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ITEA supports SMEs and Start-ups to increase their visibility to the industry and venture capital communities

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 25 January 2017


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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.

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First masterclass dedicated to digital transformation - learning from ITEA projects

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 20 October 2016


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We are delighted that Vinnova hosted ITEA’s first masterclass dedicated to digital transformation in Stockholm on 19 October 2016.

The ITEA masterclasses are a new tool developed by ITEA to make a further step in the direction of market impact. We have already many ITEA projects delivering fast exploitation. We are proud of that and it generates a lot of value for our industrial partners (large companies, SMEs and start-ups) in the global market. Our community is learning a lot from these projects on hot topics like digital transformation, energy transition, software and system engineering, security, automotive standards, etc. We are willing to share these understandings outside of our community to strengthen the impact and for the interest of our Public Authorities who are investing in our projects. Thus we intend to develop these masterclasses on hot topics for which we gather the know-how acquired during our most successful projects and, with the support of our Public Authority, we will invite some companies mainly from outside of the ITEA community to take advantage of these understandings and to accelerate their own transition.

The first masterclass has been set up on digital transformation which impacts all businesses nowadays. We gathered the know-how of three successful ITEA projects: ACCELERATE, SCALARE and InValue.

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Smart Health - when the end users are telling us what they want

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 05 July 2016


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On 21-22 June in the Berlin Bosch premises and with the support of the Charité hospital, ITEA organised its second international customers & end-user workshop on Smart Health.

The aim of these workshops is to strengthen even more the ITEA community in his recognised business impact focus. We observed that our projects, which involve the end users from the beginning, are delivering more regularly fast exploitation. We are convinced, that it is because we try to respond to actual demands of the users, that our innovations are spreading quicker on the market. Thus our industrial board decided to introduce this annual event focussed on a dedicated theme. Last year it was on Smart City, this year on Smart Health; topics of prime importance for society, for innovation potential and for our ITEA community.

 

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Waves of data becoming an actual tsunami

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 20 May 2016


Our world is not becoming digital, it is already digital. A huge amount of data is produced every second with a unique opportunity to extract value from it. It requires sophisticated algorithms to automatically extract this added value. Sophisticated algorithms, big data to process: this is a big challenge for our industries called High Performance Computing (HPC). The natural speed of growth of the CPU chipsets has to be overcome to follow the growth of data. An associated challenge is to participate in a greener world as data centre energy consumption is becoming less and less marginal in global energy consumption.

Digital transition is at the heart of ITEA. It is very important and we invest in innovative HPC machine architectures and associated software development tools. H4H has been very successful along this path. It has delivered results with heterogeneous architecture (GPU, multi core, huge central memory), enabled easier development of HPC applications while optimising performance of the applications and reducing energy consumption by advanced cooling systems.

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Cybersecurity an Urgency

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 03 May 2016


Our world is not becoming digital, it is already digital. But with this trend comes a weakness: cybercrime. It is no longer theoretical; some significant figures are already known and many are still hidden. A few examples: 2010 - DDoS attack on global payment system caused several millions of dollar losses to VISA, MASTERCARD, PAYPAL…, the mega-data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment in November 2014, Ubiquity suffered in 2015 a $47 million business email compromise, in December 2015 Malware caused power cuts in Ukraine and so on (have a look on the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report – it is frightening).

Digital transition is at the heart of ITEA. It is very important and we invest in innovative cybersecurity solutions. The ADAX project has been very successful in shortening time to response and in optimising the cost of countermeasures through a new decision support engine.

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Digital Innovation is more than innovation

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 22 December 2015


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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. 

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When R&D programmes are in danger of becoming a customer

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 05 November 2015


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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.

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ITEA 3 Call 2 PO Days - Prepare your winning proposal

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 17 September 2015


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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.

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Smart Cities - an ITEA initiative

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 15 September 2015


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The ITEA board decided to strengthen even more the business orientation of the ITEA programme by setting up customer and end-user workshops. The target of these new workshops is to clarify the international customers and end-user needs and to build our future ITEA proposals from these actual urgent demands. 

The theme of the first workshop was Smart City and gathered several cities, industrials and SMEs.

The quality of the job done during this workshop will ensure that we now have the right input to set up ITEA proposals on Smart City with high potential. We forecast several proposals during our next PO Days, taking place on 22-23 September in Brussels.

Pleased to meet you there!

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User in the loop

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 16 June 2015


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The EUREKA Cluster ITEA pushes innovation and targets business impact. We observed in many of our projects how it makes the difference when a project integrates some end users in its core team. To target the market, the first step is that research actually responds to user demand. User demand is rarely expressed in terms of a document that clearly outlines the demand but rather it is a deep interaction between users and engineers.

It is exactly what occurred with the ITEA RECONSURVE project where a team of innovators works directly with the Turkish coast guard to develop a sophisticated system vision crossing different real-time sensor data to allow the operator to analyse a complex situation with hundreds of simultaneous tracks.

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ITEA 3 Call 2 preparation phase: time to accelerate

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 12 May 2015


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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.

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Business acceleration

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 04 March 2015


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The values of our time are innovation and speed. All the markets are under this pressure. New products are emerging more and more quickly and the digitisation of the world is pushing all businesses to reinvent themselves.

To support our industry we need to design new methodologies and tools aligned with this new way of doing business.

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Digital transition

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 17 February 2015


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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.

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Research as business development tool

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 03 February 2015


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The ITEA SoRTS project gathers two worldwide leaders, Philips for the imaging system and Elekta for the therapy tools, supported by few complementary partners. SoRTS’ main innovation is the real-time integration of imaging and therapy tools to increase the productivity and efficiency of treatments. It is easy to understand the impact on our citizens’ health and the level of required innovation to ensure this real-time integration. SoRTS has all the characteristics of a very innovative research project with high impact potential.

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Conference on Smart Cities: EUREKA accompagne les pépites de la French Tech à la conquête des Smart Cities

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 30 January 2015


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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.

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Fast exploitation - ITEA 3 speeds up the ideas to the market

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 20 January 2015


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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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Best wishes for 2015 - Welcome to the ITEA blog

Posted by: Philippe Letellier · 15 January 2015


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Dear ITEA community,
I am pleased to wish you the best for this 2015 New Year, with some good times for you and your families, some exciting new innovations to change the world and a lot of happiness to share in the ITEA community.

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Welcome to the ITEA blog, featuring regular contributions from Philippe Letellier, ITEA Vice-chairman. With this blog we would like to share latest insights from the field of software innovation while also providing you the opportunity to join the conversation via the comments section.

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