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News Article | May 25, 2017
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"Estonia is a cradle of European innovative entrepreneurship. We are happy to sign this collaborative agreement with Startup Estonia, which will benefit both of us by connecting our respective ecosystems," said Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital. "We are happy to announce the partnership with EIT Digital, certain as we are that this collaboration will strengthen the Estonian startup ecosystem, encouraging greater openness towards the European landscape," added Lehar Kütt, CEO, Kredex. Startup Estonia, a governmental initiative aimed at supercharging the Estonian startup ecosystem, and EIT Digital, the leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe's digital transformation, signed on May 25th a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to join forces to support the development of the Estonian innovation ecosystem. Startup Estonia will bring to the table the skills and the expertise developed in several years of activity in this Baltic nation. EIT Digital meanwhile catalyses digital innovation and entrepreneurship through a number of initiatives aimed at driving the digital transformation across Europe and beyond. The goal: helping the Estonian innovation ecosystem grow and also play an increasingly important role in the international landscape by fostering Estonian startups access to European markets and by making Estonia a more attractive destination for tech companies, investors and talents coming from abroad. The signing, in the context of the innovation and startup conference Latitude59, was done in Tallinn by Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital, and Lehar Kütt, CEO, Kredex Fund, home of Startup Estonia in the presence of Mari Vavulski, Head of Startup Estonia and Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia. EIT Digital will join the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Startup Estonia, the European Commission and Dell to co-host the Startup Nations Summit in November 2017, which will be held in the framework of Estonia's EU presidency. Estonia is part of ARISE Europe, EIT Digital's implementation of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). ARISE Europe is designed to stimulate regional growth in EU countries where EIT Digital is not physically present with a node. Its objective is to connect local and regional innovation centres and their ecosystems to EIT Digital's innovation and education ecosystem. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | May 23, 2017
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Founded in 1989, CopSonic enables highly-secured communication and interaction between devices through a unique system of ultrasound waves. CopSonic technology is hardware agnostic: data transfers for transactions like contactless secured payments, controlling smart home devices or contactless computer logins in a highly secured way are achieved through a device's existing microphones and speakers. No specific additional hardware is required (unlike Bluetooth LE, NFC, or Lifi). The authentication and control of the system occur on CopSonic's online and offline platforms. By joining the EIT Digital Accelerator, CopSonic will benefit from support from the organisation's Access to Finance team who will assist them in their fund-raising objectives and also from business developers in the key European markets they want to reach. Emmanuel Ruiz, CEO and founder of CopSonic explains: "We aim to benefit from the expertise of EIT Digital to help us expand our development in Europe. In order to achieve this, we are focusing on three fast-growing vertical markets that include: secured payments, secured IoT connectivity and proximity detection. We are also looking to expand in key European markets including the Nordics, Germany, UK and the Netherlands. Therefore we are very happy to start our collaboration with the EIT Digital Accelerator team to help us achieve our goals." Specialized over 20 years in digital audio solutions and new technologies, they are one of the first companies to have developed mixing mp3 players and audio effects in 1996 (Virtual Dj+ from GMixon). Its Audio R&D Laboratory has been studying over the past years the communication and encryption of digital data and has discovered the possibility of modulating digital data into sound (acoustic waves). In 2013, the company filed patent applications around this innovation and started the introduction of the technology on the international market as a contactless universal mobile payment solution. The CopSonic technology was made public in 2013 and dedicated its activities to the development and marketing of the different ultrasonic connectivity solutions. In the following months, the technology rapidly evolved proposing new use cases in 3 activity sectors: Security, IoT and Proximity. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | May 23, 2017
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Founded in 1989, CopSonic enables highly-secured communication and interaction between devices through a unique system of ultrasound waves. CopSonic technology is hardware agnostic: data transfers for transactions like contactless secured payments, controlling smart home devices or contactless computer logins in a highly secured way are achieved through a device's existing microphones and speakers. No specific additional hardware is required (unlike Bluetooth LE, NFC, or Lifi). The authentication and control of the system occur on CopSonic's online and offline platforms. By joining the EIT Digital Accelerator, CopSonic will benefit from support from the organisation's Access to Finance team who will assist them in their fund-raising objectives and also from business developers in the key European markets they want to reach. Emmanuel Ruiz, CEO and founder of CopSonic explains: "We aim to benefit from the expertise of EIT Digital to help us expand our development in Europe. In order to achieve this, we are focusing on three fast-growing vertical markets that include: secured payments, secured IoT connectivity and proximity detection. We are also looking to expand in key European