prostep ivip´s activities: 100% conform to Antitrust Law

You are most likely having a discussion on antitrust as well in your organization or feeling its effects. You are though still willing to exchange with others, right..?

During the antitrust discussion in summer 2017, the prostep ivip Association has decided to engage a cartel lawyer and, in so doing, examine its activities and projects. The result of this investigation is a great opportunity for us to highlight that activities of the Association are  conform to antitrust law, and even fostering competition according to “EU guidelines on the applicability of Article 101 (cf. chapter 7).

The activities carried out by the prostep ivip Association improve the ability to communication and increase transparency. This in turn makes it easier for the individual companies to involve different market players, thus promoting competition, for example in the context of R&D. On the other hand, no influence is exerted on which products are developed and launched onto the market and which are not, or on how the products and services are designed.

prostep ivip develops standards to improve communication and openness. The association is active in a pre-competitive area, is neutral and provides access to standardization to all its members as well as to the engineering and manufacturing communities.

See also the declaration of prostep ivip e.V. on Antitrust Law.

IT Openness Certification

Building Trust and Reliability: Certifying IT Openness

Under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) the prostep ivip association decided to to take the next level for realizing IT Openness: Accredited Certification of IT Openness. The mature basis for this undertaking is formed by prostep ivip’s unique openness initiative CPO.
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German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) officially announced its patronage for the prostep ivip Interoperability Initiative

BMWi grants CPO-Patronage

For realizing Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) successful, fast and global, IT systems have to be interoperable. For this, the technological challenge is to establish interoperability, the political one is to establish trust into the simple application of the systems. An interoperability certification can facilitate this.

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Ready for Openness

Survey: Industrial Readiness for Openness

At the prostep ivip symposium 2016 Helmut Schütt, CIO Commercial Vehicles Trucks Buses & Vans at Daimler, made it pretty clear:

No one can live shut off from the rest of the world any more. Openness is crucial. We expect genuinely open systems because we must be able to integrate components from different vendors on the basis of open standards.

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