15 January 2015
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.
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.
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.
03 February 2015
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.
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.
04 March 2015
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.
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.
16 June 2015
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.
15 September 2015
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
05 July 2016
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.
20 October 2016
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
07 March 2019
Artificial Intelligence - it's a term that provokes endless dinner discussions. Difficult to
escape nowadays from Artificial Intelligence - if a product is not controlled by artificial
intelligence, it's no longer part of the modern world. So very clearly Artificial Intelligence could be
considered a hype and the intelligence concept is a promise that will be difficult to deliver.
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.
02 September 2019
The ultimate dream for any business is to be closer and closer to the users and customers to better respond to their needs. This proximity is expected to generate more Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), a smaller churn, better word of mouth and thus a scale up of the business. Until now it had been just a dream, a kind of grail, but we are now in the digital era and many ITEA projects deliver some unique results on the full digital loop to overcome this challenge.