Innovation Platform Shall Increase the Use of AI in Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises

With an innovation platform "AI2Ynet", funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) as well as the European Center for Information and Communication Technologies (EICT) want to forward the use of AI technologies.

The core team as well as network partners of AI2Ynet Image source: GI, CC-BY-2.0

Berlin, April 17, 2019 – Image recognition, voice entry or intelligent robotics: Already now, technologies of the so-called artificial intelligence (AI) perform tasks in a lot of large-scale enterprises and contribute to the economic success. At the same time, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) barely benefit from the innovation potential of the latest AI developments.

Luise Kranich, manager of the FZI branch office in Berlin: "Concerning the topic of artificial intelligence, many SMEs lack of development and implementation capacities, strategic technology partners and the access to necessary data pools. However, to ignore the latest technology development means to leave the innovation field for others, to miss possible efficiency leaps and to leave new markets and revenue potentials unused. That's where we want to come into play!"

With "AI2Ynet" the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) as well as the European Center for Information and Communication Technologies (EICT) want to develop together with further network partners an innovation platform, which aims to facilitate SMEs the access to AI technologies and to support them in the application. The conception of the platform is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs in the framework of the challenge phase of the innovation competition "Artificial Intelligence (AI)", initially for six months.

The platform shall enable SMEs of different sectors for example to exchange AI algorithms and training data as well as to form strategic technology partnerships. By bringing companies of different economic sectors, such as agriculture, the mobility industry, production or trade, together, in the medium term, it contributes to break technology silos and to create synergy effects across all industries. Since SMEs of different sectors do usually not exchange information with each other, especially concerning the development and embedding of technologies, a meta AI of the AI2Ynet platform shall systematically identify technology partners and connect companies across all industries.

Through the use of open source technologies and open data, it should be avoided that SMEs make themselves dependent on individual technology components or companies. The dependence on certain manufacturers (vendor lock-in) is known for a long time in the technology sector and slows down innovations especially amongst SMEs. With their open AI marketplace, the partners involved want to gain and strengthen the sovereignty of the participating SMEs.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. The FZI is the innovation partner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

About the European Center for Information and Communication Technologies  EICT GmbH

The European Center for Information and Communication Technologies – EICT GmbH (EICT) is a network of the Daimler AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, PTV Group and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology. The aim of EICT is to support innovation and cooperation projects as well as the exploration of new business areas in the field of mobility. An essential focus of work of EICT are national and European funding projects to new vehicle technologies. Long-time experiences from lighthouse projects to ADAS, C2X communication and highly automated driving are available. EICT coordinates the programme of the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry) flagship initiative on automated and interconnected driving. All information about EICT can be found at www.eict.de.


About the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.

With around 20.000 personal and 250 corporate members, the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) is the largest and most important expert association for informatics in the German-speaking world and represents the interests of computer scientists in science, economy, public administration, society and politics since 1969. With 14 departments, over 30 active regional groups and a huge number of expert groups, the GI is the platform and mouthpiece for all disciplines in informatics. The members are bound by the ethical guidelines for computer scientists "Ethische Leitlinien für Informatikerinnen und Informatiker" of the GI. Further information can be found at www.gi.de.

Scientific contact person:

Frithjof Nagel
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)
Branch office Berlin
im Spreepalais am Dom
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2,
10178 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 7261 566-15
Fax: +49 30 7261 566-19
Email: berlin@gi.de
Web: www.gi.de