The DEVISE project is arriving to the end. After having exchanged good practices and experiences, inspired each other within the partnership and developed 10 Regional Action Plans, it's time to review the changes achieved in each of the policy instruments thanks to this project. This week, we speak with Juha PalomäkiTechnology Adviser at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

What policy instrument were you addressing when the DEVISE project commenced? Why?

Our policy instrument is the Regional Strategy of South Ostrobothnia, which we have concepts in the DEVISE project. Intelligent and energy-efficient systems are an important part of this programme and one of the main objectives of the programme is to raise the level of digitalisation of companies and we want to help with this.

What has specifically changed in your policies and your region thanks to the project?

Several companies have already taken great steps in digitalization and the projects now launched will continue until mid-2023, which is looking good at the moment.

Which good practices have inspired these changes?

Inputs of the DEVISE good practices are: Regional Map of Industry 4.0 Technology enablers (Regional Government of Cantabria), Industry 4.0 Technology Audits (Regional Government of Cantabria) and VR/AR Exploration Clarte (Pays de la Loire). In addition, the project meeting in Laval gave us the stimulations to launch measures in the field of virtual technology.

Would you like to highlight any other improvements?

Inspired by this good development, we have invested significantly in virtual technology. We can say that now we have a high-quality laboratory for testing and developing VR/AR technology in Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.