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Technology Transfer via Multinational Application Experiments (TETRAMAX) Technologietransfer über Multinationale Anwendungsexperimente (TETRAMAX)

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Contact Data

Coordinator (University)

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH

Coordinator website

https://www.rwth-aachen.de/

Year Established

2013

Location

Templergraben 55, 52062, Aachen (Germany)

Website

https://www.tetramax.eu

Social Media

Contact information

Prof. Dr. Rainer Leupers
leupers@ice.rwth-aachen.de
+49 241 80-28301

Contact information

Eva Haas
eva.haas@zhv.rwth-aachen.de
+492418096535

Contact information

Dominik Šišejković
sisejkovic@ice.rwth-aachen.de
+49 241 80-28302

Contact information

Katrien Van Impe
Katrien.vanImpe@ugent.be
+32 92643373

Description

Description

Started in 2013, the initiative TETRACOM (https://www.tetracom.eu) was designed as a pilot project with a novel and unique vehicle to boost small-scale and highly focused bilateral academia-industry technology transfer in all ICT domains. During its three-year pilot phase, it has strongly demonstrated how to optimally address the gap to bring academic excellence to sound business results. With a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, the pilot financially supported 50 actual transfer experiments throughout Europe and helped to generate a multitude of new jobs, new products and new businesses. Based on its highly recognized success TETRACOM has evolved into TETRAMAX, operating at much larger scale and with even higher ambitions (https://www.tetramax.eu). It is primary aiming to provide the implementation of the European “Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE)” initiative in the domain of customized low energy computing (CLEC) for CPS and the IoT. The initiative builds on three major activity lines: (1) Stimulating, organizing, co-funding, and evaluating different types of cross-border Application Experiments, providing “EU added value” via innovative CLEC technologies to first-time users and broad markets in European ICT-related industries, (2) Building and leveraging a new European CLEC competence center network, offering technology brokerage, one-stop shop assistance and CLEC training to SMEs and mid-caps, and with a clear evolution path towards new regional digital innovation hubs where needed, and (3) Paving the way towards self-sustainability based on pragmatic and customized long-term business plans. The project impact will be measured based on well-defined, goal-oriented performance indicators. The immediate ambition of TETRAMAX within its duration is to support 50+ industry clients and 3rd parties in the entire EU with innovative technologies, leading to an estimated revenue increase of 25 Mio. € based on 50+ new or improved CLEC-based products, 10+ entirely new businesses/SMEs initiated, as well as 30+ new permanent jobs and significant cost and energy savings in product manufacturing. Moreover, in the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing CLEC competence, services (https://www.tetramax.eu/the-project/​) and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.

Im Jahr 2013 startete TETRACOM (https://www.tetracom.eu) als Pilotprojekt mit einem neuartigen Konzept zur Förderung von Transfers neuer Technologien aus der akademischen Forschung zur tatsächlichen Anwendung in die Industrie in allen Bereichen der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie. Mit einem speziellen Fokus auf kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen (KMUs) wurde die Durchführung von 50 Technologietransfers quer durch Europa finanziell unterstützt und trug so zu einer erheblichen Erhöhung neu geschaffener Arbeitsplätze sowie neuen Produkten und Geschäftsfeldern bei. Während seiner dreijährigen Pilotphase hat TETRACOM mit seinem Konzept nachdrücklich bewiesen, wie die Lücke zwischen akademischer Forschung und Entwicklung und fundierten Geschäftsergebnissen geschlossen werden kann. Auf dieser erfolgreichen Basis hat sich das Pilotprojekt zur Initiative TETRAMAX (https://www.tetramax.eu) mit langfristigen Bestrebungen weiterentwickelt. Hauptziel ist die Umsetzung der europäischen Initiative “Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE)” im Bereich der anwendungsspezifischen Computertechnik, um Technologien mit geringem Energieverbrauch (Customized Low Energy Computing – CLEC) für cyber-physische Systeme (CPS) und das Internet der Dinge (IoT) zur Verfügung zu stellen. TETRAMAX konzentriert sich auf drei Haupttätigkeiten: (1) Stimulieren, Organisieren, Kofinanzieren und Auswerten verschiedener Modelle grenzüberschreitender Technologietransfer-Experimente. Dank dieser Experimente werden innovative CLEC-Technologien erstmaligen Nutzern zur Verfügung gestellt und in einem breiten Marktspektrum innerhalb der europäischen ICT Industrie eingeführt. Auf diese Weise wird langfristig ein Europäischer Mehrwert für den Sektor geschaffen. (2) Aufbau eines Netzwerkes mit neuen CLEC Kompetenzzentren quer durch Europa, das langfristig als zentrale Anlaufstelle und, wo nötig, mit einer klaren Richtung zur Entwicklung neuer regionaler und digitaler Service-Stellen für Innovation fungieren wird. Das Netzwerk wird Technologien vermitteln und CLEC Beratungen und Trainings für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen anbieten. (3) Erstellung pragmatischer und individueller kundenspezifischer Businesspläne, die langfristig den Weg zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung und Selbstfinanzierung ermöglichen. Die Auswirkungen werden anhand klar definierter und zielorientierter Leistungskennzahlen gemessen. Unmittelbares Ziel ist die Unterstützung von 50+ Industriekunden und weiteren Dritten im gesamten europäischen Raum mit innovativen Technologien, was zu einem möglichen Umsatzzuwachs von ca. €25m führt, basierend auf 50+ neuen und verbesserten CLEC Produkten, 10+ völlig neu initiierten (klein- und mittelständischen) Unternehmen sowie 30+ neu geschaffenen festen Arbeitsplätzen und deutlichen Kosten- und Energieeinsparungen in der Produktherstellung. Langfristig wird TETRAMAX Pionier und Wegbereiter für eine gestärkte, gewinnbringende und nachhaltige Ökosystem-Infrastruktur sein, die CLEC Kompetenzen, Dienstleistungen (https://www.tetramax.eu/the-project/​) und eine kontinuierliche Innovationsstrategie zur Verfügung stellen wird – auf europäischer Ebene und zugleich mit einer starken regionalen Präsenz je nach bevorzugter Wahl des KMUs.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

