Are you taking advantage of the Digital transformation?

Nowadays, the exponential growth of technological advances is causing disruptions and continuous changes at a global level. The impact these changes are having on industry is also affecting on the strategies of managers, those responsible for R&D&I departments, etc.

The digital transformation we are undergoing is having an impact on the processes, strategy and culture of companies. In this regard, some conclusions drawn from a survey conducted by KPMG in 2017 stated that:

  • Companies do not know how to implement and deploy digital transformation in their own processes.
  • Digitalisation is seen as a phenomenon that generates tactical benefits, such as cost reduction, etc., but they are not aware of its actual benefits.
  • There is a lack of knowledge about what kind of technology a company can use to cope with digital transformation.
  • Organisations are showing increased interest in cognitive automation (also known under the phenomenon of Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence).
  • The main barriers to these changes are often related to a lack of strategic vision, uncertainty about where to start the process towards digitalisation, lack of technology profiles or digital skills among the workforce.

In the absence of organisational capacity and/or culture to understand the impact these technologies are having on businesses, it becomes even more important to understand some of the wide range of existing disruptive technologies out there. For instance, the Internet of Things and Data Analytics are already being exploited to bridge the gap needed to achieve productivity goals and improve customer experience. The use of Artificial Intelligence and robotic automation software to manage transactions is making it possible to predict customer needs.

In this sense, we understand the relevance of preparing companies for the digital transformation and how to face the challenges posed by the technological disruption we are experiencing. Therefore, it is necessary to educate and train new generations of students in these areas, hence the importance of the DTAM project, which aims to do exactly that. 

Our training course on Digital Transformation Technologies is on its way to being pilot tested. Stay in the loop as we are going to be sharing more exciting news very soon.

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Collaboration between Industry and the Academic world in the Cybersecurity Field

Within the digitalization strategy of Politeknika Txorierri, Jokin Goioaga, the Electricity and Electronics department coordinator, accompanied the cluster formed by Cybasque (group Gaia) and Basque Cybersecurity Center in a trip to Cardiff (Wales), alongside a group of professors and ICT managers of several Hetel centers.

The aim of the trip was to get to know the cybersecurity ecosystem formed by the education centers, institutions and specialized companies. During the visit they met with the regional government representatives, the University of Cardiff representatives and the managers of the companies Thales and Purecyber. Moreover, he had the opportunity to attend the launching of a partnership event between Airbus and the University of Cardiff about excellence in socio-technical cybersecurity.

Currently, Wales is considered one of the most important innovation poles in cybersecurity. In this aspect, it is worth mentioning the collaboration between the public and private sectors, and the proximity between the companies of the sector and the academic institutions, as this assures outstanding professionals, according to the necessities of the industry, that help develop this sector in Wales.

Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap

If you have indeed being following our project development for a while, you already know we are very dedicated on addressing the Manufacturing Skills Gap. DTAM is meant to attend to this problem, by designing and delivering a strategic integral online methodology, offering a flexible multidisciplinary modular training with access for learners to a network of remote IoT labs linked to various industrial sectoral processes (thanks to differing regional industrial focus offered within the partnership).

Yes, it’s a complicated issue as there are many reasons creating and enlarging this Manufacturing Skills Gap. Sectoral associations, companies, regional and EU policymakers and educational institutions are aware of the need for initial and adaptive training for both operational and ICT technicians to face the emerging technological and digital transformation inherent in evolved manufacturing processes.

There are many reasons contributing to the Manufacturing Skills Gap and while we can easily blame the technological advancements we are witnessing like AI and Robot based automation, there are also clear mismatch in the perceptions of both businesses and their employees like false job expectations and even “simple” things like retiring professionals. According to industry leading product value management company Propel, the skills gap issue “revolves around the labor market being unable to find workers who have the manual, operational, and highly technical skills, knowledge, or expertise to take the open positions”. The article also specifically stresses out the importance of upskilling current workers as one of the ways of fixing the skills gap (read the whole article here) and that is indeed very true.

