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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...

CyPro will establish common ground on cyber security in the Danish industry and ensure a collective boost in the efficiency of IoT driven products and production. The aim of the project is to strengthen overall IoT security in Danish industrial companies.

About CyPro

Cybersecure Production in Denmark (CyPRo) is a Danish project that aims to support Danish industrial companies to become cyber-secure. By providing insight into the potential threats, the project will help the companies ensure IoT security both organizationally, in the connected production and in the development as well as deployment of IoT devices.

For further information about the NGI Pointer project, click here.

Cyber threats are accelerating

Danish companies are digitizing their production and products to great extent, for example with intelligent sensors that minimize power consumption, with machines that are connected to the Internet, and much more. Digitization increases efficiency, competitiveness and opens up completely new opportunities. However, it also opens opportunities for hackers with evil intentions – and Danish businesses must be prepared to deal with the threats.

Over the course of 3.5 years, CyPro will be collaborating with 100 Danish industrial companies and providing the knowledge needed to strengthen their IoT security and handle the cyber-threats they are facing. Furthermore, the project will be developing a number of tools that can improve IoT security widely in the Danish industry.

The consortium

CyPro is a collaboration between the Alexandra Institute, FORCE Technology, DAMRC (Danish Advanced Manufacturing Research Center), Ugla Insights and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development at Aarhus University.

The project is supported by Industriens Fond with DKK 13 million DKK and builds on experiences from a previous project (CIDI) that established the difficulties many companies encounter in handling IoT security. The CyPro project will use these experiences to create common ground on IoT security and ensure a collective boost in the Danish market of IoT solutions.

Join this project! Share the cyber security challenge of your company and we will address it with expert knowledge free of charge. Click on the button below, to initiate the first dialogue to discuss potential collaboration.

Partners:
If you want to know more, contact:

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

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

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NGI Search funds the development of open-source technologies and solutions centred on privacy and trust with the aim to build a safer internet for end-users who are searching for information on the internet.

About NGI Search

The NGI Search project, funded under the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme, aims to support NGI Searchers who will develop technologies and solutions centred on privacy and trust for end-users who are searching and discovering information on the internet.

The project is part of Next Generation Internet (NGI), the “Internet for Humans” initiative from the European Commission and aims to transform the Internet of tomorrow into an Internet of humans that responds to people’s fundamental needs.

Open calls

NGI Search is organising Open Calls for innovative projects to benefit from financial support of up to €150,000 as well as technical, business and innovation support over 12 months, to develop solutions that change the way we use and experience, search and discover data and resources in general on the internet and on the web. The First Open Call will launch on the 1st of December 2022 and remain open until the 1st of February 2023.

Learn more about the open calls and apply here.

The project will support entrepreneurs, tech-geeks, developers, socially engaged people, SMEs, research organisations, academic research groups, non-profit organisations etc., applying either individually or within a consortium.

The consortium

NGI Search is an 8.5M€ project with a duration of 36 months. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development at Aarhus University holds the role of project coordinator and contributes to the project with a consortium of additionally four European partners, FundingBox, Linknovate Science, Murcia University and OW2.

Join this project! Support the effort to build an Internet centred on privacy and trust by sharing your idea to help end-users safely search and discover information on the Internet. Click on the button below, to initiate the first dialogue to discuss potential collaboration.

Partners:
If you want to know more, contact:

Rita Madsen,
Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at DBD, Aarhus University

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

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EU-IoT has 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 about the NGI 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.

AU contributes to the project with specific assets and services related to IoT business model innovation and associated tools. Specific areas of responsibility include reporting on success stories and best practice use cases, reporting on IoT business model innovation patterns and providing supporting acceleration activities

These activities encompass wide stakeholder engagement, deep insights into existing and emerging business practices and business pattern mining across various IoT verticals.

The consortium

The consortium addressing this need consists of Martel, Intrasoft International, Bluspecs, Fortiss, and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development at Aarhus University. The EU-IoT project is officially initiated on 1 October 2020 and has a duration of 30 months.

