European project Smart4Europe
Central Contact and Information Point for Digitisation in Europe
Digitisation enables enhanced or new functionalities in most products and services. A key question is “How to optimise the transformation of this potential?” Especially SMEs from non-high technology sectors need easy access to digitisation technologies. The new project “Smart 4 Europe” will support this effort by pooling different offers in a one-stop-shop, bringing together the community, helping it to grow organically and catalysing digitisation throughout Europe.
A central aim of the European Commission with respect to digitisation is to “ensure that any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change“. To achieve this, the initiative “Smart Anything Everywhere” (SAE Initiative) was coined as an umbrella for a growing number of projects, focusing on different technology domains and positions in the innovation cycle to demonstrate best practice in technology transfer to European SMEs.
The SAE Initiative financed the project Smart4Europe with the aims of:
- reinforcing the collaboration between projects supported under SAE
- increasing their outreach and impact
- providing wide coverage of stakeholders in technological, application, innovation, and geographic terms.
In order to achieve this, Smart4Europe expanded the existing website of the Initiative (www.smartanythingeverywhere.eu) to create an Innovation Portal as a central contact point for digitisation in Europe: providing a service centre; facilitate brokerage; coordinate communication and dissemination activities; help in sharing best practices and experiences; create a Technology Radar to identify technologies SAE can benefit from; and last but not least, establish links to regional/national initiatives to leverage investments and stimulate growth.
Smart4Europe started in September 2017 with duration of 2 years and almost 1 Mio. € funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement No 761448). The project is driven by a strong consortium of partners that have already demonstrated their commitment and have been engaged for several years in shaping the SAE Initiative:
Hahn-Schickard, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Germany, THHINK BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Budapesti Muszaki es Gazdasagtudomanyi Egyetem Department of Electron Devices of the BME (Budapest University of Technology and Economics), Budapest, Hungary, Blumorpho SAS, Paris, France, CEA-LETI / CEA-LIST, Grenoble, France,
fortiss GmbH, Munich, Germany
Project Duration: 09/2017 - 08/2019
Participating Countries: France, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands