Nordic Testbed Network
– supporting digital transformation in the Nordic bioeconomy

Digitalisation plays a vital role in the rapid development of the Nordic bioeconomy. Access to cutting edge platforms for development, so-called testbeds, where new digital knowledge and technology can be developed is fundamental. To meet this need, and to support the digital transformation of the Nordic bioeconomy, the Nordic Testbed Network was initiated.

VISION of Nordic Testbed Network

Nordic added value

The Nordic countries are at the forefront of both the digital transformation and in developing the bioeconomy. As a result of the joint Nordic interest in a digital bioeconomy, there are multiple testbeds all over the Nordic countries aiming to push this development. High-performing testbeds do however require extensive resources, and testbeds are specialised on specific topics. By creating a Nordic network of testbeds, we facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technology transfer in the Nordic region. In this way, more people have easier access, and possibility to contribute, to the development of testbeds that suits them, no matter where in the Nordic region they are located. This is resource optimisation in practice.

Background of the initiative

The Nordic Testbed Network is managed by Nordic Forest Research (SNS) and Nordic Agri Research (NKJ) and is aligned with initiatives such as the North Digital Declaration and the Nordic Bioeconomy Program. It is based on the initiative ‘Digitalisation in the Nordic bioeconomy’ undertaken by SNS and NKJ during 2018, which highlighted testbeds as an important part of strengthening the Nordic bioeconomy’s profitability and competitiveness.

Are we on the same page?

Bioeconomy refers to the biomass-based part of the total economy. It is often associated with concepts like green economy and circular economy. In the Nordic Testbed Networks, it is defined as agriculture and forestry.

Digitalisation refers to a process of comprehensive social changes (e.g. new business ­models and infrastructure solutions). Digitisation is one component of digitalisation and refers to the conversion of information from analogue to digital format.

Testbeds are physical or virtual environments where businesses, academia and other organisations can interact in the development, testing and introduction of new products, services, processes or organisational solutions in selected areas. A well-designed testbed has effectively integrated both ”hardware” (equipment, physical facilities etc.) and ”software” (competence, organisation, service ­offerings etc).