According to CEDEFOP 2 in 5 EU workers find their skills not fully used at work. The European skills and jobs survey (ESJ) also discovered a more troubling trend where “around 26% of EU adult employees have significant skill deficits (their  skills are much lower compared to those an average worker needs to be fully proficient in their job) leaving much scope to improve skills and  productivity. According to the same ESJ survey, “more than one in five adult employees in the EU have not developed their skills since starting their job”.

Manufacturing companies, which make up 8,9% of the EU economy (EUROSTAT May 2019), recognize that the emerging reality not only requires specialized engineers but also a trained pool of skilled operative technicians capable of understanding, installing, configuring, transferring data and securely maintaining the high end digital technology which connects and controls manufacturing – now called Advanced Manufacturing.

The above is especially true when it comes to SMEs, as 99% of EU companies are SMEs and are key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation, and social integration in the EU (Source – NACE Sectoral Analysis of Manufacturing 2016).

Source: Unleashing the full potential of European SMEs

Manufacturing SMEs are forecast to increasingly need adequately trained OT technicians with digital competence. New initial VET training is required, as well as reskilling and charted self-learning pathways.

Industry and VET providers need to meet this clearly identified skills gap for which the design of a quality curricular solution based on, and validated according to EU standard accreditation guidelines, is pressing. VET/HVET providers require a flexible, well-designed curriculum in digital competence at the right skills level that will reinforce regional industrial competitiveness in the global market and their own educational offer, enabling both sectors to generate knowledge and employment and to contribute to the welfare and prosperity of regions, in line with territorial, European and international agendas.

The Digital Transformation in Advanced Manufacturing – DTAM project aims to create and provide innovative curricular training (reskilling and upskilling opportunities) in digital transformation competences for the advanced manufacturing sector (AM), for mid-high level IT and OT technicians at EQF Levels 4-5 +. The DTAM partnership will design and deliver an innovative curriculum in key enabling technologies and transversal competences for AM. The integral DTAM curriculum will prepare:

  • ICT technicians to approach and understand digital technology in relation to AM processes and machinery (how to install, configure and monitor cyber physical intelligence and tools in AM environments)
  • Robotics and Automation (or other OT) technicians with the ability to understand and manage digitalisation tools and the most advanced AM technologies for secure deployment and maintenance.

It’s now been two years since we’ve launched our project and we are almost done with our key milestone i.e. the DTAM training course. Interested in the checking it out? Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t skip on this or the rest of good stuff coming up in the next months.

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Boosting the technical and non-technical skills and competences of Smart Cities technicians and engineers

According to estimations, till 2050, two thirds of the world population will live in towns, consuming more than 70% of energy and emitting just as much greenhouse gases. As the population of cities grows, the demand for services but also pressure on resources will grow. This demand puts a strain on energy, water, waste, and any other services that are major for the prosperity and sustainability of a city.

A Smart City is an innovative city that uses ICTs and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects. The global market of Smart Cities is expected to grow from $410,8 billion in 2020 to $820,7 billion by 2025 with 14,8% compound annual growth rate. This growth is driven by the increasing demand for public safety, rising urban population, and growing government initiatives. Smart Cities contribute to the EU objectives towards social fairness and prosperity, empowerment of people through digital technologies, as well as the objectives of the “European Green Deal”.

Smart cities utilize data and deploy services using advanced technologies, such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things to offer new and enhance existing services, as well as, to provide context-aware views on city operations. Their development is highly complex and challenging and requires technicians and engineers from the public sector and industry equipped with skills and competences that are currently in short supply. Thus, given the dynamic nature of Smart Cities, their workforce need to be reskilled/upskilled by acquiring new and transferable skills and knowledge.

The SMACITE project aims to address the Smart Cities skills gap by designing and testing a vocational education and training program. The program will use a novel and multi-disciplinary curriculum combining digital skills on Smart Cities enabling technologies with soft, entrepreneurial, and green skills.

