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AI program: Artificial Intelligence for the benefit of SMEs


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key technology for the future of companies.

We will help you make the first steps towards that future. As the driving force behind digital transformation in the tri-national Basel Area, we are hosting the collaborative AI program.


The goal of the AI program is to help SMEs learn more about artificial intelligence and implement it in a practical way to optimize efficiency and productivity in the industry. Together with the companies, we identify possible use cases for your company, move from an abstract concept to a concrete solution and implement it. That way, the industry makes the most of a valuable tool that can help them grow and develop new products and services that meet future needs.

Progress and timeline:

Phase 1: April 2021 – July 2021

We are currently working with 22 companies and teams from Northwest Switzerland, Baden and Region Grand Est. Our focus is on team building, sharing experiences and challenges that we want to overcome.

Phase 2: July 2021 – February 2022

We focus on available online machine data and valuable use cases that will lead to the first proof of concept.

Phase 3: November 2021 – December 2022

We focus on programming and optimization which will lead to the second and third proof of concept.

Phase 4: start in 2023

We will work on the business model which will lead to the fourth proof of concept.

Partner information:

Together with the Industrial Transformation team from Basel Area Business & Innovation, the project is supported by the Swiss Confederation in the framework of the New Regional Policy (NRP) and the Canton Basel-Landschaft. We are working together with Grand E-Nov+, l’Agence d’Innovation et de Prospection Internationale du Grand Est from Alsace und ARNOLD IT Systems GmbH and the CyberForum from Germany.


Our project teams are working on all aspects of user (data or machine provider), sensors, cybersecurity, data storage (cloud), analysis, learning process, and results. Further, we will cover topics such as predictive maintenance and quality control.

The companies in the AI program

The 22 partners that we are working with come from different business fields and cultures, therefore our first objective is to bring them closer to each other. Our common goal is to understand what possibilities AI offers and how it can be used successfully in daily business. The companies are as follows:

Actemium Schweiz AG
Arnold IT Systems
ARNOLD IT Systems GmbH
Ateliers Busch
Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HES- SO)
Hochschule Offenburg
HUMARD Automation SA
Küffer Elektro-Technik AG
Liebherr France SAS
MachIQ Software Services AG
MPS Watch
Productec SA
The WiW
Trivadis GmbH
Willemin Macodel

Discover AI and more:

  • Join upcoming events, sign up for our event list here: next Technology Circle Industrie 4.0.
  • Subscribe to the IT newsletter to get updates about the AI program and events.
  • Have an interesting project of your own? Apply for the i4Challenge 2021, till July 15th.
  • If you are passionate about AI and you would like to participate as a volunteer, please contact us.
  • If you are a company that wants in on the AI program, please contact Sébastien Meunier



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