Interior Minister Lewentz visits Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern
On 8 June 2017, the Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz met with Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, Executive Director of Fraunhofer IESE. On the premises of the institute in Kaiserslautern, the Interior Minister found out more about data usage control with IND²UCE and about the second project phase of “Digital Villages 2.0”, for which he had already personally presented the funding decisions to Fraunhofer IESE and the participating municipalities on 24 April 2017.
The project shows how innovative solutions can be used in a sensible way to exploit the opportunities offered by digitization in rural areas as well. Interior Minister Lewentz sees great potential particularly with regard to the issue of mobility in rural areas: “In rural areas, I am observing a rethinking in terms of mobility. Especially among younger people, this development is increasing rapidly. Therefore we need projects like the Digital Villages, which also deal with new mobility concepts such as carsharing models or autonomous driving.”
In addition to the Digital Villages, the topic of data protection was also on the agenda. Prof. Liggesmeyer explained how the institute’s solution IND²UCE, a security framework for data usage control, can be used to meet the requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into effect at the beginning of 2018. Prof. Liggesmeyer: “With IND²UCE we are offering a solution that allows citizens and companies to keep control over their data at all times. Data usage control makes it possible to exploit the huge potential of data and the opportunities they offer while at the same time observing privacy. In the Digital Villages, too, many sensitive data are generated in the networking among citizens, companies, and municipalities, which is why we also want to integrate IND²UCE into the “Digital Villages Platform”.”