Dresden – harnessing the potential of the Internet of Things
The vision of Dresden’s Smart Systems Hub is to become a global center of excellence in the Internet of Things (IoT). The initiative aims to build a strong network that integrates hardware, software and connectivity, in order to develop the basic technologies that will digitize industry and support Industrie 4.0. Since October 2016, the Smart Systems Hub Initiative – a task force that includes the State of Saxony, Dresden’s City Hall and Technical University, Silicon Saxony, a renowned trade association for the semiconductor, electronic, microsystems and software industries, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano-Systems – has been working hard to establish the hub, acquire partners and attract investment. Key industrial partners of the Smart Systems Hub are SAP, T-Systems MMS, Globalfoundries, Infineon and National Instruments.
With the ultimate goal of achieving digital transformation, Dresden’s “Smart Systems Hub – Enabling IoT” will bundle expertise in the three key areas and develop a software platform that is standardized, secure and globally accessible. The hub will foster a business ecosystem that will give Dresden an edge in the highly competitive field of IoT design and applications. The initiative will provide long-term support for key industries, especially microelectronics, with a primary focus on SMEs.
The Smart Systems Hub offers interested parties – investors, entrepreneurs and managers – a guided tour or “Trail.” Each Trail is organized by a hub partner to demonstrate innovative applications, technologies and business models for digitization in specific fields, with the aim of promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration between stakeholders inside and outside the hub.
Foreign investors welcome
Saxony’s de:hub is still at an early stage, but as it develops, a wide range of opportunities will open up for foreign investors. While the current players are mainly German, foreign partners and startups are most welcome, says SpinLab’s Eric Weber. “Whether a startup joins one of the hub’s accelerators to get a soft landing into the German market, or whether an established corporation wants to exploit the technological competences of hub’s partners, we are always open to international partners.” One example is the U.S.-based computing giant DELL, which is exclusively supporting the Smart Infrastructure Hub in Leipzig.