IoT4Industry

France: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Guillaume Roux
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Summary and objectives

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.

Let’s celebrate!

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

Achievements

  • The project supported the development of smarter manufacturing tools/processes through the integration of IoT and related technologies in the existing manufacturing value chain. 
  • SMEs offered IoT technologies oriented towards industrial use cases constitute a rather recent business sector that can be considered as emerging. The project supported these companies in finding new business opportunities and will contribute therefore to their development
  • One of the main objectives of the project has been the modernization of the manufacturing capacity of European industrial SMEs to increase their competitiveness on the global scale and contribute to the re-industrialization of the EU’s industrial base.
  • The project brought together clusters with IoT expertise and manufacturing clusters from the most industrial regions of Europe.
  • The project addressed the needs for technological SMEs to be aware of and better understand the possible use cases within smart manufacturing, and on the other side (industry), the existing technologies and the opportunities of modernization. 
  • The project coordinated and facilitated cross-sectoral and cross-border cooperation among SMEs and other innovation stakeholders through the implementation of a multiple vouchers system so as to allow new collaborative partnerships as well as projects to emerge and to be developed by providing Matchmaking opportunities.

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Manufacturing:C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Alliances:Micro-electronics

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 23.12.2020
IoT4industry: a project coming to an end after 33 months of adventures and great results!
News Published: 16.11.2020
IoT4Industry wins 2020 "European cluster partnership of the year”
News Published: 25.10.2020
The IoT4Industry final event: results, winners and EU future opportunities
News Published: 25.09.2020
IOT4INDUSTRY FINAL EVENT ON 6TH OCTOBER 2020

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