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Finalist | Idatase (Germany) – Helps engineers spend their time on solutions rather than problems

Our Industry 4.0 finalist idatase has come up with an innovative tool for maintenance and administration of complex network systems. NetLume automatically collects the sensor or log data of devices in the network and turns them into well formatted information for analyzing purposes. Jan Haken, CEO of idatase, gave us detailed answeres about his solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Jan Haken (Idatase): Philipp, one of the partners in idatase, as well as I myself, have been working as IT consultants and engineers in infrastructure automation for more than 15 years. We know how painful it can be to identify problems in abstract network based systems. Checking logs or data in the network is a very exhausting task and you need to go through a series of interconnected systems to single out the most likely causal chain for a given symptom. It requires a huge amount of experience, knowledge and intuition to really get a solid grasp of things in such complex structures. Through one of my projects which I was engaged in a few years back I realized that the exact same problem is what bothers all kinds of heterogeneous industrial environments, be it cars, industrial plants, machinery and even abstract systems like logistics chains. The said project was about trying to identify a certain malfunction generated by a faulty part in an industrial system by using sensor data – independent of location, time, work load on the system or other extrinsic or intrinsic factors.

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Finalist | PTX technical expertise (Germany) – Vision for Motion

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4D MMS – “Multi Mobility Safety” enables machines and vehicles to see and recognize objects. Ferdinand Wiegelmann, the CEO of PTX technical expertise, explains how: Machines and industrial robots do not have to be in a secured area or operate within an enclosed system. Instead, they can still act independently by using a 3D laser scanner. So cars can now detect their surroundings on a much more detailed 3D level, instead of using radar or ultrasonic sound.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Ferdinand Wiegelmann (PTX technical expertise): The idea for 4D MMS based on laser scanning comes from the need to make machines, robots and vehicles more flexible and to enable them to see and recognize objects. We call this “vision for motion.”

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

Ferdinand Wiegelmann (PTX technical expertise): Our customers are providers of industry automation systems, industrial and forklift trucks as well as transport robots. Their aim is to increase productivity and avoid collisions. Thanks to 4D MMS, their immediate environment can be detected and motions can be predicted.

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Finalist | M2MGO (Germany) – The revolution of creating IoT apps

m2mgo quadratRight now creating software for the Internet of Things is rather costly and time consuming. The Berlin startup M2MGO tackles this problem by offering a platform on which anybody can develop IoT apps fast and cheap. In our interview we asked Jens Uhlig, COO of the CODE_n finalist, among other things how they do this.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Jens Uhlig: I am connected to the M2M world since the beginning of my professional IT career as working student at Siemens Wireless Modules. After some years and several different engagements I met a fellow student from back then who is still working in this market. He asked me if I knew of an IoT platform he can use to easily create IoT apps to demonstrate the possibilities of M2M modules. After a short market research the idea of M2MGO as an IoT-app-creation-service was born.

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

M2MGO focusses mainly on hardware and classical product manufacturers who want to open up new business opportunities in the internet of things.
The problem is that IoT solutions are very complex and require a wide range of knowledge in Software Development, System Engineering, cloud computing and online security. Typically classical hardware companies lack of these skills. So in the end the only choice is to set up a conventional project with an external partner with all its disadvantages like high upfront costs, inconvenient flexibility and therefore a high investment risk.

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Finalist | iTiZZiMO (Germany) – pioneers in simplifying IT

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iTiZZiMO is a German Industry 4.0 startup. Their “simplifier” is a platform that can standardize the development of business processes and connect backend systems with mobile and wearable devices using context-aware technologies.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

iTiZZiMO: Lots of companies use very complex systems based on enterprise software. Isolated solutions are often added to deal with a special problem that the established system can’t map properly. Using many systems consequently results in high maintenance for the IT department and difficult workflows for employees. There is double data administration which means that companies waste a lot of time. Furthermore, more and more companies are now finding it important to retrieve data independent of their current location. So our founders, Reza Etemadian (CEO) and Christian Kleinschroth (CTO), came up with the idea to start a business that addresses these problems: how can employees be provided with the right business data and how can IT landscapes and workflows be simplified.

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

iTiZZiMO:

We primary target is CIOs and IT specialists at companies. This is because they are the people who get to decide on new software and hardware integration. Our secondary focus is the users in the company. They are the important ones to watch if you want to get reasonable feedback on process optimization or innovative business solutions. More…

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Finalist | Oden Technologies (UK) – infrastructure for the industry 4.0

oden technologies quadratThe London startup Oden Technologies delivers the complete infrastructure to manufacturing companies to enable them to implement Industry 4.0 quickly and conveniently. Sensors can collect data from machines, making devices visible, actionable and accessible anywhere and on any device. We asked the CODE_n finalist some questions.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

The idea came to me while I was studying industrial engineering, specializing in production. A professor sent me around to manufacturing companies to interview them on how they were doing continuous analytics and optimization. It was astounding to see how little was done and what the potential was. If the analytics was done, the data collection happened irregularly and manually. If the companies were using software (ERP or SCADA- type systems), there was a serious lack of intuitive visualizations and understanding of the data, and most importantly translating it into actions.

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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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Partner interview: Dr. Peter Leibinger of Trumpf on Industry 4.0

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Peter Leibinger, Trumpf

Five questions on Industry 4.0 for Dr. Peter Leibinger, Vice-Chairman of the Managing Board of the TRUMPF Group, responsible for research and development as well as new business fields.

What is Industry 4.0 going to change?

Leibinger: Right now, no-one can tell exactly where this development is going to lead. It’s like the early days of the Internet. There was partial theoretical knowledge of the possibilities in some cases, but even so, no-one could visualize the flood of information and communication potential that it would create. Or take Steve Jobs’ first true smartphone: Of course it looked intriguing, but hardly anyone back then could have imagined the sheer extent to which it would change the way our kids communicate today. Industry 4.0 will change a lot, too. For instance, we mechanical engineers are just in the process of learning how to think not only in terms of the material world but also in terms of “business models.” We can learn more about those from software developers – and by the way, TRUMPF is hiring more and more software developers all the time.

What is Industry 4.0 changing as far as your employees are concerned?

Leibinger: If the employees can operate several machines simultaneously without a problem, and make various processes transparent in a very simple manner, they can work in a more holistic way. They’re no longer just the button-pushers at one single station, they’re process managers who steer and accompany the entire production process independently. Of course, that also means assuming more responsibility. The same was true during the changeover from piecework to single piece flow – Industry 4.0 is actually a continuation of that work organization. But within the whole framework of Industry 4.0, it’s people who ultimately make the decisions – and since those decisions involve a larger system than in the past, people have to learn how to successfully assume that responsibility. This requires training that is even more broad-based than it has been so far.

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Finalist | waylay (Belgium) – the amazing potential of PaaS

waylay is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that is purpose-built to design, simulate and deploy automation and predictive maintenance use cases for IoT and connected devices. We talked to Piet Vandaele, managing director of our CODE_n finalist about his vision for the young company and the broad functions of their solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Piet Vandaele (waylay):

Back in late 2013, we looked at state-of-the-art IoT solutions and noticed that a lot of emphasis was being placed on connecting devices, getting device data to the cloud, storing and visualizing that data, and perhaps allowing manual remote control of devices via smartphones. A typical example would be an application that tracks energy consumption and provides you with a nice overview of your historical consumption and a way to remotely control your thermostat via your smartphone.

While all of that is valuable, it does not immediately make you more efficient and save you time or money. Hence, we decided to build waylay, based on the vision that there should be an invisible cloud-based layer of intelligence that automates a number of tasks and decreases the level of human interaction. More…