Digital Innovation Hubs

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Hub Information

Hub Name
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope


The objective of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and the innovation-driven organizations involved is to help companies (specially SMEs) to become more competitive throughout the adoption of Internet of Things technologies in their business/production processes, products and services.

IoT Digital Innovation Hub has been created to develop groundbreaking projects with the most advanced technologies that can make digital transformation of industry become a reality. Our aim is to promote new products and services, which have been designed by combining innovative techniques from a range of disciplines:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced IoT
  • Disruptive ICT
  • Edge Computing
  • Fog Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Blockchain
  • Internet of Value
  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Homes
  • Smart Grid
  • Connected Vehicle
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Social Computing
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Linked Open Data

The emergence of the internet has triggered the technological revolution we are experiencing at the moment. This revolution lies in the ability to connect people and objects. This is what we call the Internet of Things (IoT). This new technological model interconnects devices and collects information which are then sent to the cloud. These data make it possible to adapt technology to the preferences of its users. In addition, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are new infrastructures which facilitate communication and increase the mobility, flexibility and efficiency of users. Artificial Intelligence is changing our World and its different forms of application (Deep learning, Machine Learning, Big Data, Genetic Algorithms, etc.) complement IoT perfectly.

The members of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub have vast knowledge of all these technologies and their practical experience is the greatest asset of this platform which is supported by the European Union.

Now, we want to put at your disposal all this knowledge; our experience in hundreds of projects, dozens of patents, and use it to boost startups and spin off.

El objetivo del IoT Digital Innovation Hub y de las organizaciones innovadoras involucradas es ayudar a las empresas (especialmente a las PYMES) a ser más competitivas a través de la adopción de las tecnologías de Internet de las Cosas en sus negocios y procesos de producción, productos y servicios.

El IoT Digital Innovation Hub se ha creado para desarrollar proyectos pioneros con las tecnologías más avanzadas que puedan hacer que la transformación digital de la industria se convierta en realidad. Nuestro objetivo es promover nuevos productos y servicios, que han sido diseñados mediante la combinación de técnicas innovadoras de una amplia gama de disciplinas:

  • Inteligencia artificial
  • IoT avanzado
  • TIC disruptivas
  • Edge Computing
  • Fog Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Blockchain
  • Internet del valor
  • Industria 4.0
  • Ciudades Inteligentes
  • Casas Inteligentes
  • Redes Inteligente
  • Vehículo Conectado
  • Big Data
  • Aprendizaje Automático
  • Aprendizaje Profundo
  • Aprendizaje Reforzado
  • Computación Social
  • Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural
  • Datos Abiertos Enlazados

El surgimiento de Internet ha desencadenado la revolución tecnológica que estamos experimentando en este momento. Esta revolución radica en la capacidad de conectar personas y objetos. Esto es lo que llamamos Internet de las Cosas (IoT). Este nuevo modelo tecnológico interconecta dispositivos y recopila información que luego se envía a la nube. Estos datos permiten adaptar la tecnología a las preferencias de sus usuarios. Además, las Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) son nuevas infraestructuras que facilitan la comunicación y aumentan la movilidad, la flexibilidad y la eficiencia de los usuarios. La Inteligencia Artificial está cambiando nuestro mundo y sus diferentes formas de aplicación (Aprendizaje Profundo, Aprendizaje Automático, Big Data, Algoritmos Genéticos, etc.) complementan IoT perfectamente.

Los miembros del IoT Digital Innovation Hub tienen un amplio conocimiento de todas estas tecnologías y su experiencia práctica es el mayor activo de esta plataforma que cuenta con el respaldo de la Unión Europea.

Ahora, queremos poner a su disposición todo este conocimiento; nuestra experiencia en cientos de proyectos, docenas de patentes, y lo usamos para impulsar las startups y spin off.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
AIR Institute (IoT DIH)
Year Established
C/ Segunda 4, 37188, Carbajosa de la Sagrada (Spain)
Social Media
Contact information
Juan Manuel Corchado / Javier Prieto


Organizational form
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Number of employees


  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mobility & Location based technologies
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • New media technologies

The Regional Government is involved in the coordination of the DIH throughout its Institute for Business Competitiveness. 

In addition, several actions of the IoT DIH are supported by regional funds oriented to the digitalization of the industry:

  • Training: the IoT DIH organises training programs for SMEs employees (see e.g. funded by a specific regional innitiative (
  • Research projects: the IoT DIH collaborates with many companies in the regional initiative for the promotion of R&D projects in SMEs (

Finally, the IoT DIH has promoted several national and international funded projects for the digitalisation of the industry:

  • International: the IoT DIH participates in the AGVISER project within the MANUNET call (
  • National: the IoT DIH currently participates in several projects under the topic Connected Industry within the call Strategic Action Economy and Digital Society (AEESD) of the Ministry of Energy of Spain (
  • National: the IoT DIH currently participates in several projects in collaboration with companies for the transfer of research knowledge to the industrial sector funded by the Ministry of Economy (

Market and Services


  • Agriculture and food
  • Tourism (incl. restaurants and hospitality)
  • Financial services
  • Education

TRL Focus

  • 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 Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Success case 5: Cattle monitoring

Monitorization Of Cattle In Extensive Fields

Collaborators: Ángel Santiago García Martín Cattle

Client Profile: 
Livestock specialized in the breeding cattle  with the aim of optimizing the use of available natural resources, with a breed able to achieve higher yields and therefore greater profitability. The genetic selection made and the continuous improvement of the breeders of this breeding has made it possible for the final destination of the animals born on this farm to be sold as breeders and breeding animals, offering our customers animals of a superior genetic quality, which can contribute to improve production and therefore the profitability of the farms.

Client Needs: 
In order to maximize the success of the breeding, the farms need a tool to monitorize the activity of cattle in order to detect anomalities such as diseases, possible pregnancy or births. The present project tries to give a response to these needs with the artificial intelligence and new technologies. 


The project presents a wireless sensor network to monitor the activities of cattle. It is provided with different cameras, temperature sensors and accelerometers to know if they eat correctly or if they are suffering from possible diseases, they will be giving birth or they are possibly pregnant. 

Success case 2: PRISMA

BigData And IoT Platform For The Optimization Of Processes

Collaborators: ISOTROL, S.A.

Client Profile: 
Isotrol is a national and international reference engineering company in products, projects, solutions and software development for supervisory and control systems and specialized outsourcing. It has a clear commercial vocation of excellence based on flexibility, innovation, continuous improvement and efficiency in the relationship with the client. Currently, Isotrol is present in Europe and America, and has more than 195 professionals. In 2017, the company's sales reached € 16.4 million 

Client Needs: 
One of the needs of the client (and of other similar companies) is the use of a computer platform for data management, with the aim of optimizing all steps within an industrial process. Through the platform generated in PRISMA you can make a much more efficient planning and management of product manufacturing.

The purpose of Prisma will be the creation of a computer platform for data management in companies, with the aim of optimizing all steps within an industrial process. Through this platform you can make a much more efficient planning and management of product manufacturing. This project is another step in the development of Industry 4.0 in which the Internet of Things is gaining more and more weight. The dynamism of the market means that more and more competitive products are needed. The fourth industrial revolution implies a reduction of expenses through the optimization of resources and a digitalization that provides more information, making the process much more efficient.

Success case 3: FORO

Improvement Of Operational Skills In The Face Of Emerging Risks In Smart Production Environments: Application To Smart Power Grids

Collaborators: Universidad de Salamanca, Amayuelas, Electricidad Galindo

Client Profile: 
The companies involved in this success case belongs to the electricity market. AMAYUELAS, S.L. was set up in July 1996 with the purpose of channeling the professional experiences of a group of people in the electricity sector, and applying them in the field of the design of high and medium voltage installations. Electricidad Galindo activities are related to the electrical, telephone and telecommunication installations in general. the production of electrical energy and any other complementary activities

Client Needs: 
Both companies mentioned are interested in improving the security of their 

This project is about the development of an intelligent PPE (Individual Protection Equipment) aimed at improving the safety conditions of the operators of power grid transformation centers. It seeks to integrate all electronic elements (some of them wearables) in a functional way in an application that collects and transmits in real time the data referring to the worker's condition and the working environment conditions to favor safety. All the elements are connected wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wifi for communication of the worker with the web server. In addition, it is intended to design a social machine, where the Cloud platform will transfer the data and manage the information to give warnings and recommendations in real time.

Access to funding opportunities

The IoT DIH provides support and advise for SMEs so that they can have an easier access to funding sources for innovative projects: 1) by promoting R&I consortia to apply to public/private funding calls for the adoption of digital technologies; 2) by participating in cascade funding projects launching calls for the digitalization of SMEs; 3) by organizing mentoring and networking events where funding sources are explained.

Promotion of IoT technologies

We regularly organize events for the digitalization of the industry where SMEs and large enterprises can share ideas, acquire new knowledge about the latest advances on IoT for companies, establish contact with other companies, learn different success cases of the use of IoT technologies…

Success case 4: SILOSENS

Intelligent System To Monitor The Amount Of Feed That Contains A Silo

Collaborators: Grupo Hermi

Client Profile: 
The client is one of the highest producers of rabbit meat in Europe and has more than 40 rabbit farms with 4 silos each. The silos are hermetically closed, so hitting the container from outside is, until now, the only resource that exists to estimate if it is necessary to fill it. 

Client Needs: 
This application permits any industry to calculate the capacity of a closed recipient. That includes not only the silo, but also many other possibilities in the primary sector. It could be used to measure the volume of a milk tank. In other areas, the uses can be very diverse, such as detecting the presence of people in any work space. 

A device is placed inside the silo and, through a laser, it detects if there is feed and how high it is. Several engines allow you to rotate in all directions necessary to perform a full sweep. This way he takes the measurements and sends them to a web system, where they are processed. Each type of feed has a different density, so depending on the volume the system can calculate very accurately how many kilos are left. The device is installed in each silo independently, since it could be powered by batteries, with solar panels or directly connected to the power grid to avoid maintenance problems. The signal it sends is wireless, it can be transmitted via Wi-Fi or by 4G, and it can be programmed as often as desired, every second or once a day if the managers of the farm decide that it is not necessary anymore.

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Technological diagnostics on IoT

The IoT DIH has standardized a methodology to carry out technical diagnostics to SMEs to assist them in the development of new products and services based on IoT (in the case of ICT SMEs) and in the adoption of IoT technologies in their internal processes (in the case of industrial SMEs).

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Development of innovation projects

The IoT DIH puts together different players in the IoT ecosystem to collaborate in research and innovation projects with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of SMEs. The IoT DIH yearly collaborates in more than 20 projects in collaboration with companies for the digitalization of their processes.

Technical advise and mentoring

The IoT DIH provides technical advise and mentoring to SMEs on the adoption of IoT in their processes and services. For example, the IoT DIH is member of the Industry 4.0 working group of the regional industry association of the agro-food sector (Vitartis) where it provides advise for the digitalization of the member companies.


The IoT DIH has established different training programs to increase the digital skills of SMEs. Training at IoT DIH ranges from specialized courses dedicated to SMEs’ employees focused on industry digitalization to master’s degrees in Industry 4.0 in collaboration with the University of Salamanca. In addition, some courses are combined with internships in companies to improve the digital skills on Industry 4.0. 

Access to laboratorios and equipment

The IoT DIH provides access to research and development laboratories and high-performance equipment where SMEs can test their solutions, acquire knowledge on IoT and assess practical cases. It includes: an IoT lab, showroom, 3D printers...

Tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem

The IoT DIH offers a benchmark event for the international tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem: showcasing startups and providing them with the right connections (Accelerators, Investors, Public Administrations, Policy-Makers, Universities, Talent, etc.); and a forum where startups can share experiences and develop synergies so that they can grow together.

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Success case 1: Rural-IoT

Optimization Of Agricultural And Livestock Production Through Intelligent IoT Solutions

Collaborators: Nebusens S.L., RANCHO GUAREÑA HNOS OLEA LOSA S.L., Universidad de Salamanca.

Client Profile: 
RANCHO GUAREÑA is a company dedicated to agricultural activity, which includes: set of works necessary for the obtaining of agricultural, livestock and forest products, which are exercised in agrarian exploitation, as well as direct selling of own production without transformation.

Client Needs: 
the elimination of milk quotas is causing a delocalisation of production. The average increase in milk production in Spain was 6.9% between 2014 and 2015, with logistics costs being higher for the industries, with large distribution having the most to say in terms of pricing. The price of milk has hit land since then in Castilla y León (below € 0.3 per liter), and the number of professionals has fallen drastically.
All this implies that solutions have to be found that allow producing more with fewer resources, thus reducing costs and making Castilla y León a more competitive region in the agricultural and livestock sector. As reflected in the RIS3 of Castilla y León, the Community has undeniable potential to position itself in the Europe 2020 bioeconomy model. The role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will be fundamental for this. As reflected in the strategy itself, the competitiveness of companies in the sector will go through greater efficiency in their production processes, from the point of view of the intensive use of ICT, energy efficiency and the valorisation of waste and the use of technologies green in general.