Learn more about the project! If you are interested to learn more about the efforts to overcome fragmentation and develop a strong European IoT-empowered economy, click here.

Partners:
If you want to know more, contact:

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

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

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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.

About NGI Pointer

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.

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, who will enter into a 12-month support framework programme, that across different stages will be tailored to the beneficiaries’ needs.

For further information about the NGI Pointer project, click here.

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 an NGI architect, you contribute to 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.

The NGI Architect podcast

A dedicated podcast has been born from the project. In this podcast, you can listen to European Open-Source Developers, Researchers, Internet and Privacy advocates, as they discuss the technologies and methods of a Human Internet. Learn more about the NGI Architect podcast here or listen directly here.

The consortium

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

Learn more about the project! If you are interested to learn more about the efforts of Internet researchers and innovators to address the technological opportunities arising, click here.

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

About Digital Business Models for the Future

The project aims to develop and disseminate new knowledge and methods that will strengthen Danish manufacturing companies in today’s digitalized world and in the future. as an outcome, a dedicated learning platform has been developed to guide manufacturing companies in their digital transformation via knowledge and tools for developing digital business models.

The project targets the management of small and medium-sized B2B manufacturing companies with untapped potential in exploiting digital opportunities in the business.

The need for digitalisation

Many Danish manufacturing companies are challenged by increasing global competition and constant technological development. This puts new demands on the companies’ business models and digital skills. While digital development among B2C companies has gone fast and continues to accelerate, many B2B companies are lagging behind as they do not have the necessary insight and tools to take advantage of digitalisation. Therefore, since 2018, the project has disseminated basic knowledge, simple and systematic methods as well as supporting concrete tools, which provide an overview of the possibilities within digital business development.

The consortium

The project group represents broad professional expertise with experience, knowledge and research in digital transformation across a broad range of industries. The group consists of Danish Technological Institute, Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering, and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development at Aarhus University. The project originates from the theme call “New Digital Business Models” from the Danish Industry Foundation and is supported by the Danish Industry Foundation.

Gain new knowledge

The knowledge that guides the entire digital transformation process is disseminated via 16 learning modules that offer support throughout the entire development process from the first idea to the implementation of a tested and elaborated digital business model. The site offers guidance, tools and materials to facilitate the process and everything can be freely accessed according to need and interest

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

Partners:
If you want to know more, contact:

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

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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.

About the IIP Project

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 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.

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, alarms and a messaging bus for the 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 consortium

The IIP project is a consortium effort lead by PulseLabs, a Belgian start-up offering remote monitoring and alerting solutions for industrial machinery, the Centre for Digital Business Development at Aarhus University, as a key knowledge centre, and Troldtekt, a Danish manufacturer of the acoustic panels. The project is part of the DIATOMIC initiative, funded by the EU, which aims to establish a sustainable ecosystem for Advanced Micro Electronics components and Smart System Integration innovations.

Learn more about the project! If you are interested to learn more about the Industrial Internet Playground as a Cocreation process and IoT Toolbox for Industry 4.0 piloting, click here.

Partners:
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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The project is developing a search engine for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, making real-world data accessible and actionable in a secure and privacy-concerned manner. Welcome to the “Google” for IoT.

About IoT Crawler

The IoT Crawler project 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 project contributes to Aarhus Municipality, so that the city’s data can be used for the development of new smart city services.

New data platform 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.

To bridge the gap between technologies and domains, the project is developing 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

Visit IoT Crawler

IoT Crawler is a search engine for Internet of Things devices, making real-world data accessible and actionable in a secure and privacy concerned manner. The project aims at a paradigm change on both how IoT application can access IoT resources and on how IoT resources can make themselves discoverable. Essentially, the three-year-long research project focuses on developing a “Google” for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Learn more about the project! If you are interested to learn more about the outcomes and efforts to create a search engine for Internet of Things devices, click here.

Partners:
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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