The expected project results are:

  • A Smart Cities competences map and ESCO-compliant Smart Cities job profiles.
  • A Smart Cities curriculum combining both technical and non-technical skills and competences and promoting personalized learning pathways.
  • Learning resources for Smart Cities enabling technologies and for building the soft, entrepreneurship and green skills of Smart Cities technicians and Engineers.
  • A diagnostic tool to identify personalized learning pathways.
  • A MOOC for Smart Cities enabling technologies.
  • Virtual Worlds for building the soft, green and entrepreneurship skills of Smart Cities technicians and engineers.

The main project beneficiaries are Smart Cities technicians and engineers, either from the public sector (i.e. municipalities) or enterprises providing Smart Cities solutions, as well as HEI and VET students interested in Smart Cities.

The SMACITE consortium brings together 12 organizations from Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, and Belgium that represent different stakeholders that share a common vision: Higher Education Institutions, Vocational Education and Training providers, Associations of IT and Technology Enterprises, Public Sector Organizations, and a Certification Body.

SMACITE is a 3-years project (01/06/2022 – 31/05/2025) coordinated by the University of Patras (Greece) and co-funded by the European Union (Project Number: 101052513).

Do you want to learn more about the project? Visit www.smacite.eu and follow the project on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

Don’t Trip Over Your Digital Footprint

Do you think that when you delete your internet browsing history, your searches are not saved? Unfortunately, the news is bad for you and for all of us. Every time you use the internet, a trail of data known as your digital footprint is left behind. The footprint is also known as a digital shadow or an electronic footprint. Information such as the websites you visit, email communications, and general information you submit and circulate online constitutes your digital footprint. There is always the danger that one can track a person’s actions and gadgets on the Internet using their digital footprint [1]. According to studies [2], computers are better at assessing your personality qualities than your friends, family, and even your partner when they have a sufficient number of Facebook likes. Researchers have determined the typical amount of likes artificial intelligence (AI) requires to make psychological assumptions about you as correctly as your partner or parents using a new algorithm. According to the researchers, as this technology advances, these findings may cause privacy issues.

At this point, let’s look at the dangers of digital footprint. Keep in mind that whatever you post online can be screenshotted and distributed. It’s challenging to know what information social media and comment boards retain about you and who may access your digital trail, even if you erase anything on your end. Bullying and harassment are common problems affecting many members in any group (school, work, etc.). Anything published on the internet can be saved and shared, with the intention of harming the person to whom the information relates. Thus, those who seek to harass or threaten others might do so by obtaining information from a digital footprint. Another serious issue that users face on the Internet is scamming. It becomes simpler for predators to gather the information they may use, to try to con you or others through identity theft and other scams the more personal information you provide online. Moreover, the damage to the reputation is an even more significant problem that none of us can afford to ignore. Your name may be looked up online, and your digital footprint can be accessed by potential employers, educational institutions, and others. Your prospects of getting a job or getting admitted into schools and universities may decrease if what they discover paints you in a bad light [3].

It is crucial to have information on this specific issue so that people are able to know the dangers and also to protect themselves from online threats. The European Digital Learning Network (Dlearn) has conducted great research on the importance of awareness in this matter [4]. The findings demonstrate that there is still confusion over concerns linked to digital footprints. What is clear at this point is that there are still gaps that need to be addressed, particularly in describing simple precautions that can be taken and emphasizing the significance of an online behavior code that can reduce the risk to our personal reputation and activities.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe while surfing the web [5]:

  • You should not forget that the internet is a public space, the information you share may be visible to a wide audience and may be permanently recorded.
  • Always make sure you filter in your mind before posting anything online.
  • Also, your personal details (passwords, name, bank accounts, date of birth, address etc.) should not be shared publicly.
  • You can take a simple test to check what information has been shared on the internet about you. Just google your name and examine the results. If you find something you don’t like, remove it if you can.

Consequently, we should always be mindful of what information we share on the internet, to avoid unpleasant situations and falling victim to hackers.

Finally, it is never too insignificant or too late to stay up to date with your privacy!

References:

[1] “What is a Digital Footprint?” https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/definitions/what-is-a-digital-footprint (accessed Jul. 27, 2022).

[2] W. Youyou, M. Kosinski, and D. Stillwell, “Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., vol. 112, no. 4, pp. 1036–1040, Jan. 2015, doi: 10.1073/PNAS.1418680112.

[3] “Your Digital Footprint and Privacy: What You Need to Know – Troomi Wireless.” https://troomi.com/dangers-of-digital-footprint/ (accessed Jul. 27, 2022).

[4] “Digital Footprint Awareness A European survey to analyse EU citizens’ understanding of digital footprint”, Accessed: Jul. 27, 2022. [Online]. Available: www.dlearn.eu

[5] “Digital Footprint – BulliesOut.” https://bulliesout.com/need-support/young-people/cyber-bullying/digital-footprint/ (accessed Jul. 27, 2022).

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Digitalization in the textile and apparel manufacturing industry

The textile industry plays a crucial role in the global industry. The global textile market size was valued at USD 993.6 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% from 2022 to 2030 [1]. Increasing demand for textile supply chain over years turned this industry to implement a vertically organized, sustainable value chain which was being aided by trends such as sustainability and digitalization. The textile industry works on many major principles and processes which require digitalization implementation in their sector.
Prior to high demand and fast fashion trends in the textile industry, the adoption of digitalization is one of the greatest opportunities that help the retail sector. According to findings by van et al (2022) [2], IoT-based WMS can be used to manage a complex and integrated supply chain network by modeling it into simpler structures that are equally understandable by the developers, as well as the business owner. The prototype system integrated with the IoT was successfully deployed within a textile factory’s warehouse which helps in the enhancement of system efficiency by the installation of the scanner to efficiently track the goods status hence reducing in time taken in storing goods in the inventory and easy the updating process for a good recording. The smart warehouse system can keep track of their orders and shipments at any time during the order booking till the checking out of the product from the inventory. This gives it an edge over traditional warehouses with no IoT integrated.
On other hand, digitalization also has been incorporated into the newest smart technology in the textile industry. Smart textiles consist of discrete devices fabricated from—or incorporated onto—fibers. One of the applications of smart textile is a fully operational 46-inch smart textile lighting/display system consisting of RGB fibrous LEDs coupled with multifunctional fiber devices that are capable of wireless power transmission, touch sensing, photodetection, environmental/bio signal monitoring, and energy storage [3]. The systematic design and integration strategies are transformational and provide the foundation for realizing highly functional smart lighting/display textiles over large area for revolutionary applications on smart homes and internet of things (IoT).
Smart textile-integrated microelectronic systems (STIMES), which combine microelectronics and technology such as artificial intelligence and augmented or virtual reality, have been intensively explored [4]. Several main aspects are covered: functional materials, major fabrication processes of smart textile components, functional devices, system architectures and heterogeneous integration, wearable applications in human and nonhuman-related areas, and the safety and security of STIMES. The major types of textile-integrated nonconventional functional devices are sensors, actuators, displays, antennas, energy harvesters and their hybrids, batteries and supercapacitors, circuit boards, and memory device. Through sensory application, NADI X, a pair of yoga trousers with built-in sensors that vibrate to bring users into alignment as they move through various yoga positions, include digital capabilities that facilitate communication between retailer and client [5]. As we enter step the new industrial revolution, global retail decision makers are willing to use the Internet of Things to enhance consumer experiences. Digitalization helps textile industry in many aspects of things.

DTAM projects will help many other industries aiming to implement digitalization in their organizations and more professional people will be trained to cater the demand. 
 
