedure is also shown at the trade fair stand.

Developing the safety standards of the future

TÜV NORD GROUP is the right partner for component manufacturers and plant planners when it comes to the safety and security aspects of Industry 4.0 technologies. Thanks to the commitment of experts within bodies engaged in updating of standards and regulations, for example at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE (DKE) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the requirements of the IT and security standards of the future are already taken into account in projects today. TÜV NORD GROUP, as one of the world’s leading providers of testing and certification services, will be present at the Hanover Fair with an extensive portfolio in the areas of IT security, materials technology, construction, explosion protection, site supervision, measuring and automation technology.

TÜV NORD GROUP at the Hanover Fair: Hall 27, Stand G41.


With over 10,000 employees, TÜV NORD GROUP is one of the largest technical service providers, offering its advisory, service and inspection expertise in over 70 countries throughout the world. Areas of activity include Industrial Services, Mobility, IT and Education and Training. TÜV NORD GROUP occupies a unique position in the sector based on its work in the fields of natural resources and aerospace and is firmly committed to its guiding principle and watchword: “Excellence for your business”.

Annika Burchard

Industry, Energy, TÜV NORD Akademie

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