The goal of the TechRad research project is to automate technology scouting in the form of a platform-based technology radar and to provide a permanently up-to-date overview of available technologies. The content of the platform is filled by web crawling targeted at specific technologies.


Development of an autonomous technology scouting radar for small and medium-sized enterprises

Initial situation

The constant growth of the technology market makes it increasingly difficult for companies to keep track of relevant technologies. The overwhelming amount of information is particularly overwhelming for Small and Mid-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), which often do not have their own departments for strategy, market research, and competitive intelligence department. In addition, conventional technology overviews are usually inconsistent in their granularity and therefore offer only limited added value for SMEs.


The development of an intelligent and automated technology scouting platform will make it easier for SMEs to keep track of the current technology market. In addition, the high degree of automation ensures that scouting is always up to date, so that the companies using it can easily obtain an up-to-date overview of the technologies relevant to them.

Expected result

The goal of the project is an easy-to-use, cost-effective platform that provides a highly up-to-date, context-based overview of the researched technologies in a given market or technology field. A low entry threshold is realized by access to the service via a web service.

Benefits for the target group

The SMEs get an overview of technologies (e.g. for networking their factories in an industry 4.0 / Internet of Things (IoT) context) with the greatest topicality. The search can also be specified by specifying their own market segments. An illustration of the technologies through examples offers a further added value compared to comparable market research offers.

Project Partners


Project Information

Project Duration: June 1st, 2019 – May 31st, 2022

Funding Grant Number: EFRE-0801386 / IT-2-1-025

Funding / Project Sponsor (Fördermittelgeber): European Union (EU)

Project Management Agency (Projektträger): LeitmarktAgentur.NRW – Projektträger Jülich (PTJ) – Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Funding Program: EFRE.NRW – Investment into Growth and Employment (EFRE.NRW – Investitionen in Wachstum und Beschäftigung)

Funding Information: The TechRad project is funded by the European Union (EU).

For more information about the TechRad project, please contact the RapidMiner Research Team at