TEST-4-SME aim is to initiate an innovation support network in the BSR to provide testing and consultation for electronics small and medium-sized enterprises on how to demonstrate conformity with international standards during early product development. All electronic products should prove conformity to standards, which requires testing of product prototypes. Early stage testing can also help avoid failures in later stages and thus can be extremely cost-effective as well. TEST-4-SME network members include 15 partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Germany and have expertise in a wide range of testing methods needed by electronics producers. Network members will advise and train enterprises’ staff in conforming to standards, and share knowledge across the network to improve the quality and efficiency of testing in order to speed up the process of product development for electronics enterprises. In scope of the project, seven pilot enterprises will test the network's services. Project shall also analyze the landscape to identify what other electronics testing providers exist in the region to see if they can be included in our network via referrals or in the future. The list of electronics testing labs will be generated, governing rules for the network created and demand for existing testing services in the region will be analyzed. Further investments into testing equipment will be made and laboratory stuff trained. The summary of consultations and referrals to enterprises and workshop materials for enterprises will be conducted. Testing services will be evaluated, the network will be expanded and the long-term sustainability strategy planned.
Start: 1.10.2017End: 31.12.2020
Budget: 1 775 300 €ERDF financing: 1 453 195 €
Coordinator: UT Tartu ObservatoryPartners: Riga Technical University (LT), University of Latvia (LT), Ventspils University College (LT), Applied Research Institute for Prospective Technologies (LV), Centria University of Applied Sciences Ltd (FI), Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design (DE), JSC Modern E-Technologies (LV)
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Speeding up Copernicus Innovation for the BSR Environment and Security
Space technologies, data and services have become indispensable in the daily lives of European citizens: when using mobile phones and car navigation systems, watching satellite TV or withdrawing cash. Satellites provide immediate information when disasters, such as earthquakes, forest fires or floods strike, allowing emergency and rescue teams to better coordinate their efforts. Agriculture benefits from improved land use. Transportation and energy infrastructure is safer and can be more efficiently managed thanks to satellite technologies. Global challenges due to growing populations, increased demand for resources and climate change require information about our planet which space based solution can provide more easily.
In the last 30 years, substantial R&D efforts in the field of Earth Observation (EO) have been made globally. The overall ecosystem connects not only satellite data, but also sensor data from various in situ sensors. The wealth of data generated will lead to new services and business models in a variety of sectors. At EU level, EO activities are coordinated with the Copernicus program, managed by the EC and maintained by the European Space Agency (ESA). Copernicus is one of the leading providers of Earth observation data. However, technical barriers currently prevent users from fully exploiting the data and information Copernicus delivers and the ultimate goal is to overcome several gaps in order to fully realize the market potential of Copernicus program throughout the EU.
The combination of space data with digital technologies and other sources of data open up many business opportunities for all Member States. Stronger links with the commercial downstream sector are essential to develop tailor-made applications, reach out to new users and connect space with other sectors. The BalticSatApps project aims at speeding up the market uptake of Earth observation (EO) satellite data in the Baltic Sea Region by utilizing societal challenges and needs, and the developer community as innovation drivers. As a result of the project, awareness and access to the data provided by Copernicus Program will be improved, and demand and innovation will be stimulated by applying co-creation methodologies and iterative development. Regional science and technology parks will have also learned how to support SMEs in the emerging EO market by running tailored acceleration programs.
Start: 1.10.2017End: 30.9.2020
Partners: UT Tartu Observatory, Cracow University of Technology, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Krakow Technology Park, Non‐commercial Partnership 'European‐Russian InnoPartnership', St. Petersburg State Unitary Enterprise St.Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre, Swedish National Space Board, Turku Science Park Ltd, University of Turku
Budget: 138 281 €ERDF financing: 117 539 €