In 2019, few could have predicted how 2020 would turn out. Sirris had already been preparing itself and the industry for a digitised future, to ensure businesses are more resilient, agile and stronger. Find out more in our annual report.

Many companies wanting to make their products smart and connected are looking for the right development approach. There is no such thing as a golden bullet. Together with Fraunhofer IEM and with the support of VLAIO, Sirris has set up a collective research project: AddSmart. The project aims to develop a practical guide to help companies get started with the conceptual development of their smart connected product.

The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has brought about a great many changes. And even when society gradually starts up again and we are allowed back out into the world, there will still be challenges to face. How are manufacturing companies coping with the situation? What about the period after ‘lockdown light’? And what does all this mean in the context of Industry 4.0? We asked our experts at Sirris what they made of it all.

Sirris recently published the WatSlim project, an e-book guide about smart connected products. This guide is an answer to questions and needs faced by product builders during the development of these products.

We can no longer imagine life without connected products. Lots of companies manufacturing physical products, are wondering - and quiet rightly so - whether smart connected products are also their future and if and when they should make a move. Why is cooperation essential? And what about product management and risk control?

Are you an SME and do you develop innovative solutions for the food industry? If that is the case, you may be eligible for financial support from the S3Food project for innovative projects in relation to smart sensor systems.

We can no longer imagine life without connected products. Lots of companies manufacturing physical products, are wondering - and quite rightly so - whether smart connected products are also their future and if and when they should make a move. It seems risky not to invest, while investing incorrectly is also wrong.

More and more smart connected products pop up around us and more technology is available on the market to make smart internet-of-things (IoT) solutions. Many companies that build physical products wonder whether and when to take which steps. They are faced with numerous challenges such as creating added value and devising an attractive value proposal.

More and more smart connected products pop up around us and more technology is available on the market to make smart internet-of-things (IoT) solutions. Many companies that build physical products wonder whether and when they should take steps.

European Member States launched a cross-border market surveillance campaign in 2019 in order to evaluate the conformity of 'intelligent' household appliances with legislation relating to these products. The conclusion is that it would be wise to raise awareness of the specific legal requirements for integrating wireless connectivity within a product.