The Digitising European Industry Strategy aims to ensure that any business in Europe should have access to a Digital Innovation Hub at ‘a working distance’ (i.e. within a form and location convenient for their day-to-day business). Digital Innovation Hubs can be instrumental for industrial modernisation. If they already exist within a region, they can be seen as a support service for the S3P-Industry. However, if they do not exist they could be the intended outcome of the investment project.
A Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) helps companies become more competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products (and services) by means of digital technology. DIHs achieve this by offering services to the companies based on the expertise and facilities related to certain technologies (e.g. robotics, photonics, High Performance Computing, Data analysis, Simulation, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems, Cybersecurity, 5G…) or a combination thereof and offer companies possibilities to test and experiment with these technologies, or to manufacture innovative products, also exploiting leading edge scientific and technological advances. They act as broker between user companies with certain needs and technology suppliers that can address these needs, respecting the intellectual property of the participating companies in the innovation experiments. Apart from a focus on technologies, a DIH may be focusing as well on certain sectors, for instance on agriculture, textile, construction, etc.