Research, Development & Innovation

Strengthening technological competence – expanding R&D and innovation

The working group identifies fields of action and measures for R&D and innovation to increase technological competence in the field of Industry 4.0, related to production and production-services in Austria for both technology providers and technology users. Enabler technologies such as the development of cyber-physical (production) systems, assistance systems at the human-machine interface, big data analysis, cloud technologies, additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printing processes, robotics, „intelligent“ materials, encryption technologies, etc. play an essential role.

Activities focus on strengthening value creation networks and methodologies. Particular attention is paid to Austrian technology fields such as mechatronics, IT security, sensor technology, virtualization, modeling, etc.

Promoting business model innovations

Another goal of the working group is to sensitize and activate companies to use digitization as a lever to increase efficiency. The digital economy also opens up new services and innovative business models and thus new, previously untapped value-added potential. This includes a better penetration of digital trends and opportunities, as well as a deep understanding of how the rules of competition in the digital space are changing in order to optimize, adapt and develop new business models.