Smart Hybrid

In the SmartHybrid innovation network, six Lower Saxony research institutions from different scientific disciplines are researching new digital services and innovative business models for the future of Lower Saxony companies. Digital technologies such as the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, Virtual & Augmented Reality or 3D printing, which can be integrated into your business processes to develop new digital services for many product types, are of central importance for research. With this bundling of services in the sense of "hybrid value creation" (also known as product service systems), the Innovation Network is focusing on a topic that is being discussed more and more in the context of digitization and which many experts consider to be of greater economic importance for small and medium-sized enterprises than "Industry 4.0".

Especially the interface between classical application domains and innovative hybrid software-based solutions offers an enormous, but often unused innovation potential. With the development of integrated innovation and development approaches, an improved use of this innovation potential can already be anchored in the development processes. By means of a general framework and application domain-specific characteristics of these development processes, SMEs and craft enterprises are enabled to integrate them into their corporate culture. This takes place during the course of the project in the form of accompanied pilot projects. The companies thus profit from the latest innovation-promoting methods as well as from know-how from software engineering but also from other application domains. 


Project Information


Project duration:

  • 01/2017-12/2019

Supported by the ESF


Project sponsors

Project partner:

TU Clausthal

  • Institut für Software and Systems Engineering

Universität Osnabrück

  • Fachgebiet Informationsmanagement und Wirtschaftsinformatik (IMWI)

Hochschule Osnabrück

  • Laborbereich Elektrische Energietechnik

TU Braunschweig

  • Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungstechnik (IWF)

Universität Hildesheim

  • Fachgebiet Informationssysteme und Unternehmensmodellierung (ISUM)

Leibniz Universität Hannover

  • Institut für Produktentwicklung und Gerätebau (IPeG)