Digital Innovation Hubs

DIH Profile

SPEEDHUB

Hub Information

Hub Name
SPEEDHUB
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope
National

Description

Speedhub is a no profit entity performing networking, matchmaking, brokerage and dissemination activities.

The aim of Speedhub is to help companies to become more competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products and services by means of digital technology.

It works with a consolidated network of local, national and international partners in the field of research, logistics, technology transfer that allows the creation of “tailored made” services.

Among others areas of intervention, Speedhub has its own specialization on industrial logistics and supply chain.

Main activities can be grouped as follows:

1. Business development
•     business mentoring
•     envisioning and strategy development
•     Legal and Fiscal Support
•     access to finance

•     matchmaking and brokering

2. Skills and digital culture creation
•     Training and awareness

•     business cases
•     visits, seminars, events 

3. Innovation activities
•     access to specialist expertise and infrastructure

•     innovation scouting
•     collaborative R&D, Prototyping

•     digital Maturity Assessment

Contact Data

Coordinator (Industry association)
Confindustria Verona
Year Established
2017
Location
Piazza Cittadella, 12, 37122, Verona (Italy)
Website
https://www.fondazionespeedhub.it
Social Media
Contact information
FRANCESCA MILANI
fondazionespeedhub@confindustria.vr.it
045 8099417

Organisation

Organizational form
Foundation
Turnover
0-250.000
Number of employees
1-9

Technologies

  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Photonics and imaging technologies
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cyber security
  • Advanced, or high performance computing
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services
  • New media technologies

Speedhub mission is to actively contribute to the competitiveness of the companies and the territory by encouraging the digital transformation process as provided by the National Plan “Industry 4.0” issued by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) launched in September 2016 (http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/index.php/en/202-news-english/2036690-national-industry-4-0-plan).

In addition, Speedhub is part of the Digital Innovation Hub network created at national level by Confindustria according to the national plan of the Government (http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/images/stories/documenti/2017_05_16_network.pdf).

Market and Services

Sectors

  • Agriculture and food
  • Energy and utilities
  • Construction
  • Tourism (incl. restaurants and hospitality)
  • Transport and logistics
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • 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
  • Manufacture of transport 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
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Awareness and technical knowledge

The target of our activities are small and medium-sized enterprises, mainly manufacturing, in order to make them able to adopt digital technologies and to integrate them into their processes. In particular, hub’s activities aim to support companies in the evolution of their production systems that go beyond pure production and that cover all parts of the value chain and operation of smart production systems along the entire supply chain.

Companies need to reinforce their awareness about the opportunities of new technologies and how they can improve their competitiveness, they need to upskill their workforce so to address the digital transformation challenge, and they need to have access to funding in order to make investments on new technologies.

Client profile: manufacturing companies

Needs: in depth understanding of digital technologies application and related issues

Provided solution: 6 seminar organised on different themes like cybersecurity, digital maturity, food processing 4.0, industrial logistics and supply chain 4.0, reverse logistics

 

Support to access funding opportunities

The activity include the following services already provided to companies:

- support in accessing tax break related to Industry 4.0

- support in accessing financial funding to make investments related to Industry 4.0

- support in accessing to technological competences in order to assess investments coherent with Industry 4.0 requirements

- support in accessing grants for digitalization projects

Example:

Client profile: manufacturing companies

Needs: support in the application for local grants related to investments in new technologies

Provided solution: 20 innovation projects presented in order to let companies receiving grants 

Training

The target of our activities are small and medium-sized enterprises, mainly manufacturing, in order to make them able to adopt digital technologies and to integrate them into their processes. In particular, hub’s activities aim to support companies in the evolution of their production systems that go beyond pure production and that cover all parts of the value chain and operation of smart production systems along the entire supply chain.

Companies need to reinforce their awareness about the opportunities of new technologies and how they can improve their competitiveness, they need to upskill their workforce so to address the digital transformation challenge, and they need to have access to funding in order to make investments on new technologies.

