Why use a testbed
Imagine a place where you can collaborate with companies, a city, researchers and institutes in an innovative environment in order to make a successful product or service. In Gothenburg you find testbeds all over the city - literately on the roads. Join us and test your products and services in virtual reality, in labs, in simulated environments and in real city environments.
Why use a testbed?
By using a testbed, the risks and the up-front investments are often reduced as innovations can be verified and validated early in the development, enabling new business opportunities and knowledge to develop. All companies need references and proof that their product or service will work on a market. Gothenburg offers a series of testbeds where you can test your product or service before investing your whole budget on full-scale development.
A testbed in Gothenburg is an excellent way for a company to make contacts in the Nordic market. Also, Swedes are known for being early adopters, which makes us a perfect test market. If you make it here, you can make it anywhere.
"We strongly believe that working in testbed projects is a good way of working with industry development. When businesses, the city and academia address a challenge or approach a complex problem together, we can develop and test products and services, and learn from each other."
- Maria Strömberg, head of Clusters & Innovation at Business Region Göteborg.
To enter a testbed environment not only means that you get to use the test site facilities. You also become a part of an ecosystem within a cluster, such as ICT, life science, automotive or cultural and creative industries. You get to know the market, which is especially important for small companies, often with a R&D budget that can’t afford to test a product or service on its own.
An innovation leader
Sweden has held the top spot as Europe’s most innovative country since 2015, according to a European Commission ranking. And according to the Regional Innovation Score Board Gothenburg is an innovation leader characterized by relatively high business R&D expenditures, a highly educated workforce and many people employed in knowledge-intensive industries. Approximately 25% of Sweden’s R&D investment in the private sector is made in the Gothenburg region.
It's not only companies that have noticed the innovative environments growing in Gothenburg. RISE, Research institute of Sweden, moved its headquarters to Gothenburg in 2016. They stated the reason being “western Sweden is one of the country’s most important industrial and research clusters and, with over 1100 employees in the region, it is only natural for the new RISE to establish its headquarters in Gothenburg”. RISE is in charge of several testbeds and demonstration sites.
Where research meets business
The broad range of testbeds and the successful collaborations between the private, public and academic sectors have helped make Gothenburg a hotspot for innovation. Another contributor is the science parks such as Lindholmen Science Park, Johanneberg Science Park and Sahlgrenska Science Park. They all provide cooperation-friendly environments, perfect for initiating testbeds and collaborations. Lindholmen is an international collaborative environment for research, innovation and education within the areas Transport, ICT and Media. Johanneberg focuses on Urban Development, Energy, Materials and Nano Technology. Sahlgrenska works within life science, an area that often tends to cross-cluster with ICT.
The Prehospital ICT Arena, PICTA, is a good example of a testbed that enables collaboration across cluster and industry borders. PICTA is an open arena for research and innovation in prehospital medical care. Here, healthcare services, industry and academy are collaborating to enable IT and eHealth to be used in the best possible manner.
"Both large and small companies need local reference projects in order to be credible on the international market. Presidents as well as business delegations from other countries come to here to get inspired by our sustainable solutions such as ElectriCity and DriveMe, created in partnership between industry, academia, the city and the region."
- Maria Strömberg
The engagement from the local industries in Gothenburg is strong. The Volvo Group has even made a viral success using the label “Made in Gothenburg”. Gothenburg is also home of Volvo Group’s ElectriCity – an electric bus route with indoor bus stop, and during 2017 the Volvo Cars’ DriveMe-project launches 100 autonomous cars that are tested and driven by ordinary people on the very streets of Gothenburg.