Digital Innovation Hubs

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The European Commission launched on 19 April 2016 the first industry-related initiative of the Digital Single Market package. Building on and complementing the various national initiatives for digitising industry, the Commission will act to trigger further investments in the digitisation of industry and support the creation of better framework conditions for the digital industrial revolution. One of the more important pillars of the Digitise European Industry effort is the activity to develop a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH).

- A first version of the Digtial Innovation Hubs catalogue is now online.

Digital Innovation Hubs are one-stop-shops that help companies to become more competitive with regard to their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies. They are based upon technology infrastructure (competence centre) and provide access to the latest knowledge, expertise and technology to support their customers with piloting, testing and experimenting with digital innovations. DIHs also provide business and financing support to implement these innovations, if needed across the value chain. As proximity is considered crucial, they act as a first regional point of contact, a doorway, and strengthen the innovation ecosystem. A DIH is a regional multi-partner cooperation (including organizations like RTOs, universities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, incubator/accelerators, regional development agencies and even governments) and can also have strong linkages with service providers outside of their region supporting companies with access to their services.

List of Digital Innovation Hub on IoT domain

Europe DIH

Remark: a number of organisations declared to cover all sectors, column B of this table shows the DIH which address only the 4 AIOTI topics (focussed DIH) while column C shows the DIH which address at least one of the AIOTI topic (Generalist DIH) and Column A shows those which are compliant to the regional Smart Specialisation Strategy

List of organizations
DIH Name Location Country Contact Website
Bavarian Robotic Network BaRoN Schleißheimer Str. 90a, 85748, Garching bei München Germany Adam Schmidt
Catalan Robotics Hub Av Universtitat Autònoma 23, 8290, Cerdanyola del Vallès Spain Jesús Pablo González
Central Macedonia Digital Innovation Hub on Agrofood

54123, Thessaloniki

49480, Saint-Sylvain d'Anjou

Cluster Association “Granada Plaza Tecnológica y Biotecnológica” On Granada Tech City. C/. Maestro Montero 23, 18004, Granada Spain Antonio Alcántara López
CYBERSEC HUB Feldmana 4/9-1, 31-130, Kraków Poland Robert Siudak
Dutch Optics Centre (DOC) Stieltjesweg 1 , 2628 CK , Delft Netherlands Erik Ham
ICT HUB Kralja Milana 10, 11 000, Belgrade Serbia Kosta Andric
Images and networks 22300, Lannion France
TECHTERA: Increasing the competitivity of enterprises for collaboratie innovation 69258, Lyon CEDEX 9 France Mr Mougin
Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP 02-486, Warszawa Poland Krzysztof Lipiec
INNOVATION HUB Rr. Papa Gjon Pali II, Tiranë Albania Ada Ilia
Institute of Electron Technology (ITE) Al.Lotników 32/46 , 02-668 , Warsaw Poland Piotr Dumania Adam Piotrowski
Internet of Things-SmartSantander IoT-SmartSantander 39005, Santander Spain Luis Muñoz
IoT Poland Foundation Hub ul. Dobrzanskiego 3, 20-262, Lublin Poland Michal Pukacz
Laboratory of ideas - iDEAlab Trg Dositeja Obradovica 6 , 21000, Novi Sad Serbia Vladimir Todorovic
Navarra Region Digital Manufacturing Innovation HUB. NAVARDMIHub Tajonar 20, 31006, Pamplona Navarra Spain Maria Uresandi
Secured communicating solutions 13790, Rousset France Guillaume Roux
Sirris Hub/smart product Sirris Liege Science Park Rue Bois St-Jean 12 , B-4102 , Seraing Belgium Olivier Gramaccia
Smart Data Innovation Lab Kaiserstraße 12, 76131, Karlsruhe Germany Michael Beigl
Smart Industry Centre (SmartIC) Ehitajate tee 5, 19086, Tallinn Estonia Prof. Tauno Otto
Styrian Technology Park Pesnica pri Mariboru 20a, 2211, Pesnica pri Mariboru Slovenia Matjaž Fras
TeraLab : Big Data Platform for Research Project MIDIH Manufacturing Industry DIH (IoT and Cybersecurity) IMT 37-39 rue Dareau , 75014, Paris France Anne Sophie Taillandier
5G environment for innovations purposes Obrzezna 7, 02-691, Warsaw Poland Zbigniew Kopertowski
CITC-EuraRFID 165 avenue de Bretagne 59000 LILLE France Dr Thierry DEMOL


Europe can gain decisive competitive advantages internationally if it is capable to generate across Europe a wave of bottom-up digital innovations involving all industrial sectors. With the rapid pace of change in digital technologies, most decision makers in industry have difficulties to decide when to invest, up to what level and in which technologies.

Around 60% of large industries and more than 90% of SME feel lagging behind in digital innovation. Similarly, there are strong digitisation discrepancies between industrial sectors.

Digital innovation hubs can help ensure that every company, small or large, high-tech or not, can grasp the digital opportunities.

There are already several initiatives of the EC to shape the pan-European network of DIHs with the focus on helping SMEs to master their digital transformation:

  • Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS),
  • Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE),iHub,
  • Open Data Incubator Europe (ODINE),
  • European Institute of Innovation & Technologu (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC),
  • European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development (ECHORD++),
  • Access Center for Photonics Innovation Solutions and Technology Support (ACTPHAST),
  • Supercomputing Exercise for SMEs (SESAME NET),
  • and the call for tender EU13 DIHs.

The Commission also set up in June 2016 a thematic smart specialisation platform for industrial modernisation.

EU actions supporting competence centres such as I4MS, SAE, Fi-Ware have shown not only an increase of competitiveness of existing industries, notably for SME and mid-caps, but also additional business creation in new digitised products and services. It is the ambition of the Commission to focus 500M€ over the next 5 years from Horizon 2020 budget to these actions.

Some successful competence centres are the micro-tech cluster in Southern Germany where institutes such as Fraunhofer and university labs play an essential role, or the Grenoble digital innovation eco-system around French institutes such as CEA and INRIA.

There is space for more competence centres based in technical universities or research organisations to become DIHs providing companies, in particular SMEs, with facilities for digital innovation. Apart from transferring leading-edge technology to companies, they also should give advice on potential sources of funding/finance, provide space for experimentation and help workers to find training.