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3IF Project: Industrial Internet in Flanders
Thursday 28 May 2015, 09:30am - 11:30am
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A new project supporting Belgian companies in their transition to Industrial Internet – Factories of the Future.

3IF stands for “Industrial Internet In Flanders”. During 2015 throughout 2019, LSEC and SIRRIS as main project partners will be developing a series of activities to support Manufacturing Companies, Integrators, Technology Providers, System Integrators, Security Companies and Innovators; in developing and integrating Internet of Things, Smart Sensors in Industrial Environments; supporting new business opportunities, identifying and mitigating challenges and positioning Flanders internationally.

Background: Challenges for the industrial sector

Manufacturers today are facing big challenges ahead: High labor costs and the emergence of regions outside Europe has put revenue and market share under pressure. The introduction of new technologies has affected customer expectations in the area of time-to-market, performance of products and production, mass - customization and the evolution to co-creation. Also, the continuous automation of the industry has introduced new challenges with regards to industrial espionage, saboExpertisee, fraud, cyber security and even privacy.

Through innovation to (safe and reliable) industrial internet, the sector can convert this revenue loss in growth. Industrial Internet will increase productivity and efficiency in the production process and improve the entire chain drastically. Processes will govern themselves, with intelligent machines that take corrective action to avoid unplanned downtime of machinery. Each mobile device indicates the status of any digital components within the production environment, providing employees mobile access to real-time information ... Sensors track the location of employees at the plant in case of emergency ... the possibilities seem endless…..

The trend is inevitable, and companies that don’t start to innovate and evolve with the possibilities that technology brings, will be faced with competitors that are more efficient and more integrated with their customers

With 3IF, LSEC and Sirris aim to support manufacturers in multiple industry sectors in their transition to industrial internet, and help them to innovate and remain competitive. 3IF will also support technology companies and suppliers that are active in the domain of industrial automation; and IT Security companies that are increasingly confronted with the challenges of protecting industrial control systems, production systems and production networks.

3IF will organize awareness- and thought leadership events, create self- evaluation tools for companies to establish their current and desired technology - adoption level, help companies to create transformation plans, develop workshops, create an expert network in industrial automation, support companies in their innovation process….and much more.

Some of the 3IF project goals:

  • 40 companies supported in their transformation process
  • 60 implementations based on Industrial Internet - related developments
  • 75 recommendations implemented by the target companies
  • 150 Industrial Internet Technologies in the 3IF knowledge base
  • 400 participants in transformation workshops


Thursday 28 May, 3IF will kick off in Leuven, just before IAS2015, our annual event on Industrial Automation & Security. Both events are free of charge upon prior registration.

Kick Off 3IF Project
Thursday 28 May, from 09.30am- 11.30am De Hoorn, Sluisstraat 79, 3000 - Leuven
Participation is free of charge upon prior registration
To confirm your participation, click here

Are you planning to also attend IAS2015 - Industrial Automation Security in the afternoon, from 12.30-5.30? Lunch is served for those that attend both events. Please click here for more information and registration to IAS2015

About LSEC - Leaders in Security and Sirris:

LSEC ( is Europe’s largest IT Security Cluster, a non profit organization that supports innovations by mitigating risks that are involved, and innovations within the IT Security domain itself. Sirris ( is a non profit organization that helps manufacturers develop, test develop, test and effectively implement technological innovations. With this project, LSEC and Sirris support individual companies in their innovation process, and Flanders as a whole in becoming a center of excelllence for Industrial and Factories of the Future

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