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R&D and innovation challenges

Based on the contributions of the different agents of the ecosystem, DIHGIGAL has defined a series of R&D and innovation challenges.

Any project generated in response to these must take into account three factors:

  • Technical. It must show a high degree of alignment with the challenges outlined below.
  • Strategic. It must fit into the digital transformation strategy of its promoter(s).
  • Economical. They must estimate the expected return on investment.


The soul and key to the digital transformation: people


The digital transformation takes shape in processes and products


The digital transformation has a huge and positive impact on the environment

Decision-making challenge

Support for strategic and/or real-time decision making through integrated and secure data collection and processing systems 

Some outstanding work areas: digital connectivity, systems integration, sensorisation, monitoring, descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, reporting, control and management of point-of-sale data (face-to-face or digital), customer journey, TD training.

Digital office challenge

Removing inefficiencies and non-value-added tasks by ensuring security, connectivity and competitive improvement.

Some outstanding work areas: smart contract, paperless, smart and secure access control and digitised, safe and effective communications.

Challenge of human-machine interaction

Shared, agile and safe spaces.

Some outstanding work areas: development of interoperability solutions, development and improvement of interfaces, automatic report generation, AI, augmented reality solutions, exoskeletons, training tools.

Virtualisation and simulation challenge

Virtualisation and simulation of products and processes.

Some outstanding work areas: digital twin, predictive modelling.

Advanced automation challenge

Integration and modernisation of equipment in production systems.

Some outstanding work areas: pick and place robotisation, plug & play, collaborative robotics.

Tracking, quality and safety challenge

Comprehensive and secure follow-up from the supplier to the after-sales service.

Some outstanding work areas: artificial vision, intelligent sensor technology, automated and/or intelligent defect detection, cybersecurity, blockchain.

Smart logistics challenge

Achieve more efficient and flexible logistics processes thanks to digital and intelligent management of your information systems and/or automated intralogistics processes.

Some outstanding work areas: autonomous logistics systems, intelligent transport, intelligent intralogistics, digital and automated warehouse management, real-time visualisation.

Integrated value chain management challenge

To obtain a digital, connected and intelligent value chain, allowing the elimination of those tasks or processes that do not add value.

Some outstanding work areas:

digital, intelligent and networked management, standardised and connected information systems, vertical and horizontal integration of companies, interconnectivity, data exchange between companies in the value chain for process optimisation, traceability and real-time connection.

0 emissions, 0 waste challenge

Achieve climate-neutral impacts individually, sectorally and cross-sectorally.

Some outstanding work areas: consumption prediction, eco-efficient transformation processes, sustainable packaging, recovery of waste and co-products, products with new properties, autonomous sensors. Processes for the integration of renewable energy sources, optimisation of energy generation and management, zero-emission plants, CO2 capture and use, circular economy.

Our strategic objectives

  • Create a collaborative, open and innovative ecosystem, ensuring industrial excellence, through cross-sectoral collaboration and the development of synergies.
  • Promote a long-term strategic industrial vision aimed at competitive improvement and sustainable development.
  • To promote collaboration between the technological offer and Galician industrial SMEs.
  • To be a one-stop shop for the region in the environment of new digital technologies and the factory of the future.
  • Strengthen the competences of companies, especially industrial SMEs, linked to digital transformation.
  • Attracting and retaining talent, knowledge transfer and innovation through the collaboration of industry and knowledge brokers.
  • Support entrepreneurship and the development of new business models that strengthen the ecosystem.
  • Generate a recognisable brand image and a structure connected to EU DIHs.
  • Collaborate with public administrations to achieve greater development of the region’s industrial and technological ecosystem.
  • Promote the development of R&D and innovative projects, aligned with the needs and challenges facing the industrial fabric.

The Hub ASSOCIATION FOR THE DIGITALIZATION OF THE INDUSTRY OF GALICIA is an initiative developed within the framework of the Galician Strategy of Hubs and Digital Innovations, promoted by the Xunta de Galicia through the Ministry of Economy, Employment and Industry.