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Mapping Internet of Things innovation clusters in Europe

A study carried out on Internet of Things (IoT) clusters in Europe provides a deeper understanding of dynamics, drivers and success factors in this area.

A human-centric IoT

The study on mapping IoT innovation clusters in Europe delivers a comprehensive mapping overview of the geographical areas of IoT innovation clusters operating within the European Union, as well as their areas of specialisation.

The study targets the key IoT operating areas: smart living environment; smart farming and food security; wearables; smart cities and smart communities; smart mobility; smart environment and water management; smart manufacturing.

The study identifies four fundamental classes of clusters:

A pie chart of the four fundamental classes of structures: geographical (9.5%); institutionalised (40.5%); thematic (36.8%); virtual (13.2%).

  1. institutionalised clusters: associations of actors who work towards a common goal within an agreed formal or informal governance structure. A formal governance structure is a pre-requisite for any policy intervention concerning the cluster.
  2. geographic clusters: clusters in the traditional Marshallian and Porterian concept, where sets of companies that act in a certain geographical area and possibly with a clear reference to IoT, or IoT start-ups in a certain city. They may have a structure and governance, or not.
  3. virtual clusters: where different actors, which can be part of different thematic areas, collaborate in an action and towards a common goal without being co-located.
  4. thematic clusters: clusters that deliver products, technologies or services related to ICT or the Internet of Things independently of their location. The aggregation factor may be a specific technology, technological platforms, application and/or (open source) software projects.

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