ENGINEERING Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A. is the head company of the ENGINEERING Group. Engineering was founded in 1980, and it is currently the first IT group in Italy, among the top 10 IT groups in Europe, with over 7.300 employees and 43 branch offices in Italy and abroad, with an established presence in Belgium, Lebanon, Republic of Serbia, Latin America and USA. The group produces IT innovation to more than 1.000 large clients, with a complete offer combining system and business integration, outsourcing, cloud services, consulting, and proprietary solutions. Engineering Data Centres offer business continuity and IT infrastructure management to about 15.000 servers and 230.000 workstations.

Engineering operates through in the following business units: Finance, Central Government, Local Government and Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Industry and Telecoms, delivering innovative IT solutions to main vertical markets: Aerospace, Insurance, Automotive, Banks, Consumer Products, Defence and Aerospace, Energy & Utilities, Training, Central & Local Government, Homeland Security, Life Science, Manufacturing, Media, International Organisation, Retail, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Transports, Welfare.

Since 1987, Engineering innovation capability is supported by its Central Department of Research & Development, with around 250 researchers currently involved in over 50 research projects. R&D Department have been participating in several National and European research initiatives co-funded by EC and the Italian Research Ministry, with about 20M euro/year of co-funding. The R&D Department is located across 6 different locations in Italy and in Europe.

The activities include the various challenges linked to the future of the Internet, intended as a global information system and computing environment, smart cities and Public Administration Innovation. The goal is to contribute to the change in markets and companies via solutions that can create innovative experiences for the users, in order to encourage a safe, aware use of information technology.

The Open Public Service Innovation (OPSI) Laboratory is paving a structured pathway in between innovation and research structured, addressing Public Administration domain. It is also enlarging its boundaries of investigation towards Smart City and Smart Communities themes.  The vision of the OPSI laboratory is to drive research effort by gathering real needs of the territory (bottom-up approach) offering Technological and design expertise, and to provide an integrated framework, composed by technologies, methodologies and skills, supporting the transparency and accountability in Public Administration towards paradigm shifting from eGovernment to Smart Government.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions