Meet the Cluster4Smart Consortium

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SCS (Secured Communicating Solutions) World Class Cluster  is based in the Provence-Alpes-Côted’Azurregion, in France, and gathers more than300members, including companies (and 70% of SMEs), research centres and educational institutions in the fields of micro-electronics, telecommunications and software. The cluster represents 60 000 jobs in these fields, 26 multinational companies, 1200 researchers in the public sector and 18 educational institutions training 1500 engineers per year.

Its aim is to promote the development of competitive R&D projects between all these players with the support of local communities, in order to design and develop new solutions  targeting high-growth markets such as Industry 4.0,smartcities, smart grids, smart manufacturing, e-health, e-mobility, retailor e-payment. It also aims to contribute to the creation of an appropriate ecosystem for the overall regional ICT landscape, especially through the development of SMEs.

Its ambition is to be recognized as a key player in innovation in the three“Smart Specialisation Area” that constitute the core of its strategy:

  • Contactless technologies (NFC, RFID);
  • Networks (4G/LTE/IMS), M2M & mobile services;
  • Digital security& identities.

SCS cluster has been awarded with the ESCA (European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis) Gold Label in July 2013, renewed in July 2016 with 98% criteria fulfilled, proving its gold standard excellence in terms of cluster management.

CS cluster is currently involved in the CLUSGRID project. CLUSGRID - Clusters for Smart Grid - is funded under the COSME Cluster Excellence call and aims at improving the management of the clusters of the consortium to provide better services to their SMEs, especially in the Smart Grids area.The consortium gathers 6 clusters from Poland (Eastern Development Agency is the coordinator), Bulgaria, Spain and France with SCS, which role as the only ESCA Gold-Labelled cluster will be to mentor other clusters in getting ESCA labels and improving cluster management, towards excellence.

SCS Cluster has a long list of partnerships of different fields. Universities and VET centres such as Aix-Marseille University, Nice – Sophia Antipolis University, Eurecom, ISEN, IM2NP, and Telecom Paristech; cluster and cluster platforms such as Silicon Europe Alliance, Development Regional Agencies, etc. The wide net of contacts will ensure a good dissemination of project results at national and European level, and the possibility to engage a high number of stakeholders for their feedback about Cluster4Smart project.