EbS Contribution to the Transition to IoT in Industry - 26 April 2018, Linz

Austrian electronic-based systems sector driving internet of things (IoT) applications

Strengths of Austrian industry and requirements of marketable IoT solutions

Members of ECSEL-Austria, the research and development platform for the Austrian electronic-based systems (EBS) sector, met in Linz for their spring conference on 26 April (nearly 70 participants). Research heads from Austrian universities and from industry presented challenges and solutions in the fields of micro and nanoelectronics, embedded systems and systems integration for internet of things (IoT) applications.

“The global IoT market is set to grow from USD 157 billion in 2016 to USD 457 billion by 2020. This presents enormous potential, including for Austrian industry. Electronic-based systems are at the heart of IoT products. Austrian circuit boards, chips and sensors are found inside innumerable smartphones, vehicles and even connected factories, all over the world,” commented Josef Affenzeller, president of the ECSEL-Austria association.

“The aim of this event was to reflect on the strengths of the Austrian and European EBS sector. If we do not combine our energies, we face the risk of falling behind the USA and China when it comes to technology policy,” warned Klaus Bernhardt, ECSEL-Austria board member. “New international cooperations, such as the one with Digital Sweden, are strengthening ECSEL-Austria and opening up new possibilities,” Bernhardt added.

Affenzeller added that he was pleased with progress made by Silicon Austria Labs (SAL): “With SAL, we are creating a research institution that will help us to be at the global cutting edge in future when it comes to systems with high-tech components, for areas of application such as IoT.”


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