Catena-X Automotive Network has officially certified our Connector-as-a-Service. This certification ensures that services meet the standards set by Catena-X and it guarantees interoperability and compatibility within the Data Space.

In today’s digital age, data has become the lifeblood of industries across the globe. It holds the potential to drive innovation, enhance efficiency, and unlock new opportunities. However, harnessing the full potential of data requires more than just its collection and storage. The true value lies in data sharing and interoperability—the seamless exchange and integration of data between different systems and organizations. The Catena-X initiative is currently establishing a data ecosystem for the automotive industry, which enables this seamless data sharing and collaboration with an interoperable infrastructure based on frameworks like the International Data Spaces (IDS) and Gaia-X.

In order to link global players of the automotive network and implement use cases along the entire automotive value chain, standards for the central components, applications and the data formats are indispensable. Catena-X has implemented a certification process, which guarantees that certified solutions comply with the Catena-X standards. The certification is of high relevance for Catena-X, as Hanno Focken explains:

“Catena-X certifications build trust through transparency and reliability based on our Catena-X standards. By establishing a certification process, we ensure that our key principles – interoperability and data sovereignty – are reflected in every component of the network. A certificate attests to all Catena-X users that a particular solution or software component is interoperable, compliant with data privacy laws, and secure for use in the Catena-X data space.”

Hanno Focken (Managing Director – Operations and Governance | Catena-X)

sovity is thrilled to announce that our EDC Connector-as-a-Service (CaaS) has achieved official certification by Catena-X, marking a significant success in our commitment to become the Enablement Service Provider for Catena-X Connectors.

The certification process was conducted by a conformity assessment body (CAB), which is a trusted partner of the Catena-X Association who thoroughly assessed and validated the CaaS. In order to achieve the full level of certification, several standards must be met. In this article we will dive deeper into the standards that our CaaS meets to give us the full certification level as a Catena-X Enablement Service Provider.

Standardization and certification are not only important within one defined Data Space but build the foundation for interoperability between Data Spaces. This is especially important for cross-industry companies, which are common in the automotive supply chain. Therefore, Catena-X uses the IDS protocol by the International Data Space Association (IDSA) as a core part of the Connector. The IDS protocol ensures interoperability for the Connectors and aims to create a global standard for Data Spaces.

For ensured interoperability of components from earliest productive use, Catena-X certification process has ramped up this year, as Hanno Focken describes:

“The first CX-certified vendors and solutions are now in use in the Catena-X Data Space, and we are pleased to report that the certification pipeline for all components of the Data Space is filled. During the current beta phase, we are still closely guiding partners through the certification process. Interested companies are therefore welcome to contact me personally at any time. My contact details and an overview of the certification process can be found at”

Catena-X certification framework (source:

To fulfill the Catena-X certification, a specified set of standards needed to be fulfilled by the sovity Connector-as-a-Service EDC.

Catena-X has developed a certification framework, based on a modular system, for the different roles and responsibilities within the Data Space (see image below). With the Connector-as-a-Service (CaaS), sovity takes on the role of an Enablement Service Provider for the core service EDC. This defines the set of standards sovity and the service has to fulfill. A list of all standards can be found in more detail in the Catena-X standard library.

In the following we will describe a selection of standards that need to be covered to receive the official Catena-X certification as an Enablement Service Provider for EDC.

  • CX – 0044 ECLASS
Please note that this is only a selection and further standards need to be covered to receive Catena-X certification.


This standard sets the requirements for three interrelated elements the Digital Twin, Digital Twin Registry and the Asset Administration Shell.

Digital Twins are virtual replicas of physical objects, systems, or processes that provide real-time simulations and analysis. They enable monitoring, control, and optimization of their physical counterparts, facilitating improved decision-making, efficiency, and innovation across various industries. In the context of Catena-X, a digital twin is a virtual representation of an asset.

Digital Twin Registry (DTR) is a centralized or decentralized platform that stores and manages information about digital twins. It serves as a catalog or directory, providing a comprehensive inventory of digital twins, their characteristics and semantics, and relevant metadata, facilitating easy access, discovery, and collaboration among users and stakeholders.

An Asset Administration Shell (AAS) is a standardized, digital representation of a physical asset or a group of assets. It contains comprehensive information about the asset’s properties, behaviors, and relationships, serving as a foundational element for interoperability, communication, and management of assets within the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 paradigms. In Catena-X the AAS is a set of API Methods and Resources to access data of a digital twin.


The BAMM/SAMM Semantic Aspect Meta Model is a framework that provides a structured approach for capturing and representing various aspects of a system. It allows for the modular and flexible organization of information, enabling an understanding and analysis of complex systems by considering multiple perspectives, such as business, application, data, and technology aspects. In Catena-X it is used for defining the semantics of the different data aspects of an asset that is represented via a digital twin accessible via the digital twin API of the Asset Administration Shell.

CX – 0044 ECLASS

ECLASS is a standardized and internationally recognized classification system for product and service information. It provides a hierarchical structure and consistent set of codes for categorizing and describing products, facilitating interoperability, data exchange, and integration across different industries and business processes.

In Catena-X: “The Asset Administration Shell (AAS) has standardized the structure including the different submodels defined in IDTA, and ECLASS has standardized the semantics for information elements used for the definition of digital twins.” “ECLASS is to be preferred within Catena-X for the semantic description of models and their attributes.” (C-X 0044 ECLASS v.1.0.2)

These standards enable highly scalable and interoperable data exchange with the Connector. In our opinion, a continuous extension of the standardization is necessary to establish an ecosystem in which collaboration along the entire value chain can thrive. We are highly motivated to continue to meet the standards in order to provide our customers with a fully managed and compliant Connector for Catena-X.

Authors: Tim Berthold, Moritz Dieckmann, Quotes: Hanno Focken

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