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Projects on Digital Business Development

In this section you will find on-going and previous and finalised projects conducted by and with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business...

The project will strengthen the Danish manufacturing companies' strategic work on developing new digital business models.

Global competition and technological development have major consequences for Danish manufacturing companies, as they will have to develop their business digitally if they want to compete and stay relevant in the future. While the development of B2C companies has been fast and continues to accelerate, B2B companies have to a lesser extent implemented digital business models. The purpose of the project is, therefore, to develop and disseminate new knowledge and methods for enabling exactly that.

Target group

The project helps mature small and medium-sized companies and targets in particular the management of B2B manufacturing companies, including 50 companies with unresolved potential to exploit the digital opportunities in the business, and 150 companies that are not mature or motivated for such goal-oriented work, but that are considered valid candidates to be lifted to better level of competitiveness.

Gain new knowledge

The knowledge that guides the entire digital transformation process is disseminated at the freely accessible website digitale-forretningsmodeller.dk. The site offers guidance, tools and materials to facilitate the process and are built in an easy to access module format.

Visit the site! Exploit the potential of your company and take the first step of your business model development journey, by clicking here.

If you want to know more, contact:

Anita Krogsøe Skou,
Project Coordinator and Business Developer at DBD, Aarhus University


EU-IoT is a new project with the aim of growing a sustainable and comprehensive ecosystem for The Next Generation Internet of Things (NGIoT) across the European IoT landscape.

About EU-IoT

The EU-IoT project will act as an accelerator for European IoT towards transforming the current IoT community of researchers and innovators in Europe into an increasingly cohesive, dynamic, participatory and sustainable ecosystem.

In the current transition phase from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe, EU-IoT will provide a strongly grounded strategy and cohesive plan of action for creating a strong ecosystem, which embraces several initiatives across the European IoT landscape in line with the Next Generation Internet (NGI) vision. For further information on this vision, click here.

A need for consolidation

The overarching need for EU-IoT to address is the consolidation of fragmented IoT verticals and the still disconnected research and technology domains. This is needed to support the creation of a sustainable and competitive ecosystem embracing European technology and system providers, as well as to increase trust and acceptance in human-centric IoT made in Europe.

The consortium addressing this need consists of Martel (Switzerland), Intrasoft International (Luxembourg), Bluspecs (Spain), Fortiss (Germany), and Aarhus University (Denmark). The EU-IoT project is officially initiated 1 October 2020 and has a duration of 30 months.

AU contributes to the overall project with specific assets and services related to IoT business model innovation and associated tools. Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Report on success stories and best practice use cases
  • Report on IoT business model innovation patterns and provide supporting acceleration activities

This encompasses wide stakeholder engagement, deep insights into existing and emerging business practices and business pattern mining across various IoT verticals.

Join this project! Support the effort of overcoming fragmentation and assist further development of a strong European IoT-empowered economy. Click on the button below, to initiate the first dialogue to discuss potential collaboration.

If you want to know more, contact:

Mirko Presser, Project Coordinator, Associate Professor and Center Deputy Director of DBD, Aarhus University


Emilie Mathilde Jakobsen, Project Coordinator and Centre Administrator at DBD, Aarhus University


NGI Pointer is an Open Support Programme, which aims to re-invent the Internet for the third millennium and beyond, by cascading funding for the best Internet researchers and innovators to address the technological opportunities arising.

NGI Pointer is a project dedicated to cascade funding to support promising bottom-up projects that are able to build, on top of state-of-the-art research, scalable protocols and tools to assist in the practical transition or migration to new or updated technologies.
To stay continuously updated about the NGI Pointer project, click here.

The project is a consortium effort led by the Centre for Digital Business Development (DBD) of Aarhus University (DK), responsible for coordination of the overall project and business coaching support to beneficiaries. Further project partners are Linknovate (ES) in charge of architects, experts and mentors scouting, FundingBox (PL) in charge of open calls and community management, and Digital Worx (DE) in charge of technical support to the NGI architects.

The project is part of the Research and Innovation Action of the NGI initiative, funded by The European Commission, which aims to make the future internet more human-centric.

Target group

The target group for the project is Next Generation Internet (NGI) architects. These are people with an ambition of changing the Internet and Web with European Values at the core. It may by Researchers, Activists, Open Source, Hackers, SW/HW developers or others, acting on an individual basis or under an established entity.
As a NGI architect, you contribute in shaping the future internet as an interoperable platform ecosystem that embodies the values that Europe holds dear: openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation, and protection of data.

