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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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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: evopark from Germany

evopark_logoOur CODE_n CONTEST finalist evopark is the market leader in digital off-street parking in Germany. Their app allows you to easily find off-street parking locations and check real-time availability. Parking lot tickets become obsolete as you can enter and exit lots and garages by opening barriers automatically using RFID technology (evotag). The young company, selected for the Connected Mobility cluster, also works with exclusive retail partners to offer discounts on parking fees. We talked to Sven Lackinger (Business Development) about his startup:

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

Sven: My founder colleague Max had the ground-breaking idea to evopark. On holidays in France, he was annoyed by waiting at toll stations although he just had to pay a few coins. At the same time other drivers passed the barriers quickly by holding up a card. He remembered a similar situation in German parking garages and wondered whether there could be a solution to simplify the process. Back in Germany, we refined the idea together with our fellow students Tobias and Marik. In 2014 we founded evopark.

The leading team: Maximilian Messing (Product & IT), Marik Hermann (Sales), Tobias Weiper (Marketing) and Sven Lackinger (Business Development)

The leading team: Maximilian Messing (Product & IT), Marik Hermann (Sales), Tobias Weiper (Marketing) und Sven Lackinger (Business Development)

About 30% of all inner-city traffic results from drivers looking for a parking spot. At the same time, however, most parking garages still have unused capacity even on busy days. A major potential which evopark tackles by offering an innovative parking service. The evopark parking card replaces the usual paper ticket. No more queuing at the pay station. No more looking for change. Parking with evopark is significantly easier and more convenient. Best yet: evopark is completely free of surcharge for drivers. Customers only pay the regular parking fees. The well-proven long range UHF RFID technology on our parking card enables convenient and highly reliable entry and exit. Barriers automatically identify the
integrated chip. The system works completely seamless.

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

Sven: The German parking market is fragmented and characterized by a deeply ingrained traditional thinking. It was a hard way to convince parking operators to confide in an innovative product in the first place. But we believed in the success of our concept, so that we insisted and persistently pursued our goal – with success! Being first in the market, we offer a fully integrated solution suitable for all common parking management systems. An attractive product and a sustainable business model provide benefits for all stakeholders. We believe, that is the only way a digital product can generate added value for the industry in the long-term. Drivers park more easily and comfortably. Parking garages are getting more attractive, frequencies increase. The solution to credit customers’ parking fees supports local retailers. A concept, which clearly pays off. Last but not least, again being first in the market, we gained the automobile manufacturer Porsche as investor: Its newly founded subsidiary, the Porsche Digital GmbH invested a seven-digit figure in evopark. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: KREATIZE from Germany

The next part of our startup series is here! This time, you’ll get to know KREATIZE, one of our Connected Mobility finalists from Tübingen, Germany. KREATIZE helps companies to take advantage of the benefits of digital transformation by changing the way that custom parts are ordered and manufactured. Co-Founder & CEO Simon Tüchelmann told us more about KREATIZE.

Kreatize_logoWhat is KREATIZE all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Simon: KREATIZE is about revolutionizing the way companies order and manufacture technical parts, exploring manufacturing possibilities for given geometries and the way businesses interact with each other, through outstanding digital tools, machine learning algorithms and intuitive design. KREATIZE is about empowering every engineer to realize great products, it is about converting high tech prototypes into mainstream products, ultimately making custom manufacturing so competitive that high quality prosthesis, green cars or fast and safe travelling options are widely available due to the decreased development costs.

I faced the challenge of high transactions costs when trying to realize high quality custom parts. I noticed that the search for the right production process, materials and reliable suppliers was very cumbersome for both parties: customers and suppliers. I knew something needed to be done in order to drastically reduce the transactions costs. Therefore, I engaged Daniel Garcia Rodriguez to look for ways to create a digital solution which would ease the pain. After looking at the multiple components of the manufacturing process, from prototype to delivery, we came up with the idea of the smart project realizer which led to the basis of what KREATIZE is now.

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

Simon: KREATIZE is an agent for digital transformation in the manufacturing world, we are the supply chain management and procurement solution for the 21st century. Before KREATIZE, most of the processes were analog, from costing and pricing, to order placement. Phone calls, fax, emails and spreadsheets were the common tools. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Augmensys from Austria

Augmented Reality is one of the hottest topics these days – of course it’s also one, our CODE_n CONTEST finalists are experts in. The Austrian startup Augmensys is one of our finalists in the cluster “Connected Mobility” and provides and develops the leading Augmented Reality software for professional use in industrial environments. In our interview, CEO Helmut Guggenbichler tells more about Augmensys.

Blog_quWhat is Augmensys all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Helmut: Augmensys provides and develops the leading Augmented Reality software UBIK® for professional use in industrial environments. Since 2011, our company is the pioneer for efficient data management without frictional losses throughout the industry.

We, the initiators, pursued an ambitious idea with the founding of the company – the injection of Augmented Reality into industrial processes, to overcome significant usability obstacles (such as the complexity of expert systems) that are preventing today’s users to benefit from the value of existing data. The intelligent, location- and role-based software UBIK® is the core product of our company. But customers can also benefit from the domain expertise of the Augmensys team, either in consulting, when improving existing solutions, or in a straight forward implementation of a new industrial software project.

