Connectathon: Interoperability Test Events

 

'A Connectathon provides a unique opportunity for vendors to test the interoperability of their products in a structured environment with peer vendors. Participants test against multiple vendors using real world scenarios following Integration Profiles specifications.'  -- Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)  

 

'If you haven't been to the Connectathon this year, do not even start to talk about digitalisation'  -- A. Markowetz, Digitisation Expert and Interoperability Advocate

 

You can find more information on the original 'Conntectathon' interoperability test events in the health sector in the IHE-Europe Whitepaper on Connectathon, which explains in detail what the Connectathon is and how it is done.

 

Connectathon Energy

The first Connectathon Energy successfully implemented interoperability for the energy sector. Four manufacturers from Germany and Austria visiting the IHE Europe Connectathon from April 16-20 in The Hague (NL) successfully tested reference implementations of a virtual power plant. The open source test platform 'Gazelle' proved to be able to handle complex standards such as IEC 61850, providing a key success factor for the energy transition.

At the 2018 IHE-Europe Connectathon in The Hague/ Netherlands, 350 attendees incl. 70 vendoors tested more than 3.000 transactions in 84 systems in reference to their interoperability, © Tim Nebel

 
Read the English press release

Read the German press release

 

Watch our videos!

 

"Interoperability is when digitalisation becomes serious! Testing should be a culture!"

 Video No1: IES-Connectathon Impression (2:08 min.)  

 

"The energy community will reinvent itself and find new ways to navigate the complex waters of interoperability!"

Video No2: Various statements from different professionals (8:30 min.)

 

"Interoperability is when the world becomes magic!"

Video No3: The view from the outside (6:19 min.) with Alexander Merkowetz, Digitisation Expert and Interoperability Advocate.

 

"IHE has already been to the interoperability moon, they were successful in health care. The challenge now is to transfer this know-how to other business domains and use the experience wisely!"

Video No4: The view from the inside (6:00 min.) with Stefan Sauermann, Interoperability Expert and Founding Member of IHE Austria

 

 

Here are some more impressions of the first Connectathon Energy (16 - 20 April 2018 in The Hague/NL):

IES booth at the 2018 IHE Europe Connectathon in The Hague (NL), © Valerie Reif

 

IES team at the 2018 IHE Europe Connectathon in The Hague (NL), © Tim Nebel

 

Georg Koch (Tiani Spirit, Head of Energy & Smart Grids), DI Dr. Angela Berger (Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria, Managing Director) and Dr. Alexander Berler (IHE-Europe, Service Director) are pleased with the results of the 1. Connectathon Energy. (from left to right), © Tim Nebel