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The race for connected mobility is on! Disruptive trends and a market forecast for the auto industry

Digital transformation is delivering a spectacular race in the connected mobility sector. Great changes are coming up – and even greater ones lay still ahead. Their main drivers are: new high-tech entrants, low prices for new technology and the shift in zeitgeist. Seeing the rapid and intriguing changes in the connected mobility sector, it was clear that CODE_n had to make it one of the major topics of the CODE_n CONTEST `16. Our finalists of the connected mobility cluster inspired us with innovative solutions for the future of mobility. They are all promising competitors in the race for disrupting mobility technologies. But where does this race take us? We will take a closer look at the next stages and give a market forecast for the automotive industry. Ready, set, go!

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Kinemic from Germany

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Kinemic develops software to control and interact with digital devices – from smart watches, to smartphones, AR glasses, and PCs. All it takes is a few hand and arm motions. The CODE_n CONTEST finalist is currently developing its first finished products with major German enterprises. Later, the plan is to license the patented technology to OEMs and other software developers. Chosen for the Connected Mobility cluster and based in Karlsruhe, Founder Tomt Lenz and his team can call the new.New Fesitval they’re home game. Read all about the young company here:

What is Kinemic all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Tomt: Our main goal is to enable truly handsfree interaction with digital devices. Our gesture and hand-writing recognition technology is based on years of research at the university and we all saw the tremendous potential in the technology. There was also huge public, media and industry interest so it didn’t take that much brainstorming 😉

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Tomt: Concerning the innovation part: One of our founders, Dr. Christoph Amma, invented AirWriting, a -so far- unique capability to enter text just by writing in the air. As to the disruption part: Currently there’s no way to easily integrate this input method or gesture control into any application and we’re planning to enable this.

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You’re one of the 13 finalists in the Connected Mobility contest cluster. Which challenges do you think young companies have to face in this sector? How do you handle these challenges?

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: dynacrowd from Germany

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dynacrowd developed YOU OS to provide a core technology for location-based services needed in app development and the internet. It’s about matching users to micropages based on location, interests, time, gender, and age. Micropages provide multiple functions such as identifying people, groups, events, chats, votes, etc. It’s open to 3rd-party process integration. Revenues are generated through SaaS and PaaS, with options to enter into SDK licensing and micropayment integration for content and services. Want to find out more about the CODE_n CONTEST finalist? Read out interview with founder Christoph Dümmen:

What is dynacrowd all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Christoph: Communication is eating the world. It’s about getting in touch with things that matter. That’s why we founded dynacrowd to build a platform solution for hyperlocal instant connectivity, communication and interaction. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a human, device, service or a beacon no matter whether you want to chat or shop. That’s our vision. And we built the technology to do exactly that.

dynacrowd founder Christoph Dümmen

dynacrowd founder Christoph Dümmen

We saw, that there is no working solution for instant local communication. I’m convinced that just placing pointers on maps isn’t going to be it. Just the question “Which pin is relevant for me on this map?” highlights the limitations of that concept. We knew that we had to come up with a totally different approach to enable people to connect and communicate within their environment. That’s also why we developed the Wasabi Local Messenger Ecosystem as a scalable platform where people, communities and businesses can establish their communication, interaction and businesses’ needs. What is unique about our platform is that each piece of content is rated in realtime for each individual user based on multiple dimensions (e. g. distance, time, age, gender, interests, etc), and in doing that, we provide relevant data to the people instead of thousands of pins around. That makes discovery easy, relevant and fun. Which is really cool, new and contains a lot of business models. More…

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Guest feature HPE: Brothers in Disruption

The process of establishing a digital ecosystem in the mobility market has already started. Especially startups advance this progress through innovations.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise as an experienced collaborative partner will also take part to support as well as strengthen startups and shape the future of digital business together.

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The mobility market is becoming a digital ecosystem. Until now the vehicle industry was dominated by a few influential manufacturers and their distributors. In the future it will become an ecosystem of micro services brokered via online platforms. To enter this digital business, manufacturers bet on own proprietary platforms as well as on the integration of cooperation partners.

It’s not sure who will become the platform dominator in future, but however, new ventures are an important driver for innovation and disruption in the mobility market. Uber and MyTaxi revolutionized the public transport market in just a few years. That’s why Hewlett Packard Enterprise , as an important IT partner of the transportation and logistics industry, decided to become the partner of the connected mobility cluster in this year’s Code_n new.New Festival. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: senvisys from Germany

senvisys_logosenvisys – a CODE_n CONTEST finalist in the Connected Mobility cluster, works together with railway operators to develop sensors for a suitable early warning system on trains. The company produces the software internally (patent pending) and the hardware is either assembled internally or outsourced under strict confidentiality. Product Manager Janis Grinhofs talkes to us about the initial idea, obstacles and successes of his startup.

What is senvisys all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Janis: Everything began while reading about a level crossing accident in a newspaper. The question came: “Why are these still technically unsecured, since the level of technical development and automatization has greatly improved over the years. The problem lay in the high amount of expensive cabling required to detect a train that is approaching a level crossing early enough, which made conventional solutions uneconomical. Hence we set out to solve this problem from a different angle, and decided to try and use the rails as the medium for transmitting the information about incoming trains. And this is how we got to evaluating vibrations.

During our research we found that similar solutions already exist: They also use the vibration concept for early train detection, but the main drawback of these solutions is that they can not reliably predict the correct time of when a train will approach the measurement point. Our solution does not have this drawback and moreover, we managed to predict the direction a train is moving in and it’s speed long before it reaches the crossing (2 to 5 km in advance). From all the collected data we could localize the position of a train along the measurement range, which gives great precision and timing for safeguarding of level crossings. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Geospin from Germany

gs_logoFrom data editing and cleansing to data analysis and prediction – our CODE_n CONTEST finalist Geospin helps to exploit the full potential of geospatial data. No more need to rely on rough estimates and costly trial-and-error approaches. Selected for our Connected Mobility cluster, Geospin enables companies to profit from their own digital resources by enriching enterprise data with external sources to find the perfect locations for their service. Executive partner Dr. Sebastian Wagner answered all our questions:

What is Geospin all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Sebastian: Four of the five founders of Geospin have worked for the Chair of Information Systems at the University of Freiburg. Over the course of several research projects, we began to notice the disruptive potential of geospatial data analytics – and how little it is used in most companies. We decided to “fill the gap” and put our research experience into practice. That’s how Geospin was born.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Sebastian: About 90% of all in-house data has a spatial component. However, many companies still lack the technical expertise to gain insights from their data. Our approach helps to exploit its full potential, complementing the internal data with relevant geospatial data sets from external sources. Using cutting-edge algorithms based on novel data analytics and machine learning techniques, we support our customers with data processing, analysis and predictive analytics. For all companies, a central business goal is to offer its services at the right time and at the right place. Your data knows where and when; and Geospin will figure it out for you! More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Toposens from Germany

toposens_logoToposens, one of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists of the Connected Mobility cluser, builds innovative 3D sensor technology and is developing a completely new method of localizing 3D positions through ultrasound and radar for the precise 3D detection of objects in real time. The Toposens sensor system generates new ways of providing non-optical vision for technical objects, such as robots, autonomous vehicles, or IoT systems. The founding team consists of the two engineers Alexander Rudoy and Rinaldo Persichini and Tobias Bahnemann, who we’ve talked to in this interview.

What is Toposens all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Toposens builds innovative 3D sensors, which can perceive their surroundings via ultrasound in real time. Basically, we transfer the ability of a bat to see in the dark to technical devices. It is small, low power, robust and precise, available for a competitive price and protects privacy. The sensor can be used for gesture control, collision avoidance and to track people.

During his mechatronics studies, Alexander Rudoy wanted to build a toy robot fish that swims around in an aquarium, powered by electromagnetic fields. For this purpose, he needed a 3D sensor to locate the fish underwater. There was no suitable sensor available on the market due to technological issues or because they were too expensive. Therefore, Alex started developing the algorithm for the 3D ultrasound sensor over the course of the following three years by himself. In 2014, he got together with Rinaldo Persichini and Tobias Bahnemann and they started Toposens.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Toposens did not improve existing technology – we developed a novel technology from scratch that is superior to the existing ones in many important aspects. Even though ultrasound has been used for a long time, our algorithm allows us to be the first one to receive 3D “images” from a single ultrasound sensor system.

The specifications of ultrasound technology make it possible for the first time to build a 3D sensor system which is mobile, low power, robust and reasonably priced. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Netbeast from Germany

netbeast_logoNetbeast – one of our Connected Mobility Mobility finalists of our CODE_n CONTEST – developed an open source platform that connects devices of any brand or technology and can add support for new devices through community collaboration. The startup, based in Munich, allows developers to create IoT apps for smart devices without having to worry about compatibility issues. Jon Senra Dearle, CEO and Co-Founder told us more about his company:

What is Netbeast all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Jon: Netbeast is a software platform that allows smart home devices to communicate with each other regardless of their brand or technology. Netbeast makes homes help people to focus what really matters.

The Co-founders know each other from University. In the last year of their career they thought about creating a smart hub which allows any device to connect to it and then all devices could communicate with each other. We started our research in the smart home field and realized that there were a lot of smart home solutions – yet none of them was smart enough. Smart devices can not communicate to each other at all, which makes them island solutions. So we decided to create a software solution that could be installed anywhere and allows devices to be smarter than they naturally are.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Jon: Currently, there are a lot of smart home products, but they can not communicate with each other, even they are smart as well. This is due to the fact that the devices are from different brands or they use different protocols to communicate like wifi or Bluetooth.

There are some solutions on the market at the moment however they are closed environments. Devices can only communicate with each other if they belong to certain brands. So let’s say I want to include another smart device to that environment: I can never be sure if that is going to work, because I wouldn’t know exactly which device I had to buy. Customers can only buy certain brands, if they wanted to make it work and not any brand, meaning you couldn’t always get what you wanted. We’re changing that: from now on, customers can turn their homes into a smart one with any device. You don’t have to think about this anymore.
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