think.BDPST conference

28-29 March 2018
Venue: Várkert Bazár, Budapest

Organised annually in Budapest by the Antall József Knowledge Centre in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and with the support of the International Visegrad Fund, think.BDPST is a strategic conference focusing on perspectives of research, innovation, and future technologies. Featured topics of the 2018 event include the future of transport and smart cities, and urban innovation.


Industrial producer prices up 4.5% in November

Industrial producer prices rose 4.5% year-on-year in November 2017, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a first release of monthly data. Prices for domestic sales were up 4.8%, while industrial export prices rose 4.4%.


Predictive maintenance: the brainpower behind smart factories

In previous decades, there was no reliable way for factory operators to prevent equipment from breaking down unexpectedly and leaving their operations at a standstill. But with the increasing presence of IIOT sensors that monitor and process data at production plants in real time, this uncertainty is becoming a thing of the past.

Preventive maintenance, and especially edge computing, is transforming manufacturing in today’s smart factories. By enabling the close monitoring of equipment, workers can be alerted well before failures happen. Jason Ng, business development director at Adlink, outlines this and some of the other advantages of edge computing, while pointing out a complex hurdle that manufacturers must first overcome before reaping its full benefits.


Hungary presents suggestions in Brussels on EU RDI funding beyond 2020

Hungary’s position paper on the content and strategic directions of the next research, development and innovation framework programme (FP9) to be launched in 2021, prepared with the contribution of a dedicated expert group, was presented in Brussels by József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. The 2014–2020 framework programme of the EU with an original budget of EUR 80 billion is still running with hundreds of calls.

The event organised for presenting the Hungarian position on continuation and renewal was also attended by R&D deputy ministers from Slovenia, Poland and the Czech Republic to discuss at a round table the standpoints of the countries in the region on the upcoming framework programme.