The role of innovation is ever more crucial for the growth, performance and sustainable renewal of companies, in terms of the transfer of advanced technologies to the market, systematic product and service improvement, radical changes to business and the rules of the game.
The distinctive factors of competitiveness, particularly in periods of financial and industrial crisis, are increasingly tied to how able a company is to innovate and invest in innovation. In this new context, the Joint Open Labs play a key role. With the “company on campus” model, they encourage a natural osmosis between the academic and industrial worlds, in which the co-design and co-development of innovative solutions are not just the result of a process but its fundamental reason for existing.
In 2013, the year the JOLs were created, TIM launched the innovative model of cooperation, promoting the development of different JOLs distributed throughout national territory and localised within Italian universities.
In this context, universities play an outreach role, promoting the direct application, enhancement and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of society.
With the JOLs, TIM has anticipated the Open Innovation paradigm, in which new ideas can come from multiple sources, not always from within conventional organisational structures. Direct and ongoing contamination with an expanded ecosystem of actors encourages the openness of the value creation process, which becomes an essential vehicle for developing entrepreneurship, and in turn generates opportunities for the Company.
The multidisciplinary nature of the partnerships has also promoted an exchange of knowledge and approaches that create new business opportunities. Thanks to the results obtained, and the participation and involvement in the ecosystem created, the JOL project was renewed for 2017 too. Each JOL conducts research and develops projects on specific themes.
Turin JOL: distributed intelligence and Internet of Things, namely how objects, people, data and places interact with each other through new technologies, Visual Intelligence, how robots exploit network functionality to interact with humans, Augmented Reality and the development of mobile applications.
Milan JOL: Smart Space, namely the new way of interacting with the spaces around us Trento JOL: Big Data, namely how use, in innovative services, the massive amount of digital data generated each day.
Pisa JOL: Health and Welbeing going on to study innovative ideas which, through the latest technologies, improve health and wellbeing and raise the quality of life.
Catania JOL: new smart devices and their interaction with the IoT and their direct application in the region.