Smart Connected Innovation Lab

The ever increasing integration of hardware and software offers opportunities for all stakeholders. As a product builder, are you ready to expand your hardware with digital features? Or, as a software developer, to make the link with physical products?

Such a fusion of hardware and cloud and application software requires specialist knowledge in both fields of expertise and a well-thought-out business approach. To support you in this context, Sirris gives you access to its Smart Connected  Lab: a melting pot of innovative demonstrators, state-of-the-art equipment and expertise.

The lab: a gateway to innovation, tools and advice

From concept to proof-of-concept and on to industrialisation, we evaluate the viability of your innovative idea, advise you on the possibilities and guide you towards the realisation of your innovative hardware and software integration project.

All the building blocks to that effect are at your fingertips in our laboratory. These would include hardware and software platforms that help you develop new smart products, technologies to connect an existing smart product with the cloud, and components allowing you to expand your digital services – such as front-end, back-end, or data analysis software.

We also give you access and guide you to relevant hardware and software tools, such as measurement and testing equipment, design tools, and software development and testing environments. Whenever possible, we use open source solutions. The lab is also a gateway to the extensive ICT expertise of Sirris, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Not only companies, but also students and researchers can leverage those resources to explore the potential for their specific applications.

What does this mean for your innovation process?

It’s totally up to you to decide how much detail of your project you want the project partners and their stakeholders to see.  For instance, you can ask Sirris to have them sign a confidentiality statement. 

Demonstrator: make potential tangible 

There are numerous advantages in merging hardware and software.  Do you want to make them tangible and apply them specifically to your product or service? Draw inspiration from a ‘demonstrator’.

By building demonstrators, Sirris explores the innovative potential of the hardware and software integration. This allows us to identify the potential, feasibility and possible shortcomings of e.g.:

  • digital servitization, which consists in expanding a product with digital services;
  • linked apps such as additional features for existing products;
  • wireless sensors such as data collectors for software products.

This generates demonstration tools and a well-founded knowledge database for companies seeking to integrate hardware and software. It is possible to take this innovative step with a tailored project involving one company or several partners.

Building demonstrators therefore makes sure common and recurring problems in integrating hardware and software are identified effectively. Demonstrators can also help study these issues. Some of the results include certain software modules, the lessons learnt from building a solution, knowledge about hardware and software, and so on.

The case of Roomba

Need an example? In 2016, the Sirris team launched a demonstration tool for companies seeking to expand their products with digital services. For that purpose, we integrated cloud, data and interfacing technologies into an existing smart product: the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner

Discover what the Smart Connected Innovation Lab could actually do for you. Call us on +32 498 91 94 57 or e-mail us at

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About Smart Connected Innovation Lab

The Sirris Smart Connected Innovation Lab stems from the project, which receives the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Running until 31 December 2020, aims to help Brussels become a leading hub for research and development, innovation and technological valorisation in the field of ICT. The project relies on the following partners to achieve its goal: Sirris, Agoria, Innoviris, Software.Brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and coordinator Université libre the Bruxelles (ULB).