Example:

Client profile: manufacturing companies

Needs: management optimization of resources, increase resource efficiency, increase the social, economical and environmental sustainability  

Provided solution: a training project developed for companies with a specific focus on innovation of products and processes according to circular economy concept, reverse logistics, remanufacturing, new technolgies applied to processes of cloosed loop supply chain

 

Digital Readiness Assessment Maturity

The target of our activities are small and medium-sized enterprises, mainly manufacturing, in order to make them able to adopt digital technologies and to integrate them into their processes. In particular, hub’s activities aim to support companies in the evolution of their production systems that go beyond pure production and that cover all parts of the value chain and operation of smart production systems along the entire supply chain.

Companies need to reinforce their awareness about the opportunities of new technologies and how they can improve their competitiveness, they need to upskill their workforce so to address the digital transformation challenge, and they need to have access to funding in order to make investments on new technologies.

Maturity Assessment is an ongoing activity to assess the digital maturity of companies as a first step toward digital transformation. Speedhub is a certified partner of the Manufacturing Group of School of Management of Politecnico di Milano in order to provide ""DREAMY"" assessment maturity model. This activity helps them to identify strenghts and weaknessess in their processes in a taiolored effective way, moreover it enables the identification of a series of opportunities, which companies can take advantage of from the digitalization, in order to overcome their identified weaknesses. The manufacturing companies that will be involved will be guided towards the understanding of their digital readiness and the identification of the main opportunities they can exploit of from the digitalization. On the other hand, empirical evidences, on the current digital readiness of manufacturing companies and on possible common traits between the identified opportunities, will be gathered.

5 companies involved in the assessment.

Examples:

Clients profile: manufacturing company

Needs: enhance resource management, reduce inefficiencies,  new planning and optimization methods for logistics

Provided solution: digitization of logistic processes, introduction of tracking system for raw material, integration of IT system to production processes

 

Clients profile: manufacturing company

Needs: enhance monitoring processes, increase quality problems monitoring,

Provided solution: introduction of lean technology based methods, development of QM modules to manage real time quality problems

 

Support for the implementation of projects and funding of investments

The target of our activities are small and medium-sized enterprises, mainly manufacturing, in order to make them able to adopt digital technologies and to integrate them into their processes. In particular, hub’s activities aim to support companies in the evolution of their production systems that go beyond pure production and that cover all parts of the value chain and operation of smart production systems along the entire supply chain.

Companies need to reinforce their awareness about the opportunities of new technologies and how they can improve their competitiveness, they need to upskill their workforce so to address the digital transformation challenge, and they need to have access to funding in order to make investments on new technologies. Moreover, the digital hub provides companies with the access to testing facilities to make them able to prototype new projects. In fact, within the DIH's network there are research centres and Universities with testing facilities where companies have the opportunities to prototype and develop new projects.

Examples:

Client profile: manufacturing companies

Needs: Improve operating efficiencies of production processes, reduction of lead team

Provided solution: access to demo facilities of the Lean Experience Factory to test and simulate a production process according to new models of optimization - http://www.leanexperiencefactory.com/it/missione.html

 

Client profile: manufacturing companies

Needs: development of new services and products

Provided solution: access to demo center of Polo Meccatronica to  prototype new products - http://www.polomeccatronica.it/prom-facility   

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships
  • Other

Partners

H2020 Projects

  • BEinCPPS
    Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production Systems

    Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production Systems


    BEinCPPS Innovation Action aims to integrate and experiment a CPS-oriented Future Internet-based machine-factory-cloud service platform firstly intensively in five selected Smart Specialization Strategy Vanguard regions (Lombardia in Italy, Euskadi in Spain, Baden Wuertemberg in Germany, Norte in Portugal, Rhone Alpes in France), afterwards extensively in all European regions, by involving local competence centers and manufacturing SMEs. The final aim of this Innovation Action is to dramatically improve the adoption of CPPSs all over Europe by means of the creation, nurturing and flourishing of CPS-driven regional innovation ecosystems, made of competence centers, manufacturing enterprises and IT SMEs.The BE in CPPS project stems upon three distinct pillars:• A FI-based three-layered (machine-factory-cloud) open source platforms federation, integrated from state-of-the-art R&I advances in the fields of Internet of Things, Future Internet and CPS / Smart Systems and able to bi-directionally interoperate data pertaining to the machine, the factory and the cloud levels.• A pan-European SME-oriented experimentation ecosystem. In a first phase of the project, the five Champions will provide requirements to the platforms integrators. In a second phase, an Open Call for IT SMEs developers (applications experiments) will award 10 third parties. In a final third phase, the extended platform will be instantiated and deployed in additional 10 third parties equipment experiment SMEs.• A well-founded method and toolbox for Innovation management, where an existing TRL-based methodology for KETs technology transfer will be enriched by a CPPS certification, education and training programme for young talents and experienced blue collar workers and by a well-founded three-fold (objectives-variables-indicators) method for results assessment and evaluation.

  • MIDIH
    Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs

    Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs


    VISION: By 2023, Europe will set the reference for the Industry 4.0 market: European CPS/IOT Open Digital Platforms providers will be able to flexibly and dynamically connect the Real World with digital Enterprise Systems through common open standards; European ICT SMEs will be growing fast through leadership in data-driven smart Industry 4.0 services; European Manufacturing SMEs will successfully compete globally with innovative products and services, digitised Industry 4.0 processes and innovative business models, involving their workforce at all levels in this Digital Transformation innovations.
    MISSION. The MIDIH 4.0 project aims at implementing the fast, dynamic, borderless, disruptive side of the I4MS innovation coin: technological services (interactive try-on demos, webinars, challenges, hackathons and awards) will be driven by young and dynamic ICT talents virtually meeting older and experienced manufacturing engineers in a one-stop-shop global marketplace; business services (ideas incubation, business acceleration, demand-offer matchmaking and brokerage, access to finance) will support SMEs, startups, web entrepreneurs as well as corporates in the delivery of innovative products and services, in accessing new markets, in fund-raising; skills building services (serious and role games, participative lessons and webinars, virtual experiments in physical teaching factories, professional courses for existing technicians as well as for executives) will not only help SMEs and corporates understand the new technologies, but also take full advantage of them, providing an operational framework that will stimulate trust, confidence and investments.
    The MIDIH project is an inclusive Innovation Action of 21 beneficiaries coming from 12 EU Countries, including, Competence  Centers, Digital Innovation Hubs, CPS/IOT Technology Providers as well as Lighthouse Manufacturing Industries. A two-iteration Open Call will help achieve a critical mass of cross-border experiments.

  • L4MS
    Logistics for Manufacturing SMEs

    Logistics for Manufacturing SMEs


    L4MS (Logistics For Manufacturing SMEs) will spark incremental (productivity increase of new users by a factor of 4 and system setup time reduction by a factor of 10) and disruptive innovation (batch size one & consumerization) for over 100,000 European Manufacturing SMEs & Mid-Caps, building on their intra-factory logistics challenge (50% of the production cost of an item) unleashing their digitalization potential by powering new robot systems that are more cost effective at lower lot sizes.

    L4MS relies upon:
    • An open industrial IoT platform with enablers for rapid and efficient deployment of customized logistics solutions.
    • A suite of "Smartization services" including business modelling, technical support, mentoring, access to skills and to finance.
    • The L4MS Marketplace, a one-stop-shop, where European Manufacturing SMEs & Mid-Caps will access the L4MS services.
    • A portfolio of 23 cross-border Application Experiments by 50 SMEs selected through 2 competitive Open Calls, that will test more than 40 services & apps leveraging 10M€ of public funding across 12 established and emerging Digital Innovation Hubs.
    • A growing ecosystem that will foster Smart Specialization in each single region linked to L4MS.

