Ten SMEs from the automotive and aeronautic sectors were selected to implement IIoT technologies with technical and financial support from government, academia, consulting firm and the World Economic Forum. Throughout the process, several insights and public policy ideas were generated to accelerate the adoption of 4.0 technologies in industrial SMEs. Check out some participants ́ testimonials.


The World Economic Forum, the Ministry of Economy of Brazil and the State of São Paulo are launching a scalable program for policymakers to incentivize the adoption of IIoT/4.0 technologies in manufacturing SMEs.

In this webpage, you will find documented all the process since July 2019, when multiple stakeholders from government, academia and private sector kicked off this project in São Paulo.

In this presentation you can access more information on the prototype: Project introduction doc

Project timeline:

July 2019
Small cross functional teams were stablished to co-create policy ideas from the experience of ten SMEs from the automotive and aeronautics supply chain in Brazil in rolling-out IIoT.
August – December
The ten SMEs went through a complete cycle of an IIoT deployment with direct technical support from the project team – Prototype phase.
November 2019
The Government of São Paulo launched additional 120 manufacturing SMEs to be implemented by the end of 2020 based on the learnings from the prototype – Pilot phase.
Mid 2020
The Brazilian Ministry of Economy plans to expand the pilot, through the program Brasil Mais Produtivo, to another 2000 companies by the end of 2021 – Scale phase.


Based on agile co-design approach, learnings and insights were collected from the prototype, several multi-stakeholders workshops, desk research and interviews.

October 2019:

Prototype The initial step involved assessing each SME’s 4IR maturity and IIoT readiness level. Based on the findings of that assessment each company received sixty hours of expert support with 6 main objectives:
  • Develop their use case
  • Identify the most suitable IIoT use cases and technology solutions
  • Evaluate technology vendor options, considering risks such as vendor lock-in
  • Deploy the technology, train users and implement the IIoT use case
  • Estimate the return on investment
  • Evaluate operating model changes needed to take advantage of the IIoT solutions implemented
In this presentation you can access more information on the prototype:

Open source documents

You can access all the documents produced during the prototype phase of the project.

Design Toolkit

A walk-through manual to help organizations design and execute workshop sessions to develop human-centric public policies. Design Toolkit doc

Maturity Assessment Questionnaire

Self-assessment tool designed to provide SMEs with an understanding of their company's position regarding IIoT and 4.0 technologies along six dimensions (organization, people, data, operations, technology and value chain). Maturity Assessment Model doc

Use Case Catalogue

Initial set of IIoT used cases implemented in the prototype, describing their ROI and KPIs, operating model aspects, requirements within the IIoT value loop and main stakeholders Use case catalogue

KPIs and Economic Impact Methodology

Methodology accessible for SMEs to measure the impact and value of the IIoT implementation ROI Methodology doc

Operating Model Change Methodology

A framework for an organisation to align itself with the overall business strategy and goals, outlining the governance structure and how it functions as an entity. Operating Model Framework

Procurement Toolkit

IIoT procurement guidelines and best practices aiming at reducing the information asymmetry between SMEs, tech providers and vendors. Procurement toolkit


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