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Contact Data

Coordinator (University)

AAU Innovation at Aalborg University and BusinessAalborg at the City of Aalborg

Coordinator website

Year Established



Niels Jernes Vej 10, DK-9220, Aalborg (Denmark)


Social Media

Contact information

Birgit Nøhr
+45 2972 0701



(mission, scope, services provided) BrainsBusiness – ICT North Denmark is a regional industrial cluster intiative that brings together all major forces within the North Denmark ICT environment: Companies and knowledge institutions within ICT (Information and Communications Technology) as well as relevant public organisations and authorities. The long-term goal of BrainsBusiness is to contribute to the North Denmark ICT cluster being recognised as one of the most attractive and competitive ICT clusters in Europe. The mission of the cluster is to strengthen and develop the ICT environment in North Denmark through three overall activities: 1. Strengthen the competitiveness of the North Denmark ICT companies through facilitated networking across sectors, internationalisation, the facilitation of the development of Smart Society solutions, competence development within marketing and service design as well as furthering knowledge sharing by building bridges between university and industry. 2. Ensure recognition through increased visibility to the strengths of the North Denmark ICT cluster – nationally and internationally. 3. Establishing an attractive industrial environment for ICT companies in North Denmark by ensuring access to resources, knowledge and favourable framework conditions.

BrainsBusiness – ICT North Denmark er et regionalt erhvervsklyngeinitiativ, der samler alle væsentlige aktører inden for det nordjyske IKT-miljø, dvs. de nordjyske virksomheder og vidensinstitutioner inden for informations- og kommunikationsteknologi (IKT) samt relevante offentlige aktører. Det langsigtede mål for BrainsBusiness er at bidrage til, at den nordjyske IKT-klynge anerkendes som en af de mest attraktive og konkurrencedygtige IKT-klynger i Europa. Klyngens mission er at styrke og udvikle IKT-miljøet i Nordjylland gennem tre delmål: 1. Styrke konkurrencedygtigheden af de nordjyske IKT-virksomheder igennem faciliteret netværksdannelse på tværs blandt aktørerne, internationalisering, understøttelse af udvikling af Smart Society-løsninger, kompetenceudvikling inden for salg, markedsføring og servicedesign samt fremme af videndeling ved at bygge bro mellem universitet og erhvervsliv. 2. Sikre anerkendelse gennem øget kendskab til den nordjyske IKT-klynges styrkepositioner – nationalt og internationalt. 3. Skabe et attraktivt erhvervsmiljø for IKT-virksomheder i Nordjylland ved at sikre adgang til ressourcer, viden og gode rammebetingelser.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

(Digital Innovation HUB (DIH) -Denmark) The Hub plays the role of a regional ecosystem for innovation within the selected areas of CPS/IoT and its application within focused area of manufacturing industries in North Denmark Region. 

The activities of the hub are well aligned with Denmark's national initiative for digitising industry, MADE - Manufacturing Academy of Denmark.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • 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

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Market intelligence
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Community building and continuous awareness creation services, means that the DIH is objectively engaged within the regional ecosystem community to create consciousness about the opportunities and benefits of digitization.

Collaborative R&D services, which respond innovation activities, concerned with identifying opportunities for digitization, developing and validating innovative solutions as well as technical up-scaling skills suited the new digital technologies

DESMI A/S (solutions adopter) / PREVAS (solution provider)

-DESMI is a global company specialised in the development and manufacture of pump solutions for marine, industry, oil spill combating, defence & fuel and utility both locally and globally.

-Prevas - established in 1985 - is a technical IT company that offers solutions, services and products to customers who are developing products with high IT content or who need to streamline or automate their operations

Case Name: “The Black Box” – collecting data from the pumps.


Phase 1: Description of the Black Box functionality and business options etc.
Phase 2: Testing a mock-up of the box – alfa version
Phase 4: Analysing and evaluating the results
Phase 5: Beta version of final product
Phase 6: Implementation and full scale “production”

Benefits :
• Competitive advantage
• Higher customer satisfaction
• Closer relations to the clients (more insights with the data)
• Energy saving
• Stock of spare parts
• Higher profit (The box in generic and can be sold to other manufactured pumps)

Business Development and Labour 4.0 services, which help companies to apply the solutions through assessment of relevant business implications, and managing the results through mentoring and training and re-skilling workforce toward Labour 4.0 concept


Organizational form

Public Private Partnership



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals


Business Region North Denmark

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


University of Aalborg

Partner Type



North Denmark Region

Partner Type

Regional government


BrainsBusiness Business Network

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


City of Aalborg

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce


Technological competences

  • 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
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Cloud computing
Last updated: 08/09/18 09:29