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

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  Blue Ocean  
   Digital Foundations
Advanced Broadband
Newfoundland & Labrador : Broadband is a challenge for large rural sparsely populated areas
Donegal : Actively working to ensure that Donegal's businesses and citizens are connected at work and at home with fibre, public wi-fi and the latest mobile technologies.
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
Donegal : Establish a working group on training spearheaded by ATU Letterkenny and pursue set-up of a Donegal Training portal related to digital skills.
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
Donegal : Work with universities in West, North West and Northern Ireland to increase the supply of the relevant digital research needed to support smart specialisation and target economic sectors
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.
   Smart City & Region
Smart Energy
Donegal : Transition to a low carbon economy via adoption of green technologies, smart energy management, renewables and energy efficiency
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Mobility as a Service
Public Services
Cantabria :
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).
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Spatial Planning
   Digital Innovation
Open Data
Open Innovation Test Beds
Donegal : Develop "living labs" in the key areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Public Services (Energy, Public Planning service) Blue Ocean and Tourism and Culture (VR). Leverage the Digital Hubs network (Blue Economy in Killybegs; VR in Gaoth Dobhair,....
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Digital Innovation Hubs
Donegal : Deliver a network of digital innovation hubs to support local communities, SME's, start-ups, remote workers. Pursue collaboration between Donegal Hubs. Develop advanced tech exposure & digital capacity of SME's & communities via the Hubs.
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Stimulate Digital Startups
Cantabria : Manufacturing (Chemistry & Metalic Transformation)
Donegal : Promote emerging disruptive technologies and local research projects to inspire local entrepreneurs as well as Digital entrepreneurs amongst diaspora
Industry 4.0
Donegal : Improve support for introduction of Advanced manufacturing techniques into relevant sectors in Donegal. Identify companies who can benefit and bring I4.0 to them.
Research Procurement
Cantabria : Professionalisation (Life & Health Services, Food Production), New Research & Development Groups ( Manufacturing - Chemistry), Export/Import (Manufacturing - Metalic Transformation)
University in Innovation
Cantabria :
Donegal : ATU to work with the public and private sectors in the County for demonstration & piloting of disruptive digital technology, aimed at potential entrepreneurs and existing companies
Grow Existing ICT SME Cluster
Donegal : Improve the level of business between Donegal's existing small ICT companies and other sectors.
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Transform Traditional SMEs
Donegal : Focus support interventions to assist non-digital SME's to adopt the more advanced disruptive technologies (e.g., online selling)
Circular Economy
Remote Working
Donegal : Implement the actions in Donegal's Remote Working Strategy to increase the number of digital remote workers, entrepreneurs, startups and existing tech companies with a presence in the County.
Innovation ecosystems
Donegal : Establish or adapt innovation ecsosystems to support digital transformation initiatives in the current or emerging context
   Digital Transformation Technologies
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Cantabria : Manufacturing (Chemistry & Metalic Transformation)
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Data Analytics
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Cantabria : Autonomous Vehicles (Blue Ocean, Manufacturing (Chemistry & Metalic Transformation)
Gaeltacht : Establish VR applied research initiative with 3rd level as basis for innovation in the blue ocean and performing arts sectors.
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Donegal : Develop local talent pool. Increase understanding and capabiltiy of business and community.
3D Printing
Cantabria : Manufacturing (Metalic Transformation)
Virtual Reality (VR)
Donegal : Develop VR/AR resources in the region and leverage to empower businesses and community to explore the potential benefits
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)
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Internet of Things (IoT)
Cantabria : New Factory Layouts (Automotive), Manufacturing (Chemistry & Metalic Transformation), Long Range Sensors (Food Production)
Newfoundland & Labrador :
Core ERNACT regions
Newfoundland & Labrador
South Ostrobothnia
Upper Franconia
West Romania
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom