23 May 2019
Smart mobility is the next big change in our daily life and an important topic in the ITEA Community. What does our future hold?
Autonomous cars, a dream: I give an order to the car and worry-free I will arrive home safely. A nightmare: Will I be tracked? In case of an accident who is responsible? Which choice will be taken? To protect the owner of the car or the kids crossing the streets? Innovation is always a bi-faced U/Dis-topy.
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18 February 2019
Retailing is still a huge business with €2.56 trillion/year, but also a huge employer at
European level (accounting for almost 9% of all jobs). But retailers are under a huge pressure from
E-commerce with Amazon (2018 net revenue USD 232.88 billion) being the most aggressive but also the most
innovative. Must we accept this situation and consider the retail market the coal-mining industry of
today? It would have an incredible social and potentially political impact on our tired European
15 January 2019
In my previous Post I shared with you some unique results from ENTOC to master the engineering optimisation for production lines and from VMAP to ensure simulation engineering optimisation for materials. These two unique results are at the end of the industry chain on the production line itself.
Today I want to share with you some unique results arising at the very beginning of the industry chain, at the design level. But even I would say it is more revolutionary than that. There is no more start or end, I want to speak about the actual full digital loop when you acquire a bunch of data on all the usage of a deployed product/service to continuously adapt the product/service you are selling.
The ITEA project REFLEXION builds and demonstrates such a full digital loop on different kinds of products. The target of the project was to react fast to any effects observed in the field by evaluating and learning from the extracted usage information.
12 November 2018
I had a singular opportunity to be invited to the Barco VX Innovation Days. A unique moment where Barco invites its key customers, shows unprecedented innovation and gathers user requirements to further adapt the Barco products. I have seen an incredible amount of impressive innovations, like this world premiere of the RigiFlex screen. This rollable screen can be stretched to 10m*3.8m and is extremely stable; this was demonstrated by the renowned tennis player Yanina Wickmayer, who practised her tennis serve on it. I was excited to see that some Smart Cities innovations arose from previous ITEA projects, like the awarded C³PO and JEDI projects and also the 3D-Testbench project.
29 October 2018
ITEA has contributed to innovating Smart Industries for many years now. Our Smart Industry-themed international customer and end-user workshop held in June 2017 was a big success in sharing, with some key international customers, the key pain points in the efficient deployment of some industry 4.0 cases.
I would like to highlight two incredible projects, focused on actual customer needs, which are currently delivering some unique innovations that could have an important impact on your own business. I want to share with you some ideas developed in two running ITEA projects: ENTOC (engineering optimisation for production line) and VMAP (simulation engineering optimisation for materials).
25 January 2017
ITEA, in partnership with Artemisia, is organising the Digital Innovation Forum in Amsterdam on 10 and 11 May. This forum is dedicated to show the different facets of innovation in Europe.
During this event you will be able to participate in four parallel workshops on: Smart Energy, Smart Health, Smart Mobility and Smart Manufacturing. For each of these workshops you will be able to exhibit your own innovations to the European industrial innovation community. It will allow you to demonstrate how unique you are and how advanced your proposal is in the market.
Furthermore, you will be able to pitch in front of high ranking juries including top level industry managers, venture capitalists and a set of successful entrepreneurs for each theme. This is a unique opportunity for you SME and start-up leaders to be identified by the key managers involved in all the large European companies steering innovation.
22 December 2015
With digital ITEA we are working towards Digital innovation, the next step of innovation.
We are confronted by the continuous and quicker changes of our world. The digital transition may puzzle us. It can put our companies out of the market if we don’t take care or at least drastically reduce our margins if we become just providers under the lead of some digital giants who alienate us from the end-users.
Nevertheless, we have already a real box of pearls that we can exploit more. In Europe we have built an incredible environment of cooperative R&D projects which deliver some unique results. But they need a stronger market push. Some billions of euros are invested by the European Commission, by the national governments for the EUREKA Clusters and by our companies in these projects.
Very often, and in particular with ITEA, such projects deliver unique innovative results that have some direct impact on the market. But it is not enough! We want to be even more ambitious in ITEA.
05 November 2015
The R&D programme dilemma is to define a detailed roadmap to select the best proposals on this roadmap. This detailed roadmap has to be defined when everybody is more and more conscious that we are in front of a “wall of innovations”. The key question is not so much to have an idea of innovation rather than to decide on where to invest.
Thus when an R&D programme is too directive with the support of so-called experts, many companies may feel that the programme and its experts are pointing in the right direction. They try to respond as best as possible along these directions. The result is that the companies innovate in the direction proposed by the R&D programme and the R&D programme becomes the actual customer.
17 September 2015
The ITEA community has decided to reduce the time between the idea (PO Preparation Days) and the start of the project. This acceleration has a consequence for you in terms of the time you have to write the proposals. This has been reduced for both the PO and the FPP while the quality is expected to be as high as usual in ITEA. Thus the next PO Days, taking place on 22-23 September in Brussels will be even more important to prepare your winning proposal.
12 May 2015
The ITEA community as a whole has decided to reduce the time between the idea (PO Preparation Days) and the start of the project. This is important for us as we want to stick to the reality of the market. We can’t afford too many months between the moment we have an idea to transform the market, and the moment of actually getting it to market.
This acceleration has a consequence for you in terms of the time you have to write the proposals. This has been reduced for both the PO and the FPP while the quality is expected to be as high as usual in ITEA. Thus it is essential for you to come to the next PO Days, on 22-23 September in Brussels with ideas as well as with some core consortia to support the idea. It will be the best way to ensure you will be on time to deliver your proposal with the right quality.
17 February 2015
Do you know any traditional economic domain protected from digital transition? I am afraid none is protected. It means all our European leaders are under this pressure of digital transition. Just as an example, the automotive industry recognises nowadays how important software is to its industry; more than 40% of the added value in a car is in electronics and software. For innovation the share is even more important, with most of the innovation supported by software in a physical product like a car!
ITEA is more than keen to support this digital transition to help our industrials to manage it in a better way.
30 January 2015
The French DGE (Direction Générale des Entreprises), the EUREKA Clusters and the EUREKA Secretariat invite the French Tech (rising) stars that want to conquer the Smart Cities market to a conference from 14-18h on Tuesday 17 February 2015 in Bercy.
This is an opportunity for you to meet a group of innovative SMEs, cities that are at the forefront of the movement towards an even more enjoyable urban life (Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Santander) and international leaders. We will discuss the services and infrastructure as well as the strategic dimensions of the future of our cities.
20 January 2015
I have read that the economic crisis is coming from an innovation crisis. I am a bit doubtful about that when I observe the amount of new ideas popping up in all our ITEA proposals and projects.
Indeed, we are living in a tremendous time for engineers due to the digitisation of the world (sensors, internet of things, social networks) and ubiquitous communication (NFC, bluetooth, wifi, 4G). You just have to gather few engineers in a brainstorming session, and you can be sure to generate twenty new ideas for business. All of them will not generate profitable business but a few of them surely will. The challenge is not a lack of new ideas but the means to test a lot of ideas of business.
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