IoT and IIoT: Strategies and good practices in the Veneto Ecosystem

A webinar on IoT and IIoT strategies and good practices took place on December 2nd, organised by ECIPA Scarl. It represented an occasion for S3HubsinCE Partners and for other attendees to learn about IoT and IIoT strategies and good practices in the Veneto Ecosystem, and in particular how Regional Innovative Networks can foster innovation and share innovations in the field of IoT and Industrial IoT. The Network IMPROVENET was presented, as well as two of its interesting study cases: PreMANI and ADMIN 4D.

The webinar, which took place in collaboration with TalentJourney project (Erasmus+), had more than 150 attendees. It focused on innovation, and in particular on how regional innovative networks in Veneto are able to trigger transformation processes involving universities, companies, research centers and service providers (who become strategic partners). Professor Alessandro Beghi (UNIPD) talked about IMPROVEMENT regional innovative network, which is made up of a group of manufacturing companies, service providers with a high knowledge content and research subjects who intend to undertake a path of innovation by investing in information technologies (ICT - Information & Communication Technologies). IMPROVENET’s mission is to spread ICT technologies in the Veneto regional industrial fabric, to allow companies to be more competitive, productive and responsive to market needs, enriching the processes and instrumental products with services, to ensure maximum production efficiency. After this first part of the webinar, dedicated to Industrial IoT theory, during the second section of the webinar participants had the possibility to deep dive into two projects of the IMPROVENET network that have managed to develop innovation and make it tangible and useful for the market: PreMANI (represented by Gian Antonio Susto) and Admin4D (represented by Stefano Vitturi and Andrea Beretta). PreMANI Project has developed techniques that can address the issue of predicting the operating characteristics of machines and plants, combining the analysis of quality (of the product) with that of efficiency (of the plants), in a context that is described as Manufacturing Predictive. Admin4D involves the development of an innovative production system that collects technical, chemical and material composition information from the different operating parts of 3D printers, from the raw materials used and the materials that make up the finished products, and processes them in real time through specially developed algorithms.

This webinar has been an opportunity to show how strategic partnerships can become crucial for the innovation process, where the “CO-operation” is the key driver for the change as well as the R&I process designed to provide tangible results to the market. The two shared projects, one with a top down approach to define a standard methodology to be adopted for the digital transformation processes (despite the number of involved actores and powered by complementary competences) and the other one with a bottom up approach to develop the innovation process of a company to boost its own competitiveness in a specific market, are two successful cases of the impact of the excellent work made by an Innovative regional network.