    L4MS will transform a pan-European ecosystem into a self-sustainable start-up operating an Open Platform for Innovations in Logistics (OPIL) and L4MS marketplace consisting of 21 members. Comprising 6 Competence Centres, 5 technology providers, 4 industry associations, 3 end-users and 3 business developers -currently engaged in I4MS (XS2I4MS, HORSE and BEinCPPS) and FIWARE- plus 6 Satellites Nodes. L4MS covers 14 EU countries, 15 regions with 8 of them from East Europe.

    L4MS will help demonstrate that public funded research with a “Smartization” approach (accelerating Industry 4.0) can help manufacturing SMEs & Mid-Caps achieve digital excellence and global competitiveness through logistics automation become “entrepreneurial states and digital industries”.

  • DIH-HERO
    Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics

    Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics


    DIH-HERO (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics) will establish a broad-based pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs specialising in Healthcare Robotics. The network will focus on developing services that join business and healthcare stakeholders in developing innovative products and services for the healthcare market. DIH-HERO will develop channels between healthcare and technology providers that reduce barriers to adoption and which develop strong mutual understanding between robotics technology innovators and healthcare professionals. DIH-HERO will operate throughout the healthcare "pathway" that connects Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care as well as covering all aspects of hospital logistics and clinical services. It will also focus on home and care-based robotics addressing healthy aging and elderly care. The DIH-HERO consortium brings together a comprehensive network of partners reaching north, south, east and west across the European regions. The partners bring with them connection to their own regional networks and extensive expertise in healthcare innovation that ranges from surgical intervention to care at home. Each Hub partner delivers both technical and medical expertise to the consortium through their pre-existing operational relationships with hospitals and healthcare facilities. They couple in-built expertise in business development, access to finance and innovation to robotics technology and healthcare expertise in a network of hubs that will connect and stimulate robotics innovation in all aspects of healthcare. DIH-HERO is built on concrete plans to sustain the network beyond the time span of the project and to provide a long term network for innovators in healthcare. The network of Digital Innovation Hubs created and supported by DIH-HERO will ensure that robotics innovation in healthcare is accelerated, that SME can develop global reach and that the advantages of robotics based healthcare can be propagated across Europe.

  • DIH4CPS
    Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs

    Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs


    The initiative for Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs (DIH4CPS) will help European enterprises overcome these innovation hurdles and establish Europe as a world leading innovator of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. DIH4CPS will create an embracing, interdisciplinary network of DIHs and solution providers, focussed on cyber-physical and embedded systems, interweaving knowledge and technologies from different domains, and connecting regional clusters with the pan-European expert pool of DIHs. Backed by the IVLab, an experienced and well-established network organisation focussed on Interoperability, DIH4CPS can innately build on an extensive existing network, add value to its existing knowledge transfer capabilities and guarantee the sustainability of the growing DIH network. DIH4CPS expands the already existing network and aims for creating an integrated platform for DIHs from different, especially digitally underdeveloped sectors and regions. A selection of eleven initially starting application experiments guarantees an outstanding funding for European SMEs and Mid-Caps right from the start and demonstrates the high dedication of the consortium to reduce the digital divide. At least ten additional experiments will take up that torch during the project and allow external companies from sectors in need to further exploit the DIH4CPS network and uplift their portfolio, especially by including (semi)-autonomy into their products and systems. DIH4CPS will not only benefit the application experiments but also the individual DIHs by significantly complementing the regional investments made. Implemented in the IVLab structure, the DIH4CPS Network will leverage and sustain its impact far beyond the project duration, creating a vibrant, overarching and cross sector one-stop-shop for collaboration between SMEs, DIHs and Tech providers.

  • HUBCAP
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS


    HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
    HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
    The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.

  • AI REGIO
    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

Last updated: 05/09/18 13:03