On Thursday, 4 August, a ceremonial tapping of the foundation stone of the newly established headquarters of the Brain4Industry (B4I) consortium took place in Dolní Břežany.
The B4I project was created to help small and medium-sized companies in particular to make the most of the advantages and possibilities of digital technologies and artificial intelligence. This way, they will be able to increase their competitiveness on the market. B4I is intended to serve as a one-stop-shop for the digital transformation of such businesses – their representatives will gain access to knowledge, methods and software, technology platforms, prototyping solutions, and testing facilities.
B4I is a joint project of the Institute of Physics of the CAS, the HiLASE Centre, the CARDAM R&D Centre, the STAR science and technology cluster, the Central Bohemian Innovation Centre and the Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS. The partners are the national competence centre MATCA, the engineering company Beneš & Lát and the Association of Foundries of the Czech Republic.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by the President of the CAS Prof. Eva Zažímalová, the Director of the Institute of Physics of the CAS Dr. Michael Prouza, the Deputy Mayor of Dolní Břežany Lubomír Havel, representative of GEOSAN GROUP Karel Kutnohorský, representative of the designer and architect Viktoria Součková from Bogle Architects, the chairman of TAČR prof. Petr Konvalinka, representative of Ministry of Industry and Trade Petr Novák, Alžběta Straková from the Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as well as Tomáš Mocek, Head of the HiLASE Centre.
“I am very pleased that the portfolio of projects of the Institute of Physics is expanding in new directions and that we will have another partner in Dolní Břežany. We want to be actively involved in B4I, especially in areas integrating additive and laser technologies,” says Tomáš Mocek.
The B4I consortium has recently been included as one of the Czech Republic’s representatives in the prestigious network of European Centres for Digital Innovation (EDIH). In addition to considerable prestige, B4I will thus also gain the means to expand and make its range of services more affordable. For example, it can advise on production process innovation, and financial and business plans, or provide training in the necessary areas.