inSSIght project unveil and promote new functions and advantages enabled by the integration of Smart Systems with existing products and processes.
As consortium partner of inSSIght, BLUMORPHO attract and involve user communities for smart systems integration by organizing interactive webinars and workshops to showcase the opportunities of SSI.

Webinar 1

Cybersecurity  and the Internet of Things (IoT) — Threats and opportunities

If all experts agree on the tremendous and promising development of the IoT, they also unanimously agree on the security challenges at stake. To reach its potential economic impact of $3.9 to $11.1 trillion/year (Mc Kinsey), the IoT companies and start-ups will first have to deal with privacy and cybersecurity issues. By now, 70% of IoT devices are considered as hacking vulnerable and by 2020, about one-quarter of enterprise attacks will have been initiated from IoT (source: Gartner). Those risks are definitively disincentive to the IoT market expansion and need to be properly addressed.

This webinar helps you to find out more about best practices and available solutions to deal with those challenges. Cybersecurity experts will be interviewed during this webinar to define:

  • What are the main cyber holes that are easy to attack and exploit?
  • What are the solutions currently addressed to solve those lacks?
  • How to turn cybersecurity threats into a business opportunity and at what level of the value chain?

Webinar outputs

When asked what were the main attacks that raised their interest and illustrates IoT security holes, our experts mentioned the MIRAI attack which demonstrated that IoT devices are not attacked for themselves but for the access their security weaknesses give to the all system. Billions of devices on the market can’t be updated anymore because such a functionally wasn’t even designed from the beginning. Too many devices offer paths to attacks the system. The management of keys and secret words is also another major security issue and blockchain could be a good alternative tool to manage the secrecy in each device.

But the weaknesses in cybersecurity policy is not only a technical one as manufacturers and developers are still not really aware of the risks they create. Unfortunately, although some progresses have been made, new products are still designed with a marketing point of view only regardless of security and privacy issues which come afterwards.

In order to prevent cybersecurity from hampering new societal and business opportunities, it becomes crucial:

  • to increase the system’ resilience ability by developing new security tools

If there is no unique and perfect solution, we can see that some industrials have already integrated mandatory security issues in their innovation process, relying on strong risks analysis. Considering the risk already identified, the best solution today may be a mix of hardware secured element and user authentication at the SE level. Furthermore, progress has to be made in the use of advanced cryptographic solutions. The development of blockchain technology is a way forward as it can offer highly secured applications for IoT developers.

  • to improve developers and consumers awareness concerning the risks of cyber-attacks

The return on investment for our societies and for entities investing in cybersecurity will come in the form of safety. Latest reports on the WannaCry attack’s cost talk about several billion dollars. « Cybersecurity is going to be the insurance policy of the next decade. »

  • to implement EU regulations to create minimum standards on cybersecurity and to impose data protection solutions to manufacturers

In September 2017, the EC adopted a cybersecurity package to further improve EU cyber resilience and response. Meanwhile several initiatives are working on a European cybersecurity standards. Increasing the security requirement will improve the quality of the products on the market. As there is no unique solution, security standards have to be carefully thought and designed for any sector and each application.

If you want to know more and get in touch with our experts, please feel free to contact us: uguen@blumorpho.com.

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Webinar 2

Boost your innovation in the biomedical sector with innovation acceleration programs

Health is our most important asset and smart systems can help the healthcare & biomedical industry extend the boundaries of knowledge and care. Advanced technologies will help those industries improve their efficiency and productivity. Smart Systems are paving the way to personalized medicine which has never seemed so close and we definitively need more innovation to come to reality in this sector.

After a presentation of the biomedical market and the inSSIght support in MedTech translation, funding opportunities and innovative concept products were presented to the audience.

Webinar outputs

The following paragraphs summarize the main questions asked to the key speakers and their answers.

  • What about the biomedical market for Smart Systems?

The impact of smart systems integration is already significant on our healthcare systems. However, the demand is increasing rapidly and the market will grow exponentially in the coming years. Software and sensors are now ready and offer huge opportunities.

All the actors involved in care are interested in their development as they enable:

  • better diagnostics;
  • better screenning;
  • better care.

Yole Developpement highlighted high growth market segments for smart systems in biomedical applications:

  • Lab on a chip: point of need testing
  • Lab on a chip: organ on a chip
  • Artificial organs: heart and pancreas
  • Medical robotics: minimally invasive surgery
  • What are the top applications you advice the smart community to have a close look at?

The main smart system integrated technologies that are already drastically changing our healthcare systems are:

  • decentralised testing based on microfluidics technologies;
  • labs/organs-on-a-chips;
  • artificials organs: pancreas, heart;
  • medical robots:
    • surgical robots;
    • rehabilitation prosthetics.
  • Do you consider smart systems help us to live healthier and longer?

All the speakers were convinced that smart systems will help us live healthier and longer because they are more and more powerful, offering huge opportunities for:

  • accurate diagnostic,
  • appropriate care;
  • new therapeutics;
  • improved observance.

Thus, Smart Systems are very promising for the sustainability of our healthcare systems:

  • they shall help us controlling – or at least optimizing – costs;
  • they shall facilitate access to accurate care.

A large majority of participants agreed on the attractiveness of smart systems for biomedical applications.

During the webinar, the following inSSIght WP7 and gateone-project demonstrators have been introduced in details:

  • Cardiovascular diagnosis;
  • Measuring bacteria in process Industry;
  • Implantable sensors, retina implant & hearing devices;
  • Lab on a chip, cultures in multiwells format;
  • Automated fluidic system for toxicity monitoring of MOC platform;
  • Elderly people assistance ;
  • Vital signs monitoring ;
  • Microneedles ;
  • Motion sensing for rehabilitation monitoring.

During the webinar, the need for Translation in Medtech has been highlighted.

In this respect, the role of inSSIght or the one of the Healthtech Translation Advisory Board was considered as crucial as they contribute to reduce the gap between medicine and electronic by providing elements of mutual understanding.

But most promising is ESTHER, the European initiative on Emerging strategic Technologies for Healthcare currently under final development. ESTHER will provide a platform for all technologies having applications in medicine and healthcare in a totally new holistic approach. It shall foster synergies, exploit cross-fertilization and address common major hurdles in medical translation. The final goal is to deploy in a coordinated way the full potential of many technologies for the benefit of patients and the society.

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Webinar 3

Enter into Sport revolution with innovation acceleration programs

According to Statista 2017:

  • revenue in the “sport & outdoor” segment amounts to more than 44 M€ in 2017;
  • revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2017-2022) of 11% resulting in a market volume of nearly 75 M€ in 2022;
  • the average revenue per user (ARPU) currently amounts to 105 M€,
  • from a global comparison perspective it is shown that most revenue is still generated in the United states (17,5 M€ in 2017).

Considering that smart and digital technologies are completely reshaping business model in the sport market, the attendees were invited to enter the playground of the Sport digital revolution with co-creation and co-funding programs.

Webinar outputs

The following questions have been raised during the interview to speakers:

  • How do you foresee the impact of smart systems and digital in sport?
  • What are high growing market segments in Sport 2.0?
  • What are the innovation drivers in the Sport 2.0?
  • Are smart systems generating new business models?
  • What are your key advices to innovate in the sport industry?
  • Does Sport 2.0 contribute to bridge Sport with Health through wellbeing and prevention?

The following paragraphs summarize the main output of the discussion:

  • How do you foresee the impact of smart systems and digital in sport?

New technologies offer new business models and it is sometime difficult to assess and understand the trend and issues at stake like the possible use of big data or of virtual reality for example.

EPSI is a professional European association which encourages networking between sport corporations, high tech companies, SMEs, universities and research organisations. It aims at supporting its members to have an accurate vision of the structuration of the sport digital industry and to get access to innovation funding opportunities. EPSI is collaborating with EpoSS to facilitate the emerging of the sport digital revolution.

In order to stimulate new concept products for the adoption of smart systems in the sport industry, the following demonstrators have been introduced during the webinar in focusing on key functions:

  1. Motion Capture:
  • wireless inertial measurement units;
  • smart insoles;
  • hand motion capture;
  • knee rehabilitation. 
  1. Performance monitoring (efficiency, physical & mental state).

Platform are available today offering:

  • wearable “medical grade” device including HR & SpO2, temperature and activity tracker data;
  • galvanic skin response;
  • evolution towards smart clothing and other equipment.
  1. Stress monitoring:
  • Data fusion and machine learning Algorithms for the identification and quantification of Mental State: Stress / relax
  1. Safety in outdoor sport.
  • How to generate new business models with the exploitation of smart systems?

