Towards Cyber-Physical Infrastructure as-a-Service (CPIaaS) in the Era of Industry 4.0

Jürgen Dobaj*, Michael Krisper, Georg Macher

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The crucial role of resilience and interoperability in today’s highly dynamic cyber-physical systems (CPSs), where (timely) human intervention is limited, calls for a holistic vision that facilitates the autonomous orchestration of cyber-physical processes on the field-level. However, traditional automation and control systems are designed as static silos, which are generally configured once for a specific purpose. Hence, these systems lack the flexibility to efficiently adjust to dynamically changing system requirements, which includes the integration of heterogeneous devices and services on-request, or elastic features such as on-demand provisioning of computing and storage resources. In this work, we propose a reference architecture for implementing a cyber-physical infrastructure as-a-service (CPIaaS) framework. This framework is based on the concept of service-oriented virtualization and provides a level of flexibility and interoperability to CPS, that cannot be matched using traditional approaches for building highly integrated, cross-platform, inter-domain communication environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystems, Software and Services Process Improvement - 26th European Conference, EuroSPI 2019, Proceedings
EditorsAlastair Walker, Rory V. O’Connor, Richard Messnarz
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030280048
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2019
Event26th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: EuroSPI 2019 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sept 201920 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference26th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Automation
  • Control
  • CPS
  • Cyber-physical system
  • Digital twin
  • IaaS
  • Industry 4.0
  • Infrastructure as-a-service
  • Service-oriented architecture
  • SoA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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