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EuroCPS Report Summary

Project ID: 644090
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EuroCPS (European Network of competencies and platforms for Enabling SME from any sector building Innovative CPS products to sustain demand for European manufacturing)

Reporting period: 2015-02-01 to 2016-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

SMEs play a key role in European economies. They generate most of the innovative ideas for CPS products. However, due to limited resources, SMEs are very often not able to own all the necessary skills and technologies required to successfully develop CPS product and bring them to the market. Also, the fragmentation of the market hampers SMEs to grow outside their local market.

In the frame of H2020 and the Smart-Anything-Everywhere Initiative (www.smartanythingeverywhere.eu), EU is exploring the establishment of European pilot networks of embedded systems design centers, which help SMEs in any sector to embedded new electronic components in their products or services. The goal of these networks is to lower barriers for SMEs to enable them to build innovative CPS solutions and products, making use of high quality technology and knowledge available throughout Europe.

EuroCPS (www.eurocps.org) is targeting outcome ‘b’ “Innovation Actions” of the H2020 objective ICT-2014 “Smart Cyber-Physical Systems”. The project aims to arm Europe with a network of design centers in order to initiate and boost synergies between SMEs, major CPS-platforms, and CPS-competency providers. The expected outcome is to capture the emerging CPS markets and create sustained demand for European manufacturing. To that end, the EuroCPS design centers act as one-stop-shop, providing technical expertise, coaching and access to advanced industrial CPS platforms in order to get SMEs up to speed on the innovation ecosystem of CPS products by facilitating access to the leading edge technologies and their implementation. In the process, design centers tap existing regional ecosystems in several countries to bring the full value chain from hardware/software platforms to high value-added CPS products and services.

To demonstrate this new cooperation model (leveraging software, system and nano-electronic industries), EuroCPS supports and funds industrial experiments (IE) considering their excellence, their impact on the ecosystem and their industrialization implementation possibility and prospects through three open calls. At least 30 granted IEs are expected for developing innovative CPS products. The IE duration is between 6 and 18 months. The IE targeted products are designed, constructed and built on the eight EuroCPS Platforms:
• Avionics platform provided by Thales,
• Connectivity platform provided by Schneider,
• INEMO platform provided by STMicroelectronics,
• Integrated and open platform provided by AVL,
• Power management platform provided by Infineon,
• Quark platform provided by Intel,
• Silicon processes and package technology platform provided by STMicroelectronics,
• STM32F platform provided by STMicroelectronics.

The 15 EuroCPS partners are major European system suppliers, world-class research centers and technology providers, all rooted in the top European regional ecosystems. They act as networking, competence or platform partners in order to provide all the necessary expertise and competencies to innovators from any sector. The networking partners of the project help in attracting experiments from local ecosystem. The competence partners support the third parties with services to help using one of the technology platforms of the EuroCPS network. The platform partners provide access to their technology platforms (hardware and/or software products) with technical support (knowledge transfer, engineering support).
EuroCPS has started in February 2015. The first period of the project was meant to define all the materials necessary to manage the open call procedure, to monitor and report the granted industrial experiments, to enhance the networking and the communication through all the dedicated partners. Besides all these fundamental tasks, two open calls have been successfully launched and managed resulting in the selection of 24 IEs over 72 proposals. The 9 selected IEs on the first call have all started and some of them have already reached their first milestones. Regarding the 15 selected IEs on the second call, the Standard Agreements signatures are in progress and the projects should start in a close future.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The main objective of EuroCPS is to initiate new business and innovation opportunities between SMEs and EuroCPS partners (competence centers and technical platform providers) to demonstrate this new cooperation model. During the first year of the project, the main activities were to:
• Foster over all Europe the project (Website, Platform description, flyers, Press releases, Workshops, Events, …),
• Set-up the legal contract templates to formalize EuroCPS industrial experiments (IE) with SME (Standard Agreement),
• Set-up the cascade funding management procedure,
• Set-up the IE selection procedure (template for proposal, guide for applicant),
• Set-up the IE monitoring procedure (documents, meetings),
• Set-up the IE evaluation process (External expert list, Evaluation committee, European Commission approval)
• Organize two open calls (launch, evaluate, select, notify),
• Start at least 10 IEs,
• Evaluate the interest of this new cooperation model (Questionnaires),
• Disseminate first results.

All details are given in dedicated deliverables.

The results achieved are very promising with regards to what was initially planned:
• More than 4 000 SMEs are aware of the EuroCPS initiative (Initially 800 targeted)
• More than 100 SMEs were interested in proposing an IE for the two first calls
• 72 IE submitted for the 2 first calls (Initially 80 targeted in total for the 3 calls)
• 24 IE selected for the 2 first calls (Initially at least 30 expected over the 3 calls)
• The 9 selected IE of the first call were launched
• 7 of the 8 EuroCPS platforms support at least 2 IEs
• 9 of the 10 EuroCPS competence partners support at least 1 IE
• The selected IEs cover the 3 project types (SW intensive project, System integration project, CPS with innovative components project)

It is worth to note that 20% of the submitted proposals come from European countries not represented by a EuroCPS partner.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

In the course of the H2020 SAE initiative, EuroCPS is exploring the establishment of European pilot networks of embedded systems design centers, which help SMEs in any sector to embed new electronic components in their products or services. The project proposes a new collaboration model to initiate and boost synergies between SMEs, major CPS-platforms and CPS-competency providers. EuroCPS networks will allow technology suppliers to get access to early adopters outside their region or traditional market place. On the other hand, it will allow SMEs (users) to have access to competencies and technologies beyond their standard suppliers and service providers, helping them to gain competitiveness through early adoption of emerging technologies. Demonstrations and targeted disseminations will help to spread the knowledge beyond participants of the network thereby stimulating further uptake of technologies.
Therefore, it is expected that:
- The use of Industrial platforms (WP4) combined with the long standing experience of competence centers (WP3) will boost productivity to implement innovative CPS products.
- The stronger pan-European collaboration across value chains and technology levels from the components and hardware to higher systems level will create open innovation eco-systems and stimulating consensus building on open tools, platforms and standards.
- The development in Europe of a competitive offer for the next generation core ICT platforms will translate into a significant increase of Europe’s market share in the area and in higher added value generated from embedded ICT.
The first year of the project has enabled to raise:
- The attractiveness for SMEs of the proposed design center model combined with financial support. It is highlighted by more than 100 SMEs interested in proposing an IE and the high-quality of the 72 submitted proposals. The three kinds of projects (SW intensive project, System integration project, CPS with innovative components project) supported by EuroCPS are evenly used over the selected IE. Except one, all the technology platforms support at least 2 IE.
- The efficiency of the model to build on open tools, platforms and standards by allowing to build a tight consortium, submit easily a proposal (5 weeks) with fast acceptance notification (7 weeks) and launch IE in short time thanks to a dedicated standard agreement.
- The capacity to initiate and boost synergies between SMEs, technology supplier and competences inside and outside their region or traditional market place. Indeed, it is shown by the fact that 20% of the submitted IE comes from European countries not represented by a EuroCPS partner.
The IE having just started, their impact on SME products and Europe market share will be addressed in the M24 periodic activity and management report (deliverable D1.4).

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Record Number: 190410 / Last updated on: 2016-11-15
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