Digital hub: the heart of Industry 4.0

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In the digital age, the concept of digital hub or digital innovation hub is gaining ground. This term is actually a keyword in industry 4.0 and embraces technologies related to big data, cloud computing, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

We will shortly discover the world of digital hubs, their role, functionalities and the benefits they can bring.

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Digital hub: what it is

A digital hub has the task of stimulating and promoting the production system’s demand on innovation; it acts as a gateway to the world of industry 4.0 for companies and tends to strengthen the level of knowledge and awareness of the opportunities offered on a territorial basis (generally regional or interregional).

A DH, in cooperation with universities, competence centres, clusters, ICT research centres and local players, has the task of leading SMEs into the next industrial revolution.


The main activities of a digital hub are:

In addition, digital hubs carry out:


The benefits you can achieve through a digital hub are many. Here are some examples:

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Objectives may vary according to context, but generally include:

European Union and digital hubs

The European Commission, already in 2016, adopted the communication “Digitising European Industry” to promote digital transformation processes with a policy focused on boosting innovative investments and the creation of innovation ecosystems.

The plan has:

European Digital Innovation Hubs

Another interesting initiative are the European Digital Innovation Hubs, which offer support to public administration (PA) to answer digital challenges.

These hubs provide financial advisory services, training and digital skills development. EDIHs combine the benefits of a regional presence with the opportunities of a pan-European network, thus enabling the exchange of best practices between digital hubs in different countries and regions of Europe.

The EDIHs are also part of the Digital Europe programme that supports business development and provides EU funds to private and public entities.

National Coordination of Confindustria

In June 2018, the National Coordination of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) was established and Confindustria assumed its representation.

The National Coordination, and thus the network, puts the digital hubs in a position to perform their functions as mentors and technology brokers, so supporting digital transformation.

Confindustria, for its part, is fully aware that its representative role enables it to achieve a key goal: to make use of the know-how, as well as the exchange of skills and experience, coming from the coordination of the current 20 Italian digital hubs.

JO Education | Innovation Hub Catania

The Innovation Hub Catania (IHCT), managed by the NGO JO Education, which is part of the JO Group cluster of companies, encourages and promotes digital transformation and has a vision: to make Catania a smart city.

To achieve this, it wants to network with stakeholders, local authorities, journalists and innovators. If you want to be part of it, please contact us by filling in the contact form or call us on +39 0957463250.

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