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Which challenges does the project 4STEPS target?

4STEPS project is addressing the main challenge of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) as a tool towards a new, digital industrial revolution holding the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, mass customisation, increased speed, better quality and improved productivity and its development is supporting the RIS3 in the target regions in the different sectors.

SMEs in the target regions are lagging behind in the adoption of innovative tools and solutions proposed by I4.0 revolution and need to increase transnational collaboration in facing this challenge.

Which objectives has the project 4STEPS?

Main project objective is to support the successful RIS3 implementation applying the I4.0 to all the industrial sectors identified by each region. The innovative elements of 4STEPS will be the methodology applied based on the involvement of all the actors of the quadruple helix, thanks to a bottom-up approach.

SMEs will be the main target and they will be involved via the CE network of the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH)– including also the relevant stakeholders of the R&D sector, governance actors, society thanks to a holistic approach. 4STEPS will lead to an improved level of innovative and productive methods and application of I4.0 thanks to a Catalogue development of main possible services offered, a Technology Maturity Level Index development, Transnational Action plan and the creation of the Digital Innovation Hubs, tested during the pilot actions.

What is the duration of the project? 

1. 4. 2019 - 31. 3. 2022

Which partners cooperate on 4STEPS project?

CZECH REPUBLIC: DEX Innovation Centre

HUNGARY: Pannon Business Network Association

AUSTRIA: Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences

ITALY: CNA Emilia Romagna + RE:Lab s.r.l

POLAND: Regional Development Agency Bielsko-Biala

SLOVENIA: Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia

GERMANY: Virtual Dimension Center

Where to find more information about the project?


Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF)