The goal of Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) is to let SMEs, start-ups and mid-caps enhance their products and services through the inclusion of innovative digital technologies.
The Digitale Innovation Hubs will bring user companies (with a need to invest in digital technologies) in contact with supply companies that have suitable ICT products that address the needs of the users.
So they will get the opportunity to do a focused application experiment where the novel product or service is developed. This creates a win-win situation for all actors: the user company can evaluate whether this innovative product brings benefit to its business. The supply company has an early customer and can improve its offering based on this experience.
The DIH has grown its ecosystem, and can support both companies to nurture their innovations further. The ultimate goal of the application experiments is on the one hand to help foster competitiveness of in particular SMEs and mid-caps, and on the other hand to establish fully functional ecosystems of DIHs that can also provide services beyond technical advice such as business consulting and training.
The two phases of the SAE initiative have been dedicated to the creation of well-functioning ecosystems around regional DIHs in four technology areas:
• Cyber-physical and embedded systems: the goal is to help businesses from any sector uplift the quality and performance of their products and services with innovative embedded ICT components and systems and to support eco-system building for promising platforms.
• Customised low energy computing powering CPS and the IoT: the aim is to help businesses to develop products for applications where high computing capacity at low energy consumption creates a competitive advantage and to support eco-system building for promising platforms.
• Advanced micro-electronics components and Smart System Integration: the target is to support the take-up of electronic components, sensors, smart objects and systems by providing i) access to advanced design and manufacturing for academia, research institutes and SMEs, and ii) rapid prototyping capabilities for SMEs.
• Organic and large area electronics: the goal is to help businesses in further maturing, innovating and validating their products with organic and large area electronics technologies by i) giving them access to mature and ready to use design and prototyping facilities, and by ii) performing application experiments driven by concrete user requirements and business cases. The European industry should therefore gain competitive advantages.