The AMI-4-SME Project
The AMI-4-SME project is aiming at a "Revolution in Industrial Environments" - Finding new technological and organisational approaches to enable Manufacturing SMEs to use Ambient Intelligence Technology for Systemic Innovation. The next revolutionary step in process innovation in industry is to radically innovate the whole industrial working environment, by focusing it upon the main actor in industry: the human actor, and by applying emerging systemic innovation approaches. The application of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) Technology can be considered as a key enabler to achieve such advances in the working environment. And especially SMEs need to be systematically enabled to actively take part in this revolution.
You can download a project flyer, providing a short description of the project and its results.
What to achieve by the AMI-4-SME project?
- Easy reusable technological solutions - AMI-4-SME Building Blocks - enabling to realise intelligent features in manufacturing processes.
- A coaching oriented methodology, for supporting SME type organisations in the systemic innovation of their processes.
Which benefits can be achieved by using the project results?
- Focusing on business process improvement by eliminating weak points, which are jeopardising the achievement of strategic business objectives.
- Understand the specific potentials of diverse innovative technology features for SME type organisations.
- Understand how to successfully introduce both organisational changes as well as supporting technology.
- Understand where AmI technologies offer potentials to optimise the interaction of human operators with their working environment.
- Facilitating the integration of existing heterogeneous systems as well as with new technology.
First project results and more information can be downloaded via the results page.
To verify the achievement of the expected business benefits for SMEs, the project incorporates 5 business cases realised by manufacturing SMEs.
Whom to ask for support?
- Especially the RTD as well as technology vendor partners are providing consultancy in their field of expertise.
- You may directly contact a partner of your choice or send an email to the project coordinator, who will forward your request to the most appropriate partner organisation.
- You may also find interesting information on our Links page.
How to contribute to the project work?
- We are aiming at bilateral cooperation in the scope of an RTD cluster.
- You would like to cooperate with the consortium? Great, please send your request for collaboration to the project coordinator and we will get in touch with you.
When did the project start and what's the schedule?
- The project started at October 1st 2005 and is planned for a duration of 36 months (up to September 30th 2008). You will find more information about the project rational on the following page.
Where to meet the consortium?
- We are regularly organising project internal meetings. Moreover, we are attending diverse events throughout Europe.
- Please refer to the news page or send a request for a meeting to the project coordinator, who will organise further arrangements. However, you may also directly contact a project partner of your choice.
Who is carrying out the project work?
- We are a European consortium of research & consultancy organisations (ATB, CARSA & DERI), ICT vendors (PRO DV, Softronica & Telefonica) and manufacturing SMEs (Brüggen, OAS, Sidhean, Silcotec, TNS, TRIMEK).
- The headquarters of the project consortium are located in Germany, Ireland, Poland and Spain. The partners have additional offices in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
- Moreover, we are in collaboration with Australian partners from Melbourne and Sydney.
International Cooperation - IMS Dimension
- Manufacturing has to incorporate both global competition as well as global cooperation, to find new markets and to learn from the best. Therefore, in the scope of the IMS Programme, AMI-4-SME, cooperates with the InAmI project and partners from Australia(Melburne & Sydney).
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