Human Collaboration

The Human Collaboration Environment (HCE) component provides collaboration facilities to enhance teamwork by offering user-user, user-developer, and developer-developer interaction using multiple communication channels enabling diverse ways of collaboration. The HCE also aims to ease the relationship between human users and manufacturing assets by providing holistic information and usage description in digital format. The collaboration environment may also include external developers and users who can request services and use communications platforms such as audio and video streaming, forums, workshops, and solutions to support hackathons.

All these collaboration functionalities are available to users through a web application suite and the communications facilities using messages, files exchange, videoconferences and tasks tracking are available on a mobile application.



  • Sustains interaction between industry users and zApps developers with the Question-Answer web module

  • Allows users to start discussions, request for new applications, share images and videos, upload data files, use online tools

  • Code collaboration – Human Collaboration web module that sustains interaction between external developers of zApps and internal developers of i4FS components

  • Online face-to-face interaction (video calls, screen share, chat, polls) between users from industry and zApps developers and between zApps developers (external developers)

  • Allows users to share eLearning materials like presentations, technical documentation, manuals, videos, and useful links for external developers (Virtual academy)


The features for this component are enumerated below and explained thereafter:

  • Forums on QA platform

  • Code collaboration

  • Video calls, webinars, hackathons

  • Virtual academy

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Forums on QA platform

This feature provides a platform for users to engage in discussions, ask questions, and share knowledge related to the collaborative environment. It serves as a space for exchanging ideas, finding solutions, and fostering community interaction.

Code collaboration

This functionality enables collaboration between external developers of zApps and internal developers of i4FS components. It supports joint coding efforts, version control, and seamless integration of code contributions, fostering efficient teamwork and development processes.

Video calls, webinars, hackathons

This feature facilitates real-time communication and interaction through video calls, webinars, and hackathons. It enables face-to-face discussions, screen sharing, chat, and polling, promoting dynamic engagement and collaboration among users from industry and zApps developers.

Virtual academy

The virtual academy serves as an eLearning platform, offering a wide range of educational materials such as presentations, technical documentation, manuals, videos, and useful links. It provides a centralized resource for learning and acquiring knowledge, supporting the growth and development of external developers within the ecosystem.

Additional resources

Learn more about i4FS by visting the project website for general information, the wiki for information about the core components, the Technical Manual for API documentation, and downloading the repository’s source code.

Training Academy

Get a better understanding of the global architecture and information flow.

Source code

Our source code is opensource and available on our Gitlab repository.

Software Documentation

Read our easy to follow documentation to learn how to use the i4 Components.