With the constant technological advancements of the modern world, it has become increasingly difficult to establish a successful and sound connection between new academic solutions and industry. To mitigate the existing gap and offer a strong and supportive ground to a digitalized European industry, TETRAMAX, as an implementation of the European “Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE)”, will strive to accelerate innovation within European industries by more efficient and effective uptake of advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic. As a vehicle of lifting European industries to a new digital era, TETRAMAX will employ different kinds of technology transfer experiments (TTX), enabling a supportive and encouraging platform for connecting talented international ICT workers with start-up companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and mid-caps, thereby paving the way to a more digitalized and interconnected Europe. To achieve this goal, TETRAMAX will establish an EU wide network of competence centers, providing easy access to novel technologies via local (regional) contact points, offering both the industrial and academic world an on-demand bidirectional network for offering and requesting novel technological solutions to ever growing industrial challenges. Moreover, besides boosting industries with technological advancements, TETRAMAX is set to offer the opportunity of establishing entirely new and better products, new business opportunities and new jobs, therefore pushing for a more digitally skilled and competitive Europe. Besides being a part of the European policy innitiative SAE, TETRAMAX is collaborating with a number of national/regional initiatives and digitial innovation hubs for, e.g., distributing and communicating initiative results and call information,  fostering the connection to SMEs and others.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

OPTIGLASS: Application of Artificial Intelligence-based techniques for optimizing the continuous Glass Cutting Problem

In automated float glass manufacturing, a continuous ribbon of glass has to be cut according to customer orders. This is a complex and energy-intensive process.  To keep the glass manufacturing company AGC Flat Glass Ibérica S.A. (david.rueda@eu.agc.com) competitive and sustainable, it was necessary to invest in optimization.   Therefore, collaboration between the AGC Flat Glass Ibérica S.A. and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia was facilitated by the pilot project TETRACOM.  The academic experience on specialised algorithms was essential in the design and transfer of artificial intelligence based technology in the production process. This resulted in the creation of a simulation tool that analyses the best cutting positions and the insertion of new orders in the system. This increased overall process efficiency while considerably improving the energy efficiency of the operation.   The supported technology transfer reduced the losses and increased the competitiveness of the small and medium-sized company in the market. Thanks to better technology and improved efficiency, the company now saves approximately €150,000 per year.

More details: https://www.tetracom.eu/project/optiglass-application-artificial-intelligence-based-techniques-optimizing-continuous-glass

HiPEAC - the leading network to get connected with potential business partners and to create ideas for tech transfers

As one of the backbones of modern society, information technology is rapidly entering the artificial intelligence era and also simultaneously evolving in the area of high-performance and embedded computing systems. This rapid development must be supported by a solid and long-lasting cooperation between academia and industry in order to establish a digital ecosystem prepared to face the challenges of the future. This rapid development in technology requires fast and dedicated adaptation in all layers of the educational system throughout EU. Unfortunately, the available training systems and people’s skills for building a digitalized community have a slow reaction to the much needed changes. Moreover, a lack in necessary educational equipment and manpower can be witnessed, which significantly impacts the society’s ability to keep up with the digital era. To support the strong momentum of information technology in the modern world, a network of professionals throughout Europe has been established. This highly recognized community entitled HiPEAC (coordinator@hipeac.net; https://www.hipeac.net) has been developed as a long-lasting ecosystem for more than ten years, supporting its network members with beneficial services such as research coordination including the set of thematic sessions at conferences and workshops, collaboration and networking across different disciplines between European and non-European institutions. The initiatives TETRACOM and TETRAMAX have provided and will provide a variety of workshops and incentives open to HiPEAC members as well as poster sessions, linkage to get connected with new potential business partners and potential ideas for national and European cross-border collaboration for technology transfers. So far, both initiatives have contributed to HiPEAC with more than eleven technology transfer workshops to industry and start-ups, two poster sessions and more than seven booths to stimulate networking among potential business partners. A variety of different future activities are already fixed and/or in the planning phase. Moreover, the initiatives’ presence plays an important role at maintaining a network of professionals being able to prepare new generations of computer scientists and a technologically oriented workforce, thereby encouraging and pushing for a digitalized and competitive Europe.


A powerful LTE Turbo-Code Decoder – enabling component of next generation mobile technology

Mobile communication and services are growing at an accelerated pace. To handle this demand for ever-increasing data throughput, the next generation of wireless systems requires a Long­Term Evolution (LTE) Turbo-Code Decoder (Forward Error Correction – FEC).  An LTE Turbo decoder has the capabilities to deliver these vast data rates requirements in compliance with the mobile broadband standard specifications.  But designing and verifying this decoder requires high-level academic experience and expertise, which is often not available for SMEs. Through a technology transfer project supported by the pilot project TETRACOM, the University of Kaiserslautern provided the high-level academic support to the small and medium sized enterprise Creonic GmbH (info@creonic.com) and worked together to adapt the LTE Turbo-Code Decoder IP to the needs of Creonic’s customers.   This resulted in the development of an LTE Decoder with major technical advantages such as a small chip size, enabling a more energy-efficient computation, a highly scalable architecture to fit the target application and a near-ideal communications performance, allowing reliable communications even in places with poor network coverage. Creonic has an important competitive advantage thanks to this supported technology transfer, offering existing and new customers highly sophisticated solutions. Furthermore, it has the potential to increase its number of employees by 50% and its revenue by 20% until 2020.

More details: https://www.tetracom.eu/success-story/powerful-lte-turbo-code-decoder-enabling-component-next-generation-mobile-technology

Organization

Organizational form

Project (formalized end time)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

25-50

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

European

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • Partner resources

Partners

The Universtiy of Edinburgh

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.ed.ac.uk/


TECHMO

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://techmo.pl


Fundingbox Accelerator sp zoo (FBOX)

Partner Type

Incubator/accelerator

Website

https://fundingbox.com/


Brno University of Technology

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.vutbr.cz/en


Control Data Systems SRL (CDS)

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://www.cds.ro/


Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Fakultet Elektrotehnike I Racunarstva, UZAGREB

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.fer.unizg.hr/en


TTY-Saatio, TUT

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.tut.fi/en/home


Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava, IT4I

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.it4i.cz/


Ruhr University Bochum, RUB

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/welcome-ruhr-universitat-bochum


Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya - UPC

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.upc.edu/en


INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.ijs.si/ijsw/V001/JSI


Technische Universität München, TUM

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.tum.de/en/


Technical University Delft

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.tudelft.nl/en/


Budapest University of Technology and Economics, BME

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.bme.hu/?language=en


Università di Pisa, PISA

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.unipi.it/index.php/english


Tallinna Tehnikaulikool, TTU

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.ttu.ee/en/


AMG Technology Ltd.(AMGT)

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://www.amg-t.com/


ZENIT Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH

Partner Type

Incubator/accelerator

Website

http://www.zenit.de/index.php


Think Silicon SA (ThinkS)

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://think-silicon.com/


Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB, CHALMERS

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.chalmers.se/en/Pages/default.aspx


Universiteit Gent,UGENT

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.ugent.be/


Inria

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.inria.fr/

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • New Media technologies
Last updated: 13/08/18 11:18