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Contact Data

Coordinator (Industry association)

DSPValley

Coordinator website

http://www.dspvalley.com/

Year Established

2017

Location

14 - 1º. Edificio Ibaeta 20.018 - Donostia, 00685, San Sebastián (Spain)

Website

http://www.smartcitytech.eu/

Social Media

Contact information

Mark De Colvenaer (DSP Valley - Belgium)
mark@smartcitytech.eu
+ 32 476 46 08 5

Description

Description

The Smart City Tech partnership is a European Strategic Cluster Partnership and currently consists of 9 organisations from 6 regions in Europe. The partnership aims at increasing competitiveness of EU companies by supporting the development of smart systems enabled solutions for urban areas through the implementation of a joint cooperation agenda. The joint cooperation agenda consists out of 6 action lines: 1. Developing a joint vision on smart systems for urban areas which will lead to concentrating available resources on those activities which can create the most impact for urban areas. 2. Building a vibrant and global ecosystem of companies, policy makers, academia, investors and citizens ready to engage for joint projects. 3. Developing global innovation capacities which allows for efficient development of new smart systems solutions for urban areas. 4. Stimulating active collaboration between stakeholders on concrete projects leading to added value for all ecosystem stakeholders involved. 5. Mobilizing funding, either public or private money, as key resource to drive SmartCityTech projects forward. 6. Going beyond Europe and collaborate on opportunities on other continents. The partnership focuses on solutions with regard to mobility, environment and living in urban areas.

The physical presence is set in the office of the secretariat, currently in GAIA's office. Furthermore, each partner has is office in the respective regions.

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Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Partners of the SmartCityTech partnership are already part of Digital Innovation Hubs and are helping companies in their digital transformation in two ways: 

  1. SmartCityTech partners are linked with regional/national initiatives
    - IOT4Industry: The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (Digital Security, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence…) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors.  More info: www.iot4industry.eu
    - Basque Digital Innovation Hub where the focus is the digital tranfsformation of companies towards the Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing 
  2. SCT Partnership is set up to create synergie between partners and to reinforce regional/national initiatives through collaboration.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Real estate, renting and business activities
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Financial intermediation

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • 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
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

As part of Action line 4 "Stimulating active collaboration"

The development and realization of innovative solutions for sustainable urban areas enabled by smart systems requires an open collaboration space and a systemic, multi-disciplinary cooperation approach which allows for designing, testing and validating new concepts, prototypes and value models.

Based on an approach developed and successfully tested by DSP Valley, SmartCityTech can set up so-called innovation tracks which allow different stakeholders to collaborate on joint concepts and solutions.   This approach has been validated through a specific  initiative in the 'Smart Living' domain, called Nano4Health.   This initiative had as objective to support the development of innovative  applications at the crossroads of Nano-electronics and Biotechnology - and it is one of the ‘school examples’ referred to in the Smart Specialization Strategy in Flanders.

This initiative was divided into three phases – a “challenge phase” (call procedure for submission of proposals for concrete challenges to be tackled by a ‘competence’ team), a “competence phase” (launch of a request for competences on the basis of the previous submissions) and a “solution phase” (delivery of five documented value propositions, ready for implementation).

The results of this N4H project was very promising and consisted out of 25 Cooperation agreements, leading also to the development of a reference for Multi-Disciplinary, Interregional, X-Sector Innovation Model: the MIX-Model.  


As part of Action line 3 "Developing Global Innovation Capacities"

BasqueGameLab: http://www.basquegamelab.eus/

i) The BasqueGame Lab consists on a living lab related to the videogame industry. It was created to face the need of screening the existing videogame sector’s competences within the Basque Country at regional, national and international levels. It also faces the needs of attracting and training people, especially women and young people in order to offer them working alternatives linked to the industry of the videogame.

ii) Some services provided in this area are:
a. Showcase of advanced services and products for the industry 4.0
b. Information about areas of opportunity and emerging demands.
c. Competitive Vigilance and Collaborative innovation for the videogame industry
d. Carry out projects with other sector and specially with the creative industry and TEIC (companies oriented to advanced services)
e. International projection of competences and sectoral capacities
f. Global value chain living lab model
g. Structure of an independent environment of the customer-provider relationship


iii) This vision is directly linked to the evolution of the videogame industry towards 4.0 and the digitalization environment with the objective of developing new activities of advanced services which may increase the competitiveness the videogame companies. It is also aligned as a technological offer to other key industries for the territory’s economic development.

iv) More information on the basque game lab and customers can be provided on request


4.0 Diagnosis in water sector

  1. Client profile

Industrial companies from the water sector

  1. Client needs

Companies participating in the project aimed to digitilize their processes towards the industry 4.0 approach. 

