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Finalist | OORT (Poland) – Smart Home with Bluetooth Smart

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The Polish startup OORT has developed a smart home system for houses and apartments based on Bluetooth Smart technology. In terms of user-friendly technology, this takes OORT one step further than most other providers of smart home solutions. We talked to the OORT CEO Radek Tadajewski to know more about his motivations and the motivations of his team.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Radek Tadajewski: I was always into new technologies. That’s why for a long time I was a CEO of a venture capital fund that invested in technology-related projects. I was looking for an innovative global idea to invest in, but nothing quite met my expectations. Somehow there was always something missing. So I decided to start my own venture and that’s how the OORT story begins.

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

The smart home is currently the most promising market for Bluetooth devices. Because OORT based its technology on Bluetooth Smart, users don’t need to purchase expensive mobile devices to control their homes. The system will work with any Bluetooth Smart-enabled device, even ones users have already purchased – including wearables. It’s the user who decides which devices are attractive to him, so he can create his own personal smart home system. The system works regardless of smartphone manufacturer or OS. More…

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Finalist | com2m (Germany) – platform for M2M communication

com2m quadratSometime machines simply do not work and when this does happen, it can result in downtimes and expensive support from service technicians. The potential to make savings is huge and one way to do this is to connect up machines. To make this “M2M-communication” possible, the German startup com2com has developed a unique platform. Here’s our interview with the CODE_n finalist from Dortmund.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

We worked together in a research project where we had to build an infrastructure for a remote maintenance application. The application was based on enterprise technologies that make it possible to build a clean architecture that is scalable to application load. But we also realized that requested changes and new requirements resulted in significant work to make consistent implementation on all layers possible, including persistent layers and security constraints. This made us think about how to improve the development of such server applications and if it is necessary to build a new application from scratch for every use case. We finally started to build our own tools for a generative development process and used them to develop a more generic platform that can be used for remote maintenance and M2M applications in a wide area of application. Based on this first product, we founded com2m and now offer an M2M platform as a software-as-a-service solution, as well as individual applications that we can build very efficiently with our own tools.s.

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Finalist | ivips Fleet Management (Belgium) – manage car fleets better

ivips fleet management quadratManaging corporate car fleets is time consuming and costly. The belgian startup ivips is offering corporations a solution which aims to optimize the organisation of fleets, but also to motivate drivers for better driving behaviours through a special bonus systems. We asked the CODE_n finalist some questions about his business model.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Fleet managers lack information about their vehicles to efficiently manage them, the related costs and the driving behaviour of those using them. Other software only offers partial solutions for an isolated aspect of a business without fulfilling crucial requirements specific to a sector. The idea was to offer fully integrated solutions tailored to a business’s needs aimed at cost savings, automation and efficiency by incorporating real-time vehicle communication with the rest of the business’s information.

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Finalist | ParkTAG (Germany) – find your parking space through a community

Parking spaces are a rare commodity in city centers. For drivers, the search for a vacant parking space is time-consuming and costly. The annual exhaust emissions generated while people look for a place to park is estimated to amount to 1% of global fossil fuel emissions. The Berlin startup and CODE_n finalist ParkTAG is trying to solve this problem with an app-based community.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

On average, urban drivers spend 7 minutes looking for a parking space, up to four times a day. A car spends 95% of its lifetime in a parking position. Drivers looking for a place to park cause a staggering 30% of urban traffic. The battle for parking spaces is a worldwide problem. It seemed really odd that this parking issue still hasn’t been solved since the technology is there. The communities are also there. It was just waiting for someone to do the hard work of putting the technology and the communities together.

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Finalist | Vebbu (Croatia) – Smart Home by the HVAC specialists

The HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) sector bears the highest potential for smart home solutions with enhanced energy efficiency . The startup Vebbu from Zagreb is offering a solution which focuses on precisely these fields. The highlight: The developers are experienced HVAC specialists, offering simple usability at an extremely competitive price. Check out our short interview with the CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

5 years ago, we started working with personal wireless networks when the term IoT was not even a common term. We immediately saw that the world is about to change and entered the field where we have most expertise (HVAC, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

The global smart thermostat market could be worth nearly $1.4 billion by 2020, up from about $100 million today, according to a new market study from Navigant Research. And the EU will be the biggest market worldwide by 2017. Currently, there is no automated, wirelessly networkable and smart heating/cooling system for end consumers. There is no heating/cooling and energy preservation system that can be installed without engineers and wiring, either. The price of control devices for heating/cooling and their installation (especially in a network) is so expensive that it is a significant barrier to entry and the return on the investment for such control units takes years.

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Finalist | Insulin Angel (UK) – sensors for temperature-sensitive medication

Diabetics need continual medication, which is very sensitive to extreme temperatures. If temperatures become too extreme, health can be compromised. Angel Insulin tackles this problem by monitoring temperatures with smart sensors. Here our interview with Amin Zayani, co-founder of our CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Amin Zayani (Insulin Angel): I myself am a diabetic, and my little brother too. We depend on insulin to stay alive and well. Coming from a hot country, we know how sensitive insulin is to hot and cold temperatures. Still it just sometimes happens that either these temperatures are exceeded and our health is compromised, or we are not sure about the storage conditions of our medication, so we throw it away. The other challenge is to never lose it or forget it (or the blood-sugar meter). So knowing what’s possible with technology, I decided to tackle the problem and developed Insulin Angel, to help solve these two challenges.

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Finalist | Wicross (France) – one application for all smart devices

There are more and more smart and connected devices. In most cases the user needs to manage a whole bunch of apps to manage and control them – which can sometimes be a little bit inconvenient. The French startup Wicross wants to simplify all this and is offering one app for all smart devices. Here’s a short interview with the CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Wicross: The idea came from observing emerging technology in France – and more widely in Europe – and the Internet of Things ecosystem. It seems to be the reference point throughout the world. We thought: “For once, why don’t we try to keep all the added value created by this ecosystem over here (data and services relating to the IoT), instead of giving it all to the USA?”. Wicross was born.

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Finalist | Cubilog (Hungary) – One solution for smart, semi-smart and dumb devices

cubilog quadratA lot of smart devices can be controlled only via delegated software and do not work together. On top of this, there are still a lot of devices which are not smart at all, let’s call these dumb. The modular solution of Cubilog has set out to change this endemic problem once and for all. We interviewed the Zoltan Rendes, Founder and CMO of Cubilog and his team.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Zoltan Rendes (Cubilog): Cubilog was born from the fact that there are more and more smart devices around us in our homes, but for all of those you have to use delegated apps and remotes. The more devices you have, the more remotes and apps you have to use, which really takes a lot of time and nerves to deal with. Also, there are a lot of old devices like offline thermostats, garage door openers or garden sprinklers around us, and Cubilog makes it possible to connect those up to our system and make them smart too.

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