AIOTI, BDVA and EFFRA signed on 27 March the Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum to align their activities, roadmaps and outcomes. These declarations come two years after the launch of the Digitising European Industry (DEI) initiative and are a key step towards more collaboration between different European partnerships.

Two years after the launch of the DEI initiative, industry and policy makers get together at the DEI Stakeholder Forum 2018, an event co-organised by the European Commission and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance to show the progress made so far in digitisation of European industry and ensure that collaboration and financing efforts continue in the coming years and after 2020.

Within this context, the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), on one side, and the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) and BDVA on the other side, signed bilateral declarations to join forces towards common goals. These partnerships bring together key players in the development of new technology building blocks that will shape the way we live and work, such as new data analysis methods, smart sensors, robot arms, 3D printers, etc.

In the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) on Big Data and Factories of the Future, BDVA and EFFRA represent European industry and research. AIOTI is the key European alliance which brings together public and private actors in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT).

With the two bilateral declarations, the associations agree to cooperate in developing roadmaps, papers, pilots, events and other joint activities that can accelerate the use, integration and value creation of advanced digital technologies like 5G, High-Performance Computing, Cloud, IoT, Big Data, Edge Computing and Artificial Intelligence.

BDVA and AIOTI agreed on addressing international standardisation committees in a collaborative way, combining resources to develop skills and competencies in Big Data and IoT, and providing technological and entrepreneurship training initiatives.

The agreements show the importance of joining forces and mobilising resources while looking beyond the boundaries of business or technological areas. This cooperation will maximise the impact on digital technologies across full value chains through working towards common goals.