References
[1] Pandey, D., Retail Marketing: A Critical Analysis.
2020.  
[2] van Geest, M., B. Tekinerdogan, and C. Catal, Smart Warehouses: Rationale, Challenges and Solution Directions. Applied Sciences, 2022. 12(1): p. 219.
[3] Choi, H.W., et al., Smart textile lighting/display system with multifunctional fibre devices for large scale smart home and IoT applications. Nature Communications, 2022. 13(1): p. 814.
[4] Shi, J., et al., Smart Textile-Integrated Microelectronic
Systems for Wearable Applications.
Advanced Materials, 2020. 32(5): p. 1901958.
[5] https://www.wearablex.com/pages/how-it-works

 

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City of Talents

To teach young students about the nature of today’s professions and those of the future, this is one of the objectives of the ‘City of Talents‘ orientation project promoted by Apro Formazione and its guidance counsellors.

The project was born with the idea of improving middle school students’ and teachers’ perceptions of the professions, and Apro Formazione decided to propose an industrial computer lab to raise awareness of what an IoT systems technician does, a profession that will increasingly require specialised personnel in the years to come. The aim of the project was not only to present the opportunities offered by the VET world, but also to provide information on high schools and universities that allow access to these professions at different levels.

The activities, divided into several mornings of intervention on different classes of the local middle school, involved the teacher, Stefano Antona, who impersonated an IoT systems technician, presenting the peculiarities of this professional figure.

He started by answering some of the students’ questions – “Do you have to know English?”, “What are the working hours?”, “Do you have to be extrovert?”, “Do you have to relate to other people?” – which made it possible to outline some of the key characteristics of the profile and the transversal competences needed to carry out this profession.

The meaning of IoT was then illustrated, with many practical examples of the application of these technologies that the students may have already encountered: smart home appliances, smart cities, home automation control systems….

A number of exercises were then proposed to be carried out within the DTAM-IoT laboratory, using the Raspberry-pi and the sensor and actuator kits provided by the DTAM sector alliance. Programming was carried out using Scratch software, so as to be able to work on a visual interface that is easy to interpret. The focus was on methodologies that can enable a desired function description to be conveyed in a code composed of functions. The motto of the exercise? ‘If there is a big problem that is difficult to solve, break it down into many small problems that are easy to solve’.

The proposed exercises were completed using a playful Play and Code approach, also using the cute kitten that Scratch provides for coding. The aim was to help the kitten cross the road. To do this, the work was divided into two phases: firstly, it started by managing three actuators (red, yellow and green LEDs) to simulate the lights of a traffic light and manage the timed sequence that alternates the three colours. In the second phase, the programme had to manage the kitten’s movements so that it would stop at red light, go at a normal pace at green light and start running to reach the opposite side of the road at yellow light.

 

The children were enthusiastic and took an active part in the proposed activities, showing great attention and seriousness, good analytical skills and a lot of curiosity. An auspicious experience for the future of IoT!

 

AFM Cluster R&D&I Projects For Advanced Manufacturing

Our partners from AFM continue to be a benchmark entity in R&D&I for machine tooling and advanced manufacturing, as evidenced by its participation in 7 HAZITEK projects with the Basque Government-SPRI during 2021. The projects address topics as interesting and relevant to the sector as digital transformation through new configurations of the digital value network, generation of added-value services in the sector, flexibilisation of manufacturing systems and improvements in Robot-Human interaction.

AIAM – Research in Technologies based on Artificial Intelligence (IA) and 5G to develop new solutions in advanced manufacturing equipment.

The purpose of the AIAM project is to make strides in the digitalisation process and advance towards incorporating systems to optimise the health of machines and processes, acting on machine and process parameters in real time. This is being done taking advantage of the opportunity provided by two significant enabling tools, i.e. the rollout of 5G networks in manufacturing settings, and Artificial Intelligence applied to decision-making in machine activity and processes

DIGIVaCh – Data science for collaborative operation in the VALUE CHAIN of advanced manufacturing through smart and interoperable management of DIGITAL models

The aim of the DIGIVaCh project is to research and generate knowledge about data exploitation in the value chain using interoperable hybrid digital models, fed with both internal and external data, which are managed intelligently, and which offer solutions to real problems arising during production, notably increasing the competitive edge of companies and leading to the development of innovative products and advanced services that position them and their value chains at the forefront of their sectors.

