The Product of the future will be smart and connected

Technology is evolving at a breakneck pace. No matter how good an idea is, if you don’t future-proof your products you can quickly find yourself falling behind.

A product of the future...

... will clearly provide added value for its users by making smart use of technology to serve these users.
... is a connected product, complemented with internet-based services.
... will become smarter, more useful and possibly more autonomous over time, both for its users and for the manufacturers of the product.

How to create the product of the future?

By making products connected to software outside the physical product borders the previously separate worlds of software and physical products are converging. This converging world will require complementary skill sets, to integrate the best of both worlds. Mastering these complementary skill sets will be a key element for success.

"The evolution towards smart, connected products also disrupts value chains, forcing companies to rethink and retool nearly everything they do internally."

Michael E. Porter & James E. Heppelmann

At Sirris, we combine the expertise of about 50 experts in physical products with that of our 20 experts in software engineering and data innovation to help you tackle the following challenges:

1. Design of smart connected products

Smart connected products are made possible through the great improvements in processing power and device miniaturisation, and by the network benefits of ubiquitous wireless connectivity. They require, however, an integrated approach for designing digital and physical products and their connection with their environment:

  • Physical products on which up-to-date processing technologies, advanced materials and design tools are used to optimise properties and functions
  • Data exchange and digital functions enabling the digital valorisation of the physical products 
  • Smart connected products as part of a whole system, while influencing each other

2. Industrialisation of smart connected products

The industrialisation of smart connected products is a new challenge, whether you belong to the software industry or the physical product industry. You'll need to extend your technical knowledge, find new ways of collaboration with partners and modify your internal structure.

3. Design intimacy at scale

Designing intimacy at scale mainly targets builders of digital (connected) products and is primarily aimed at the value delivery and capture components of these companies' business models. The goal is to develop new tactics for value delivery and value creation by using digital technology.

Two main tactics can be applied:

  • Micro Care maximises revenue and margins for an individual user over time based on a continuous and customer-intimate service relationship between user and provider.
  • HyperScale focuses on maximising the market share for a niche segment based on a scalable, online and real-time acquisition and servicing channel between provider and (potential) customer.

Do you want to know more? Read 'Hyperscale and Microcare'.

Our service to the industry

Everything you need to design, industrialise and bring your smart connected product to the market:

  • A pool of experts in relevant disciplines, such as smart, light or micro-products as well as software engineering, mechatronics and data
  • a strong network, both with academics and industry
  • Several field-labs for quick evaluation of the feasibility
  • A holistic view covering the whole value and technological chains
  • An up-to-date knowledge of the key technologies and processes 
  • A successful and proven track record of business cases
  • Different demonstrators illustrating key challenges and opportunities

Once it is developed a future-proofed product brings new challenges: manufacturing will require adaptions to the production site, which will need to transform to a Factory of the Future, which will also have an impact on your business model. Here too, the Sirris experts can help you.