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How Germany and the United States Are Racing to Build the Factory of the Future with the Internet of Things

by Joshua New

From sensor-laden assembly lines that reduce downtime and improve quality control to factory floors networked to automatically respond to environmental conditions in real time, the Internet of Things promises to dramatically improve the industrial sector. Both Germany and the United States have made accelerating this transformation a national priority and have developed strategies to capitalize on the manufacturing potential of the Internet of Things—Germany with its Industry 4.0 project and the United States with its Strategy for American Innovation.

As Germany and the United States continue these efforts, smart public policies designed to spur the development and adoption of the Internet of Things will be critical to ensuring each country can successfully boost productivity, increase manufacturing efficiency, and enhance national competitiveness.

Join the Center for Data Innovation and the German Embassy for a panel discussion featuring manufacturing leaders from the United States and Germany at the forefront of using the Internet of Things to build the factory of the future. The panel will focus on opportunities for Germany and the United States to learn from each other’s efforts, challenges to deploying the Internet of Things, and policy concerns that both countries should address to usher in the next generation of manufacturing.

Date and Time:

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (EST)


  • 485 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20002


      • Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
      • Barry Ives, Director of Advanced Technology Programs, Lockheed Martin
      • Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer, Executive Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering and Professor, University of Kaiserslautern
      • Dr. Robin Mishra, Minister-Counselor and Head of the Science and Technology Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (Moderator)
      • Joshua New, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation (Moderator)
      • Diego Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Autodesk

Dr. Anna-Katharina Wittenstein, Chairwoman of the Board for North American Operations, WITTENSTEIN


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