Industrial Internet and the rise of cross-cutting Digital Platforms

Industrial cross-cutting platforms allow actors across value chains and sectors to use and benefit from industrial internet markets. A variety of such platforms exists and shapes an ecosystem to ensure that any industry in Europe, large or small, in whatever location and regardless of industrial sector can fully benefit from digital innovation – the main mission of the Digitising European Industry initiative (DEI). 
The implementation of the DEI initiative is being supported by working groups, one of which targets digital industrial platforms across value chains in all sectors of the economy. This working group should ensure the integration of the various activities and the involvement of the Member States, regions and industry 
This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges of industrial platforms in selected vertical sectors, such as agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing and will explore the extent to which it could apply to other sectors of the industrial internet such as heavy equipment & machinery, transport and logistics. Some of the speakers were involved in the activities of the working group on industrial platforms and will report on the achieved results.

Detailed Workshop Outline


Opening speech Raph Crouan (Startupbootcamp)


Panel presentations

The speakers will address the following topics:
• Digital platforms addressing data sharing, federation and interoperability 
• Digital platforms to empower business transformation and support new eco-systems
• How Digital Platforms could boost the vertical sectors
• What could be the way ahead in the European context

• Luis Perez-Freire (Gradiant)
• Rob Smeets (Philips)
• Juha Pankakoski (Konecranes)
• Yves Gigase (ECSEL Joint Undertaking)


Panel discussion


Wrap-Up session - Raph Crouan (Startupbootcamp)


Luis Perez Freire

Executive Director, Gradiant (Galician R&D Center in Advanced Telecommunications)

Luis Pérez Freire is Executive Director of Gradiant, the Galician R&D Center in Advanced Telecomms, since 2015. He received the PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Vigo, Spain, in 2008. Before joining Gradiant in 2009 he was a visiting scholar in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and a postdoctoral researcher in the Security Labs of Thomson R&D (now Technicolor) in Rennes, France.
Luis has participated in numerous R&D projects, many of them in collaboration with the industry, to take innovative ICT technologies to the market. He is currently leading Gradiant as the regional champion to drive, through applied R&D and innovation, the digital transformation of the key industrial sectors of Galicia.
Luis is leading since 2015 the working group on smart farming and food security of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI), a not-for-profit industrial association promoting innovation through the wide adoption of IoT technologies.

Raphael Crouan

Startupbootcamp IoT - Founder & CEO

Raphael is the Founder & CEO of the Startupbootcamp IoT Program based in London :
With a background in Sales, Marketing & Strategic Business Development (Apple for 14 years / Gemalto), he’s a senior Adviser & Investor in various companies (Undagrid / Beasts of Balance).
He’s been an active speaker in multiple conferences around the world, most recently around IoT & Hardware investments.

He’s also :
* A Founding Board Member & Chair for the SMEs in the AIOTI (Alliance for IoT Innovation) at the European Commission.
* An adviser to MakerWharf, a community of Maker Spaces between London / Palo Alto & China, created by Lord Nat Wei
* A Founding Board Member of the French IoT Think Tank
* A Founding & Advisory Board member of the UK French Tech Hub

@raphcrouan ∣

Juha Pankakoski

Konecranes Plc, Executive Vice President - Technologies

Juha Pankakoski (b. 1967)

Juha Pankakoski is the Executive Vice President, Technologies and Chief Digital Officer in Konecranes Plc. He is also a member of the Group Executive Board.

Konecranes Technologies organization is responsible for innovating, researching, creating, supporting and evaluating components, modules, and concepts used in product designs and configurations, solutions that make our products smarter & connected with their surroundings, and IT tools and services that Konecranes provides to its customers and uses to run business processes.

Juha Pankakoski has worked at Konecranes since 2004. He has previously held several management positions in business operations and development at Konecranes, both in Service and Equipment.

Juha has a M.Sc. (Eng) degree and an eMBA. Before joining Konecranes Juha worked in telecommunications and IT.

Juha spends his free time with the family, and enjoys endurance sports, reading and singing.

Rob Smeets

Philips, EU Programme Manager

Drs. Rob Smeets received his Master degree in Economics in 1995, at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, with a specialization in International Economic Affairs. After graduation he worked with PNO Consultants as European grants consultant, specializing in building R&D consortia and writing applications under the Framework Programmes. In 2006 Rob joined Philips Research, where he is currently responsible for informing and consulting the Philips’ R&D community on participating in Horizon 2020. His expertise in mainly in the area of medical technology (healthcare and medical imaging systems) and hospital informatics. Furthermore, Rob represents Philips in several industrial associations and Public-Private Partnerships, such as Digital Europe and the Big Data Value Association (BDVA).