NORDFORSK Fast Track pubication
In 2023 NORDFORSK made a call for policy brief articles written by Nordic researchers participating in collaborative projects funded by NordForsk or Nordic Energy Research. The Nordic IoT Hub submitted an article on “Digital Technologies for a Sustainable Nordic Future: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Implications” (p.5). The article was awarded by NORDFORSK with a prize of 50.000 NOK.
The aim of the publication is to contribute relevant and up-to-date research-based knowledge that facilitates the analysis of the challenges and opportunities of Nordic co-operation in the coming years.
European Chips Act – Nordic
An EU initiative intended to secure European production of, and access to, semiconductors. The budget of around EUR 40 billion includes support for research and testing centres, for the production of advanced technology, grants to small and medium-sized enterprises and the implementation of security systems that establish national competence centres – one hub in each country.
Working towards a semiconductor strategy for Sweden
Lund University is now taking the first step towards establishing a national competence centre for semiconductors.
Five Nordic universities have developed a roadmap on Industrial IoT (IIoT). IIoT is a key enabling technology for the green transition, bringing together several technological paradigms, from smart electronic components, 5G technologies, to AI and Edge Computing.
The roadmap supplements the existing European roadmaps released recently, however, since the Nordic countries are far ahead on digitalization compared to the rest of Europe it calls for specific Nordic measures. According to the EU’s digital DESI index the Nordic countries are ranked at numbers one, two, three and four within the EU. Therefore, the Nordic countries are years ahead of their EU counterparts in the digital roll out of implementing digital services and infrastructure. The Nordic roadmap suggests several measures to be pursued in the next decade.
To maintain and strengthen the Nordic leading position in trustworthy digitalization. A general enabler for this leadership has been the long-term focus on security and trustworthiness of the IIoT systems. However, further success and industrialization will require a strong emphasis on collaboration, and synergies between the currently scattered national competences. We therefore recommend establishing a joint Nordic Center doing research in trustworthy methodologies for the implementation of sustainable IIoT.
To prioritize R&D with increased focus on IIoT solutions facilitating traceability, reparability, durability and recyclability, with a specific goal to establish the required multidisciplinary collaborations. This focus is motivated by the green transition, which will require a framework for green growth and the circular economy, enhanced by digital technologies.
To train the next generation of students in both digitalization and the green transition, the Nordic universities should focus on sharing advanced course modules that are easily integrated into the current curricula.