markets including the Nordics, Germany, UK and the Netherlands. Therefore we are very happy to start our collaboration with the EIT Digital Accelerator team to help us achieve our goals." Specialized over 20 years in digital audio solutions and new technologies, they are one of the first companies to have developed mixing mp3 players and audio effects in 1996 (Virtual Dj+ from GMixon). Its Audio R&D Laboratory has been studying over the past years the communication and encryption of digital data and has discovered the possibility of modulating digital data into sound (acoustic waves). In 2013, the company filed patent applications around this innovation and started the introduction of the technology on the international market as a contactless universal mobile payment solution. The CopSonic technology was made public in 2013 and dedicated its activities to the development and marketing of the different ultrasonic connectivity solutions. In the following months, the technology rapidly evolved proposing new use cases in 3 activity sectors: Security, IoT and Proximity. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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The work was carried out in to meet the need of growing market demands for solutions to improve the safety of lone workers. In some countries, such systems are required also by unions or legislation. Furthermore, many current lone worker solutions are user driven requiring the user to interact with the system which can sometimes frustrate the end-user and may leave room for human error. Mr Juha Eskelin, the EIT Digital Task leader and Senior Manager at Bittium said: "Our task, which we called 'Vertical Application in Protective Monitoring,' focused on processing data from the wearable sensor passively, i.e. without any user interaction, and to be able to produce actionable recommendations or enable sensors based on location. Recommendations and alerts can be triggered based on a number of variables including location, acceleration, temperature or devices coming on or going off-line." "We wanted to look this from the perspective of a passive application - let the application automate the actions on behalf of the user and thus make the life for example of a community care worker a bit easier. Also, as a side effect, we would expect productivity to increase as well, as through automation the worker can meet more patients during a given day." The concepts, protocols and data formats used in the protective monitoring application were developed through an EIT Digital High Impact Initiative known as Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments (ACTIVE). Its focus is to develop an advanced connectivity Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform adoptable in various vertical segments. The platform will deliver, among other things, services for secure management, interaction and communication on IoT platforms. "A protective monitoring application fits very well with the ACTIVE initiative. If you try to decapsulate the actual vertical application, many of the IoT applications look very similar: sending sensor data, to or via a gateway to be processed either at the edge or at the cloud. Indeed, that is the idea of the ACTIVE as well: to remove the need to build each and every IoT application from scratch and allow to use the platform to reduce the time to market for new IoT applications. The application has verified that ACTIVE can indeed serve verticals regardless of the industry segment." To produce the new application EIT Digital partners Finnish Bittium and Engineering from Italy worked together to understand the concepts and commonalities in Body Area Networks (BAN), Personal Area Networks (PAN) and wearable integration.The task also used the deliverables of an another EIT Digital Innovation Activity, Fit to Perform, as a reference for professional/health oriented wearable platforms. In addition, EIT Digital partners Ericsson (Finland) and Finnish Tampere University of Technology have contributed to extending the device management to wearable devices and to facilitate semantic interoperability of sensor data across different vendors' devices. "The work on vertical application in protective monitoring will certainly continue. Thanks to ACTIVE and collaboration with the other partners, it is now faster and easier to integrate the application with other systems. We will look into supporting new use cases and making certain functionalities more flexible and configurable as well as incorporating feedback and ideas from customers and developers." EIT Digital Innovation Activities deliver new products or services, create startups and spinoffs to commercialise outputs from projects, and encourage the transfer of technologies for market entry. Active and is one of the 13 Innovation Activities of the Digital Infrastructure Action Line of EIT Digital for 2017. The Digital Infrastructure Action Line focuses on enabling digital transformation by providing secure, robust, responsive, and intelligent communications and computation facilities for the markets. *The Bittium SafeMove Zone solution was announced at the Hannover Messe on 24 April, 2017. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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The work was carried out in to meet the need of growing market demands for solutions to improve the safety of lone workers. In some countries, such systems are required also by unions or legislation. Furthermore, many current lone worker solutions are user driven requiring the user to interact with the system which can sometimes frustrate the end-user and may leave room for human error. Mr Juha Eskelin, the EIT Digital Task leader and Senior Manager at Bittium said: "Our task, which we called 'Vertical Application in Protective Monitoring,' focused on processing data from the wearable sensor passively, i.e. without any user interaction, and to be able to produce actionable recommendations or enable sensors based on location. Recommendations and alerts can be triggered based on a number of variables including location, acceleration, temperature or devices coming on or going off-line." "We wanted to look this from the perspective of a passive application - let the application automate the actions on behalf of the user and thus make the life for example of a community care worker a bit easier. Also, as a side effect, we would expect productivity to increase as well, as through automation the worker can meet more patients during a given day." The concepts, protocols and data formats used in the protective monitoring application were developed through an EIT Digital High Impact Initiative known as Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments (ACTIVE). Its focus is to develop an advanced connectivity Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform adoptable in various vertical segments. The platform will deliver, among other things, services for secure management, interaction and communication on IoT platforms. "A protective monitoring application fits very well with the ACTIVE initiative. If you try to decapsulate the actual vertical application, many of the IoT applications look very similar: sending sensor data, to or via a gateway to be processed either at the edge or at the cloud. Indeed, that is the idea of the ACTIVE as well: to remove the need to build each and every IoT application from scratch and allow to use the platform to reduce the time to market for new IoT applications. The application has verified that ACTIVE can indeed serve verticals regardless of the industry segment." To produce the new application EIT Digital partners Finnish Bittium and Engineering from Italy worked together to understand the concepts and commonalities in Body Area Networks (BAN), Personal Area Networks (PAN) and wearable integration.The task also used the deliverables of an another EIT Digital Innovation Activity, Fit to Perform, as a reference for professional/health oriented wearable platforms. In addition, EIT Digital partners Ericsson (Finland) and Finnish Tampere University of Technology have contributed to extending the device management to wearable devices and to facilitate semantic interoperability of sensor data across different vendors' devices. "The work on vertical application in protective monitoring will certainly continue. Thanks to ACTIVE and collaboration with the other partners, it is now faster and easier to integrate the application with other systems. We will look into supporting new use cases and making certain functionalities more flexible and configurable as well as incorporating feedback and ideas from customers and developers." EIT Digital Innovation Activities deliver new products or services, create startups and spinoffs to commercialise outputs from projects, and encourage the transfer of technologies for market entry. Active and is one of the 13 Innovation Activities of the Digital Infrastructure Action Line of EIT Digital for 2017. The Digital Infrastructure Action Line focuses on enabling digital transformation by providing secure, robust, responsive, and intelligent communications and computation facilities for the markets. *The Bittium SafeMove Zone solution was announced at the Hannover Messe on 24 April, 2017. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


EIT Digital has launched a new Innovation Activity* which aims to offer complete and personalised business and cultural tourist packages for travellers. Dubbed "PasTime", the work will be run out of EIT Digital's Digital Cities Action Line** and will develop a product that uses comprehensive local and user data to provide bespoke packages for city visitors. PasTime will be designed to stand out in the market thanks to strong data on specific tourist offers in pre-defined locations. It will combine multiple information sources from the Internet and from tourist organisations, allowing it to offer more detail on more destinations, highlights, events or festivities than other travel guides. The information in PasTime's database will be updated every night, so customers will always be offered the latest content in digital format filtered by their interests. Pascal Bourcier, Innovation Activity Lead, Amadeus said: "City visitors often struggle to identify local or limited-time tourist offers beyond the classic landmarks or attractions recommended by travel guides. There's a real paucity of personalised planning tools that effectively combine all those offerings while considering time and budget constraints. In addition, classic tourist packages have so far offered little or no flexibility and are generally not adapted for short stays." "To overcome these obstacles, PasTime will offer a set of technologies to bundle business and cultural tourist offerings into attractive packages that correspond to user needs based on a strong understanding of user interests and purchasing behaviours." Central to the concept is understanding which destination users choose and why, as well as what they do within a city. To enable this understanding PasTime will draw on gigantic "data lakes" resulting from millions of traveller transactions. It will look to social breadcrumbs -traces that users leave everywhere on Social Media - as well as semantic mobility traces - large amounts of data provided by apps and company websites on what customers do, where they go and when. PasTime will initially be trialled at three European locations with high tourist impact: Cote d'Azur (France), the Canary Islands (Spain) and Amsterdam (Netherlands). In each of these locations, a champion partner - a leading EIT Digital partner company involved in the Innovation Activity - will liaise with local stakeholders and public authorities to secure privileged access to data sources related to local tourist and cultural offerings. Work has already started on collating data covering the entire French Riviera territory, from Monaco to Toulon, while a similar knowledge base for the Canary Islands and Amsterdam will be developed in the coming months. PasTime's target customer base will include city stakeholders like city marketing, travel and tourism-related companies and large-scale event organisers, alongside providers and developers of data management solutions and applications for cities or events. Pascal Bourcier continued: "Our aim is to revolutionise how people select and purchase local tourist offers. We expect this concept will have a direct tremendous impact on local and hyper-local tourist