APOLLON is leveraging current experiences and on-going investments to supplement cross-border pilots with best-of-class methods for setting up, developing and operating sustainable networks of Living Labs.
The project consists of four cross-border Living Lab experiments, i.e. in the Homecare and Independent Living, Energy Efficiency, eManufacturing and eParticipation domain. These will focus on validating the added value of a cross-border Living Lab network, both in terms of SMEs gaining access to new markets, as in terms of achieving collaboration breakthroughs in the development of pan-European domain-specific solutions.
Each experiment focuses on a specific cross-border harmonisation and networking aspect:
A common eco-system model
(Homecare and Independent Living experiment)
In the first experiment a homecare solution, which is being piloted in a local Living Lab, will be transferred to one other Living Lab belonging to the network. The focus of this experiment is to determine what kind of ecosystem, value network and common approach needs to be in place to conduct cross-border pilots and to what extent these pre-requisites helps to do this faster, easier and more efficiently.
A common benchmark framework
(Energy Efficiency experiment)
This experiment will develop a common benchmark framework that will be deployed in all Living Labs taking part in the Energy Efficiency experiment.
The main focus here is to assess the scalability of the Living Lab network, its services, and the comparability of research data within cross-border projects
A common technology platform
In this experiment a common technology platform will be introduced and used by each of the domain specific Living Labs. The objective of this experiment is not only to see to what extent the use of such a common platform facilitates the creation of services between Living Labs but also to investigate whether this stimulates new forms of collaboration between different partners.
An integration framework
This experiment transfers and integrates several locally tested applications into each of the different Living Labs that are active in the network.
By piloting the integration of applications developed by SMEs in all the Living Labs we can test how integrated eMedia technologies can encourage eParticipation and what are the advantages, best practices and limitations of cross-border activities within the network.
Target outcomes and benefits
The APOLLON domain-specific experiments aim at a number of results that transcend the domain focus and are useful to any cross-border Living Lab network. APOLLON will draft and validate a methodology for setting up and piloting cross-border thematic Living Lab networks. Along with these guidelines on how to create these sustainable networks, APOLLON will recommend a toolset to support these processes and procedures.
Also, APOLLON aims at creating sustainable, cross-border thematic networks that further explore the added value of connecting different Living Labs into a cross-border network, grouped by a thematic approach. In order to verify the benefits of this approach, APOLLON will provide an impact assessment of this added value in terms of results, as well as operational efficiencies.
One of the major challenges in this project is to enable SMEs to gain access to new markets, using the Living Lab environment as a user-driven community, which provides invaluable feedback in the product development of new, innovative services. Since APOLLON is actually piloting concrete services in thematic networks along the way, the project also aims to provide the success stories of these SMEs, as well as show how SMEs can best be involved in cross-border Living Lab projects.
Finally, APOLLON will actively disseminate recommendation and action plans for viable, sustainable and scalable rollouts to further domains and sectors. These recommendations, based on a dialogue with the thematically structured Living Lab communities, will address the various requirements, governance structure and possible business models for a cross-border Living Lab Network.