Smart Industry (the Dutch term of Industry 4.0) aims to digitize the production chain. This allows industries to have flexible production capacity of the product (specifications, quality, design), volume (quantity), timing (delivery), resource and cost efficiency.

Fieldlabs aim to accelerate through collaboration. A fieldlab provides practice environments where companies and research institutions develop, test and implement Smart Industry solutions, as well as an environment in which people learn to apply these solutions. They also strengthen links with research, education and policy on a particular Smart Industry theme.

The theme of ‘The Garden’ is Security in Smart Industry, where secure online collaboration in the value chain is an important subject. People, entrepreneurship and knowledge are key in this fieldlab. A commonly developed roadmap forms the basis for new projects. Progress is being made in project consortia. The Garden is a part of the regional and national agenda  for Smart Industry and was officially opened on April 6, 2016. Download Brochure The Garden.

Our projects

Meanwhile, the following projects have been started in the fieldlab:

E-PLM: Collaboration in the value chain
Extended – Product Lifecycle Management is about digital collaboration in the value chain to manage and improve the development, production, maintenance and management of goods and services from idea to final recycling. With the results of this project, all players in the value chain will achieve significant cost savings and discover new uses for their own products. In addition, it reinforces their position in the (international) market, by being an attractive partner for large contracting parties.
Motto here is ‘learning by innovating together’.


E-PLM 2.0: innovate existing E-networks
E-PLM 2.0 is the continuation of the E-PLM proeftuin project performed with 9 local companies. Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire life cycle of a product, from idea through technical design and manufacturing, to usage and customer service in the field. PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies. E-networks  means multiple companies working together in the entire value chain.

In the E-PLM 2.0 project twenty-three companies and knowledge institutes in the Overijssel and Gelderland region receive 2 million Euro subsidy to accelerate innovations using existing value chains across company boundaries. The project consists of 50 experiments in which improvements are made in the value chain. This project also focuses on knowledge sharing between partners and different E-networks. In this project, experiments have to do with the following themes:

•    Products & Services
•    Customer & Suppliers network
•    Processes & Tools
•    Disruptive technologies
•    Human Capital & Knowledge Sharing

Thales is involved in a large number of experiments in all above themes and is responsible for the management of the E-PLM 2.0 project.

SDSI: Data owner stays in control
Secure Data Sharing Innovation: solutions are developed to securely share data in this project. The data owner has full control and can ensure that data can not be used unauthorized.


MORe: strengthening cybersecurity in SMEs
MORe: SME Revenue Realization. Building networks, spreading knowledge and creating an ecosystem for open innovation is central in this project. It is the organizational capacity of the fieldlab.


In the end, successful organizations depend on people who trust each other an put common energy into achieving success.
This project has been made possible by the ‘Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling’ (EFRO).

More information about the fieldlab? Contact Paul Brughardt, Business Development Manager at Thales Nederland.