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Project: IoT-lab for SMEs (SME) – Sweden

TheInternet and Things (IoT) are the phenomenon that is expected to grow and affect even more industries in the future. At the University of Linné, a project has been under way since 2021 with the aim of raising awareness of the potential of IoT among SMEs.


The Internet of Things (IoT) means that several devices are connected to the Internet. It is already a well-established concept and its existence is visible everywhere in society. In practice, this means that physical products are connected to the Internet and share data with each other in real time. IoT is expected to become one of the technologies of the future that will grow increasingly and spread to more sectors. It is in this context that the project at the University of Linné started. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the potential of IOT among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


Approach of the project

As part of the project, SMEs in the university region have been given the opportunity to participate. The participating companies have been offered a wide range of activities:

1. Inspiration

The project has organised various activities aimed at inspiring and informing companies about the opportunities offered by IoT. In addition, good examples have been presented of what has already been done in this area.

2. Upskilling activities

The project has provided a wide range of skills-enhancing activities:

  • In-depth lectures and seminars

The interest in wanting to know more and gain in-depth knowledge without having to go a full course has emerged in dialogue with SMEs. The project has therefore offered lectures and workshops such as IoT hardware, commercialisation, ecosystems and business models, and how best to use collected data.

  • Workshops

Learning new technologies is often about testing and testing different tools and equipment. The project has therefore offered half-days on a continuous basis, where companies were given the opportunity to learn the foundations and to test themselves. The aim is to improve understanding and to allow participants to gain in-depth knowledge of the opportunities offered by IoT.

  • Open Lab Days

Sitting and lab and testing ideas together is both instructive and exciting for all involved. This is why the project has tested the concept of “Open Lab Days”. This means that labbets at the University of Linné in Kalmar have been opened up to SMEs. The participants have come to the lab, have included their ideas or problem formulations and, together with researchers and students, have developed them further. Comparing the “Open Lab Days” with the above-mentioned workshops, the workshops are more informal and businesses work more closely together with researchers and teachers.

3. Testing and developing SME ideas

Companies and project members have jointly explored potential IoT solutions and put forward concrete proposals.


IoT Lab project

The project has matched SMEs with students, researchers or IoT line engineers. Together, the companies’ potential IoT solutions to advance the company’s business have been examined. Potential ideas have been jointly explored and concrete proposals developed. The project homepage provides information on all the pilot cases that the project has been working on.


The project has been running since autumn 2019 at Linné University in cooperation with Kalmar Energi and Wexnet. At the end of April 2023, the project period is over. Companies in the region around the university have been offered the opportunity to participate in order to increase and deepen their knowledge of IoT. The project is still under way, but pilot cases are already available on the project website. There are also documents with detailed descriptions.

The project has worked on the following pilot case:

Stens chark AB, Åseda

Firms producing charcuturier products. The project has concerned how to measure temperatures and humidity in production using IoT sensors, thus optimising and providing evidence to make favourable decisions.

Honestbox AB, Ljungby

Unmanned shops. The project has concerned the development of hardware, the testing of different solutions for software updates and the ability to have resilient connections operating across different communication protocols.

Flowbic AB, Kalmar

Companies involved in web development. During the project, the company has been supported in the development of hardware, sensor selection and network technology. It has also involved cooperation with biologists at Linné University who need measurement of a natural area outside Kalmar, Kalmar Dämme.

Svenska Våg AB, Växjö

Undertaking active in weighing and measuring, The project involved both supporting the company to develop and checking existing wave systems on the internet.

Aquateq AB, Kalmar

Companies producing spray nozzles. The project has focused on exploring the possibilities of producing a connected nozzle, i.e. nozzle. The dysan shall be able to send aggregated data on pressure and flow.

Why is this a good example?

Allowing companies, together with researchers and students, to explore real challenges and develop problem solutions together helps to ensure that results are more embedded in the real needs of companies. Projects in different industries can draw lessons from the project’s modus operandi and could apply the same process. In this project, the team has not excluded the participating companies but, on the contrary, has allowed them to participate, thereby producing more desirable results that will benefit the project as a whole in the camp. Once the project is fully completed later in spring 2023, more lessons can be learned.

Facts about the project

Participating organisations
Linné University, Kalmar Energi, Wexnet
Tillväxtverket (European Regional Development Fund ERDF), Kronoberg Region, Kalmar County Region Tidplan from
July 2021 to 30 April 2023
Subject matter Data
science (Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More information

The project is part of research in the research team The Engineering Resilient Systems (ERES) and in the knowledge environment Linné: Digital transformations.

Are you sure you want to apply for the project? Look for events on the project’s website or contact David Mozart for more information.


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Target audience

  • Digital skills for the labour force.

Digital technology / specialisation

  • Internet of Things

Digital skill level

  • Digital Expert
  • Advanced

Geographic Scope - Country

  • Sweden

Industry - Field of Education and Training

  • Generic programmes and qualifications not further defined

Type of Funding