BlockLab – Smart Industry Fieldlab
The goal of BlockLab fits into the ambitions of the Smart Industry Agenda and therefore BlockLab became an aspirant field lab in June 2017 . It was officially ratified on September 21. This means BlockLab is now connected to around thirty other field labs in relevant domains like big data and energy technology.

Smart Industry
The world is in anticipation of a fourth industrial revolution. This revolution is driven by giant leaps in ICT innovation and promises to radically alter the face of industry in the coming decades. Automated production systems using advanced robotics increasingly communicate with each other on detailed aspects of production, joining up hitherto fragmented manufacturing processes. By linking all steps in the value chain, a world of possibilities opens for companies, old and new.

Initiative Smart Industry
TNO, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VNO-NCW and the Chambers of Commerce and FME have taken the initiative to make a report on the meaning of Smart Industry for companies, knowledge institutions, and government in the Netherlands.

The Dutch ambition is to join the frontrunners and gain a strong position within that group. The Dutch industry has every chance to succeed in this challenge and further action to support this will be aligned with top sector policy. The Dutch business community – large and small – holds all the keys to engage with this promising development and to join forces with the frontrunners. The Netherlands has a strong tradition of collaboration in networks and clusters. Add to this world class ICT infrastructure and 93% internet penetration in households and it becomes evident that the Netherlands are poised to play a leading role in Smart Industry.

Action Agenda
The approach is in November 2014 formalised in an Action Agenda. The main ambition in the Action Agenda is the creation of ecosystems – interrelated networks of companies and knowledge institutions – around the core principles of Smart Industry such as automation, zero defect manufacturing, flexible production, chain collaboration, customer intimacy, value creation based on big data and on a number of core technologies such as 3D printing and robotics. A lot of knowledge and expertise is already present but fragmented. Therefore, the Team Smart Industry has opted for an approach with Field Labs.

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