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Finalist | relayr (Germany) – WunderBar: Making tech approachable

Our CODE_n Industry 4.0 finalist relayr combines hardware and cloud Software-as-a-Service: Their flagship product WunderBar is a sensor kit with 8 sensor channels, 6 Beacon BlueTooth 4.0 modules and a Wifi Master module. The WunderBar is for rapid-prototyping new smart solutions combining hardware and software while the relayr OpenSensorCloud provides 6 SDKs, APIs, rich documentation and tutorial apps.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

relayr: The Internet of Things – devices and objects being able to communicate with each other independently – is changing the way we interact with the world around us by making everything from dishwashers to production lines smart. But we realised that one key thing was missing – the accessibility for developers and businesses to rapidly bring their ideas and prototypes to life.

To create new IoT products you need a stable and secure cloud, hardware to prototype and SDKs to start developing your software. Our idea was to create the entire package, the relayr stack, that includes everything a developer or business needs to start creating their own smart devices and solutions that will help them innovate new products, or make their existing products more efficient and more productive. More…

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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 | Contagt (Germany) – Smart indoor guide that makes your guests feel at home

contagt is a smart indoor guide. Instead of using printed maps and signs for orientation, contagt uses mobile devices, QR/NFC tags and beacons. With contagt, the owners or operators of buildings can make visitors, customers and employees feel “at home.” Johannes Britsch, CEO of Contagt, tells us how he came up with the idea for his solution and the many possibilities the technology offers.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Johannes Britsch (Contagt): Do you know Dude, Where’s My Car? – the film with Ashton Kutcher? Our original idea basically addresses the same problem they have in the movie – finding cars again – especially in confusing locations like huge parking garages. We wanted to develop an app which could save your parking position indoors and then navigate you back to its position. While we were developing this, we received so many requests from different industries, all relating to an interest in our indoor navigation technology, that we realized that building a platform for indoor location and navigation would make a lot of sense.

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

Johannes Britsch (Contagt): We have a number of ongoing indoor navigation projects with operators of big buildings such as retailers, museums, congress centers, universities, parking garages – but our main focus is on office buildings and company sites. It’s interesting: Visitors are still welcomed to such locations the old-fashioned way. As a guest, you have to sign in and you are given a printed map for orientation. Our “Smart Indoorguide” solution is far better: When you get to the entrance, there’s a touchscreen terminal with an interactive map and directory. Staff can use the screen to show you the routes and visitors can easily search within the building. Visitors can then scan the QR code of their destination and our smartphone app guides them there directly.

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Finalist | PipesBox (Germany) – “Benefits of smart devices are still hidden to the masses”

PipesBox is a hub for the smart home. Users are given an opportunity to identify their own unique use cases for their personal digital life. PipesBox includes Web services (e.g., Dropbox, Twitter) and wearables (e.g., Jawbone UP) as well as hardware devices so that users can create powerful applications by combining solutions. It is open to all smart home technologies. Jan Krog, CEO of PipesBox answered some questions for our short interview.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Jan Krog (PipesBox): Prior to starting the company, Elmar (CTO and co-founder) did lots of research in the field of the Internet of Things. That was years ago, when IoT was an abstract idea that only the experts knew about. The question was: how could devices and Web services be connected in an easy way to create additional value for the user. And thus the idea of PipesBox was born.

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

Jan Krog (PipesBox): PipesBox is a product for the end user. Smart Home is on the edge of the mass market. But there are several problems in the way: walled gardens (technology lock-ins), usability, attractive solutions, …
But most important: people just don’t know what they can do with all their smart devices. The benefits are still hidden to the masses.
PipesMarket solves this problem by making all kinds of device combinations searchable and visible to the user. More…

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Finalist | Xetal (Belgium) – beaconless indoor positioning systems for safer hospitals

Xetal has developed beaconless indoor positioning systems that enable IoT, smart home applications, help the elderly enjoy a better life and make hospitals a safer place. Their first product, MoCa, was launched in 2013. It is an indoor positioning alarm system aimed at detecting accidents in hospitals and nursing homes. The highlight: the person is not required to carry or wear any special devices. We talked to Francesco Pessolano, CEO and co-founder of Xetal, about his vision for his technology.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Francesco Pessolano (Xetal): We have been working on people tracking and people activity monitoring for several years. However, it was only in 2010 that we finalized a solution that does all of these things without cameras or devices (e.g., tags or phones) to be carried by the people being monitored. In the same year, we showcased the technology to various opinion leaders in several markets and the response was such that we decided to develop the technology to a more mature state and finally, in 2013, set up Xetal with the help of three angel investors.

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

Francesco Pessolano (Xetal):

We solve a problem which is key for understanding what people do at home. We can track people without any need for them to carry a device. Furthermore, we do this in real time with very high accuracy and no intrusion into the person’s privacy. This means that as soon as somebody enters a house, we can learn from their actions in order to understand or predict what is happening. More…

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Finalist | VAYU Sense (GER/Israel) – Real-time analysis of bloodplatelets and the pharmaceutical industry

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Until now, pharmaceutical companies have no accurate information on what is happening inside their production processes in real time. The German-Israeli startup VAYU Sense has developed a non-invasive solution with sensors, which can reduce costs by up to 40%. Furthermore, their technology can revolutionize the analysis of blood platelets and help thousands of patients. Here’s our interview with the CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

VAYU Sense is a German-Israeli company, backed by a serial entrepreneur who is a long-term stakeholder in several technology companies. He has a keen interest in how technology can solve health care problems, so he empowered his team to scout for technologies that can make an impact. They came across a large unmet need for the early detection of contamination in blood platelets, and once they had identified the core technology to solve it, formed a development team.

During this process, the team held discussions with a pharmaceutical company that sparked the idea for the flagship product we are marketing today. This provides pharmaceutical companies with insights into the drug-production process. The core technology for the two products is the same.

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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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