6th International VDI Conference - Connected Off-Highway Machines

  • Learn more about the impact of the Digital Transformation on the Off-Highway Industry 
  • Find out about current developments in the area of Connectivity and Data Management, as well as Remote Monitoring and Autonomy
  • Meet peers from the agricultural, mining and construction Industry and discuss latest findings and trends
  • Register for the “Connected Off-Highway Machines” conference and visit our parallel conferences “Electrified Off-Highway Machines” and “Smart Farming” free of extra charge
International Conference Connected Off-highway machines

SAVE THE DATE – On May 19 and 20, 2021 our 6th international conference on “Connected Off-Highway Machines” will return to Düsseldorf to discuss new technologies revolutionizing the industry. In the Off-Highway Industries mobile machines become increasingly connected and drive (semi-) autonomously already. They increase productivity and efficiency while reducing costs and making working conditions in harsh environments safer. Our international VDI conference offers an ideal platform to discuss latest technology trends with international experts.

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Machines meet Radio Technology
Author: Heikki Keränen, Solution Manager, SATEL

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Smart Future for the Off-Highway Industry?

All major players of the Off-Highway Industry are working on smart technologies and solutions. Automation, connectivity and digital processes have many benefits. However, there are still many challenges and questions ahead: How do connectivity and automation impact business models? How to really benefit from Big Data? How to integrate artificial intelligence in Off-Highway Machines? When and how will fully Autonomous Off-Highway Machines become a reality? How does the role of the worker change?


We are currently preparing the final program for you. You will soon be able to download it here. In the meantime, please have a look at the program of 2020:

Tuesday, March 03, 2020


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair‘s welcome and opening address

Michael Gomes MBA Vice President, Topcon Agriculture, USA

I. New Business Models


Driving Innovation in Machinery

  • Strategy towards driving productivity at job sites through innovation in machinery
  • Why is innovation important in this industry?
  • What are the forces this industry is up against?
  • How to approach innovation development?

Vijayshekhar Nerva, Head of Innovation EMEA, BOBCAT Compact, Czech Republic


Data-driven Business Models for hydraulic lifting Machines

  • Augmentation of physical equipment with full-stack digital services
  • Parameter optimization & spare-part prediction of remotely operated equipment
  • New business opportunities enabled by the corporate incubator PALFINGER 21st

Dr. Christoph Gugg, Teamlead IoT & Data Science, PALFINGER AG, Austria


Processes matter: From connected Machines to smart Construction Processes

  • Enhancing site productivity by connecting machines and construction processes
  • Designing intelligent construction sites with connected machines
  • Support site management with smart data

Dr. Marcus Mueller, Division Digitalisation, STRABAG AG, Germany


MiC 4.0 - Digitization only works together

  • A common understanding of the necessary data is imperative
  • Manufacturers and users can only implement the “digital construction site“ hand in hand
  • MiC 4.0 offer a European network in which all players find each other communicate and jointly develop practical solutions

Dr. Darius Soßdorf, Managing Director of “MiC 4.0“ and of the Research Association “Construction Equipment and Plant Engineering“, VDMA Frankfurt/Main, Germany




Panel Discussion:

Changing Competencies due to Digitization: What are the Challenges? Where can they be found and how can they be mastered?

Vik Vandecaveye MBA Mgr Advanced Data Analysis, CNH Industrial Belgium N.V., Belgium

II. Creating Data Ecosystems


From Sensor Networks to Data Ecosystems

  • Stages towards data marketplaces
  • High level architecture for IoT data marketplaces
  • Enabling technologies (IoT, Bigdata, DLT, AI)
  • Use cases

Tom De Block, Solution architect/ Chairman, AIOTI WG on Distributed Ledger Technologies, Belgium


Networking & coffee break


A Platform for enabling Resource sharing in Off-Highway Connectivity Units

  • Over the air software deployment and management
  • Application software container and resource sharing in an environment with limited resources
  • Off-highway applications store
  • Standard vehicle communication libraries
  • Application software service directory

Msc. Adrien Mouaffo Tiadjio, IoT Product Manager & Dr. Christian Grabe, Digital Business Owner, both: Bosch Rexroth AG, Germany

III. Machine Coordination and Remote Monitoring


IoT Use Cases in Construction Machines Area

  • Hitachi is developping IoT solutions since +15 years
  • Geofencing for automatization of machine allocation
  • Remote Health Status

Yohann Desalle, Director Transportation Solutions, Hitachi, France


Development and Implementation of a Load Analysis Logic for a concrete Truck Mixer

  • Challenges on the way to automatically detect the load states of a truck mixer
  • Onboard and offboard technical implementation
  • Insights from the generated information

Silvan Gadner, Product Manager Truck Mixers & Conveyors, Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, Germany & Victor Klüber, Team Lead Field Application Engineering, Proemion GmbH, Germany


End of conference day one

Get Together

At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

IV. The Future of Autonomous Mobile Machinery


Mission critical Connectivity Solutions: Multi-Technology Platform

  • Off-Highway Vehicles and their various connectivity solutions and technologies
  • Differentiating factor and the criticality level of the communication
  • Multi-technology platform - Combining the varying communication technologies into one device

Heikki Keränen, Solution Manager, SATEL, Finland


5G for connected Off-Highway Machines

  • Overview of use cases for connected machines in digital farming and construction
  • Relevant 5G connectivity and cloud technologies
  • The importance of 5G campus networks
  • 5G Lab Germany test fields „Landnetz“ and „Forschungsfeld Lausitz“: Insights and experiences

Dr. Norman Franchi, Managing Director and Senior Research Group Leader, 5G Lab Germany, TU Dresden, Germany


Tractor Implement Management

Hans Jürgen Nissen, Partnering Manager, Intelligent Solutions Group, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Germany



Networking & coffee break


Interactive World Café Session

The broader Impact of autonomous Machines on Business, Organization, Service and Training - Manuel Boes, R&D Wheel Loader - Emerging Technologies, Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH, Germany

Data platforms as tools for sharing and collaboration - Enrico Borella, Product Manager Telematics, Komatsu Europe, Belgium

Voice User Interfaces for Human Machine Interaction - Josh Gelinske, Director AI Systems, Appareo Systems, USA

How to adapt or retrofit Security Aspects into an existing Fleet - Example: TIM Security Requirements - Roland Marx, Head of Competence Center, Embedded Security, OSB AG, Germany

AG Data Management in 2022: Possible Synergies with the Construction Machinery Sector - Dr. Johannes Sonnen, Head of Product Management, DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG, Germany




V. Automation on the Machine and on the Edge


Data Integrity & remote Configurations on the Edge of LPWAN Sensors

  • Localization, utilization and maintenance of non-powered assets
  • Opportunities and challenges of LPWAN networks for tracking of nonpowered assets
  • Data integrity over LPWAN networks
  • Remote edge configuration for optimal device usage (battery optimization, sensor management, use case flexibility)

Laurence Claeys, Product Manager, co-author: Johan Criel, CTO, both: Sensolus, Belgium


Functional Safety of distributed Functions

  • The functional safety in the AG field
  • What we intend for distributed functions on a vehicle
  • Study Case: Architecture of a safe distributed function

Pasquale Morrone, Functional Safety Project Engineer, co-author: Francesco De Rosa, Functional Safety Manager, both: CNHi Industrial, Italy


Networking & Coffee Break


The Eyes of Off-Highway Machines: 3D Snapshot Cameras for robust Automation and Anti-Collision

  • 3D snapshot camera technologies for harsh environments
  • Which 3D snapshot technology for which off-highway automation task?
  • 3D Camera data on the edge - From 3D point cloud to simple answers
  • Use cases of 3D collision avoidance retrofit in agriculture, construction and mining

Dr. Nadja Nagel, co-authors: Moritz Vogt & Dr. Anatoly Sherman, all: Product Management and Applications Engineering, 3D Compact Systems, SICK AG, Germany


Coordinated Mission Management for Multiple Agricultural Autonomous Machines

  • Path planning considerations for multiple machines
  • Real-time adaptive missions across multiple machines
  • Communication architecture considerations for connectivity challenged work areas
  • Coordinated data management across multiple machines

Darcy Cook, VP Engineering, JCA Electronics, Canada


Accessing the fast and furious pace of autonomy to transform mining and construction

  • Super accelerated pace of autonomous technology in last 5 years
  • Catalyst for digital transformation
  • Too big to fail

Dr. Bibhrajit Halder, CEO & Co-Founder, SafeAI, Inc., USA


Closing remarks


End of conference

Who should attend the conference?

The "Connected Off-Highway Machines" Conference is aimed at engineers, technologists, designers and specialists from mobile machine manufacturers and suppliers of the off-highway industry, in particular managers and staff from:

  • Software development
  • Mobile machine control Solutions
  • Communication technologies Departments
  • Electric and electronics systems
  • Telematics, drivers assistance Systems

This international conference provides a professional forum for all experts who are working in the fields of Connected Off-Highway Machines, Automation and IT for mobile machines to exchange experiences and ideas.

Secure your seat now and benefit from parallel conferences

Do you want to find out more about current challenges and new chances in the area of "Connected Off-Highway Machines"? Then reserve a place at the "Connected Off-Highway Machines" conference now. In addition, also benefit from our parallel conferences on “Electrified Off-Highway Machines” and “Smart Farming” free of extra Charge.


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6th International VDI Conference - Connected Off-Highway Machines


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Take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved for guests at the event location. Please list VDI Wissensforum as a reference when making your hotel booking.

Eventnumber: 01KO902

6th International VDI Conference - Connected Off-Highway Machines


Take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved for guests at the event location. Please list VDI Wissensforum as a reference when making your hotel booking.

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