Only two years after its founding, Augmensys is already represented at four locations in Austria, Germany and Brazil, with a total of 25 employees, and counts various leading industrial companies to its customers – Augmensys is the pioneer and leader in productive Augmented Reality applications for industrial environments and enterprise scenarios. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: R3 – Reliable Realtime Radio Communication GmbH from Germany

Wireless communication as safe and secure as cable-based communication – but cheaper, lighter and more flexible in usage. That’s what R3, one of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists in the “Connected Mobility” cluster, is offering with their invention called EchoRing™. Dr. Mathias Bohge, Founder & Managing Director, told us more about R3.

R3_Logo_pic_1What is R3 all about?

Mathias: R3Coms develops and commercializes ultra-reliable real-time enabled wireless communication infrastructure – currently focusing on industrial applications where robustness, safety and security are a primary concern. Generally, our technology applies to the area of IoT where in the future wireless communication with deterministic, robustness, low latency and safety features are required as more and more communication between embedded systems (M2M) will arise.

With our products we reduce the costs imposed by today’s cable-based communication as cables are not an economical feasible option for the increasing connectivity and mobility demand in the future. In such case, cables are not flexible, impose high planning and execution complexity and increase ultimately cost. Our technology is a scalable software that is implemented on standard off-the-shelf radio chips and we offer two performance categories of our software according to the need of the higher layer application.

How did you come up with the idea?

Mathias: We are the worldwide expert in ultra-reliable real-time wireless communications. Basis for our experience and knowledge is a long period of analytical research by Prof. James Gross from the KTH in Sweden. In 2012 he filed the first related patent application and in 2015 a first demonstrator/prototype was ready. There was a lot of positive response when it was first presented to a public audience, so Prof. Gross and Christian Dombrowski, a PhD student of his, decided to found a company to commercialize their invention: EchoRing™.

Once upon a time, Prof. Gross and Dr. Bohge did their PhD together at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TUB). While Prof. Gross became an award winning scientist, Dr. Bohge made his way as a strategic consultant at a top management consultancy. Here, he met Florian Bonanati, expert in business development and in the field of restructuring for more than eight years. As they both became dads at the turn of the year 2014/2015 (independently), they decided to leave consulting behind. By chance, Dr. Bohge met Prof. Gross again.

We first sat together in May 2015 to discuss prospective opportunities and challenges, founded our company in July 2015, had our first industry cooperation with BMW in September 2015 and won first prices in December 2015: Our EchoRing™ technology and respective communication system was awarded a VDE/ITG Software Award and the Deep Tech Award of the city of Berlin. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: INS Insider Navigation from Austria

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Part two of our startup series! This time we would like to introduce Insider Navigation (INS), the first company that offers augmented reality based indoor navigation without the use of additional hardware. INS, belonging to our Connected Mobility cluster of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST, offers complete indoor experience concepts creating benefits for visitors, tentants and operators. We talked to Clemens Kirner, founder of Insider Navigation, about his startup based in Austria.

What is INS Insider Navigation all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Clemens: We are the first supplier to offer a hardware free indoor navigation from the process of initialising a venue till the actual usage from users. No need for Wifi, beacons or whatever. It merges real and digital world and so brings end user a total new indoor experience and business clients have an efficient way to merge their data with its buildings.

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

Clemens: Our solution is easy scalable and so enables everybody around the world to map and augment their buildings. This will change how people work and interact with buildings.

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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Guest feature | IoT platforms as the fundamental element of new service models in connected mobility

When establishing the connected mobility ecosystem, the industry should learn from the experience of the telecommunications industry. A proof of concept with a BMW i3 has demonstrated the transferability of these concepts to the car. They lay the ground for a rich service ecosystem which has space for many profitable business models.

BMW i3 | Copyright: Sabine Schulte

BMW i3 | Copyright: Sabine Schulte

IoT platforms are the future control centres of the data- and service-driven mobility world. They will connect all stakeholders in the digital value chains and monitor and control vehicles with all their functions.

A prerequisite for this is openness. The platform must be able to communicate with the vehicles and their bus systems via different media and protocols. Another requirement is a federal structure of the service marketplace. The IoT platform brings together data and services from the vehicle and its environment. It also provides data and services to other service providers – all safely, reliably and in compliance with any data protection standards.

Finally, it takes features that transform data into commercially viable services – this includes, for example, device management, the use of various telecommunications providers, collection and analysis of data streams, application development and the integration of external and internal application landscapes.

IoT platform in practice: proof of concept with BMW i3

These characteristics can be found in technologies which are used by the telecommunications industry. This industry has many years of experience with the extremely high demands of managing millions of networked devices and their services. In order to demonstrate how these technologies can be employed in connected mobility, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and automotive engineering services company IAV implemented a proof of concept (PoC) which is currently being extended with several carmakers. The PoC was implemented with a BMW i3, which was equipped with bidirectional IoT Gateways based on an HPE Edgeline server, and HPEs “Universal IoT Platform”. More…