Collaborative Product Development Platform
What you get
With the FITMAN “Collaborative Product Development Platform” designers and product development teams can use services from a web platform aimed at fostering the collaborative development of prototypes and the information sharing necessary during the various phases of the design of new product-service. Within a collaborative environment, they can create and access virtual rooms where product information, visual sketches, 3D Models and any other useful information are shared with the other participants of a virtual meeting, regardless of time (virtual rooms can be accessed asynchronously or synchronously by participants) and place (teams operating from different locations can meet in the same room and visualize the same environment)
The platform targets the Digital Factory domain of FITMAN; including business ecosystems of collaborative enterprises as well as supply chains. It is based on two FIWARE Generic Enablers, two FITMAN Specific Enablers and two FITMAN Proprietary Components, integrated in a unique platform that is delivered as a virtual machine on a cloud infrastructure, for an easy access by the stakeholders.
Why to get it
The design and development of new product-services is a very complex process, involving people and teams with different competencies and roles that have to cooperate to a common goal, offering their own inputs to several decision making moments, that in the lean approach are called decision “gates”. The complexity of this process is increasing with the shifting from a traditional product-centric offer to a product-service offer.
Development of product and service must proceed in parallel but with a continuous synchronization to ensure alignment between the physical (product) and the virtual (service) parts , which means that the number of people, competences, information sources and in the end, tools that have to be used to reach and pass the gates is increasing as well.
The FITMAN “Collaborative Product Development platform” is centered on a scalable collaboration platform, called Virtual Obeya, where organisations and business ecosystems can create their own spaces and invite users that can see and share different kinds of tools (enveloped into “widgets”) to visualize and share information that enable the collaborative decision making. The Platform is natively equipped with widgets for the creation and management of information about new product prototypes; these tools are simplified and intuitive interfaces to the underlying PLM tool. Product and component data that are stored into external legacy systems are made available in the platform thanks to a middleware layer for semantic, virtual interoperability and integration.
Moreover, a dedicated widget visualizes in the virtual rooms, the 3D CAD models of the prototype/ product that is under development.
As previously mentioned, many other widgets (such as shared documents, project management tools, PDF viewers but also other widgets embedding specific applications used by the company, etc…) can be included.
For more information about “Collaborative Product Development Platform” components refers to the following addresses:
- FITMAN Specific Enabler "Semantic Mediator" (FITMAN-SEMed)
- FITMAN Specific Enabler "Collaborative 3D Web Viewer" (FITMAN-C3DWV)
- FI-WARE Generic Enabler “Synchronisation GE”
- FI-WARE Generic Enabler “3D-UI-XML3D GE”
Terms and Conditions
Experimentation/testing within the scope of the FI-PPP FITMAN “Collaborative Product Development Platform” asset is available to the Parties signed to the FI-PPP program under the conditions established in the FI-PPP Collaboration Agreement.
- FITMAN Specific Enabler "Semantic mediator" (FITMAN-SEMed) is released under the GPL v3 licence.
- FITMAN “Collaborative 3D Web Viewer” Specific Enabler (FITMAN C3DWV) is open source. It is based on several components, all open source but with different licenses. The main functionality of the Collaborative 3D Web Viewer is published under the Apache 2 License.
- The i-Like and Virtual Obeya Proprietary components are owned by Holonix s.r.l. and available under commercial licenses; however, their usage as part of the Collaborative Product Development Platform is provided for free, to the Parties signed to the FI-PPP program.