services, boosting event reservations and activities - which are often under-booked - thanks to better visibility and smart combinations with other offerings." The PasTime concept builds on mature semantic technologies that encode meanings separately from data and content files, and separately from application code. This enables machines as well as people to easily manage the information and to create comprehensive knowledge bases. PasTime will also incorporate Big Data: large volume, significant heterogeneity and real-time velocity for data feeds such as public transport for booking and ticketing. The partners involved in this Innovation Activity are: Technische Universiteit Delft, EURECOM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Amadeus, Innovalor, ISMB and Data-Moove. Amadeus will coordinate the activity, develop new methods to match tourist packages with user profiles tapping into their giant data lake of user purchase behaviours and lead the B2B commerciali sation. Data-Moove will be a business champion, leading the B2C commercialisation efforts and developing a dedicated mobile application for distributing the tourist packages directly to the travellers in the French Cote d'Azur. Localidata (UPM subgrantee) will be a business champion selling knowledge-based technologies for integrating heterogeneous data feeds and leading the test deployment in the Canary Islands. ** EIT Digital seeks to generate significant innovations from top European research. As such, we focus our investments on a limited number of innovation areas known as Innovation Action Lines, that we have selected with respect to their European relevance and leadership potential. Each Innovation Action Line comprises a portfolio of activities including: EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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Dr. Jens Ohlsson is appointed EIT Digital’s Head of the Professional School. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy, management, execution, and sustainability of the Professional School. The EIT Digital Professional School supports the digital transformation of companies, organisations and public bodies by providing high quality blended learning for executives and managers with operational management duties. The Professional School is part of the EIT Digital Academy. The Academy aims to equip people with digital and entrepreneurial skills in order to make Europe frontrunner in the digital transformation. In addition to the Professional School, EIT Digital also runs a Master School, a Doctoral School, and has advanced online learning programmes. Dr. Ohlsson comes to EIT Digital with significant Entrepreneurial and Innovation experience. He was a business developer at one of the first companies in the world delivering an e-learning platform. In addition, he had several functions in large corporates, including Solution Advisor and Business Developer at SAP, Consultant at Aptus Consulting, Key Account Manager and Business Developer at IDS Sheer. Furthermore, he was one of the founders and CEO of the technology company Movelo. In recent years, he received his PHD, writing his thesis on ‘How companies can work with business innovation and business improvements supported by digital abilities while simultaneously working as a Digital Advisor on executive and board level. Prof. Dr. Willem Jonker, CEO of EIT Digital says: “We are happy to have Jens joining EIT Digital as Head of our Professional School. His knowledge, skills, and experience position him very well for a successful execution of this important leadership position." Dr. Ohlsson says that he wants to contribute to EIT Digital’s ambition to make the Professional School “an important factor for making European companies and professionals able to stay at the forefront of digital innovation. I want to contribute to catalyse and create synergies between the EIT action lines and the Professional School in collaboration with the Doctoral and Master School.” About EIT Digital EIT Digital is a leading European innovation and education organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalization of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


Artificial intelligence, data analytics, digital signage. Three innovative companies, one scaleup and two spin-offs supported by EIT Digital will be showcasing their latest retail tech innovations in this fields at the upcoming EuroShop 2017 trade fair. EuroShop will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany from March 5th to 9th. With its 120,000 square metres of space and 100,000 expected visitors, it’s considered to be the world’s leading retail business event. The three companies participating in the show all sit within EIT Digital’s Digital Industry Action Line and form part of its Industry Business Community. They are Spanish scale up Exipple, Swedish firm Selitera (a spin-off from KTH's Mobile Service Lab in Stockholm), and the Italian, Trento-based firm ThinkIn. Exipple's vision is that spaces and devices will become intelligent so as to understand and anticipate people’s needs. Therefore, the company has developed a solution, Gestoos, which focuses on computer vision and human-technology interaction. Via natural gestures, users will be able to interact with advertising content to explore products in a more human and intuitive manner, making the solution a perfect fit for hyperlocal advertising. “The implementation of Gestoos in Retail requires the participation of digital contents agencies and infrastructure suppliers, so we think EuroShop is a great place to be to identify and align with these players,” Exipple’s CEO, German Leon says. Selitera’s product, Klikify, developed in close cooperation with Philips Pro Displays and Hypsos Digital Experiences, is aimed at connecting the physical store with the customer’s digital experience on his or her smartphone. “Klikify is a transformational, game-changing retail marketing technology which will make store visits much more attractive,” the company’s CEO, Zary Segall, says. Thanks to its Digital Signage technology, with just one click visitors will be able to see, share, purchase and bookmark unique commercial content. Finally, ThinkIn’s offering, RetailerIN, provides an advanced in-store behaviour analytics solution for monitoring people and assets in real time, analysing data and transforming it into actionable business indicators. “To survive in the digital century retail needs to embrace IoT, big data and AI,” CEO Iacopo Carreras explains, “EuroShop provides us with a unique opportunity to meet with prospective customers (retail chains and stores) and with partners willing to work with us to change the retail market in Europe.” The three EIT Digital-supported companies will be showcasing their innovations in EuroShop hall 7 (Retail technology). About EIT Digital   EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.   EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society.   EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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EIT Digital has launched work to develop a new Smart IOT Application Development (SIOTAD) framework primarily aimed at the agricultural industry. Pilot studies are about to get under way for the framework, which is designed to reduce the use of phytosanitary products through IoT, Big Data and 5G innovations. The concept is expected to be transferred eventually to other industries that also require efficient IoT and management platforms. The SIOTAD project is an Innovation Activity* within EIT Digital’s Digital Industry Action Line and has been created to develop a framework to support sustainable and efficient agriculture. The project partners include Nokia (in collaboration with Bilberry and CETA), Institut Mines-Télécom (Telecom École de Management) and Tampere University of Technology (in collaboration with Intopalo)**. The work will initially focus on the development of the IoT platform and conducting pilots in the agriculture industry with a view to launching the product commercially by the end of the year. Guillaume Jourdain, CEO of Bilberry, explains: “There is no weed detection solution available today on the market for monitoring big fields. Our solution, incorporating cameras on sprayers that will scan the area, and in real time, determine where to spray or not, is new for farmers, and will help them substantially decrease the amount of herbicides they spray on their crops. The impact for sustainable society could be huge as, depending on the amount of weed in the field, we think a target of reducing the use of phytosanitary products by up to 80% could be achieved.” In addition, by delivering software development tools and components that have been tested in real pilot studies, the output will be of great value to wider digital industries in general as the applications could also be used in other markets and could in turn speed up development of new services. “We are very happy to bring to the EIT digital ecosystem our Nokia Innovation Platform, which will leverage and integrate the expertise of all the partners in the SIOTAD project. Integration and specification will be done in parallel with live business trials and the feedback will better adapt the platform to business requirements.” “As we test the framework we think there could be significant potential for the agricultural industry and associated economy in particular, but future applications could be far more wide-ranging.” *EIT Digital seeks to generate significant innovations from top European research. As such, we focus our investments on a limited number of innovation areas known as Innovation Action Lines that we have selected with respect to their European relevance and leadership potential. Each Innovation Action Line comprises a portfolio of activities including: Our innovation activities deliver new products or services, create startups and spinoffs to commercialise outputs from projects, and encourage the transfer of technologies for market entry. ** Nokia will act as coordinator and will provide access to its Nokia Innovation Platform, a live development and trial environment for start-ups, industry and other contributors to the Internet of Things. The startup company Bilberry will conduct pilots (in coordination with CETA non-profit farmers’s organisation) and explore business models studies on the top on the provided platform. IMT will bring its expertise on business model design and business model innovation and platform strategies. Tampere University of Technology will bring technological components related to application creation, Intopalo (a startup working in the security software field) will deliver security and privacy functionalities for the platform. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley. For more information visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu/ Follow EIT Digital on Twitter:@EIT_Digital


News Article | February 15, 2017
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We disagree that a 'creeping corporate culture' is harming the University of Copenhagen (Nature 540, 315; 2016). Its continuous rise in the international rankings argues against this suggestion. If the art of science is indeed under corporate pressure, we should ask whether such mutual interactions are beneficial or not. For example, we helped EIT Health (the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's health initiative in Munich, Germany) to set up a consortium of business, research centres and universities to boost enterprise, health-care systems and quality of life. This initiative might be seen as an example of how enterprise tries to optimize science by using the logic of managers at the cost of intellectual and creative freedom, but it is not. To identify the essential steps towards success, EIT Health applies Technology Readiness Levels, a system developed by NASA to assess the technology that took Neil Armstrong to the Moon. Independent research is just one of these steps. Innovation in health care is a co-evolutionary endeavour: there is no progress without understanding the root cause of infirmity. Implementation depends on aligning basic knowledge with the needs and desires of citizens; and innovation must be woven into the public and private fabric of communities. When scientists invest in interaction with societal stakeholders in this way, it further encourages research freedom to thrive.

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