Many companies that build physical products are increasingly aware of the potential of smart(er) products and the Internet of Things, and are exploring what this can mean for their product and business. Easier said than done.

For a large part of the last three decades since its development, a hyperspectral imaging (HSI) system was assembled from assorted bulky components. The past few years has seen HSI reducing in size and weight, such that smaller hand-held portable and lightweight cameras for unmanned aerial vehicles are commonplace.

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is a passive, non-invasive technique that detects reflected light. Combining the high-spectral information from the camera with artificial intelligence software, HSI is used to analyse and detect features in the spatial images. Thanks to its potential, its application domain is growing.

Many companies wanting to make their products smart and connected are looking for the right development approach. There is no such thing as a golden bullet. Together with Fraunhofer IEM and with the support of VLAIO, Sirris has set up a collective research project: AddSmart. The project aims to develop a practical guide to help companies get started with the conceptual development of their smart connected product.

Sirris recently published the WatSlim project, an e-book guide about smart connected products. This guide is an answer to questions and needs faced by product builders during the development of these products.

We can no longer imagine life without connected products. Lots of companies manufacturing physical products, are wondering - and quiet rightly so - whether smart connected products are also their future and if and when they should make a move. Why is cooperation essential? And what about product management and risk control?

Are you an SME and do you develop innovative solutions for the food industry? If that is the case, you may be eligible for financial support from the S3Food project for innovative projects in relation to smart sensor systems.

We can no longer imagine life without connected products. Lots of companies manufacturing physical products, are wondering - and quite rightly so - whether smart connected products are also their future and if and when they should make a move. It seems risky not to invest, while investing incorrectly is also wrong.

More and more smart connected products pop up around us and more technology is available on the market to make smart internet-of-things (IoT) solutions. Many companies that build physical products wonder whether and when to take which steps. They are faced with numerous challenges such as creating added value and devising an attractive value proposal.

More and more smart connected products pop up around us and more technology is available on the market to make smart internet-of-things (IoT) solutions. Many companies that build physical products wonder whether and when they should take steps.