The European Commission launched an 'Innovation Award' competition in the context of the European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems - EFECS 2017. The results of the competition were announced at this event.

The most innovative idea developed under an FP7 or H2020 EU-funded project in the area of ECS was selected for the award. This year a large number of very high quality submissions were submitted and evaluated. The award was handed out on 7th of December at the forum. The results are as follows:


PING Project

Inspired and supported by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission, six world leading companies from four different EU countries have founded the PING (Printed Intelligent NFC Game cards and packaging) consortium to bring flexible electronics from the lab to mainstream markets.

The overall goal of this consortium is to enable and facilitate the production of smart printed objects. Flexible electronics and printed materials, like cards, stickers and packaging, make a perfect combination to realise the Internet of Things.

PING Project receives European Innovation Award

Runners up (alphabetical)

MSP Project

The MSP project - Multi Sensor Platform for Smart Building Management - is focused on the development of highly innovative sensor devices based on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The MSP-project employs Through-Silicon-Via (TSV) technology for 3D-integration of these devices on CMOS electronic platform chips to innovative smart systems capable for indoor and outdoor environmental monitoring. The MSP consortium successfully developed the most challenging full manufacturing chain for 3D system integration including overmolding. The MSP demonstrator system implemented in a wearable wristband comprises a total of 57 sensors – a worldwide unique sensor system.

Novelty is the outstanding variety of sensor devices 3D-integrated to a high-performance system including sophisticated nano-based gas sensors, optical sensors for ultraviolet, visible and infrared light, as well as temperature and humidity sensors.


SocketMaster is a European collaborative project that aims to provide above-knee amputees with personalised, optimised prosthetic sockets capable of being designed and manufactured in a short period of time.

The SocketMaster system combines mechatronics and smart sensor technologies for the acquisition of biomechanical information with data management procedures and algorithms for designing and modelling of optimised prosthetics.

TAPPS Project

TAPPS (Trusted Apps for open CPSs) is a EU-funded project in Horizon2020 framework which provides an open platform for CPS (Cyber-Physical System) apps by addressing as solution all necessary layers, from hardware over software to a marketplace, to ensure security and real-time support for the apps. Technically, TAPPS provides dedicated Trusted Execution Environments for highly-trusted CPS apps, including computing and network virtualization, access control as well as tool chain for app development and verification. The project, coordinated by fortiss GmbH, includes innovative small and medium companies (SMEs) as well as leading technology providers to provide an end-to-end solution.

Novelties include:

Secure CAN - an innovative way to securing the standard legacy and future in-vehicle networks with less then 1 millisecond cycle time threshold required to real time automotive applications;

SEC-OTA - secure over-the-air firmware updating for Cyber-Physical Systems. The SEC-OTA updating brings a homogenized updating process across OEMs, suppliers and sub-tiers, removing at the same time the costs for individual security precautions and cryptographic countermeasures for each individual component or sub-system. The objective is to overcome all attacks to the servers, to the networks and to the diverse electronic control units (ECUs) in modern vehicles.


VINEYARD develops a novel integrated framework for the efficient acceleration of cloud applications in heterogeneous data centers.

Specifically, VINEYARD develops novel accelerated servers based on programmable dataflow accelerators and FPGAs that can be customized based on the data-centre’s application requirements. These programmable accelerators are used not only to increase the performance of servers but also to reduce significantly the energy consumption in data centres.

VINEYARD develops also a high-level programming framework that hides the complexity of programming heterogeneous systems allowing end-users to seamlessly utilize these accelerators in data centers by employing typical data-centre programming frameworks like Spark.