Research and Consultancy

Blockchain projects


At local, regional and national levels we have seen widespread digitisation of services, but in many cases we have not significantly progressed from the deployment of electronic versions of paper processes. While governments, citizens and partners have long had the aim of developing transformative services, limitations in our ability to understand who is using services and how we can manage, integrate and re-use information have restricted our ability to develop the next generation of eGovernment services.

The BLING project will, by combining the expertise of knowledge institutions and the playingfield of municipalities and governmental organisations together with businesses and citizens, investigate what role Blockchain can be for governments.

BLING will leverage blockchain's enabling technologies to begin delivering the next generation of innovative services for citizens, communities and SMEs. BLING explores, enables and delivers blockchainbased services for governments.

BLING will:

  • deliver models for blockchain-enabled service development
  • identify what regulatory and policy barriers need to be addressed
  • provide a deeper understanding of the appropriate use-cases for blockchain-enabled services
  • security and safety in goods and services, consumer protection, privacy and data protection
  • create awareness through events, tools and services

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Blockchain4SME is a project approved by the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship under the TETRA program. TETRA projects aim to translate recently available knowledge (new technology such as blockchain in this project, recently completed research or existing knowledge from another domain or sector) into concrete, useful information so that the target group (small and medium enterprises) can innovate faster.

The SME has experienced and endured the first internet revolutions (web 1.0 and web 2.0). The SME has learned about the internet from EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), B2B and B2C. The SME knows that it can connect its database to other databases, but that this is not so simple or practical in practice. However, there is also a problem with immediate availability of data. Data is constantly changing. The business processes of the SME are not simple and require a lot of processing of data. Automating, improving and making this processing faster is a major challenge.

The main aim of the research is to pass on the knowledge of blockchain technology to Flemish SMEs so that they can further digitize, improve, renew, secure and provide data privacy to their business processes. Flanders has about 300,000 SMEs. These companies are very important to the Flemish economy. SMEs must be able to use the new technology.

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AI: Artificial Intelligence in a professional environment


With the growth in IT infrastructure and increasing digitization, the volume and complexity of network traffic are increasing. An increase in the size of a computer network provides a larger attack surface. This makes it easier to penetrate such a network.

On the other hand, security experts are faced with an abundance of data. Moreover, cybersecurity is a dynamic field in which new strategies for attacking are continuously being developed.

An unprecedented attack is also called a "zero-day attack".

The main aim of the research is to apply techniques from artificial intelligence to the data of a computer network in a typical contemporary company of average size (SME) and to detect when an attack occurs.

Furthermore, the speed of such an application is tested from capturing data to performing analysis. The robustness against simple parts of the attack (eg Ddos, portsweep, ...) or complex shapes (Botnets, False content injection, ..) are tested. The main information that the AI system uses is also reported at the end.


In the AI4Cast project, Howest, Sirris, and VIL together want to investigate how the use of modern technologies such as blockchain, new data encryption methods, and Artificial Intelligence can contribute to sharing and analyzing data in order to achieve chain-wide, real-time and proactive supply chain prediction & planning.


The general aim of this project is to make the Flemish SME aware of the potential and to provide a foundation for the combination of AI and Robotic Process Automation (“software robots”).

This makes it relatively easy to have the repetitive and often blunt work of entering and processing data in a company, independently carried out by a program. This way, you can relieve employees, reduce the chance of errors, and increase efficiency.

Cyber Security: security in a digital environment

ICI4 (living lab project)

This testing ground will be a central point of contact for the Flemish industry for all matters relating to cybersecurity.

The companies are introduced to the various aspects of securing an industrial installation by means of a physical demonstration set-up. They see these innovative systems and the potential to evaluate their specific situation.

Attention is paid to existing regulations and standards with regard to industrial installations as well as to the implementation of security measures.

Existing security best practices are supplemented with our own applied research to provide answers to the specific questions of the Flemish industry.

The objectives of this living lab project are threefold:

  • Translating the existing regulations concerning industrial network and information systems, in particular the new NIS directive, into concrete and practical applicable action points tailored to Belgian companies.
  • Explain and evaluate technical security measures using the test facility. Extensive attention is also paid to the impact on performance, robustness, and possible consequences for safety.
  • Demonstrate innovative network monitoring techniques within industrial networks by integration within the test facility. Where traditional detection systems use fixed rules, innovative systems offer the possibility to detect and report any deviant and potentially dangerous behavior through the use of machine learning.

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Smart city projects: getting started with data


Vital Cities investigates to what extent the physical and social environment consciously and unconsciously incites people to an accessible way of moving.

The research group of Applied Informatics investigates which technologies are relevant for data capture, which data can be transformed into relevant information and how it can be effectively visualized.

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Innovative web platforms


With Sharing Logistics, VIL will apply the principle of sharing economy via a virtual platform to the logistics B2B market. The aim is to develop a system whereby companies can use each other's unused assets and services without profit-making. In other words, the rental price of a certain asset/service cannot exceed the cost incurred. The intention is that the landlord can reduce part of the costs of standstill/vacancy.

The focus of this VIL project is to achieve an efficient, finished web platform to enable the participating companies to contact each other in a clear and fast manner and to effect a transaction. All this without much hassle and paperless with attention to the legal and insurance aspect of the case.

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Roeselare Volunteers is an open, autonomous platform that stimulates and supports cooperation in Roeselare. 

Roeselare volunteers:

  • supports citizens to show, develop, and share their interests and talents.
  • supports organizations in the search for human capital.

The platform was developed by Howest.

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Krachtnet is committed to developing a digital toolbox that supports informal and formal care providers in making an inventory of the (active and dormant) social network of the elderly and in working with their qualities and talents. In addition to the toolbox itself, accompanying manuals, instructional videos, and training are being developed (target groups: IT companies, care providers, managers, students in training ...).

As a result of this project, we will come to a Proof of Concept that will be made available to IT companies that focus on care and welfare.

Krachtnet builds on earlier research into deploying internal and external forces to combat social isolation and loneliness.

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