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Coordinator (Economic development agency)


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Parque Tecnológico de Asturias, 33428, Llanera (Spain)


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Jaime Fernández
+34 985 98 0020

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Paz Palacio
+34 985 98 0020



The Asturias Digital Innovation Hub (AsDIH) is a place of experimentation for the adoption of solutions of industry 4.0, facilitating the digital transformation of industrial companies in the region in particular of the SMEs. The AsDIH is based on specialization in existing skills and technologies in the region on key markets (advanced manufacturing, agri-food industry, energy, transport health), and provides network services promoting the collaboration among the different actors in a flexible, agile and smart way.
The Asturias Digital Innovation Hub is a non for profit initiative coodinated by the Regional Government, that has the ambition of being a central instrument of the ecosystem for Industry 4.0 adoption, becoming the orchestrator of the digital transformation of industrial companies in the region, in particular SMEs.
The hub is configured around the scientific-technological priorities defined in Asturias RIS3 in which a critical mass of competencies in the region was detected and where specialised technology demonstration spaces are available for SMEs. We have organized the HUB in two nodes:

1. Additive Manufacturing,
2. Intelligent Data Analysis, Sensors and Artificial Vision

For each node there are competence centers providing these technologies and offering specialized technology demonstration spaces. For the first node the representative competence centers are IDONIAL Technological Center and the University of Oviedo and for the second one, in addition to the previous ones, we also have ASINCAR and CTIC. 

The main stakeholders of the initiative are IDEPA, the regional development agency, that is acting as the coordinator together with competence centers, clusters, business incubation centers, business associations, tractor companies, etc.

AsDIH provides a catalogue of services aimed at supporting the whole digitalization chain of the regional industry, which includes, in its initial stage:.
On the one hand, general services requiring lower levels of specialization, including:

  •  Awareness creation
  •  Digital maturity assessment
  •  Access to funding
  •  Digital solutions broker
  •  Market access support
  •  Incubation and scale-up

On the other hand, specific (customised) services focused on technology experimentation and validation, skills and technology transfer connected to each of the technological nodes, which are the core services of AsDIH:

  •  Validation
  •  Solutions demonstrators
  •  Technological surveillance
  •  Economic and Financial Viability
  •  Pre-certifications
  •  Strategic consulting


Asturias Digital Innovation Hub (AsDIH) es un lugar de experimentación para la adopción de soluciones de la industria 4.0, que facilite la transformación digital de las empresas industriales de la región, en particular de las PYME. El AsDIH se basa en la especialización en habilidades y tecnologías existentes en la región en mercados clave (fabricación avanzada, industria agroalimentaria, energía, salud), y proporciona servicios de red que promueven la colaboración entre los diferentes actores de manera flexible, ágil e inteligente.

Asturias Digital Innovation Hub es una inicativa sin ánimo de lucro coordinada por el Gobierno Regional que tiene la ambición de ser el instrumento central del ecosistema para la adopción de la Industria 4.0, convirtiéndose en el orquestador de la transformación digital de las empresas industriales de la región, en particular las PYME.

El hub está configurado en torno a las prioridades científico-tecnológicas definidas en Asturias RIS3 en el que se detectó una masa crítica de competencias en la región y donde los espacios especializados de demostración de tecnología están disponibles para las PYME. El HUB se organiza en torno a dos nodos tecnológicos:

1. Fabricación aditiva,
2. Análisis inteligente de datos, sensores y visión artificial

Para cada nodo hay un centro de competencia que proporciona esas tecnologías y que ofrece además espacios de demostración especializados. Para el primer nodo los centros de competencia representativos son IDONIAL y la Universidad de Oviedo y para el segundo además de los anteriores ASINCAR y Fundación CTIC.

Los accionistas de esta iniciativa son la agencia de desarrollo regional, que actúa como coordinador de la misma, junto con centros de competencia, clústeres, centros de incubación de empresas, asociaciones empresariales, empresas tractores, etc.

AsDIH proporciona un catálogo de servicios destinados a apoyar toda la cadena de digitalización de la industria regional, que incluye, en su etapa inicial:

• Por un lado, los servicios generales que requieren niveles más bajos de especialización, que incluyen:

  •  Sensibilización
  •  Evaluación de la madurez digital
  •  Acceso a financiación
  •  Broker de soluciones digitales
  •  Soporte de acceso al mercado
  •  Incubación y escalamiento

• Por otro lado, servicios específicos (personalizados) enfocados en la experimentación y validación de tecnología, habilidades y transferencia de tecnología conectados a cada uno de los nodos tecnológicos, que serán los servicios centrales de AsDIH:

  •  Validación
  •  Demostradores
  •  Vigilancia tecnológica
  •  Viabilidad económica y financiera
  •  Precertificaciones
  •  Consultoría estratégica


Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Asturias RIS3 set among its three objectives to retrieve industrial leadership through technology, but also to design a new territorial management model based on networking and collaboration. Within this context, Asturias Digital Innovation Hub (AsDIH) is a RIS3 outcome but, mainly, an essential instrument for the achievement of its objectives.
Besides, Asturias RIS3 set the objective of innovation and incorporation of technologies to improve companies’ competitiveness and access to new markets, identifying markets of interest which have been taken into account when defining the value chains to which AsDIH applies, in order to foster digitalization along the entire chain.
Also, AsDIH is being designed upon the regional assets, strengths and a priority identified in Asturias RIS3, and provides an update for the Strategy as well as the link among the different elements which compose it (sectors, markets, technologies, competence centres and demonstrators).
What is more, IDEPA, the regional development agency, is the coordinator of AsDIH and is also the Secretariat of Asturias RIS3,  that is a guarantee to ensure coherence between Asturias RIS3 and AsDIH.

Asturias Digital Innovation Hub is also connected at national level, as it has actively participated in two of the initiatives proposed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in the framework of its Connected Industry 4.0 Strategy: HADA and ACTIVA INDUSTRIA 4.0 with the direct participation of Asturian SMEs.
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• DIHELP -In 2019, the coordinator of AsDIH , iDEPA participated at the European programme DIHELP. DIHELP stands for “Digital Innovation Hubs Enhanced-Learning Programme”. The objective of the project was to develop a coherent, coordinated and sustainable approach to support European industries in all EU Member States at regional level using the concept of Digital innovation Hubs (DIH). To achieve this objective, DIHELP supported 30 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) to develop and/or scale-up their activities through a mentoring and coaching programme that lasts for 9 months.

• Participation at the  Stakeholder Forum 2019 – “Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovation Hubs – beyond 2020” co-organised by the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in Madrid. We attended wit other DIHs representatives the Stakeholder Forum where DIHELP project was presenting the DIHs and showcasing its results on a booth in the networking area. The booth also served as a meeting point for the DIHs representatives during the 3-day event.
• In 2018 the OPEN INNOVATION 4.0 programme was the winner of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (Improving the Business Environment): This programme is built through the public and private cooperation and allows the acceleration and traction to the market of innovative young companies by the help of consolidated companies. It helps facing the challenges of digitalization and consolidation. In 2017 this initiative also won EURADA awards


Market and Services


  • Energy and utilities
  • Construction
  • Transport and logistics
  • Life sciences & healthcare
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • 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
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Solutions demonstrators

ASINCAR, Agrifood RTO and cluster, formed by more than 85 companies (>95% SMEs) coming from the whole value chain (most of them from the meat sector) was thinking about how to make understand the meaning of the concept of Industry 4.0 and the impact of its application in the agri-food industry. The key was to identify the major food demands related to the implementation of industry 4.0 solutions. Major food demands of the SMEs working in this industry are related to food safety, food quality, process control, resources efficiency or traceability.

They organised a number of working groups with the participation of technological companies and the representatives of the agrifood sector to define industry 4.0 needs of regional businesses.

The most effective way was to provide food companies with a demonstration site to see in a practical and immediate way the benefits related to the application of digital solutions over food applications; and on the other hand, make Tech companies available a space for the validation, demonstration of their own technologies as well as the integration with other IT systems currently in the plant (ERP, energy efficiency monitoring system, …).

The pilot plant is progressively advancing in its digital transformation, in a similar way a traditional food company plan to do, and already possesses relevant digital infrastructure as following described:

 o Sensorized pilot plant: multiple sensors are already deployed in a digital version over the different equipment and processes of the plant. Below a list: • Ambient sensors (T, humidity) in rooms and chambers
 • Scales
 • Energy consumption
 • Manual pH and T sensors
 • Control of autoclave (pression, temperature, time)
 • Dryer system (temperature, humidity)
 • Traceability
 o ERP and IoT framework: all sensors are integrated and connected to an ERP for further data visualization and processing for development of advanced analytic solutions.
 o Circular belt with two hyperspectral imaging systems (and corresponding illumination devices): VNIR (400-1000 nm) and a NIR (900-1700 nm) cameras
 o NIR (Near Infrarred Spectroscopy) portable equipment: LabSpec4 ASD (350-2500 nm)
 o Advanced weighing system, i.e for control and optimization of losses during maturation and drying processes
 o Automated maturation chamber for cheeses, controlling T, pH, humidity and weight loose

Today agri-food companies have a pilot plant to see in a practical and immediate way the benefits related to the application of digital solutions over food applications.

