The importance and necessity of such a software solution have been requested independently of Apertus on several forums, all over the world. As expected, the solutions in the introduced proof-of-concept projects address a market gap on an international scale. These solutions intend to give a general answer to a general problem in the CPS domain. An international inquiry was an awaited and definite consequence also. According to the investigations and research of MTA SZTAKI, three levels have been identified in the international industry that claims a CPS solution like Apertus:
The European Council (EC) recognized that cyber-physical systems are of key importance for small-to-mid enterprises in the near future, to gain competitiveness and maintain the global position of the European economy. Therefore the EC announced several policies within the Horizon 2020 programme (H2020) that address topics connected either directly or indirectly to Cyber-Physical Systems or IoT, Interactive Technologies, Open-source software development. Based on the analysis of the successful proposals in the H2020 programme, it is clearly visible that the EC prefers proposals that have the potential to be developed further and may serve as a solid base for sustainable ecosystems.
Harbor Research is a USA based internationally recognized strategy consulting, design and technology research firm with a special scope on smart systems. The results of the latest market analysis conducted by the company, are in correlation with the requirement analysis of the previously described Apertus use-cases. The main activity of the firm is to investigate and to apply contemporary technologies in its clientele. This also leads to the conclusion, that a software solution like Apertus is highly demanded by industrial production companies on an international scale.
Due to the fact that visuality is the highest abstraction level that helps humans to understand certain situations, a standardized XR interface have been articulated as a future claim from Khronos Group, the biggest computer graphics standardization consortium in the globe. The shaping standard called OpenXR articulates the same key aspects discovered and utilized by MTA SZTAKI.
The correlation of demands articulated by Harbor Research, Kronos Group, and the EC has been recognized as valuable feedback that justifies the concept and development path of the Apertus software library. Deriving from this background, the proof of concepts and key aspects that qualifies Apertus for the synergy with Cyber-Physical Systems were a joint effort of the MTA SZTAKI Research Laboratory of Engineering and Management Intelligence and the Machine Perception Research Laboratory.