MoovLab is a start-up providing connected gloves and equipment for fitness centre. This case study is demonstrating that new technologies offer new business opportunities. Created 2 years ago, MoovLab first aim was to measure efforts to improve the training sessions. It quickly appeared to the founding team that the issue was not only to design and promote the use of trackers for sport application. The concept developed today is to play fitness more than doing fitness. MoovLab evolved from tracker provider to a company designing circuit training and active games.

The MoovLab case study demonstrated although a lot of connected devices are commercialized today the expansion of IoT for sport will rely on the generation of new usages driven by valuable business models.

The education of the sport industry on smart systems’ benefit will contribute to support the Sport 2.0 market development.

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Webinar 4

Identify your EU funding solution to make innovation happen

An European Commission’s update on the upcoming calls dedicated to smart systems. IoT, smart manufacturing, smart agriculture, smart energy and smart mobility are all new businesses to embrace.
During the webinar, experts shared best practices and programs opportunities for European companies.

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Webinar 5

Impact of the GDPR on Smart Systems Integration: Privacy by design for IoT devices

The growing digitisation of our economy has created new need for data protection. The design and integration of privacy protection solutions in the engineering of smart systems and services is still a challenge ahead of us.

During this inSSIght webinar, Jérôme GORIN, Expert Engineer at the CNIL, will present the recommendations of Regulatory Authority on Data Protection whereby smart system providers must comply with the new “Privacy Impact Assessment” process.

Take the opportunity of this webinar to ask directly your questions to GDPR expert.

Webinar 6

Industry 4.0 — From smart system integration to smart people ecosystems

This webinar offers a comprehensive overview of the question by discussing the industrial evolution and its consequences in terms of business, skills management and social changes. Our experts will share their experience. Stefan Saller will discuss the impact of Industry 4.0 on smart systems through the presentation of major digitisation solutions and Cédric Nguyen will tell us what it takes for companies to engage in digitisation.

Webinar 7

23 October 2018 – 3pm (CET)

Michael Scholles (Fraunhofer IPMS) — Smart Systems in Medical and Health

Innovative technologies in healthcare have long been integrated into devices that treat acute or chronic diseases, and which affect vital prognoses or alter drastically the quality of life of numerous patients. However, tremendous progress in research fields such as bionic, biomedical, bio-sensing, bio-energy harvesting and low-power electronics for communicating securely and extending processing and memory capacities now offer completely new approaches that will radically change the way diseases are diagnosed, treated and followed-up. Healthcare systems face a huge challenge in providing the same level of care, in an appropriate, efficient and cost-effective way, to a burgeoning population. By 2030, the world population will have risen by 1.3 billion, the middle class by 3 billion; due to ageing, the world’s population in the age bracket 65 + is projected to increase by 436 million people and the urban population by 1.5 billion, who will require increased access to healthcare facilities and services. Digitization of healthcare is an answer to those challenges and Smart Systems will significantly contribute. The Automated Hospital with innovative solutions for diagnosis and therapy like automated sampling and biopsies, multimodal imaging modalities, automated monitoring of patients vital functions and automated DNA sequencing as well as the automated operating theatre with image-guided and robot-assisted surgery, exoskeletons and Smart implants is one, very prominent example. The same underlying technologies can be used for advanced point-of-care diagnostics, enabling the way to a personalized medicine. This webinar will give examples of Smart Systems in Medical and Health, will highlight the EPoSS activities towards the Automated Hospital, and will feature requirements and challenges in this context.

Webinar 8

30 October 2018 – 3pm (CET)

Thilo Bein (Fraunhofer LBF) — Applying smart systems to ensure the reliability of complex structures

Condition based maintenance (CBM) concepts are widely used in the industry and are also applied to modern vehicles. Since structural components are becoming increasingly complex, e.g. due to lightweight composite materials or as part of a mechatronic system, it is useful to apply CBM also to those parts. This requires the application of sensors to the components. The permanent instrumentation with systems for structural health monitoring is yet implemented for high performance structures, e.g. in military aircraft. Those rather expensive systems are not directly applicable to other markets like machine tooling or road or rail vehicles.

Modern products are designed with respect to loads derived from selective measurements on prototypes following pre-defined usage profiles. This should enable a cost-effective, energy-efficient and lightweight design. Of course, also safety aspects are regarded. Therefore, some misuse and worst case scenarios are included in the design, and structural parts are always oversized by a certain safety margin. Normally, this margin is never exploited, and at the end-of-life of the vehicle, parts are recycled which could be used for a longer period.

