“Digitisation” enables enhanced or new functionalities in most products and services. A key question is “How to optimise the transformation of this potential?” Especially SMEs from non-high technology sectors need easy access to digitisation technologies. The new project “Smart 4 Europe” will support this effort by pooling different offers in a one-stop-shop, bringing together the community, helping it to grow organically and catalysing digitisation throughout Europe.
A central aim of the European Commission with respect to digitisation is to “ensure that any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change“. To achieve this, the initiative “Smart Anything Everywhere” (SAE Initiative) was coined as an umbrella for a growing number of projects, focusing on different technology domains and positions in the innovation cycle to demonstrate best practice in technology transfer to European SMEs.
Now the SAE Initiative starts its first coordination and support action, Smart 4 Europe with the aims of:
In order to achieve this, Smart 4 Europe will expand the existing website of the Initiative (https://smartanythingeverywhere.eu/) to create an Innovation Portal as a central contact point for digitisation in Europe: providing a service centre; facilitate brokerage; coordinate communication and dissemination activities; help in sharing best practices and experiences; create a Technology Radar to identify technologies SAE can benefit from; and last but not least, establish links to regional/national initiatives to leverage investments and stimulate growth.
Smart 4 Europe starts in September 2017 with duration of 2 years and almost 1 Mio. € funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement No 761448). The project is driven by a strong consortium of partners that have already demonstrated their commitment and have been engaged for several years in shaping the SAE Initiative.
The consortium is led by Hahn-Schickard, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The R+D service provider offer to develop and build innovative microsystems with focus on the integration of smart systems and cyber-physical systems; disciplines highly and unalienably needed as base technologies for the digital change.
Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany is the second representative from Baden-Württemberg in the consortium. The service provider for innovative and international networking is managing successfully countless projects in the realm of digitisation and cyber physical systems. Steinbeis 2i contributes to the project with its valuable experience in event management and European contacts.
Further research and industrial partners of the project are THHINK BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, BME, Budapest, Hungary, Blumorpho, Paris, France, CEA-LETI and CEA-LIST (Grenoble, Switzerland, as well as fortiss, Munich, Germany.