Smart region – digital technologies for an improved quality of life

Companies in South Tyrol are not immune to the new challenges posed by increasing digitalisation and the exponential development of technological progress.

To confront these challenges and to assist firms by supporting them in the development of innovative software systems as they enter the digitalised business world is the task that we specialise in at NOI Techpark in collaboration with experts and partners.

The most important local research partners are the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano with its Smart Data Factory and Fraunhofer Italia. Together with them, as well as with start-ups and companies, we are in the process of setting up the Free Software Lab ‑ a knowledge lab in which new trends in software development are demonstrated and made available. The provision of open data and the networking of existing databases are also pivotal for this venture. The most important project in this area is the Open Data Hub, a huge data pool in which information from various databases in areas such as tourism, mobility, weather or culture is gathered together and networked, making it available free of charge via open access. Thus, the Open Data Hub functions as an indirect form of innovation promotion, as start-ups and resourceful developers will find here plenty of digital material to feed into their innovative apps and digital services.

The promotion and networking of software developers and R&D projects will be a contributing factor in making South Tyrol a pilot region for research and development in digitalisation and in matters of the future such as the Internet of Things and Big Data. Through joint pilot projects with municipalities and the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol, we are supporting the public administration to position itself in such a way that fertile ground is created for new business ideas in this area. With events such as the NOI Hackathon or the South Tyrol Free Software Conference (SFScon), we are also creating important vehicles for making local businesses both more competitive as well as more innovative.