FLEX24/7 – Research on Technologies for devising ultra-flexible and self-configurable Manufacturing Systems that ensure an utterly agile and modular production.

Project FLEX24/7 proposes to create manufacturing systems as a combination of self-managing and interconnected, smart, autonomous functional blocks in order to meet the manufacturing needs of its industrial clients with customised modular solutions that can be easily reconfigured and bring together flexibility and agility. Under this strategic vision, the aim is to minimise efforts and costs when integrating the elements of the manufacturing system and developing and perfecting its global control, maximising the reuse of sufficiently tested and validated shared functional blocks in different manufacturing lines and cells.

R2M – Flexible and Reconfigurable Manufacturing systems based on Robot-Machine Collaboration

The R2M consortium proposes to research manufacturing systems based on robot-machine collaboration, with the aim of offering flexible and reconfigurable solutions, the value proposition of which for the client is to avail of multi-functional, resilient manufacturing systems with future evolution possibilities, without incurring in re-engineering investment costs. All of the activities have been co-financed by the Basque Government and the European Union through the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

EDGE4FoF – Research into balanced hybrid EDGE and Cloud architectures for the Factory of the Future

The EDGE4FoF project seeks to develop a new benchmark architecture in Edge/Cloud Computing to generate innovative products and services capable of automatic load balancing to offer solutions to the factory of the future.

SMARTCON – Integration of digital identity and BlockChain to create value-added services based on Industrial Smartcontracts

SMARTCON aims to research and develop digitalisation solutions that will enable machine tool companies to maximise the added-value of their current industrial products, optimising efficiency, availability, interoperability and the quality of their resources, maintenance services, design and manufacturing processes, as well as creating innovative business models for their multiple customers and suppliers in the new global digital ecosystem of the processes industry.

SSI4.0 – Sovereign Digital Identity and Data Sovereignty in Industry 4.0

SSI4.0 is all about experimental research and development of technologies for reaching a new realm of digitalisation, optimisation and enhancement of industry, focusing on building relationships of trust between players and systems within the industrial ecosystem, as well as managing the sovereignty, integrity and confidentiality of the information exchanged by these (credentials, designs, production data, etc.).

All actions have been co-financed by the Basque Government and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 (ERDF).

All these project require digital competencies and DTAM will help to develop them for the current and future workers. DTAM Training Course will consist of approximately 25 training units on digital and transversal skills relevant for IT and OT technicians in AM environments that contribute to the major areas of Industry 4.0 and the foreseen sections of Big Data, Machine Learning, Sensors and Cybersecurity.

Stay tuned to learn more about that in the coming months.

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The importance of Digital Transformation in the Education System

Enabling technologies are increasingly bursting in and are present in all areas of our lives. In the case of the education system, it must not only adapt, but must also be an active agent of change and innovation. The entire educational community (students, teachers, families, educational institutions…) must take ownership and know how to take advantage of all the opportunities offered by enabling technologies for teaching, learning, communication and creativity.

In this sense, the DTAM project proposes the incorporation of some enabling technologies within the educational level of Vocational Training, with the aim of improving and diversifying teaching and learning practices, and development of new digital competencies.

We know that the current education system faces multiple challenges. One of them is its adaptation and transformation not only in terms of pedagogy, but also in terms of work organisation, infrastructure and governance. In this context, the transformation of the education system must be driven by experimentation and the use of digital environments to improve institutional and pedagogical practices. Under this premise, the DTAM project also offers a virtual Lab in the field of IoT in which both teachers and students can experiment their processes, designs and developments of new prototypes. Some other challenges include:

To ensure a successful transformation of the education system for the digital age, the education system must take action by playing an active role in the digital revolution, equipping both teachers and students with the right digital skills. So, in the case of the DTAM project, we see that it is a strategic project that can drive the digital transformation of the education system in the area of Advanced manufacturing.

Moreover, the DTAM project also addresses the two key strategic priorities of the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan (2020), in order to adapt education and training systems to the digital age, given that:

  • Encourages the development of a high-performance digital education ecosystem: through the pooling of infrastructure, connectivity, user-friendly and secure tools, and high-quality learning content between different project actors.
  • Enhances digital competences and skills for digital transformation: through the development of advanced digital skills that generate more digital specialists.

