Since its launch event, in October 2016, one of the major objectives of Daedalus was to keep a constant and bidirectional connection between its research and development activities and the market of potential users of its technologies. This Technology Transfer effort is embodied in the project’s Competence Centre for IEC-61499 (role interpreted by Synesis, Coordinator of Daedalus), with a concrete strategy of drawing companies nearer to the opportunities offered by IEC-61499, thanks to the showcasing of its potential industrial applications.

Key to this approach is the realization of a Demonstrator, publicly accessible at the Competence Centre premises, which implements fully the technologies and results of Daedalus, applied over an application scenario with industrially-driven requirements. The objective is that of creating an attraction point for both innovators and end-users, a place where enabling technologies can be showcased in a controlled environment, triggering the opportunity for companies to understand in practice which benefits the transition to Industry 4.0 in automation could bring them. Entering now in the final stage of its conception and engineering, the CC Demonstrator will be built and commissioned next year, with a foreseen launch event planned for Summer 2018.

But the role of Daedalus’ Competence Centre is not limited to showing the technology, because an effective and proactive strategy to involve companies in a path of progressive acceptance of these technologies is equally needed. Knowing that this path requires the sustain of multiple stakeholders of the Technology Transfer domain and a Triple Helix approach that brings together also public institutions and universities, Synesis has established an operative collaboration with the ComoNExT Digital Innovation Hub, extending the concept of Demonstrator to the Hub itself and, thus, augmenting enormously its potential for obtaining the attention and interest of the market.

In addition to that, attraction of potential users to these technologies is automatically improved thanks to the “NEXT INNOVATION” methodology of ComoNExT, where companies are progressively supported in their acceptance of Industry 4.0 thanks to a well-defined multi-step procedure. Given the ambitions of Daedalus and ComoNExT, this is just a first step in the direction of even further regional extension of these concepts, with the past few months that have seen the creation of a larger alliance, among different stakeholders, called “Fabbrica Diffusa”, where the objective is to launch a full network of Industry 4.0 demonstrators, connected among themselves to further enhance the innovation message of Industry 4.0.


The concept and implementation of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) in industrial manufacturing is, by definition, a multi-disciplinary research challenge, where the digital extension of manufacturing assets, represented through the so-called digital twin, must be equally sustained by a methodological and technological change at control-level.

Thus, tackling different but complementary aspects for the deployment of effective CPS in current and future Factories, MAYA and DAEDALUS projects have formalized a concrete collaboration to the aim of maximizing their respective objectives through a synergistic approach in facing development, exploitation and dissemination.

Technically speaking, the collaboration has been built on top of two key cornerstones of both projects, a Simulation Framework for CPS and IEC-61499 standard and technologies for distributed automation, brought together thanks to the concept of Digital Synchronization and the usage of a common semantic model. The objective is to exploit the industrial-grade demonstration built by Daedalus in its Competence Centre to achieve a common and integrated showcasing of how the results of the two projects were designed and implemented taking into account an overarching functional architecture.

But the collaboration will not be accomplished only at technical level. The target groups for the exploitation of MAYA and Daedalus are strongly overlapping, laying the ground for a common effort to sustain market acceptance for the core technologies of both projects. This will be explicitly achieved through several joint actions, both in terms of communicating and disseminating the benefits provided by the project’s results and sustaining dedicated events to involve potential end-users.



One of the key objectives for the exploitation of Daedalus’ technological results is the creation of a live community to sustain the market acceptance and evolution of the IEC-61499 standard for distributed automation: the European Competence Network (ECN) for the IEC-61499, an initiative that strongly encourages the adoption of the standard to use in the industrial automation systems.

The idea to create an ECN stems from the idea of deploying a concrete and shared strategy, aimed at clustering experts and users of the IEC-61499 and make their expertise and knowledge available for the market needs, providing the services and technologies needed to sustain the path towards a lively ecosystem.

The concept is that of gathering under the same vision a group of European Competence Centers (Synesis, Coordinator of Daedalus, being the first one), sustaining the belief that an aggregator of competences, focused on the dissemination and exploitation of technologies based on IEC-61499, represents a solution for crossing the so-called "valley of death", that zone between research and market where matchmaking is needed between enabling technologies and industrial needs.

The Network therefore aims at:

  • creating a European Network of competence centers and a critical mass of stakeholders from institutional and industrial sectors interested to the technology application of IEC-61499
  • promoting a process of technology transfer from the Research to the Market in the industrial automation sector that is devoted to explain, show and concretely apply innovation stemmed from IEC-61499 standard adoption
  • setting up an expert communityable to share knowledge and support stakeholders in the implementation of the technology at European level offering automation players interested in using the technology to be informed of technology potentialities and application showing the implementation of 5 demonstrators located across Europe
  • offering to technology providers possibility to enter in contact with IEC-61499 technology owners and to buy the reference implementations that accelerate the transition to IEC-61499
  • identifying key trends and challenges in innovation and industrial application of the IEC-61499
  • offering a collaborative portal to disseminate European projects info and results linked to application of IEC-61499

Fosters multi-level actions at European, national, regional and local levels, sharing instruments and knowledge and promoting clusters and networks to deliver concrete results, processes and services thanks to the application of IEC-61499, the ECN-61499 will be officially launched next year in February, during a large-scale public event organized by EFFRA to sustain the acceptance and dissemination of Daedalus and other FoF-11 projects.