Digital Transformation and Smart Specialisation
Find out more about digital transformation and smart specialisation priorities of the ERNACT regions

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   Digital Foundations
Advanced Broadband
Newfoundland & Labrador : Broadband is a challenge for large rural sparsely populated areas
Derry & Strabane : Work with government, telecommunication companies & academia to deliver the high speed broadband infrastructure needed for people & organisations: IoT network coverage, 5G Mobile, high speed for rural areas, local business
Ljubljana : Infrastructure to support Smart cities and smart villages projects. Special attention to digital infrastructure (5G, IoT) in agriculture.
Gaeltacht : Cooperate with Ireland's national broadband plan to prioritise and maximise the rollout of high speed broadband in Gaeltacht areas listed in the plan.
Digital Skills
West Romania : Upgrade of Tier 1 & 2 (Automotive) + vocational training in emerging industries; DIH, EEN - upskiling to exploit ICT technologies in all smart specialisation sectors and boost digital transformation of SMEs;
Ljubljana : - Collaboration in Pact 4 Skills; Prediction of future skills needed; Programs for digital skills for companies, public administrators and local authorities. - Advanced ICT training, covering all the topics in this document in Ljubljana partner
Gaeltacht : Flagship language learning project based on close links with TG4 resources + virtual reality platform aimed at all Gaeltacht population + distinct communities in that. This could be conceived with Basque, Finnish & Slovenian language interests
Digital Research
Derry & Strabane : Work with government, research bodies and industry to increase the level and quality of research in key sectoral areas
West Romania : E-Austria Research & Development (ICT Center of excelence); Vest University of Timisoara, Polytechnic Univeristy, regional mutinationals, ETA2U innovation and Technology Transfer Center
Gaeltacht : Initiative to influence the digital research priorities being conducted in NUIG and the Institutes of Technology on the West coast (Tralee, Limerick, GMIT, Sligo, Letterkenny) to ensure it meets priorities in Gaeltacht targeted S3.
North West City Region : Rationalise investment in digital research across the 3rd level sector in the North West City region
Upper Franconia : Knowledge transfer, training, and research with regional business and stakeholders within the fields of AI,VR/AR, Robotics, Interaction design, Hypertext (information & knowledge management),Market research, digitalisation health and social economy
   Smart City & Region
Smart Energy
Mobility as a Service
Public Services
Ljubljana : All kind of digital public services
Derry & Strabane : Develop and pilot smart city solutions using appropriate technology such IoT, Open data, AI, VR to create better public services
Intelligent Infrastructure
Gaeltacht : Create a smart performing arts zone attached to an existing gTeic hub Continue to develop the the smart seabed potential resulting from Marine Institute/NUIG/Smart Bay and link it to Parc na Mara marine innovation centre (gTeic to be setup there).
Derry & Strabane : Develop pilots across the district and act as an exemplar in areas such as smart parking, lighting, buildings management, waste management,crowd management, flood management
Spatial Planning
Ljubljana : For concrete needs of the municipalities
   Digital Innovation
Open Data
Ljubljana : Open data for smart public services on regional and national level.
Derry & Strabane : Develop an open data action plan to stimulate innovation & entrepreneurship
West Romania : ICT Cluster. RDA West, public-private partnerships
Open Innovation Test Beds
West Romania : Development of centers of competences at county level covering entire West Region; Support the development of regional test beds of stakeholders (i.e Nokia Garage)
Gaeltacht : Develop open innovation test beds in blue ocean, language, performing arts (TG4), music
Digital Innovation Hubs
West Romania : Start-up Hubs (Digital - Large Tech); CIT Cluster, Competence Centers, Innovation Agency
Derry & Strabane : Promote the City's network of Hubs/tech parks & improve their digital innovation capacity. Develop a network or rural innovation hubs to bring digital innovation & entrepreneurship to rural towns and villages
North West City Region : Develop and promote the regions digital hubs/tech parks & improve their innovation capacity
Stimulate Digital Startups
Cantabria : Manufacturing (Chemistry & Metalic Transformation)
Derry & Strabane : Increase the number of spin-offs by technology transfer, collaboration between research centres & entrepreneurs, test-beds.
Gaeltacht : Target startups and inward investment company's in VR, digital creative, event, media, broadcasting, gaming.
Industry 4.0
West Romania : Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) cooperation (test before invest, good practices, case studies)
Research Procurement
West Romania : ICT Cluster
University in Innovation
West Romania : Digital Innovation Hub, Regional Innovation Agency
Ljubljana : Support and increase knowledge transfer
Derry & Strabane : Develop the links between the City's Research centres and local business to act as a catalyst and innovation enabler
Grow Existing ICT SME Cluster
Derry & Strabane : Implement an innovation programme to create more jobs, start-ups & new ventures via digital enterprises
West Romania : Support SMEs explore new business mdoels, new applications of latest technologies (ie.AI)
Transform Traditional SMEs
Derry & Strabane : Stimulate adoption of digital transformation approaches by the traditional business sector by supportive interventions
Circular Economy
West Romania : Pilot projects and test beds for ICT technologies that enable circular economy business models
Remote Working
Innovation ecosystems
   Digital Transformation Technologies
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Ljubljana : - Applicative use of AI in smart cities and smart villages - AI ethics research, new digital skills to broaden economic inclusivity (Mapping approaches, needs of regions, industry sectors, society)
Derry & Strabane : Capacity building / piloting to evaluate the implications of incorporating AI into public service development. Increase local AI/ML talent pool .
Data Analytics
Ljubljana : Data analytics for better desicion making
Gaeltacht : Establish VR applied research initiative with 3rd level as basis for innovation in the blue ocean and performing arts sectors.
3D Printing
Virtual Reality (VR)
Ljubljana : The use of VR in industry settings
Gaeltacht : Establish VR applied research initiative with 3rd level sectors and TG4 as basis for innovation in the blue ocean, tourism & culture (language and performing arts - music and drama)
Derry & Strabane : Develop VR skills & a competitive advantage for the tourism sector by developing new augmented visitor attractions and festival experiences that leverage the city's rich history and built environment.
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Upper Franconia : Application in production, learning environments Interactive designs
Internet of Things (IoT)
Ljubljana : Smart cities and smart villages contexts - digitalisation in agriculture
Derry & Strabane : Develop IoT pilots within open data initiative for areas such as energy, environment and tourism.
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Core ERNACT regions
Newfoundland & Labrador
South Ostrobothnia
Upper Franconia
West Romania
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom