Innovation pact in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg
Innovation pact in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg strengthens one of Europe's foremost high-tech regions
Boosting innovation and collaborating across different sectors – these are the key principles behind the innovation pact adopted in the Nuremberg European Metropolitan Region. The pact connects regional companies’ expertise to research institutions so that synergies can be harnessed efficiently. By taking an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, new ideas are born. The aim of the package is to boost innovation in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, securing its future as a hub for business and science, while raising the region’s economic and technological profile.
From digitisation and the travel and transportation of the future to driverless cars and new healthcare models, companies and research institutions from the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg are powering innovation and successful business. The region is synonymous with seven different knowledge-based, export-oriented technological sectors: information and communication, medicine and healthcare, energy and the environment, new materials, automation and production engineering, transport and logistics, and automotive. As the pressure to innovate, particularly in high-tech sectors, grows ever more intense, the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg has identified a core objective of boosting innovation among the businesses based here by enabling the seven key sectors to develop shared solutions in socially relevant fields of activity. These are: networked production, digital health business, intelligent mobility and sustainable energy systems. The innovation pact for the Nuremberg European Metropolitan Region is a key tool in bringing together the business and science communities in these fields.
Tangible results have already been achieved thanks to cooperation with the seven technology clusters in the Nuremberg European Metropolitan Region: Automation Valley Nordbayern, Center for Transportation & Logistics Neuer Adler e.V., ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V., Kompetenzinitiative Neue Materialien, Medical Valley Europäische Metropolregion Nürnberg e.V., Nürnberger Initiative für die Kommunikationswirtschaft NIK e.V. and OfraCar Automobilnetzwerk.
In order to generate new innovations for the “hospital of the future” concept, an open innovation competition was launched in 2016 by Medical Valley EMN, ENRGIEregion Nürnberg and Neue Materialien (KINEMA). Entrants were invited to submit their ideas and proposals around the themes of a “feel-good atmosphere”, “digitisation” and “antibacterial materials”. Three winners were selected from the many submissions and project groups: In the category “Creating a feel-good atmosphere in the hospital of the future”, the cSouris project presented by Edmund Pracht and Alexander Herfurtner was ranked in first place. This project proposes the use of ultrasonic sensors in flush-mounted light switches to save energy while also improving quality of life for patients and staff. The winner of the category “Antibacterial surfaces in the hospital of the future”, Christian Michael Gnerlich, developed an antibacterial self-cleaning film that adheres to a wide variety of different surfaces and can therefore easily be applied to existing fittings and equipment. In the category “Digitisation in the hospital of the future”, the winning entry was a concept developed by a research group at Technische Hochschule Deggendorf entitled “MobiCare LBS – Smart mobile assistance system for intensive care using location based services”. Using an assistance system based on computer vision technologies such as augmented reality and cognitive computing, patients are supported during everyday tasks by means of patient-specific settings and process flows. Two of the ideas submitted in the “Antibacterial surfaces” category are also going to be developed further, with new start-ups poised to implement them in practice.
Experts from across Europe came together at the Integrated Plant Engineering Conference (IPEC) in March 2017 to discuss the future of system design and the industry standard. Organised by Automation Valley Nordbayern, VDI Bayern Nordost and VDE Nordbayern, this was the third international conference devoted to Industry 4.0 issues. As well as providing an opportunity for research bodies and companies to meet and discuss the relevant issues, the event was also used to present the interdisciplinary project “ENGINEERING 2050 - Cyber Engineering Objects (CEOs)”: During open discussions, delegates from the creative community and representatives of the engineering industry were able to work together to develop forward-looking solutions. The theme of the next IPEC, to be held in Nuremberg on 14 March 2018, will be “networked production” with delegates from across Europe gathering to discuss “Engineering and business in the cloud”.