Software tools and e-learning applications may facilitate greatly new product development (NPD) processes by minimising costs and reducing risks associated with NPD. The NDP roadmap that we have developed at URENIO may help companies and organisations to create new products or upgrade existing ones through a series of logical steps
The complexity of products created in distributed environments often requires close collaborations among a number of design and production partners. Since the early 1990s, many researchers have applied the agent technology in product design, manufacturing, process control and other production activities, at either the shop-floor level or the distributed level.
VERITE (VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT FOR INNOVATION MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES) is one of the 14 thematic networks of the Innovating Regions in Europe (IRE) Network supported financially by the European Commission (FP5, Innovation Programme). The network is composed of 20 institutions representing 18 regions and 13 European countries.
Interactions taking place on digital space complement the creative processes that occur into communities and institutional systems of innovation. A series of IT applications, solutions, and digital tools may be used to sustain innovation through virtual interaction and communication.
On August 22, 2005, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) will begin accepting nominations for its annual Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year listing. The Intelligent Community Forum has been presenting its Top Seven list since 2000. Once again, the 2006 Top Seven will be announced
Probably the most influential concept in the field of innovative environments, the Regional Innovation System is conceived as a set of institutions, including clusters, universities, R&D centres, technology transfer organisations, financial and knowledge dissemination agencies, which work together and play the major role in influencing the innovative performance of companies.
Technology Parks (a term covering also Science Parks, Research Parks, and Innovation Centers) offer the simplest way to plan innovative clusters. There are many definitions of Technology Parks, but most agree on the presence of some main components (see the Diagram).