IIC Approves Testbed of Negotiation Automation Platform

NEC Corporation, Fraunhofer IOSB, Kabuku Inc., the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., and Toyota Tsusho Corporation announced today the approval by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), of a Negotiation Automation Platform Testbed in cooperation with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), designed for the validation of new technologies, applications, products, services and processes for industrial networks. This represents an important step towards a global standard for AI technology.

The IIC Negotiation Automation Platform Testbed leverages a variety of AI infrastructure technologies, which automatically negotiate trading conditions and resource assignment with each other in order to coordinate interests among various AI systems. The networking of AI throughout society, such as the automatic negotiation between AI, has brought a great deal of attention to the importance of responsible social implementation, the need for legal guidelines, and the consideration for economic and ethical issues. In terms of specific applications, this product is expected to be used across areas that include the manufacturing, transportation, electricity and water supply fields.

NEC led the proposal of this testbed, with the support of Fraunhofer IOSB, Kabuku Inc., KETI, OKI, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and AIST as participants. In the future, testbed participants aim to expand the range of organizations and target industries that contribute to these developments and to promote standardization activities that support the growth of AI throughout society.

Automatic negotiation between AI can be interpreted as networking of AIs in a society, and application areas such as a “manufacturing value chain”, “transportation / people flow”, “electricity / water distribution”, and “autonomous mobiles”, which are expected to be promising. For example, in a business-to-business transaction in the value chain, AI can coordinate and reconcile interests between organizations more effectively than current human negotiations that require a great deal of effort and time consumption. It can also be expected that great social value will be created by the efficient operation of society as a whole.

In this testbed, the partner companies will develop and evaluate the functions of discovering business partners and negotiating trading conditions with them in an automated manner, as a support for supply / order contracts in a series of supply chains from processing, assembly, and logistics.