The project aims to improve the competitiveness of companies in the dairy sector in the community of Castilla y León through the improvement of efficiency in their production processes, from the point of view of the intensive use of ICT, energy efficiency and valorisation of waste and use of green technologies in general. The unstoppable rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) must also fall in these sectors and offer affordable solutions, which requires a previous research work on new technologies and hybrid artificial intelligence algorithms that allow improving the performance of farms.

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  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources


H2020 Projects

    Regions and DIHs alliance for AI-driven digital transformation of European Manufacturing SMEs

    Regions and DIHs alliance for AI-driven digital transformation of European Manufacturing SMEs

    The AI REGIO project aims at filling 3 major gaps currently preventing AI-driven DIHs from implementing fully effective digital transformation pathways for their Manufacturing SMEs: at policy level the Regional vs. EU gap; at technological level the Digital Manufacturing vs. Innovation Collaboration Platform gap; at business level the Innovative AI (Industry 5.0) vs Industry 4.0 gap.
    POLICY. Regional smart specialization strategies for Efficient Sustainable Manufacturing and Digital Transformation (VANGUARD initiative for Industrial Modcernisation) are so far insufficiently coordinated and integrated at cross-regional and pan-EU level. SME-driven >AI innovations cannot scale up to become pan-EU accessible in global marketplaces as well as SME-driven experiments remain trapped into a too local dimension without achieving a large scale dimension. Regional vs. EU Gap.
    TECHNOLOGY. Digital Manufacturing Platforms DMP and Digital Innovation Hubs DIH play a fundamental role in the implementation of the Digital Single Market and Digitsing European Industry directives to SMEs, but so far such initiatives, communities, innovation actions are running in a quite independent if not siloed way, where very often Platform-related challenges are not of interest for DIHs and Socio-Business impact not of interest for DMP. DMP vs. DIH Gap.
    BUSINESS. Many Industrial Data Platforms based on IOT Data in Motion and Analytics Data at Rest have been recently developed to implement effective Industry 4.0 pilots (I4MS Phase III platforms). The AI revolution and the new relationship between autonomous systems and humans (Industry 5.0) has not been properly addressed in I4MS so far. AI I5.0 vs. I4.0 Gap.
    AI REGIO is following the 4 steps for VANGUARD innovation strategy (learn-connect-demonstrate-commercialize) by constantly aligning its methods with the AI DIH Network initiative and its assets with I4MS/DIH BEinCPPS Phase II and MIDIH / L4MS Phase III projects. AI REGIO: Industry 5.0 for SMEs

  • PhotonHub Europe
    One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe

    One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe

    PhotonHub Europe will establish a single pan-EU Photonics Innovation Hub which integrates the best-in-class photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 partners from all over Europe, including the coordinators of EU pilot lines and local photonics hubs representing 18 regions, as a one-stop-shop solution offering a comprehensive range of supports to industry for the accelerated uptake and deployment of photonics. PhotonHub will provide European companies, in particular “non-photonics” SMEs and mid-caps that are first users and early adopters of photonics, with open access and guided orienteering to the following key support services: training and upskilling opportunities within PhotonHub’s Demo and Experience Centres throughout Europe and enhanced by digital tools for online learning; “test before invest” innovation support capabilities to engage with companies on highly collaborative Innovation Projects aimed at TRL acceleration from prototyping (TRL3-4) to upscaling (TRL5-6) to manufacturing (TRL7-8), and complemented by targeted business and IP advisory supports; and support to find investment through investment-readiness coaching and investor match-making organised in collaboration with major regional and European venture fora and deep tech Investor Days. PhotonHub will uniquely support cross-border innovation activities of European companies, while simultaneously working closely with the local photonics hubs to develop and roll out best practices of the “lighthouse” regions for ongoing regional financial support of SME innovation activities and to support the creation of new innovation hubs covering most regions of Europe. Finally, PhotonHub will fine-tune and implement its business plan for long-term sustainability in the form of the PhotonHub Europe Association as a durable entity which is deeply rooted within the wider ecosystem of local, regional and EU-DIHs for maximum leverage and impact on European competitiveness and sovereignty.

Last updated: 13/12/18 15:52