Coöperatie DevLab, Development Laboratories U.A. (short: DevLab), consists of 12 SME companies as members of the cooperation. In close co-operation with universities, with a network of professors and lectors, research projects are carried out by graduating and phd students, post-doc researchers and employees of the DevLab member SMEs.
The objective of DevLab and the participating SMEs is to stimulate and facilitate the circulation of knowledge between universities and the industry. The flow of knowledge enables national and international business opportunities on the long term. The demand and research definitions stem from the industry partners (knowledge/technology push), whereas the universities and other institutes facilitate the research.
By teaming up with other SMEs, organizing themselves in the co-operation DevLab, the companies join strengths and create critical mass. This enables them to secure their (international) market position on the mid and long term. This position is mostly based on specific technological knowledge and expertise. Where individual SMEs are too small to accomplish this, as a partner in DevLab they can keep their leading position in technology. The critical mass also enables the definition of ambitious research assignments to universities, technical colleges and other research institutes.
The intellectual property, as a result of the DevLab research projects, is shared between all member companies, who are allowed to use this for commercial purposes. The industrial goals of the DevLab members are to jointly develop innovative technology that can be used by DevLab members in their individual business contexts for further product development and business opportunities. The employees of member companies participate in DevLab projects with extensive in kind contribution, thus actively play a role and fully accept the risks involved in research projects.
The research over the past years was mainly focused on self-organizing wireless sensor networks. We have realized a network concept, called MyriaNed.