GAIA is the Association of Industries for Electronic and Information Technologies in the Basque country (North of Spain). It is a non-profit private and professional entity created in 1983 which currently comprises more than 200 companies (80% SME) which offer products and services in electronic, IT and telecommunications fields located in this region. GAIA's mission is to drive development and the growth of the Electronic, IT and Telecommunications sector and to favour the incorporation and efficient application of sector technologies with the aim of collaborating in the development of the Information and Knowledge Society.

Role in the Consortium The association will offer their opinion from the IT companiesÂ’ point of view and will lead the Exploitation Board. Their associates include also other associations using PLC and automation, which means that their opinion will include also the end-users needs, but with a clear knowledge on the IT collective.