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Sirris puts companies on the road to smart, connected products

The integration of ICT, electronics, and low-cost sensors means that products today are becoming capable of interacting with their environment. Furthermore, the use of such smart technologies allows totally new properties to be added to existing products. So there is little doubt about it: smart, connected products are the future. In 2016, companies wanting to harness this potential at an early stage were once again able to count on Sirris.

"The far-reaching developments in smart technology and connectivity also allow new functionalities to be added to existing products."

Projects in 2016

Mechatronics 4.0

In this project, which has been running since 2014, Sirris joins forces with partners Flanders Make and imec, with a view to accelerating the integration of smart technologies among Flemish SMEs operating in the manufacturing industry. The activities focus on five areas: low-cost sensors, wireless sensor networks, low-cost hardware and controllers, condition monitoring, and vision-based applications. We used masterclasses, case studies, and publications to help SMEs to acquire useful expertise and learn about inspirational best practices. Read more about the case of EcoNation or our masterclass on the Internet of Things in industrial applications.

iCity (IT research and development)

Along with Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), we launched iCity: a research and development project to boost IT R&D capabilities in the Brussels-Capital Region. Over the past year, we have been working on a new innovation lab that will explore the integration of hardware and software into smart applications. As part of this project, we also developed the Roomba demonstration robot, which shows how digital services can be linked to an existing product.

Current projects

Mechatronics 4.0

In 2017, we will be continuing our project with imec and Flanders Make and will be providing new masterclasses and cases studies in the key areas mentioned above. 


In 2017, our innovation lab will be officially opened, and we will be working on a new demonstrator.