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Today marked the inauguration of the new Competence Center of STARTS 4.0 in Genoa, the showroom dedicated to industry that houses equipment available for the digitization of plants, facilities, and infrastructure.

Among the applications that can be tested in the Open Lab is STEP, the Virtual Reality training package developed by ETT in collaboration with Aitek and BC Service, currently used as the official training by the Merchant Navy. The Open Lab also features laser scanners of various sizes and tools necessary for constructing a digital twin of any artifact or infrastructure.

The Competence Center, located in Campi at the CNR headquarters, is one of the eight co-financed by the Ministry of Economic Development as part of the National Industry 4.0 Plan. It is a public-private partnership led by the National Research Council, involving the most important entities in the Ligurian and national economic fabric. The goal is to promote the internationalization of the local fabric, ensuring competitive training for companies and young professionals. This center will enable the launch and acceleration of innovative projects and technological development in the fields of critical infrastructure security, blue economy, and sustainability.

Described by Mayor Marco Bucci as “another excellence of Genoa in the name of innovation and business growth,” the Competence Center will be a fundamental resource for the necessary cultural shift to ensure that technological transformation leads to concrete results. It reinstates the concept of digitization to its role not as an end but as a necessary means.