GAIA-X. The name of the project, whose formal founding brought together 22 German and French companies in Brussels earlier this year, derives from “Γαῖα,” one of the first Greek deities to emerge from chaos. In mythology, she stands — literally spelled as Gaia — the Earth personified as a woman giving birth.
In this sense, we want to build a European data ecosystem in close cooperation with our partners and thus ensure European data sovereignty.
Maximilian Ahrens, Chief Technology Officer, T-Systems
The Automotive Alliance will use the data ecosystem to concretely ensure digital sovereignty for players in the automotive industry. In doing so, the industry is not only looking at the future requirements of the sustainability of its products and the safety of its processes. It has long been looking at the future of production as well as services beyond that, from the dealership to sales. One of the most important decisions and promises made by the members of Catena-X concerns the entire automotive value chain, in which “joint cooperation and collaboration in an open network should accelerate the exchange of data across companies”.
But what does this look like in practice? One tangible example of this is continuously connected data chains to create digital twins of automobiles.
The benefits are clear: a system that creates standardization and access to data would indeed increase the competitiveness of the participants, improve overall efficiency, and contribute to sustainability goals. Standardizing data spaces will also allow companies to tightly combine advanced AI and automation technology and their results with real-life demands of business. Time to market, for example, from the development of a product to its placement in the market.
The adjacent example illustrates this: quite a few European car manufacturers are represented on all continents and have production units, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and dealership networks across several countries. As a member of Catena-X, each OEM can be sure that its own engineers, who work worldwide on the same project, have access to the same data in their country, while at the same time ensuring European data sovereignty.
And since it is an extendable ecosystem, it is expected that other European carmakers from Italy, France or Sweden will join and benefit from Catena-X.