So basically, quite a lot to be done in a three year project. Essentially, here’s what you should expect from us:

  • The DTAM teaching methodology and training program.
    In this activity, we aim to create:

    1. Digital Transformation Skills Index in the field of digital transformation to help students evaluate their knowledge and identify areas for improvement;

    2. A dedicated training methodology with pedagogical Tools for DTAM Curriculum such as a Course Guide for VET Staff;

    3. Methodological Guide (a reference to Challenge Based Learning, IoT labs, WBL and transversal competences),

    4. Interactive exercises (answer guide for VET staff), and

    5. An Assessment methodology with certification and accreditation guidelines;

  • The DTAM Training course. In this key project activity the partnership will create the second important milestones of the project:

    1. An innovative training curriculum with topics of utter importance for the Advanced manufacturing education like Big Data, Machine Learning, Advanced Sensorica, Cyber Security,  Transversal Competences.

    2. Furthermore, the training course will be complemented by a variety of learning challenges for key modules linked to characteristics of various partner IoT labs.

    3. Finally, the training course will also be aided by a dedicated e-learning platform to host the DTAM OER, IoT hub and integrated feedback /tracking tools.

  • The DTAM IoT Hub. The idea behind this activity is based on the need to have a center for sustainable cooperation for various stakeholders, including students and teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals developing IoT products and services, buyers from private organizations or public administration, and end users. Through the creation of the DTAM IoT collaboration hub, access to training content and materials will be provided for all national and international stakeholders.
  • Pilot testing. Prior to the official presentation of the DTAM training course, a pilot test will be conducted to validate the training methodology, the training curriculum and the training content

Finally, we would like to emphasize that we are convinced that the integration of digital technologies into the education system will not only transform our educational institutions, but will generate learning environments that ensure an education consistent with the demands of today’s world, that enables everyone to participate fully, that promotes equity in our society and that fosters professional development in order to respond to the profiles of the future in the knowledge society, and we believe that the DTAM project will contribute to achieving all of this.

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Second face-to-face meeting for the DTAM partnership

On March 9 2022, it was our partner Apro Formazione’s turn to host the DTAM partnership for our second transnational project meeting in the beautiful town of Alba, Italy.

Needless to say, the DTAM project partners worked intensively for three days, defining the contents of the training materials that will be tested in the different training centres. The technicians also tested for the first time the functioning of the DTAM IoT (Internet of Things) laboratory, interconnected at European level, by entering inputs from three different countries and obtaining a shared result.

The next step DTAM project leaders wanted to take, was to make the connection between all the mock-ups. Currently, there are 4 identical mock-ups in 4 different countries: Greece, Holland, Italy and Spain. They initial idea was to create several VPN-IPSEC between the 4 mock-ups, but unfortunately without success.


Then our partners from Apro proposed that, perhaps we can make one VPN-IPSEC per mock-up to one firewall that is in the Sarenet Cloud, where a server that they use is connected. Actually, to connect to that server they use a VPN-SSL connection. With the VPN-IPSEC connection, they would stop using the VPN-SSL and the connection between mock-ups will be managed in the firewall. Sounds too techy? Well then just remember that in early April 2022, the VPN-IPSEC between Da Vinci College (Dordrecht, the Netherlands) and the firewall located in Sarenet Cloud was made, but only this time successfully. 

The third and last day was an opportunity for discussion with local companies and universities like B&B Automation SRL, Spin SRL and the University of Eastern Piedmont (UPO), who offered their point of view on the work carried out within the project and proposed ideas for improvement in order to encourage the alignment of activities with the actual work environment and tertiary education. We sincerely thank them for their cooperation and support!

Next up is our third face-to-face meeting which has been scheduled for the end of June 2022. Stay tuned for more updates, as we are now going into the piloting phase of the project and we will be coming back with some more news about that in the coming months!