IP4FVG’s new IoT living lab opens in Carnia
For Area Science Park President Caterina Petrillo, “the site in Amaro is the ideal place to develop ‘smart mountain’ technologies that have a social and economic impact on the local area, as well as a direct return for businesses.”Innovazione
Digital Innovation Hub IP4FVG’s Internet of Things (IoT) lab is based in Amaro (Udine), on the Carnia Industrial Park. The lab is home to hardware and software tools and tech including automated systems for visual product control, and sensors and data-transmission technologies for production monitoring and predictive maintenance. These are examples of “Industry 4.0” technologies, which can be used for digital transformation in business, made available to entrepreneurs, technicians and professionals, as well as university students and high-school pupils.
The IoT living lab – one of four set up in the region by IP4FVG, each with a different specialisation – is the centre of activity for IP4FVG’s base in Amaro. The hub was set up in September 2018 with the founding of the “Associazione Temporanea di Scopo” [Temporary Purpose Association], which included the Carnia Industrial Park (coordinator and lead partner), Eurotech S.p.A., InAsset Srl now Retelit Group, the Regional Cluster for ICT – DITEDI, Friuli Innovazione and Area Science Park. In February 2021, they were joined by Confindustria Udine (already lead partner at Udine’s Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence IP4FVG hub).
The lab in Amaro, presented today, expands the overall offer of 4.0 technologies available to entrepreneurs in the region. It has recently been added to with innovative solutions, thanks to collaborations with local universities and businesses in both the ICT and manufacturing sectors, including Gortani, Akuis, FAM, Fill in the Blanks, Video Systems, Fec Italia, and Progetto Nachste. A new site was needed to accommodate the equipment for the expanded living lab facilities and be more accessible to visitors. This is how the decision was made to set up the lab at the entrance to Amaro’s Technology Park.
Having the living lab on the Carnia Industrial Park is also a way of facilitating new digitisation projects for local businesses. The aim over the coming months is to increase take-up among companies of the IP4FVG living lab facilities and to increase the number of ‘use cases’, thanks to the support already shown by numerous manufacturing companies, and collaboration with university labs.
Caterina Petrillo, President of Area Science Park, commented “IP4FVG is a model that successfully implements forms of collaboration between companies, public institutions and the world of research. Through the network of four regional hubs, IP4FVG is able to create an effective dialogue between the private and public sectors, driving the study of solutions that facilitate innovation processes in different business areas. Thanks to this opportunity to experiment with the latest technologies at the labs and work with experienced technologists, we can optimise resources and speed up the digital transformation of processes. At the IP4FVG hubs based across the region in Amaro, Trieste, Udine and San Vito al Tagliamento, the living labs showcasing innovative solutions offer companies the chance to test technology before investing in it. The site in Amaro is the ideal place to develop ‘smart mountain’ technologies that have a social and economic impact on the local area, as well as a direct return for businesses.”
IP4FVG is Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Digital Innovation Hub, coordinated by the national research institution Area Science Park. The hub was set up to support the digital transformation of local enterprises. It is a strategic project within the Argo System, an initiative supported by the Italian Ministries of University and Research (MUR) and Economic Development (MISE), as well as the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Thanks to IP4FVG, four 4.0 living technology labs have been set up in the region (in Amaro, San Vito al Tagliamento, Udine and Trieste), open to companies that want to learn about and test some of the most innovative technological solutions before applying them in house.