  1. Provided solution to meet the needs?

A team build between GAIA and two other indusrial clusters used an specific methodology to transform these industrial ecosystem in smarter ones: 

  1. Step1: meeting companies with experts in order to analize their digitization (industry 4.0) level with some own-built criteria and position them in some certain digitalization levels. 
  2. Step2: Analize each digitalization level and try to compare with solutions already existing in the market in order to draft a road map for the transformation of their businesses. 
  3. Step3: Deliver the road map to companies with specific priorization of industry 4.0 projects to foster the implementation of digital solutions. 

It resulted on diagnostics of 11 companies from the water sector with their action plans identified. 


Tech transfer

  1. Client profile

A consortium of research institutions: University Maastricht, VITO, University Hasselt

  1. Client needs

The research institutes involved do have technology related to predicting of cardio vascular risks in humans.  This technology is available at research level but also has potential use in practice.  The research institutes want to involve companies to help transfer this technology to the market.

  1. Provided solution to meet the needs?

DSP Valley has set up an innovation trajectory focusing on the technology and application domain of the research institutes, involving a broad ecosystem of companies to help the tech transfer process.  This innovation trajectory consisted out of 3 steps:

  1. Step1: a value proposition workshop to explore the potential of the technology at hand, to define the target customers and to rank the technology according to their perceived potential to make it to the market.
  2. Step2: a matching activity to mobilize essential expertise to move the technology at hand a few steps closer to market entry.
  3. Step3: a planning workshop to define the right steps to move from current towards desired end state.

This solutions led to 3 concrete technologies, 3 consortia combining research and companies and concrete plans to move this technology a step closer to market.

DSP Valley is actively promoting this approach of multi-disciplinary innovation trajectories to establish collaboration amongst innovation stakeholders aiming at value creation and value capture.


As part of Action Line 2 'building a global ecosystem' and Action line 3 'internationalization' SmartCityTech partners organize frequent matching events, missions to other regions, participation to conferences and workshops.  Those events are organized by the partners and attendance of stakeholders from other SmartCityTech regions is actively promoted.  Those events have as main objective to bring stakeholders in contact with each other, to mobilize them for joint projects, to create visibility for all the SmartCityTech partners and the ecosystem they represent.

Som examples can be found online:
http://www.amec.es/actividades/?lang=en
http://www.advancity.eu/fr/
http://www.bicc-net.de/aktivitaeten/
http://www.brainsbusiness.dk/en/events/
http://www.dspvalley.com/en/events/


Application of interoperability platform in industrial companies

  1. Client profile

Industrial companies aiming interoperability solutions

  1. Client needs

Companies participating in the project aimed to digitilize their processes towards the industry 4.0 and interoperabilty. 

  1. Provided solution to meet the needs?

A team of interoperability experts worked in the next 3 stpels

  1. Step1: meeting companies with experts in order to analize their digitization (industry 4.0) level with some own-built criteria and position them in some certain digitalization levels. The idea was to apply the interoperability platform already developed by GAIA (GNE)
  2. Step2: Analize if all their processes and working groups met specific needs for the implementation of the platform in their businesses.  
  3. Step3: Implement the interoperablity tool in those companies which fulfilled all criteria offering them an effective document sharing platform. 

It resulted on 5 industrial companies where the interoperability tool implemented

More details: http://www.gaianetexchange.com/

Organization

Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure

Turnover

1.000.000-5.000.000

Number of employees

25-50

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

Global

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • COSME
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Memberships

Partners

AMEC Urbis (ES)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.amec.es/


Cluster SCC (IT)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/cluster-organisations/fondazione-cluster-tecnologie-le-smart-cities-communities


House of Energy (DK)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://house-of-energy.dk/en/


DSP Valley (BE)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.dspvalley.com/


BICCnet (DE)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.bicc-net.de/de/


Brainsbusiness (DK)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.brainsbusiness.dk/en/home.htm


GAIA (ES)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.gaia.eus/


Systematic (FR)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://systematic-paris-region.org/en/


TICE.PT

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.tice.pt/


Danish Sound Network

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://danishsound.org/

Technological competences

  • Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • 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
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
Last updated: 03/09/18 14:19