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The Beacon (Flanders) to become an international IoT hub

Located where the city meets the Port of Antwerp, The Beacon will bring together diverse IoT experts ranging from tech corporations to top researchers. Flanders anticipates the emergence of an R&D hub that will help develop strong products and brands for industry, logistics and smart cities

Antwerp (Flanders) aspires to be the ‘Capital of Things’

Innovation through cross-fertilization

The Beacon is all about gathering and nurturing IoT talent. Innovative start-ups and scale-ups will get the chance to develop their businesses in co-working spaces and open offices. International technology suppliers will make their knowledge accessible, as they will also be establishing their IoT departments in the new building.

In order to bridge the gap between business and research, the University of Antwerp and strategic research center imec will both realize projects in The Beacon. Agoria, the Belgian business and trade federation, will also be a key collaborator.

Great expectations

Antwerp expects the cross-fertilization of diverse IoT experts to bring forth innovative products and services for industrial, maritime and logistics companies, including SMEs.

The city’s ultimate aim is to expand the digital ecosystem it has been developing for years, thus becoming the “Capital of Things”.

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The Beacon
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21 June 2018

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