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Constitution of a European inter-territorial network Living Labs for the applications of satellite technologies (RITA)
Start date: Mar 1, 2008, End date: Oct 31, 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The ultimate objective of this project is to explore the possibilities to make emerge a European Cluster of research, build on the basis of a network of public and private agents working on various rural territories in the European Union. These change agents meet around a common will to develop in their zone of action the concept of Living Labs. The methodology which consists in structuring the partnership working up to territories of scientific and economic experimentation goes to the ultimate goal, i.e. the constitution of a European inter-territorial network of Living Labs for the applications of satellite technologies. As a corollary of this concept stands the idea of a network of strategic orientation,a particular structuring of the relationship prevailing between the various partners of the Living Labs. The Living Labs is designed to be an instrument performing the adaptation to the structural changes tested by the local economy. It must make it possible to give the day to a new dynamic and competitive knowledge economy, based on the ability to experiment, on the scale of the territory, research and technological development projects whose strong potential of valorization depends on the transferability of the results towards the regional companies (mainly SME). At the same time, it promotes these companies to join the dynamics of research activities. The concept of Living Labs answers the difficulty for the economic agents to move from a "technology push" approach, initiated by the research, to the one consisting in promoting their supply with new services as an answer to a demand. The Living Labs, through a function of demonstrator, aims to create the conditions of emergence of a market demand and to initiate a "technology pull" dynamics for new usages.
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