Wat Slim - Value creation with Smart technology in existing products

Why would I add smart connected technology to my product? What is so different about a smart connected product and how do I go about the development? Product builders who want to make the move have many questions...

Sirris and Agoria, with the support of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), have carried out the Wat Slim project to help builders of physical products find their way around the world of smart connected products.

How did we inform companies about the possibilities?

  • In broad information sessions on the topic of smart connected products: why, what and how? An example.
  • With thematic workshops on the key aspects of smart connected products: developing digital services, exploiting product usage data, connecting products from sensor to cloud. An example.
  • Through publications on cases, testimonials, methodologies and technologies.
  • Through individual guidance to identify the missing steps towards implementation.
  • With a guide on the 10 key challenges in smart connected products. Read here how this guide could help you!

What are the results of the Wat Slim project?

  • Over 165 companies were collectively informed during information sessions and workshops.
  • Over 55 companies received brief individual guidance, after which over 20 companies proceeded to concrete implementation through feasibility studies, development projects or industrialisation projects. An example of a case: Lowist develops concept for the connection and cloud integration of automatic bollards.
  • Bundled knowledge and insights, that remain available through individual services by Sirris and Agoria. Contact us.
  • The guide with leassons learned during the project, which remains available for companies as a downloadable e-book.

Why is smart connected technology important for my future products?

The world already has more connected products than people and this in a wide range of applications, from smart city to smart manufacturing. Continuous evolutions in low-power electronics, wireless connectivity and cloud software mean that applications such as adding sensors and intelligence to a product and exchanging data with the cloud are increasingly within the reach of SMEs. With digital technology, you can add more than just smart functionalities to a product. You can also use the usage data of your products to guide and improve your product development. By linking digitally supported services to your product, you can value new business opportunities.

Find your way to smart connected products after Wat Slim

Dealing with these many new possibilities and new technologies in a rapidly evolving world is a challenge for many product builders. Sirris and Agoria help companies after the Wat Slim project too, with individual technological support. The guide remains available online as well.