PROMISE Project Consortium Partners

The PROMISE Project was begun in 2004 as an IST FP6 project and concluded in May 2008, when it was acclaimed as an example of a very successful EU-funded research project.
It brought together a large international partnership involving five IMS regions: EU, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and USA. This integration of research efforts with common or similar objectives contributes to develop synergies at many levels.

Promise Innovation International Oy is the direct result of this cooperation and the first spin-off company to result from an EU research project. Promise Innovation has been recognised by all former consortium partners, and continues to collaborate with a number of original project partners as well as forging new relationships with expert technology and service providers worldwide; the objective, to provide industry and society with the benefits of applying Closed Loop Lifecycle Management.

The PROMISE consortium comprised 22 partners from 9 countries and was IMS endorsed. In addition there was close cooperation and integration with 2 external projects (OPAK and M-Lab).

BIBA (Germany)
Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and Applied Work Science, located in the northern part of Germany, has 120 employees including five professors, 70 research scientists, PhD-students and administrative staff. It is an interdisciplinary research institute, which develops technical / organisational solutions and puts them into practice in SMEs as well as multinational companies. The BIBA is closely connected to the faculty of Production Technology at the University of Bremen.
Bombardier Transportation (Switzerland)
Serving a diversified customer base around the world, Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail vehicles and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, bogies, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions. Bombardier Transportation’s revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2005 amount to $7.6 billion US. In Switzerland, Bombardier Transportation manufactures commuter and regional trains, trams and passenger coaches. In addition, Bombardier Transportation in Switzerland is responsible for the design, engineering and project management of electrical locomotives, propulsion and control systems for locomotives and high-speed trains, and offers a complete range of operations and maintenance services to railway operators.
University of Cambridge Cambridge University (UK)
The Centre for Distributed Automation and Control, headed by Dr Duncan McFarlane, is part of the Institute for Manufacturing, in turn a part of the Cambridge University Engineering Department. A world-leader in research into distributed, intelligent and agile manufacturing systems, CDAC also contains the European Auto-ID Centre, part of a global project to set standards in RFID technology in the supply chain.

Caterpillar (France)
Caterpillar is the world leader in the manufacture of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. It currently has an annual turnover more than 20 billion Euro, and its strategy is for this to increase to 30 billion within the next five years. Caterpillar’s European operations include manufacturing facilities in France, Belgium, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Russia and Sweden. These operations currently employ more than 20 000 people. European growth of at least 25% is expected as part of the planned corporate growth.

CIMRU is located in the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Founded in 1985, CIMRU has participated in a number of large European R&D projects. Based on this experience, CIMRU has developed expertise in the fields of systems modelling and simulation, innovation management, product data management, logistics including inbound logistics (Supply Chain Management) and outbound logistics (distribution), performance measurement and in more recent times reverse logistics and the modelling of End of Life (EOL) product recovery and resource sustainement systems.

COGNIDATA GmbH is an SME consisting of a number of leading computer science experts who support industry companies in carrying out complex research and development projects. Current activities include the building of prototypes for fault diagnosis, XML message mapping, metadata harmonisation, and the application of RFID technology. The customer base includes among others Altana, SAP, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, ALSTOM, Lufthansa Airlines and State Nordrhein-Westfalen.

CR FIAT (Italy)
Centro Ricerche FIAT (CRF) is an industrial organisation with 980 employees, having the mission of promoting, developing and transferring innovation in order to provide competitiveness to its clients: FIAT Group and Suppliers, companies from other sectors, SMEs, research agencies. CRF attains this objective by focussing on: the development of innovative products, the implementation of new processes (manufacturing and organisational), the development of advanced methodologies (including optimisation and statistics), consultancy and the training of human resources. Priority areas of R&D at CRF include Energy and the Environment, Safety and Well-Being, and Sustainable Growth.

EPFL (Switzerland)
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two Swiss Institutes of Technology, educating more than 7000 students in all engineering disciplines and participating in numerous national and international research projects in all engineering domains. The Computer Aided Design and Production Laboratory (LICP) of the Institute of Production and Robotics of EPFL is involved in various fundamental and applied research projects in the CADCAM and PLM area in collaboration with Swiss and European industrial partners, mainly SMEs. To respond to the scientific challenges presented by important research problems in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) the following three activities have been defined within LICP: Product Modeling and Reasoning for Manufacture/ Assembly/Remanufacture; Informatics for Planning and Scheduling for Manufacture/ Assembly/Remanufacture; Product Data Pre-Processing and Exchanging for Part Production.

In PROMISE, EPFL-LICP contributes with his competences and experience in concept development for Closed-loop PLM, development of reference models for Closed-loop PLM and methods and algorithms for Data-Information-Knowledge Trnsforamtions for DfX, Predictive Maintenance Decision Support etc.

FIDIA S.p.A. (Italy)
FIDIA is one of the European leaders in manufacturing Numerical Controls and High Speed Milling Machines for dies and moulds making. The company has also developed and offers CAM modules suitable in particular for on line generation of part programs (HIMILL). FIDIA is present on the world Market of Numerical Controls and High Speed Milling Machines. FIDIA NC and Machine Tools are dedicated to mould and dies of medium/large size production.

Helsinki University of Technology (Finland)
Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) is the oldest and largest University of Technology in Finland, dating back to the nineteenth century (1849). It has twelve faculties, nine separate institutes, 17 degree programmes, 232 professors, 14 264 under- and postgraduate students, 853 Masters´ degrees awarded and 107doctorates in 2001 (June 2002). PROMISE is mainly related to the research projects Dialog and Netlog. The departments involved are Computer Science, Industrial Management and the TAI research institute. HUT can therefore offer a wide range of competence from software engineering and computer networks to logistics, production and economics. This is demonstrated by one of the first operational RFID-based systems for global tracking of shipments, developed in the Dialog research project.


Indesit Company S.p.A. is one of the three largest European appliance manufacturers. The Group's principal activities are to design and produce household appliances: fridges, freezers, washing machines, cookers, ovens, dish washers and other appliances. Indesit Company also provides third parties with the capabilities and technologies required in order to network any electrical device making it accessible on a local or remote basis. Set up in 1975, Indesit Company has grown 20 times in the last 20 years thanks to a relentless stream of innovations. The Group operates in Italy, other European countries and other parts of the world.
The main focus is Total Product Traceability for industries with the requirement of batch tracing (EU directive 178-2002 for batch tracing) and industries with bulk goods like wood or other building materials. The core system consists of several building blocks: 1 Warehouse management software, 2 Positioning and navigation hardware and software for fork lifts, 3 Identification technologies with focus on RFID, 4 Total-Physical-Product-Traceability-ASP server.
Infineon INFINEON (Germany)
Infineon is a leading innovator in the international semiconductor industry. Various teams design, develop, manufacture, and market a broad range of products targeted at selected industries. The product portfolio consists of memory and logic products and includes digital, mixed-signal and analog integrated circuits as well as discrete semiconductor products and complete system solutions. The products serve applications in the wireless and wired communications, automotive, industrial, computer, security and chip card markets.
InMediasP InMediasP (Germany)
Founded in May 1998 as a spin-off from the Fraunhofer-Society, and still co-operates closely with the Fraunhofer-IPK Institute. InMediasP’s main business focuses on optimisation of innovation and product development processes as well as on application of advanced information technologies. InMediasP is active in the design and implementation of distributed processes for global engineering, virtual enterprises and supplier integration. Concepts and applications for Product Lifecycle Management is one of InMediasP’s main areas of activity.
Founded in 1977, INTRACOM (3.400 employees) is the largest Greek new technologies company with domestic and international activity. It engineers products, provides services and undertakes complex and integrated large-scale technology projects across the four basic economy sectors of: Telecommunications, Government, Banking and Finance, Defence systems. In this framework, company’s activities include: research, development and production of hardware and software products, deployment and integration of advanced solutions and implementation of large-scale "turn-key" projects, consulting, support, management, and outsourcing services, participation in international R & D programs.
INTRACOM participates in PROMISE as an industrial user providing requirements, and designing and implementing a pilot case in order to demonstrate and evaluate the results of the PROMISE Fundamental Research Clusters.
The RTD activities of CNR-ITIA aim at innovating Products, Processes and Organisation referring to the following research areas: Innovative Mechanical Components, Machine and Manufacturing, Industrial Robotics and Automation Systems, Dynamic Analysis and Simulation of Machinery, Simulation and Engineering Applications, Virtual Manufacturing Environment, Supply Chain and Production Management, Extended Evolving Enterprise, Innovation Management. The Institute acts in tight collaboration with Enterprises, Universities, other Research Centres and Institutions to transfer technologies, training and implementing new tools.
Politecnico Milano Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO is a leading Italian technical university, recognized as an important research institution with high competencies both in the design and the management of production and logistic systems. Since its foundation the Politecnico di Milano keeps intensive liaison and co-operation with entrepreneurial, institutional and social entities throughout the country. Nowadays, relations between the university and industry in the area of technological innovation have become particularly significant as also the participation in several research European projects.
SAP SAP (Germany)
SAP is the recognized leader in providing e-business solutions for all types of industries and for every major market, and the world's third-largest independent software supplier overall. Through the mySAP(tm) Business Suite, people doing business around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. SAP Research is SAP's worldwide organization responsible for researching and developing new technologies and e-business solutions that may impact the future of SAP's products. Its primary goal is to establish SAP as the thought leader in the area of innovative and breakthrough information technology. To this end, SAP Research determines the business value of new technologies and then passes them on to SAP development groups for integration into new or existing product lines. SAP Research has been researching on pervasive e-business solutions for almost a decade, and has key responsibility for defining SAP’s RFID and embedded systems strategy.
The SINTEF Group in Trondheim is a private research institute that performs contract research and development for industry and the public sector. It is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia with a total of around 1800 employees. SINTEF performs projects primarily within the technology area, but also in natural sciences, medicine, and the social sciences. SINTEF collaborates closely with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). About 90% of SINTEF’s projects are funded by industry.
Trackway Trackway (Finland)
A Finnish company has developed peer-to-peer technology enabling companies to share real-time product information, regardless of the RFID tag used. The WWAI protocol allows information about a product to be stored on a number of computers and provides security and authentication features that let companies decide who gets to see information related to a particular item. The company was started in 2001, has 9 employees and is rapidly expanding. WWAI was launched on 13th Feb 2003. Stockway delivers end-to-end solutions to industry and development tools to IT partners.