IoT4Industry project enabled European manufacturing SMEs to integrate the use of IoT and related components to enhance their productivity, profitability, innovation capacities and keep them competitive on the global scale. The concept of the project was to put together leading-edge ICT and Advanced Manufacturing clusters to identify, connect, and encourage collaboration between relevant innovation actors of their respective networks and beyond, with SMEs as a first target.
The applicants selected one among three types of vouchers corresponding to the stage of their collaborative project (from the idea to the implementation):
- Feasibility studies will target companies having an idea of the intended project a purpose but with needs for further analysing the technical aspects, the intellectual property issues, the design study, etc.
- Prototyping instrument will target companies having already carried out a feasibility study, and having the need develop a prototype, spend efforts in miniaturisation, testing, etc.
- Demonstration / pilot instrument will target companies having already developed and tested a prototype, with the need to demonstrate its efficiency on a larger scale..
IoT4Industry project started in April 2020 and finished in December 2020. Its entire consortium is very proud of the results achieved by the numerous stakeholders involved!
IoT4Industry set up a series of activities, such as webinars, workshops, B2B sessions in support of EU companies. “Intense cooperation” with partners and clusters, encouraged collaboration between industrial entities and IoT providers for implementing IoT solutions and modernising their production.On a wider scale, beyond supporting the developments of new prototypes, demonstrations, and setting up new interregional collaborations, IoT4Industry enabled collaborative projects to tackle key issues such as:
- The lack of awareness about IoT solutions’ impacts on manufacturing production,
- Integrating IoT assets into ‘traditional’ business models,
- Enabling the development of common architectures and communication protocols,
- Crush cultural barriers, change mindsets, strengthen human resources,
Almost 385 applicants (companies, RTOs, clusters, etc.) joined IoT4Industry, 82% of which were SMEs from 29 countries. 149 proposals were submitted to the Calls for Collaborative Projects, of which 128 were eligible and 70% above the threshold! Out of these riveting participations, 40 projects have been funded allocating 3.7 million Euros to European SMEs.
Celebrations of these great results started already on 18th June on the European Alliance against Coronavirus Daily Webinar, where Pole SCS introduced IoT4Industry experience presented its vision of the strategic role of EU initiatives to sustain SMEs in the 4.0 transition. (the record is available here).
We were pleased to continue the celebrations on 30 June afternoon from 15:00 - 16:00 CEST at the "Clusters for Next Generation EU: Dialogue between European Commissioner Thierry Breton and the European Clusters Alliance", where we presented the results of IoT4Industry and the key role of clusters in the economic recovery plan that the European Commission will launch.The recording of the event can be found on YouTube here
IoT4Industry project was awarded the "European cluster partnership of the year” 2020 during the European Cluster Conference taking place on November 11, 2020. Project partners were rewarded for their work in “the most successful collaboration between clusters across Europe”, during the main 2020 event of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP). Marielle Campanella IoT4Industry project coordinator, accepted the prize and the “valuable recognition of the work that all [partners] carried out intensively and efficiently [during the project]”. IoT4Industry Clusters-partners indeed succeeded in supporting IoT and manufacturing stakeholders to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions, boosting economic growth & competitiveness across the EU.
WATCH THE IOT4INDUSTRY FINAL VIDEO HERE
IoT4Industry has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 777455