More details:

OPEN INNNOVATION 4.0, (Access to Funding, Brokerage)

Aislamientos Suaval is a company with more than 35 years of experience, focus on the installation of industrial thermal insulation systems. Since 2013, SUAVAL has been carrying out an ambitious international expansion plan, taking its places as a the thermosolar insulation world leader currently present in active projects in more than 15 countries.
As an installation company, the SUAVAL Group needs to have precise information about the progress of our tasks while executing works at different sites or projects, a map of the situation by specific areas, and existing deviations between scheduled and actual advance.
Currently, they obtain that information using largely manual methods so that is subject to errors when measuring on-site, recording, or entering data into the database, representing a significant “investment” of time to obtain an output.
The places where they work are mainly industrial areas: new projects or plant capacity expansions, as well as indoor and outdoor conditions.
Data must be sent from the sites or facilities with connectivity problems and limited access to a stable internet connexion, with adds an another layer of difficulty in receiving the information.
The real challenge for the company was the improvement of systems to capture, present, and analyze productivity at industrial facilities. The application should be based on automated process technologies, whose final objective is to speed up decision-making.
This tractor company defined this specific challenge and an open call was opening to attract young innovative companies to offer their solutions as digital enablers. Aislamientos Suaval  selected the solution it considered most appropriate, whose promoters (Tactic TIC) participated in an Industry 4.0 acceleration program with individual and joint tutoring and financing for the preparation and definition of the tractor/enabling project.
The developed viable tractor/enablement project was eligible for a specific financing line that IDEPA called for the development and real implementation of this project in the tractor company. The tractor company gets a solution and the young innovative company the acceleration and traction to the market.
This project is currently developed under the framework of the OPEN INNOVATION 4.0 programme, that  It is a public-private collaboration initiative between IDEPA, CEEI Asturias and the tractor companies established in Asturias, for the development of an innovative programme that allows the acceleration and traction to the market of young innovative companies. It is framed in a context of open innovation allowing the driving companies to interact with the entrepreneurial ecosystem and advance in their technological challenges.


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Digital maturity assessment:

Twenty-five companies from the metal industry, related to manufacturing, installation and repair of metal products, as well as main auxiliary and complementary activities in the operational area, were willing to know their digital maturity degree. Those companies  are part of the advanced manufacturing cluster for the metal industry in Asturias - METAINDUSTRY4 (a new concept of multi-disciplinary cluster aligned with the Regional Strategy for Smart Specialization of Asturias RIS3 and aimed mainly at companies and global value chains related with advanced manufacturing). The cluster got in touch with CTIC Technological Center. CTIC put at their disposal the Asturias SAT Network Project, a key resource managed by them, launched in 2002 and consisting on 10 centres with experts spread all over the region, they provide digital technologies assessment and advice to SMEs and entrepreneurs.

The advanced manufacturing cluster for the metal industry in the region asked them to elaborate a study to analyze the digital transformation level of industry.

The study published in 2018 for the metal industry has found that despite a significant degree of interest in digital transformation towards the Industry 4.0 paradigm across regional companies, the level of implementation is still rather low. Main reasons for that entail diverse skills shortages (e.g. technological, scientific, business development) and lack of access to relevant technological infrastructures. Some companies also struggle to understand how the potential of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies would fit into their specific activities. Among the different areas, production and manufacturing show the lowest level of innovative solutions’ adoption, with most of the companies being at incipient or emerging level.

Each company obtained a digital technology assessment in order to know their level of digitization and to design an action plan to carry out the necessary actions to advance in this process. MetaIndustry4 obtained valuable information of their members in order to have a clear picture of their digital maturity degree and helped them to design services matching their companies needs. Today, the cluster offers its partners a support service for digital transformation fostered by three types of initiatives: in-company training, in-depth technological analysis on key aspects of organization and promotion of technological projects based on needs identified through diagnose. They have carried out 28 training activities in-company with 220 participants.


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Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

In preparation

Geographical Scope



  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)



Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Fundacion CTIC

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization



Partner Type

Research & Technology organization



Partner Type




Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization



Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization



Partner Type

Industry association



Partner Type




  • Sensory systems
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Interaction technologies
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Additive manufacturing

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: 12/02/20 14:08