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Hub Name
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
In preparation
Geographical Scope


Focused on supporting any opportunity that may raises the digitalization of the mountain areas, API-K Lab wants to contribute and enhance the initiatives of IoT and industrial partners at a regional, national and international level. 

In that perspective, API-K Lab is a part of API-K organization. A dedicated team, together with delivers support to third parties and projects, with the aim to make mountain digitalization to be operational and useful, also integrating sustainability trend. Those specific areas have to be prepared toward their future with new models allowing their efficiency, attractiveness, competitiveness, …

API-K Lab acts to support SMEs, embracing the ecosystem as a hub that would team conveying robust skills and experiences. In that perspective, API-K Lab remains under non-profit aim through real costs and best effort principle. 

API-K Lab  is involved in various projects and organizations sharing ambitions for future in mountain areas (UGA/CNRS Jardin Alpin, USMB Listic, Cluster Montagne, Club euro Alpin, SNMSF, …). We make our network and partners to be gathered to share experiences, best practices, means and to learn together how to step ahead to solve any challenge from SMEs seeds spread.

Among projects management, financing opportunities, qualification process, API-K Lab activities are delivering IoT as a clever mix of  4 strong competencies : embedded systems and IT, linked together by a smart comprehension of network and energy stakes. 





Soucieux de soutenir toute opportunité susceptible d'accroître la numérisation des zones de montagne, API-K Lab souhaite contribuer et renforcer les initiatives de l'IdO et des partenaires industriels au niveau régional, national et international.
Dans cette perspective, API-K Lab fait partie de l'organisation API-K. Une équipe dédiée, ainsi qu'un soutien aux tiers et aux projets, ont pour objectif de rendre la numérisation des montagnes opérationnelle et utile, en intégrant également la tendance à la durabilité. Ces domaines spécifiques doivent être préparés à leur avenir avec de nouveaux modèles permettant leur efficacité, leur attractivité, leur compétitivité, ...
API-K Lab agit pour soutenir les PME, embrassant l'écosystème comme un centre qui transmettrait en équipe des compétences et des expériences solides. Dans cette perspective, API-K Lab reste à but non lucratif en vertu du principe des coûts réels et du meilleur effort.
API-K Lab est impliqué dans divers projets et organisations partageant des ambitions pour l'avenir des zones de montagne (UGA/CNRS Jardin Alpin, USMB Listic, Cluster Montagne, Club euro Alpin, SNMSF, ...). Nous faisons de notre réseau et de nos partenaires des partenaires à réunir pour partager des expériences, des bonnes pratiques, des moyens et pour apprendre ensemble comment aller de l'avant pour résoudre tout défi des PME semencières.
Parmi les activités de gestion de projets, de financement et de qualification, les activités de l'API-K Lab consistent à fournir un mélange intelligent de 4 compétences fortes : les systèmes embarqués et les technologies de l'information, liées par une compréhension intelligente des réseaux et des enjeux énergétiques.



Contact Data

Coordinator (SME)
Year Established
54 ZA de Tire Poix EUREKALP, 38660, saint vincent de mercuze (France)
Social Media
Contact information
+337 85 18 27 04


Organizational form
(Part of) Private organization
Number of employees


  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Communication networks
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Internet of things
  • Mobility & Location based technologies
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Software as a service and service architectures

API-K Lab positions itself as a partner who catalyses the interests of mountain actors for their digital transformation and envisage a "smart mountain". 

Aligned upon Region Auvergne Rhone Alpes Region, RIS3 Digital Strategic Plan  (2017-2021) API-K Lab makes the key features of the plan as goals for the territory targeted (connecting 100% of the region area; supporting the digital transition of companies; developing new digital competences with the local players in education and professional training; accelerating research and innovation; developing digital citizenship and trust, etc)

As an active member of the Mountain Cluster and of the Euro Alpine Club of the Chamber of Commerce of the Alps, API-K Lab also refers to the different programmes and initiatives specialised for mountain territories: Digital Montagne, EDF 1 Riviere-1 Territoire, ...
We are part of the Regional Innovation Strategy of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with an intelligent area of specialisation dedicated to tourism, development and safety in the mountains (financed by an ERDF programme). In this respect, the valley areas and nature centres allow a joint commitment by the State, the European Union and the local authorities to address the essential issues of the medium mountains.
The region is implementing a new Mountain Plan in which the "development of digital technology in resorts" is one of the 5 strategic axes. 
API-K Lab also integrates the competence of "PPP project co-ordinator" within the CREAM Europe PPP Alliance, with a focus on digitalisation projects for territories and industries.
The API-K Lab structure has not yet (in view of its weak anteriority) participated or benefited from a programme financed by European funds, however its management is experienced on these programmes. 

The services that API-K Lab offers in the framework of its support activities are :
- IoT communication infrastructure:
o Provision of a LPWAN network on mountain sites
o Management of data on the network: collection and restitution of raw data
- Operational technical support 
o Strategy support (functional and operational) on communicating objects with embedded intelligence, and IoT in general.
o Support for the use of LPWAN networks and energy efficiency
o Support for in-situ test operations
- Setting up a business
o Connection with the regional digital ecosystem for the aggregation of skills for project implementation via a consortium.
o Establishing a link with the economic ecosystem in mountain areas for an experimental territory and understanding the marketing of the projects.
- Assistance in the management of innovative projects








Market and Services


  • Agriculture and food
  • Maritime and fishery
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Energy and utilities
  • Tourism (incl. restaurants and hospitality)
  • Transport and logistics

TRL Focus

  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Services provided

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production

Service Examples

Solution Integrator

In order to achieve the digital and ""smart"" transformation of mountain territories, API-K DIH integrates all the available solutions, aggregated with new and innovative solutions, so as to constitute a coherent and available platform. The coordination of projects avoids the dispersion of methods and service updates. The different actors (farmers, accommodation providers, energy producers and suppliers, community services, mountain fauna and flora research laboratories, tourist operators, etc.) can thus operate their own development and service model, in a functional integration. 


Support for the Smart Mountain strategy

The digital transformation of a singular territory such as the mountains requires a global understanding of the issues at stake, integrating the reference systems for the sustainable development of the territories. API-K DIH carries the monitoring, the objectives and the methods to ensure the transversality of the strategic vision in connection with the regional, national and European strategies. 

Dedicated Services Developer

At the service of local authorities, research organisations, economic operators of the territories, API-K DIH mobilises the required skills (internally and with the ecosystem of the actors of the IoT sector) to model and deliver end-to-end operational solutions (objects, networks, core network, web services, applications,...). These solutions enable the innovative services expected by the actors of mountain territories with specific needs with regard to their economic and natural environment. First class partnership with the PGHM (Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne), with the SNMSF (Syndicat National des Moniteurs de Ski Francais), project of a Chamonix Lab', ...etc... The industrial case we had is the 5 ski resorts who had the need to geolocalise their machines and vehicules on the ski area. We proposed special beacons and we developped an end customer application with integrated ski sloaps map. They could manage their machines and vehicules at a distance and it matched their need to safety the skiers. 



The industrial case we had is the 5 ski resorts who had the need to geolocalise their machines and vehicules on the ski area. We proposed special beacons and we developped an end customer application with integrated ski sloaps map. They could manage their machines and vehicules at a distance and it matched their need to safety the skiers. 


  • Private funding


Number of customers annually
Type of customers
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Partners

    Last updated: 05/10/20 15:44