Customer stories: Sweden Invests in Smarter Electronic Systems

“Smarter Electronic Systems,” an extensive new strategic innovation program for the development of smart electronic devices and systems was launched 2014 – mobilizing industry, academia and public sectors to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness within hardware and key enabling technologies. Acreo Swedish ICT coordinated the program.

Electronic devices and systems are significant export products as well as enablers of industrial growth and sustainable development in Sweden. Electronic devices and systems are found in just about everything, from coffee machines and cars to hydroelectric power and space stations. The innovation program aims to create growth for Sweden, and is led by a board with leading representatives from both industry and academia.

The program addresses a wide range of technology, such as micro- and nano-electronics, photonics, micro-mechanics, power electronics and embedded systems. It has been developed as a collaboration between Acreo Swedish ICT, the industry organization Swedish Electronics, Chalmers University of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Luleå University of Technology, PhotonicSweden and Swerea IVF. VINNOVA, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas have allocated 90 million SEK for the next three years, and the industry is expected to contribute equally, meaning a total investment of 180 million SEK.

“It is with great commitment and enthusiasm that I approach our work to help Sweden maintain and strengthen its position in the electronics field. Our goal is for Sweden to be a world-leading industrial country by 2025 - across all areas where we depend on advanced electronic devices and systems,” said Mats Odell, Chairman of the board for Smarter Electronics Systems.

In the beginning of 2015, the program granted nine innovation projects funding for development projects, including new biomedical devices and electronics in harsh environments.

A large number of companies and research organizations have shown their support during the preparatory phase. The application for launching the program included no less than 107 letters of support from small and large Swedish companies, universities and institutes. Eleven Swedish strategic innovation programs were launched, all part of the Government's Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

By sharing equipment, rather than installing unnecessary sensors, routers and other infrastructure in homes, we can see reduction in costs and environmental impact. The project aims to demonstrate that homes and buildings with multiple IT services can share infrastructure, and that an open service platform has the potential to make it much easier for third parties to develop new services.

The project’s partners: Bostadsbolaget i Göteborg, Mimer, Skebo, Riksbyggen, Förvaltaren, Micasa, SABO, Stockholms stad, Skellefteå kommun, Sundbybergs Stadsnät, Alleato, Inteno, There Corporation, Telia, KTC, Weevio, Manodo, Clayster, Verisure, Mälarenergi Elnät, Skellefteå Kraft, Swedish ICT (koordinator) with the institutes: Acreo Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT.

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