SMART-SPACE

Digital Innovation to meet Alpine social & economic challenges

Progress of Slovenia in digitalization 

Digitisation in the world plays an increasingly important role in conjunction with the growth of the economy. Thus, it is very important that regions and countries recognize the importance of social competences and challenges as one of the key factors for the success of digitization in due time and manner.

The European Commission recently published the most recent report “Digital Economy and Society Index” (DESI). The report measured the relevant factors regarding the progress of digitization of European countries and it notes that Slovenia and Slovakia have made the biggest progress in 2016.

The index is composed of the following 5 parameters:

  • connectivity (prevalence of physical and mobile broadband connections),
  • human resources (using Internet, basic and advanced digital knowledge and skills),
  • the use of the Internet (using the content, communications and online transactions by citizens)
  • integration of digital technologies in business (digitisation and online store), and
  • digital public services (e-Government).

 

According to the report Slovenia ranks at 17th place just below the average of EU countries just behind the Czech Republic and France and is considered one of the medium-successful countries. Index is led by Denmark, followed by Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. At the end range of the index are found Croatia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania.

Compared to previous years Slovenia has made significant progress especially in the parameter “integration of digital technologies in business, in which Slovenia finds itself above the EU average.  

Slovenians are involved in various online activities and they are also improving digital skills and knowledge. Number of internet users grew and reached 73 per cent – however the EU average is 79 percent. At last 53% of inhabitants possess the basic digital skills. The EU average in this parameter is 56%.

In terms of connectivity Slovenia is not making sufficient progress. Connectivity still remains below the EU average mainly due to slow transition of the use of fast and mobile broadband as prices of fixed-line connections operators remain quite high. Considering this parameter Slovenia’s rank has been lowered for 6 places (from the 20th place to the 26th place).

The fact that companies understand the need for digitalization in their processes is clearly shown by the fact that Slovenia jumped from the 13th to the 7th place in this parameter. The efforts are especially evident in introduction of electronic invoicing, the use of RFID (radiofrequencies identification) and the number of companies participating in the cross-border online sales.

Increase in the use of e-invoices is also a consequence of changes in public sector institutions, which is mandatory from 2015 on. However, sales within the SME companies has declined by 3 points from 15th to 18th place.

 

Compared to the previous year significant improvement has been made by re-use of public sector information particularly through open data usage and availability.

The report notes also that the transition to e-Government is still too slow, as well as that the implementation of digital public and services is not advanced sufficiently. Despite the efforts made by the national authorities in the introduction and implementation of e-services, the indicator clearly shows that the citizens do not use e-services, to a sufficient extent. This represents one of the major challenges which Slovenia will face in the future.

Whit similar problems also encountered in the companies, during the deployment of digital services in the business, so in addition to the digitization process it will be necessary in the future to include their employees and clients in the preparation of the digitisation process.

To the process of digitisation and to the involvement of stakeholders from government institutions to enterprises, with its  SMART SPACE, BIFOCALPS, 3DCENTRAL and CARE4TECH project also contributes Technology Park.

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PROVAGLIOD’ISEO.Tutto nasce dalla necessità. Con più di 200 container in entrata e 2.800 clienti da soddisfare, la Saccheria F.lli Franceschetti doveva fronteggiare un grande problema interno per lagestione della merce. Il bisognodiessere più efficientinel controllo delle scorte, spesso semplicemente sprecate, e di contenere i costi dell'hardware, ha fatto sì che la direzione spingesse percreare internamente una soluzione che si connettesse con i loro servizi legacy.

Con Google. Appoggiandosi alla piattaforma cloud di Googleè natocosì"EliWms",progettoseguitopassoperpasso nelsuosviluppodall'amministratore delegato Luigi Wilmo Franceschetti, sistema di gestione del magazzino che utilizza Google App Engine e rende possibile amministrare tutte le merci, dall'arrivo del container fino alla consegna del cliente, lungo tuttala supply chain utilizzando solo una connessione Internet. Nelpienospiritodelladigital transformation "Eli Wms" sfrutta a pieno le potenzialità fornite da tecnologie facilmente reperibili in commercio, tablet e lettori di codiceabarre,opportunament eintegrate con il software.

Il robot volante. Altra peculiarità del sistema made in Provaglio d'Iseo è l'uso di un drone all'interno degli spazi di magazzino: dotato di uno scanner, il robot volante è in grado di scandagliare tuttii pezzi presenti sugli scaffalied effettuare periodiche analisi d'inventario al fine di ridurre al massimo gli sprechi, di beni così come di tempo per gli operatori.

Un'idea concretaa che Afil ha voluto premiare, anche perla comunanza con i diversi campi di ricerca dell'associazione. Sono otto le porte che il cluster ha aperto sul futuro del manifatturiero avanzato, otto progetti di respiro europeo per immaginare un nuovo modo di produrre e di lavorare.Con Digit-T si vuole portare l'Industria 4.0 anche nelle Pmi, anche le soluzioni cyber fisiche integrate (progettoBEinCPPS). Smart-Space è invece stato pensato per promuovere la cooperazione dell'eco-sistema innovativo dell'area alpina, idea declinata anche nell'iniziativa Care4Tech dedicata allo smart living.

Per rivitalizzare l'industria europea, sulla falsariga del programma Vanguard, sonostatipoiavviati Greenomed e S34Growth. 3DCentral "Catalyzing Smart Engineering and Rapid Prototyping" mira invece a creare una rete per promuovere l'innovazione nell' areadell'EuropaCentrale(focus su Smart Engineering e Rapid Prototyping), mentre il progetto Screen volge il suo sguardo all'economia circolare. 

(GDB INDUSTRIA 4.0, Mercoledì 6 giugno 2018, GIORNALE DI BRESCIA, p. 40)