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We are immersed in the fourth industrial revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another. Industry 4.0 is an emerging era of connectivity and interaction among parts, machines and humans that have the potential to create enormous production and efficiency dividends, improvements in the quality of life and sustainable environmental outcomes. Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 Strategy is currently focused on addressing key priorities of national importance including the following:

How can industries successfully implement Industry 4.0 strategies, technologies and practices across key growth sectors?, how can manufacturing industry access global value chains by becoming more agile, innovative and productive?, how can manufacturers develop work force capabilities in partnership with industry and business to lead industry transformations and growth in the global context?.

The fourth industrial revolution will be established on trusted networks that remove the

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Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) radically transforms contemporary industry, but unlocking its significant value is challenging and cumbersome. The emergence of the new technology is creating new skills gaps, shortages and mismatches, especially for micro companies and SMEs, which are in inferior position compared to large enterprises in manufacturing sector to attract and retain the scarce digital talents. The European Commission has just funded a new Erasmus+ KA3 project aimed at creating a VET Network with a certification scheme for professionals, being IIoT developers or users or sales workers, and training them to adapt and adopt a new common framework of best practices of the modern IIoT know-how in order to be able to combine effectively the knowledge and fundamental principles from various areas of expertise of cutting-edge technologies in the IIoT sector and gain a competitive advantage in their carrier path.

The IIoTNET - “Industrial Internet of Things VET Network” project

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As VR, AR, MR are becoming increasingly important technologies, the VAM Realities project will provide answers to the most burning questions so that you can keep up with the speed of technology.

VAM Realities now just launched its website - the platform will be an information hub for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, and will feature gap analysis tools for HEIs and SMEs as well as a panel of leading European VR/AR/MR experts and other essential opportunities.

Find out more at https://vam-realities.eu/

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The following article highlights a few of the examples of how some of the Slovenian companies are tackling challenges of digitalisation in their production processes. These challenges can be seen in today’s products. Based on the data acquired from the European commission there have been 15 propositions proposed for digitalisation of the industry in the last years and 7 are still in the preparation phase. However, statistics show that European SMEs are lacking in the level of digitalisation compared to big companies that are relatively well digitalized. Iskratel is one of the many companies that is mentioned in the article as an example of a relatively well-digitalized company. Iskratel group was with the use of different informational system able to digitalize most of their production and business processes. However, they believe that digitalisation alone is not enough to attain the complete digital transformation. Because of that, they decided to propose a project of digital optimiza

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Digital society is the society of the future, which along with new opportunities also brings new challenges. The Post of Slovenia has for a decade been a part of the digital society thanks to their electronic services and their digital service PosiTa that is successfully simplifying digital business to many satisfied users. Classic postal services worldwide are plummeting. Because of that, the Slovenian Post Group is developing more advanced services that are competitive in the wider region, not only in Slovenia. Key areas that promise growth are package, logistics and information services and in addition to the classic postal services they provide also more complex individual solutions for comprehensive supply chain packaging. Logistic field as well as efficient IT solutions for their customers. The Director of sales and development of IT services is convinced that the Post Office of Slovenia has made the right decision by entering the world of digitization and developing their own da

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"Is everyone online?" For seven weeks, 28 fourth-year computer science students worked on their design skills in the minor User Experience Design (UXD). In the last four weeks, three of the seven groups focused on the user interface of advanced, smart machines. These assignments were submitted by companies HGG, JASA and JOZ, three machine builders in North Holland who are affiliated with the Smart Industry project TechValley. During the kick-off on 2 March, who would have thought that the students would present their results from their own student rooms, because of the corona outbreak?
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In January 2020, we have launched our new project on virtual, augmented and mixed realities, called VAMR*s. It is a project on "University business cooperation to promote virtual, augmented and mixed reality applications in small and medium-sized manufacturing companies." We are very excited to be launching the first EU-wide survey that aims to gather information about SMEs and their relationship with VAM realities. You can take the survey through this link (English)

Here is also a short video we have created from our frist partnership meeting:

 

For more information, follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and Instagram.

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Dear SMeART members,

I am contacting you on behalf of the ERASMUS+ project “Boosting Virtual Reality Learning within Higher Business Management Education” (https://www.vrinsight.org) to offer you the opportunity to promote any of your VR activities and/or projects in the European dissemination magazine Focus Europe. With this offer, there are no costs involved because they are all covered by the VRinSight project!

Focus Europe is published annually (please see https://www.enter-network.eu/about/our-publications), and in 2020 it is exclusively dedicated to EU projects dealing with VR use in industry and/or business management higher education studies.

The magazine will be promoted and distributed by the following means:

-) free download from several platforms and websites (reaching 10,000s of readers)
-) exclusive email distribution to more than 300 relevant stakeholders, experts and policy makers (including all relevant EU funding bodies and Members of the European Parliament)
-) full socia

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Here is an interesting interview with Paolo Guadagni, founder of The Visual Agency, one of the first companies dedicated to data visualization in Italy. He describes the work as a startup with strong ties to Politecnico di Milano for organizations which need someone to manage, analyze and explain data.

 

https://medium.com/the-visual-agency/the-dataviz-business-12cc94c7df9a

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Here you can find a crossword, in which Erasmus students, 2018/19: Elsa Michard, Alzbeta Nimrichtrova, Alberto Ramos Simon and Magdalena Wachnik try to highlight the various aspects of artificial intelligence in an interesting way. The article was created as part of Creative intelligence and innovation course at the Faculty of Management of the University of Primorska. It also contains solutions. Menthors: dr. Bojan Mevlja, prof. dr. Borut Likar.
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With the first international Smart Engineering conference at the FHM Bielefeld campus, which dealt with data evaluation in manufacturing companies and an intelligent design of the product life cycle, the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM) and its international partners officially concluded the project "Knowledge Alliance for Upskilling Europe's SMEs to Meet the Challenges of Smart Engineering". Altogether about 80 participants from eight countries took part in the conference.
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We have received more than 130 registrations for our confernce tomorrow (December 3rd)!

We are looking forward to welcome all of you tomorrow at 9:30 in the FHM Forum. Please take into account that there are no parking spaces at our own premises. In case you take your own car please use the Parkhaus Herrmannstrasse.

Regards,

Manfred Leisenberg

 

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Industry Day 2019

FVEM organized the second edition of the Industry Day. An event in which FVEM brought the industrial reality closer to the professionals of the future, young students of technological branches of first of high school and first professional training courses.

Around 1,000 students of 23 educational centres all over the country visited 33 industrial companies simultaneously on 6th November.

They got to know the reality of these companies, their technologies, production processes, their innovative capacity, job profiles, etc. In these visits they were able to get to know first-hand what the Industry of Bizkaia is like.

Youtube video: https://youtu.be/GA_05V8DK3c

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Enclosed, pls. find the article where students presented their view related to Artificial intelligence and the future of society

The contribution was created within the Creative intelligence and innovation course at the Faculty of Management of the University of Primorska. Authors-Erasmus students, 2018/19: Authors: Anamarija Radojkova, Yovanov Hristiyan, Sibel Imerovska.

Menthors: dr. Bojan Mevlja, prof. dr. Borut Likar

Artificial Intelligence - compete article

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Here is an interesting interview with Paolo Guadagni, founder of The Visual Agency, one of the first companies dedicated to data visualization in Italy. He describes the work as a startup with strong ties to Politecnico di Milano for organizations which need someone to manage, analyze and explain data.

 

https://medium.com/the-visual-agency/the-dataviz-business-12cc94c7df9a

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3635055025?profile=RESIZE_710xVRinSight is about educating higher education teachers about Virtual Reality (VR) in multi-user, social VR. This project tells you everything you need to know about applying VR in education.

VRinSight aims to usher in VR technology across the institutes of higher education by achieving the following objectives…..

  • Identifying the challenges faced by the SMEs of Europe and the current deficiencies of the Higher Education in relation to VR technology
  • Spearheading a VR training programme for Educators and SMEs in the application of VR technology in Business Management
  • Increasing awareness of VR technology across Higher Education and Business in Europe and develop methods of integrating VR learning into Higher education Curriculum

Recent developments in VR technology have already begun to reshape the world of business and industry of tomorrow. For European SMEs to remain on the competitive edge, the next generation of business graduates will need to be educated on the capabilities of VR technolo

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