In my own industry (Aerospace) I’m wondering if a closed MAID network could be used to handle PLM solutions.
CATIA is used extensively, and when you’re talking aircraft, the CAD files are huge.
Current PLM/PDM software like Teamcentre from Siemens is used to handle the different drawing effectivities.
So for instance imagine the F35, there are several different versions of that Aircraft (Carrier Version, Vertical Take Off & Landing, Short Take Off & Vertical landing etc.).
And then of each of those variants, the drawings will have changed from the very first ones produced, due to design errors, improvements, changes due to access etc. So essentially there is a separate set of drawings for each Aircraft.
Depending on your job, all of these drawings need to be readily accessible and currently they all sit on secure Vaults that have various user levels to prevent unauthorised access and changes.
As mentioned, these drawings are generally rather large (GBs) and sometimes it can take up to 30 minutes to download them from the Vault.
If I understand what I’ve read, I think the MAID network could drastically improve download times and the additional encryption could be very desirable to prevent competitors/foreign powers being able to hack the current Vault servers (It does happen).
Large companies will have hundreds/thousands of computers in their network, and generally they will have a lot of free free disk space since file storage is generally on shared network drives and users are discouraged from saving anything on their HDD.
In terms of payment per upload/download, it wouldn’t be a completely alien concept, since companies currently pay for usage of software like SAP based on each transaction used.
Is this the sort of thing that is envisioned, or is the main focus more for Internet 2.0 and privacy for individuals?