Internet of Things for European Small and Medium E..
Internet of Things for European Small and Medium Enterprises
Start date: Sep 1, 2016,
End date: Aug 31, 2019
Internet of Things (IoT) is widely considered as the next step towards of the digital society, where objects and people are interconnected and interact through communication networks. IoT not only has a huge social impact, but can also support the employability and boost the competitiveness of European companies. It is widely considered as one of the most important key drivers for the implementation of the so-called Industry 4.0 and for the digital transformation of the companies. Relevant impact of this technology is expected in a wide range of sectors.In March 2015 the European Commission has launched the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) to closely work with all the stakeholders and actors of the IoT sector at European level. Then, always in 2015 has adopted the Digital Single Market strategy, of which a pillar is “digital as a driver for growth”.In line with the European policies on IoT and fostering the Digital Single Market pillar, the IoT4SMEs proposal pursues the main objective of:- qualifying new professionals able to support the digital transformation of the European companies exploiting to the advantages offered by the IoT technology.This objective is reached by pursuing the specifically objectives of:- raising awareness among European Small and Medium Enterprises of the IoT technologies and applications and of the potential benefits for their competitiveness and economical growth;- creating VET qualifications for professionals inside European Companies, enhancing their digital competences and training them to introduce and manage IoT technologies and applications.In order to realize these objectives, the IoT4SMEs partnership has been set-up. It involves 9 partners coming from 6 different countries (France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain). The partners are 4 HEIs, 2 technological parks, 1 network of companies, 1 consultancy company and 1 expert of VET qualifications. The partnership ensures a very good geographical coverage and brings into the project complementary competences.The project will be realized in 36 month. At first, after assessing the IoT actual uses and future trends, an analysis of the labour marker will be performed in order to identify the most required competences and the gap of knowledge. This will lead to the design of VET qualification related to IoT, designed according to the European Lifelong Learning instruments (EQF, ECVET and EQAVET). Therefore, all the next training activities will be enclosed in framework that will allow the transparent recognition and transferability of the competences at European level.The target groups (companies, professionals, IoT developers and users, researchers, students) will be able to access the training courses at distance by means of the project web-platform. Additionally, interviews and showcases will be produced, in order to give a concrete evidence of IoT applications and technologies.Then, in order to allow the student to acquire also practical competences, highly innovative didactic demonstrators on IoT will be developed. The instruments, working as remote laboratories, will allow the students to make practical experiences with IoT technologies, complementary to the ones acquired in the distance learning courses.Finally, a Handbook of best practice, scenarios and suggestions for the implementations of IoT solution will be delivered, as a practical support for all the certified trainee.A detailed planning of the activities, accurate management and quality assurance procedures and an high commitment of all the partners are the basis for the successful implementation of the project. The project foresees 6 transnational management meetings and at least 12 virtual meetings.The project will directly impact on the European companies, in terms of staff members trained and qualified to use IoT technologies and applications, on the professionals that will improve their skills and their employability, on the European Universities and VET providers, in terms of enhanced didactic offer in the IoT sector. The IoT4SMEs qualifications, designed using the ECVET instrument, will allow the transnational recognition of the acquired competences and will enhance the employability of the qualified users at European level.The project long terms benefit will be to speed up and increase the use of IoT across all economic sectors, fostering the European economy grow thanks to the digitalization transformation of the corporate sector. This perfectly match a pillar of the European Digital Single Market strategy.
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