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Collaboration in the Electronic Components & Systems (ECS) Community: New Tool


Electronic components and systems (ECS), based on electronic and ICT technologies, have an impact on all industrial sectors and almost all aspects of life. The ECS Value Chain stands for everything ‚Äúsmart‚ÄĚ, based on designing and manufacturing semiconductor chips,¬†sensors and actuators.¬†By utilising integrating software and specialised interfaces that bring them to life, it creates the essential building blocks for the Internet of Things and future Systems of Systems.
Together, technologies for nano-electronics, smart systems integration, embedded intelligence and cyber-physical systems all play a dominant role in creating innovative, smart, connected yet secure products, powered by sustainable and efficient energy sources.  These products enable many applications that improve mobility, health and wellbeing and quality of life as well as supporting the creation of a smart competitive industry in our increasingly digital economy.
A New ECS Collaboration Tool
To support innovation in the ECS Community, the industrial Associations AENEAS and ARTEMIS-IA, have now merged their collaboration support tools into a single co-managed service: the ECS Collaboration Tool.
The ECS Collaboration Tool is open to all in the ECS Community, and available 24/7. The new tool is released to prepare for joint consortium building at EFECS, but is available to support any related event, regardless of the funding instrument involved. It can also be used as a ‚Äústand-alone‚ÄĚ project consortium building tool. Users can initiate projects and invite partners, or use the messaging system to look for partners or projects. After forming consortia, project teams can assess the best mechanism for funding support for their project, be it a National, ECSEL-JU, European Commission or EUREKA type funding.
PENTA Call 3
In addition, PENTA Call 3 will be launched on December 5th at EFECS, the European Forum for Electronic Components & Systems, helping to enable innovate projects along the ECS value chain. Project outlines must be submitted by the 13th of February 2018, so now is the time to begin the process of project development, using the ECS Collaboration tool if you wish. There will be pitch and poster session opportunities at EFECS, so register now to ensure you take advantage of this unique event and related opportunities.
PENTA is a EUREKA Cluster supporting innovation in micro- and nanoelectronics enabled systems and applications along the electronics value chain. In Call 3 its focus will be in the areas of Transport & Mobility, Health and Wellbeing and Digital Industry but projects in other areas will also be considered. For more information contact the PENTA Team.