Digitizing Businesses: Smart Anything Everywhere Workshop

Within two hours, UK SMEs and further participants got access to European actions for SMEs and received information about funding, infrastructure and competencies. Additionally, first hand advice on how to get involved was provided by the speakers.

Smart phones, smart watches or smart TVs are just a few of the new products that are entering our daily lives. The functionalities of more and more objects are increased by digital components hidden inside. Smart offices can turn off the lights when everybody left, or a car can perform active safety and break automatically when it notices an obstacle. As an answer to these new changes, the European Commission proposed the creation of a ‘Smart Anything Everywhere’ (SAE) Initiative.

Within the SAE initiative, four Innovation Actions strive to involve more than 200 SMEs and midcaps in the field of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Systems Integration (SSI) and provide those SMEs access to technologies developed at major European research and technology organisations.

During the workshop participants had the opportunity to meet the four projects that help SMEs to digitize their products and enter new markets. The Innovation Actions informed the audience about the success stories and how the different projects help European SMEs. Additionally, potential future involvements of UK based SMEs were discussed and need to be evaluated as a next step.

sae_logo-final13th September 2016
9 am – 12:30 pm

Digital Catapult Centre
101 Euston Road
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Presentations and speakers

  • Introduction to Digital Catapult – Claire Tonna, Digital Catapult
  • Introduction to Smart Anything Everywhere – Géraldine Andrieux Gustin, CEO, BLUMORPHO
  • EuroCPS – Olivier Thomas, Research Engineer, Project Leader, CEA
  • CPSELabs – Dr Ken Pierce, Research Associate, Newcastle University
  • gateone-projectRégis Hamelin, CTO, BLUMORPHO and Professor Zulfiqur Ali, Dean of Teeside University’s Graduate Research School
  • Smarter-Si – Régis Hamelin, CTO, BLUMORPHO

Euro CPS logo

A network of design centres boosting and initiating synergies between SMEs, major CPS-platforms and competency providers to capture the emerging markets of IoT products. 30 experiments initiated and led by SMEs.



CPS engineering infrastructure, knowledge and tools for realising novel CPS-based products and services. The CPSELabs marketplace provides an open forum for sharing platforms, architectures and SW tools for the engineering of dependable and trustworthy CPS.


gateone-project-1Innovation service for European smartization by SMEs. 20% of bioelectronics technologies. 50 small scale experiments to deliver innovation concepts as demonstrators with SMEs engaged in the testing phase.


Smarter SI logo

Smart access to manufacturing for systems integration. To develop a RTO Community Foundry Model (CFM) that will accelerate a wider deployment of SSI with greater access to design, manufacturing capabilities for prototyping, early validation and first production for SMEs to exploit in niche markets (low volume high value).


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 15.0054 and also by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Project ID: 644856