From many industrial sectors, the benefits of condition-based maintenance have been proven, which aim at optimizing maintenance intervals and using less spare parts. Those are most effective, if the actual condition of the part under consideration is monitored automatically by a sensor system. As modern materials and components of many products become are more complex and multi-functional, structural health monitoring becomes a relevant part of a condition based maintenance concepts. In contrast to current SHM solutions, the use of low cost smart sensors becomes essential to enable cost efficient solutions. The utilization of rather weak hardware and low communication bandwidth requires distribution of damage detection algorithms in the network and the application of efficient signal processing. For a fully autonomous operation, energy harvesting, e.g. from vibrations, is an interesting solution. Future work will have to include the application of energy efficient sensors, e.g. low power accelerometers, the optimization of energy harvesting systems, and the integration of the systems into long-term tests.

In this webinar, several relevant topics will be touched and examples for solutions will be discussed. This includes the specific requirements for the system design of a smart sensor network for SHM, the utilization of cost efficient hardware and the energy supply for wireless sensor nodes. Finally, a prototype application of a smart sensor network for a compact mobile system will be described.

Webinar 9

06 November 2018 – 3pm (CET)

Sven Rzepka (Fraunhofer ENAS) — Reliability and Functional Safety of Smart Systems

The rapid changes in the application fields mobility, industry, energy and other infrastructural domains (e.g., smart city) are made possible by new electronic systems that do not only offer highly smart functionalities but also provide them at a much higher level of system availability and functional safety.  In addition, the fast growth in system complexity must not lead to a longer development time or fabrication costs for the new products.  Therefore, a new set of methods and techniques have been implemented, which can boost the efficiency and the coverage of the reliability assessments to the level needed by these new application fields. Pro-active anticipation, assessment, and mitigation of potential failure risks is the key in this new strategy.  It rests on systematic studies of the system behavior during service life and the possible degradation mechanisms that may occur.  It aims at the optimum design right first time, in which the essential aspects of functionality, manufacturability, reliability and robustness are all covered simultaneously and without time-consuming experimental iteration loops.  This approach involves three distinct fields of activities:

  • Tests and Analytics – Physics of Failure
    Experimental reliability assessment by tests and analyses providing comprehensive coverage of the relevant failure modes at minimum time and effort
  • Virtual Techniques – Simulation
    Acceleration of the reliability evaluation and ‘Design for Reliability’ (DfR) in daily industrial practice by applying virtual techniques based on numerical simulation
  • Health Monitoring – Functional Safety
    Prevention of any unexpected failure by comprehensive health monitoring and field use assessments so that preventive maintenance can safely be triggered when needed.

The webinar highlights the activities in all three fields based on examples illustrating the new approach.

Webinar 10

13 November 2018 – 3pm (CET)

Harald Pötter (Fraunhofer IZM) — Robust wireless sensing

Using a practical example, the webinar will introduce you to the essential functional components of a wireless sensor system including the required software. This example, the monitoring of high-voltage power lines, explains how the requirements resulting from the application can be converted into a specification for designing self-contained sensors. Which requirements are important for self-sufficient operation and which parameters have to be specified?

The block system design describes the processes starting from the specification of the radio sensor up to the prototype. Various classes of self-sufficient sensor systems are presented and presented for these essential functional groups (control unit, radio interface, power supply, data handling) of self-sufficient radio sensors. The component characteristics essential for the sensor systems are named and explained on the basis of components available on the market.

The design of the firmware plays a central role in self-sufficient sensor technology. Due to the autonomous operation limited power resources and the demand for a low-energy operation on the one hand and the desire for high quality measurement and real-time on the other hand there are conflicting requirements that need to be merged by means of firmware. The webinar presents concepts for driver software of common microprocessors and explains the necessary interfaces for the integration of sensor-specific software.

The limiting factor in wireless sensor technology is often the power supply. Extensively discussed examples first deal with energy management. Advantages and disadvantages as well as the characteristics of energy storage are presented. Finally, possibilities of using energy from the environment (energy harvesting) are presented and discussed.

In addition to the power supply, the wireless interface decisively determines the functionality of a self-sufficient sensor system. In a first step, it will be presented on the basis of which considerations the design of the transmission link has to be made. The idea of established wireless sensor networks and evolving visions complete the considerations. The webinar will then pay particular attention to the selection and placement of antennas as well as the possibility of using low-power protocols to minimize the energy required for communication. At the end of the webinar, data handling and sharing will be briefly discussed.