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Fig. 1. In the proposed approach, the NCAP represents the core component for configuration and management of a networked measurement setup in both
development and productive phase.

due to wrongly identifying priorities as a consequence of insufficient knowledge at the beginning of the development.
Agile development methods aim to address such issues. One
approach that can help in this respect is to early showcase the
functionality of the system to the user in simulation form or
model in the loop. This has become possible due to the availability of powerful simulation environments e.g., in the area of
automated driving, robotics and industrial automation, and
such virtual prototypes or "digital twins" of a system can be
used to study the functionality of a proposed sensor system
together with the user and to quickly refine the requirements.
Fig. 2 illustrates such an agile design process for sensors systems. In this approach, the TEDS described above is
used like a specification of the device. In each step (and each
potential iteration of each step) of the development cycle,
information is added to or refined within the electronic datasheet describing the device.
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From a User Requirement Specification (URS), an initial electronic datasheet is created. Additional information
is added during the prototype phase, e.g., the decision on a
specific data format for the transmission of the sensor data.
Furthermore, also in the production phase, information for the
electronic datasheet may be included, and usually this will be
calibration information. The final datasheet is transferred, e.g.,
by means of Near Field Communication and stored within the
device, such that all information required by an NCAP to use
the sensor and provide it in the network is available as soon as
the device is connected, without the need to connect to a cloud
service.
The Design Phase can utilize simulation models of the sensor and the overall system to identify early design flaws. In
the Prototype Phase, lab prototypes of the sensor are realized
to test for feasibility of the sensor and test each required function. In the Production Phase, the final sensor product is then

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