|Innovative Business Development
||Innovative business development is based on the need to develop companies' business models to transition through servitization, digitalization and circular economy. This is so that the business community in Halland can keep up with global development and become even more sustainable, both economically, socially and ecologically. Innovative business models are not only an opportunity to strengthen competitiveness in all areas of smart specialization in Halland. By working with innovative approaches across sectors in industries such as hospitality, manufacturing, trade and other basic industries, the foundation can also be laid for increased innovation and excellence in all industries that dare to challenge ingrained patterns.
||Food production is playing a central role in an increasing number of contexts. Increased global supply capacity, increased demands on sustainability and reduced climate impact, consumer demand for products that contribute to improved health and convenience are some examples of demands that are made. Food is also highlighted as an important cornerstone of the EU's "Green Deal" through the "Farm to Fork" strategy, which aims at a healthier and more sustainable food system in the EU. Food tech includes using innovation, data and digital technologies to change and improve the production, distribution and consumption of food.
Agriculture is facing an increasingly broad societal mission through an increasing demand for the production of food, bioenergy, biodiversity and other ecosystem services, while the industry's sustainability will increase in a changing world as a result of a changing climate and a global market. This entails an increased need for new knowledge and innovation, but also increased adaptation and implementation of existing knowledge and technology and new technical and innovative solutions along the entire chain.
Halland is a prominent food region with extensive operations along the entire chain from primary production to highly processed food. The Halland food industry is the county's second largest manufacturing industry and agriculture is at the forefront. This is reflected in the previous area of strength "Green Industries" where food constituted a large part of the work. There are therefore established initiatives in this area that are centred around the Food Program Halland, a collaboration between various regional food organizations. There are also ongoing projects linked to the program with different developmental purposes. The area has a number of actors who act locally, regionally and nationally. Several municipalities in Halland can identify with Hallandic food production and many have their own initiatives with food as a theme.
To further develop the potential that exists, with a large business community, active actors, arenas and ongoing projects, the area needs to build bridges between actors, industries and companies. The area also wants to connect with other industries such as embedded and smart systems to reach further innovation capacity.
||Sustainable construction is an important issue to be able to meet the green transition in combination with increasing population. People need housing and service points, which in turn require construction. The development of innovative and sustainable materials with low climate impact, in order to phase out fossil-based materials, could contribute to increasing the opportunities to build sustainably based on all three dimensions. This entails a need in material development and processing of renewable raw materials from soil, forest and water and that all types of material are incorporated into circular flows.
Halland is in a favorable position for forest growth with a good climate and good soils and a world-class forest industry with the potential to create and utilize innovations to strengthen the development of a carbon-neutral economy and sustainable resource management. Large companies such as Stora Enso and Södra Cell are researching and developing new innovative products based on wood fibres. There are innovative and successful sawmills and many small and medium-sized companies that process the sawn wood into everything from furniture to houses and also industries that develop machines and tools for this processing. The Port of Varberg creates good logistics opportunities for exports, where the port is Sweden's largest timber port.
However, sustainable materials also include other types of material than wood as a raw material. All types of material are affected and must succeed in switching to more circular flows, both biological and technical nutrients. Component manufacturers and product manufacturers need to become better at designing their products to facilitate repair, reuse, reproduction and recycling in order to minimize energy recovery and, above all, landfill. Stena recycling focuses on innovative recycling with a large research department focusing on circular flows and material processing. The combination of these industries provides an exciting surface for innovations on sustainable materials.
There is a need for meeting places for interdisciplinary learning – which can also act as a ¬catalyst for collaboration – as well as access to academia and research to reach further in this area. Increased knowledge of materials and circularity is important already early in the product development phase. In this way, the life of the product can be extended, enable industrial symbiosis where one company's waste can become another company's resource, as well as influence the choice of business model.
||According to the new climate policy framework, Sweden will have no net emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by 2045. Domestic transport accounts for a third of Sweden's total carbon dioxide emissions. The need for transport of both goods and people is expected to increase in the future, while a transition is necessary to reduce emissions.
Halland is a growth region where new districts and industrial areas are continuously emerging, while there is access to road networks, railways, sea routes and aviation. Halland is a transport-intensive region where many people commute by car to work and training places, and a lot of goods travel on rails as well as road and sea. Innovative technology, changing habits, policy development and new business models are required if net greenhouse gas emissions are to be wasted. Innovative mobility covers the entire spectrum from cycling, public transport and mobility services to self-driving electric cars and both goods and passenger transport¬.
Increased access to data, in combination with new opportunities to process it, creates conditions for energy efficiency and better use of resources for freight and passenger transport.
Digitalization enables the emergence of new demand-driven or shared mobility services and new business models for combined travel that can compete with or complement today's public transport. It also creates opportunities for increased personalization of public transport. Autonomous vehicles can accelerate and amplify the effects of such a development.
|Information driven care
||To bridge the gap between increased need and reduced resources within healthcare, innovation is required. Innovation in the field of health is not just about technical solutions, but can be about new working¬ methods or new business models. Examples are new solutions for caring for people at home or allowing patients to care for themselves through so-called self-care platforms. The data created in these platforms can then be aggregated and analyzed to provide decision support regarding, for example, starting or ending a treatment, increasing / decreasing medication or if the patient needs to go to a doctor.
Research and innovation for the healthcare and health of the future aims to promote the emergence of new technology and new ways of working by further increasing collaboration between academia, business, the public sector and the citizen. The development of the future of care must include both the patient perspective and the users, in the form of healthcare staff¬ and care staff throughout the chain.
This becomes especially important as we move towards a more ¬information-driven care with the development of AI solutions that create decision support for healthcare¬ professionals and where patient data is an invaluable asset.
||In Halland there are many innovative companies within electronics development, software development, artificial intelligence, but also companies that use intelligent systems as a built-in part of their products. Halmstad University has a long tradition of research and development in the field. The embedded and intelligent systems ¬(EIS) research environment conducts research in conscious intelligent systems, ¬smart electronics systems, cyber-physical systems and digital service innovation.
The Electronics Centre in Halmstad (ECH) is created by Halmstad University and the West Swedish business community to promote innovation, education and research in the field of electronics. In addition to a collaboration arena for electronics development, ECH also has an EMC test chamber where companies can test their products for more efficient product development.
We focus the Smart Specialisation of Intelligent systems in four domains: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Cyber Security and Software development