The initiative for Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs (DIH4CPS) will help European enterprises overcome innovation hurdles and establish Europe as a world leading innovator of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
DIH4CPS will create an embracing, interdisciplinary network of DIHs and solution providers, focused on cyber-physical and embedded systems, interweaving knowledge and technologies from different domains, and connecting regional clusters with the pan-European expert pool of DIHs. Backed by the IVLab, an experienced and wellestablished network organisation focussed on Interoperability, DIH4CPS can innately build on an extensive existing network, add value to its existing knowledge transfer capabilities and guarantee the sustainability of the growing DIH network.
DIH4CPS expands the already existing network and aims for creating an integrated platform for DIHs from different, especially digitally underdeveloped sectors and regions. A selection of eleven initially starting application experiments guarantees an outstanding funding for European SMEs and Mid-Caps right from the start and demonstrates the high dedication of the consortium to reduce the digital divide. At least ten additional experiments will take up that torch during the project and allow external companies from sectors in need to further exploit the DIH4CPS network and uplift their portfolio, especially by including (semi)-autonomy into their products and systems.
DIH4CPS will not only benefit the application experiments but also the individual DIHs by significantly complementing the regional investments made. Implemented in the IVLab structure, the DIH4CPS Network will leverage and sustain its impact far beyond the project duration, creating a vibrant, overarching and cross sector one-stop-shop for collaboration between SMEs, DIHs and Tech providers.
Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative
In response to new challenges arising from the increased integration of digital components and smart functionality in products and services of everyday life, the European Commission launched the “Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE)” Initiative in March 2015. The SAE initiative has since naturally trended towards DIHs to foster Europe digitization, by bringing innovative SME, start-ups and mid-caps in contact with major digital technology providers, expertise and know-how partners, innovation management and financing advisers, networking opportunities.
SAE event recordings where DIH4CPS participated:
ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs
ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) is a program promoted by the European Commission to expand the digital innovation of manufacturing SMEs in Europe. The collaboration of DIH4CPS with I4MS initiative goes through two different phases, the first will support the dissemination of the project, where DIH4CPS will be able to promote the project and the second Open Call in a community more focused on manufacturing. On the other hand, the success stories developed in the project will be made available on the I4MS website and it will be discussed how to create more synergies between the project and the initiative.
European Factories of the Future Research Association
The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) is a non-for-profit, industry-driven association promoting the development of new and innovative production technologies.
From the start of the Factories of the Future, EFFRA deployed the “EFFRA Innovation Portal” in cooperation with the EC. The main goal of the portal is to provide an online resource for sharing information about research and innovation projects. DIH4CPS is one of these projects, being deployed in this portal, where it can share objectives, results, Open Calls and demonstrators.
Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation
DIH4CPS has been participating in the Working Group 2 of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) initiated by the European Commission in 2015.
The working Group 2 IoT Innovation and Ecosystems has been recently rebranded, with a change of name and of logo, causing little delays in the advancement. However, DIH4CPS has been very involved in the meetings of the working group and has participated in the white paper “IoT eDIH Network activities”.