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NGI Pointer will fund very open topics around the following specific predefined areas: Privacy-by-design; Internet of Things; Network optimization; Virtualization and isolation; Limitations in the TCP/IP protocol suite; eCommerce security; Autonomous Network operations and control; and Energy Efficiency.
The project has a total budget of 7M€ with 5,6M€ dedicated to cascade funding, where each project can receive up to 200K€. 28 NGI architects will be selected, whom will enter into a 12-month support framework programme, that across different stages will be tailored to the beneficiaries needs.

Join this project! 1st Open Call is closed. Do not miss out on the 2nd Open Call and the opportunity to collect funding for your ambition as a Next Generation Internet Architect. For more information, click here.

If you want to know more, contact:

Mirko Presser, Project Coordinator, Associate Professor and Center Deputy Director of DBD, Aarhus University


The IIP is a radical new co-developed concept, which aims to introduce digital technology and digital processes into existing production operations within various manufacturing industries in order to improve the product quality, operations and machinery.

The Industrial Internet Playground (IIP) program helps manufacturing firms introduce digital technology and lean processes into existing operations within the manufacturing sector to improve product quality, operations and machinery performance.

Using a range of off-the-shelf solutions, the IIP Shadow Infrastructure provide a secure core technological platform for firms to build upon, retrofit sensors and cloud automation open novel sensing, data integration and operator apps for effective Industry 4.0 trials.

The first IIP project is a consortium effort lead by PulseLabs, a Belgian start-up offering remote monitoring and alerting solution for industrial machinery, the Centre for Digital Business Development (DBD) of Aarhus University, as a key knowledge centre, and Troldtekt, a Danish manufacturer of the acoustic panels.

The project is part of the DIATOMIC initiative, EU funded project, which aims to establish a sustainable ecosystem for Advanced Micro Electronics components and Smart System Integration innovations.

The IPP Program Flow

IIP runs a repeatable 8 week service‑design program combining co‑creation activities and rapid application development, using Internet enabled hard/software infrastructure from PulseLabs aptly named ‘Shadow Infrastructure’—a non-intrusive sensor platform that is safe and secure from key production systems.

The core technological platform deployed collects machine/operator behaviour and provides user interfaces, alarm and a messaging bus for connection of new data from 3rd party APIs.

Iterations start with a unique ‘Industry 4.0 Co‑creation Workshop’, which brings the client, stakeholders and AU academic experts together to uncover possible digital solutions. Each workshop concept is developed and deployed by DBD and PulseLabs, and assessed by Troldtekt for utility.

The new digital solution is tested with real world data and functionality, and without integration into the manufacturing system to keep production running without disruption. In this safe environment the client has an opportunity to assess and test the new digital solution before implementing it into day to day activities.

The IIP program is suitable for any manufacturing organisation that wants to optimise their production processes through digitalisation, for example to lower operating costs, improve product quality and increase production efficiency.

Join this project! Click on the button below, to initiate the first dialogue with the Centre for Digital Business Development to discuss potential collaboration.

If you want to know more, contact:

Mirko Presser, Project Coordinator, Associate Professor and Center Deputy Director of DBD, Aarhus University


Learn how to use the IoT and to utilise your data via an EU-funded project, based in Aarhus.

The EU project, IOT Crawler will develop a prototype and demonstrate the key IoT concepts in an urban environment and evaluate the results so that they can be used in the future to develop new, intelligent services and services for the benefit of citizens and decision makers. The EU project contributes to Aarhus Municipality, so that the city’s data can be used for the development of new smart city services.

Challenges for smart city services

More and more cities are starting to offer citizens services based on large amounts of real-time data. But a number of issues stand in the way of introducing smart city applications.

For example, it is difficult to link data from different sources, and it is a challenge to extract updated real-time data from large, dynamic data sources. Today, most of the challenges are resolved by developing solutions for specific purposes, which simply leads to silo architecture.

A new data platform

To bridge the gap between technologies and domains, the project must develop a scalable, flexible and robust platform to enable:

  • virtualising data from diverse data sources
  • analysing large amounts of data
  • developing semantic tools so that data can be interpreted by a computer
  • developing real-time applications for smart cities based on intelligent recycling components


Join IoTcrawler.eu

IoTCrawler is a search engine for Internet of Things devices, making real-world data accessible and actionable in a secure and privacy concerned manner.

IoTCrawler is a three-year-long research project focusing on developing a “Google” for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It aims at a paradigm change on both how IoT application can access IoT resources and on how IoT resources can make themselves discoverable.

If you have an IoT deployment, we can make it securely available to the Internet Community, and if you have a Smart City / IoT platform, we can integrate it. We will be the reference point for the discovery of IoT devices and any other source of information. For more information about the potential, click here.

Join this project! Click on the button below, to initiate the first dialogue with the Centre for Digital Business Development to discuss potential collaboration.

If you want to know more, contact:

Mirko Presser, Project Coordinator, Associate Professor and Center Deputy Director of DBD, Aarhus University

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