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Smart connected products

Hardware and software meet at the Smart Connected Innovation Lab

The fact that hardware and software are more and more integrated often creates opportunities for product manufacturers and software developers. The fusion of hardware and cloud and application software requires specialised knowledge in both expert fields and a thorough business approach. Sirris established the Smart Connected Innovation Lab in cooperation with the ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles) and the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) to support companies in their endeavours. The new Innovation Lab provides an environment where hardware and software fuse in innovative demonstrators, expertise and development tools. 


The Smart Connected Innovation Lab role is within the framework of, a technology hub focused on research, innovation and valorisation of IT in Brussels. The focus topics are Data Science, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Telecommunication Networks and Industry 4.0.


Wat Slim!, awareness regarding smart connected technology

Adding sensors, smart technology and connectivity to a product creates a range of new possibilities. Product manufacturers can apply a wide range of available electronic and IT building blocks that can be integrated while keeping costs and development time low. A range of new opportunities but also a range of challenges.


The Sirris and Agoria initiative Wat Slim! (Dutch for 'How Smart!) meets product manufacturers’ needs. Sample cases and testimonials, a technology watch and individual coaching are used to support companies to assess the potential of smart technology for their products and to successfully apply the technology that is currently available.


The kick-off event took place on 16 November. This event was an interactive seminar during which Sirris and Agoria provided in-depth knowledge based on questions raised by product manufacturers to provide information on smart connected products. On 30 November a similar event was organised in cooperation with Team Bedrijfstrajecten, a non-profit organisation that promotes innovative business processes through research.


About a hundred companies were reached. Follow-up workshops will be organised driven by participant feedback that will discuss specific topics at greater depth.

Mechatronics 4.0 master classes demonstrate the use of localisation and vision technology

The objective of the Mechatronics 4.0 project, in which Sirris cooperates with Flanders make and Imec, is to help Flemish entrepreneurs to migrate to Industry 4.0.


The Mechatronics 4.0 team organised their third master class on localisation technology on 28 March to provide information on the latest technologies for indoor and outdoor localisation to companies. Localisation technologies that can be applied within industrial and logistics environments to localise assets or goods and mobile systems or means of transport were discussed during the seminar. Various companies provided their testimonials on their experience with various technologies within their applications.


Vision technology is an essential key factor for smart and autonomous products and will be included in the next generation of autonomous safety and inspection systems. Vision technology was the main topic of the fourth Mechatronics 4.0 master class on 25 October. During this master class, the Mechatronics 4.0 experts showed the participants the advantages of vision technology and provided their insight into efficient integration of these systems in their products or production line. The various topics were illustrated based on industrial cases.


Fifty-six participants took part in these inspiring events.