Lena Gaede

Can we save the planet through digitalization? Where new digital technologies can improve sustainability

Most of the time, digitalization is the solution to everything, isn’t it? So why shouldn’t it be a solution to the world’s energy problem? But how can digitized processes help to save the planet? Their biggest advantage is helping to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, while they minimize the need for some resources (i.e. paper) in manufacturing as well as in logistics. The digital transformation of industries can help to avoid an estimated 26 billion metric tons of net CO2 emissions and this only from three industries: electricity, logistics and automotive. So it’s high time we went for it! Since every increase by 1 percent of the global gross domestic product, the world’s carbon emissions rise by an estimated 0.5 percent.

Digital innovations should therefore be taken on account and used against this trend. Because, applied in the right way, digital technology can save lots of energy, even if it sometimes consumes much. Based on some examples, we show you here how easy can it be for a company to save energy and thereby to make the world a whole lot better.

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Nadine Korany

Your Startup is driving forward in Connected Mobility? Head to the finish line and apply for the CODE_n CONTEST!

Your startup in Connected Mobility is reinventing the wheel! By developing new transportation and supply chain solutions for people, goods and information you are driving the revolution of mobility. Innovations in Connected Mobility will not only have a tremendous impact on the economy by finding more efficient ways for transportation, but also improve the integrated services for information processing, data security and manufacturing. One key technology of Connected Mobility is the Internet of Things, a concept of non-living objects intelligently communicating with each other. By means of this information technology we can expect groundbreaking changes for both our society and economy.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Alumni | Catching up with … Cozify!

Making home automation possible for everyone – that was the idea the Finnish startup Cozify presented as one of our 50 CODE_n Finalists at CeBIT 2015. A wireless smart hub, easy to set-up, use and expand, that would connect smart devices from different manufacturers into one seamlessly working entitiy. Back then we were convinced that the young company would do just great. 10 months later we met the team at WebSummit in Dublin and are more than happy to share the latest developments with you:

Following on from your time as a CODE_n Finalist, what have been Cozify’s greatest achievements?

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Antti Vihavainen, Business Developer, Cozify

Antti Vihavainen: During the CeBit, Cozify didn’t have a commercially available product, but we promised to start shipping in two weeks. We kept our promise and delivered the Cozify Hub to all people who had preordered. As it was the first version, it was essential that we had perfected the update mechanism so that end users didn’t need to do anything to receive the latest version of our firmware and the Cozify App.

In summer 2015 we experimented with various value propositions, marketing messages and price points. We also kept on adding new supported devices to the lineup. It was a bit of a surprise to note that the price was a much less significant factor than the wide range of support for the legacy smart home devices.

And the media picked up on that?

Antti Vihavainen: Yes, Cozify has been featured by several Finnish media companies. We were in the biggest car and technology TV show and most recently there was an article in the biggest technical magazine in Scandinavia. All of this has increased our credibility in a way that our sales in the home market have grown to a very satisfying level.

We have done joint marketing with a major electronics retailer in Finland, and noticed that the conversion rate is good enough for maintaining a sustainable business model.

We have continuously worked with international channel partners and are moving from trials and pilots for business as usual towards the beginning of 2016. Obviously our task is to copy and improve on the progress we made in Finland.
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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

“Driving” innovation – half time in CODE_n hall 16 at CebIT

Half time at CeBIT: Two days lie behind us already and there are two more to come. But even as the week progresses, CODE_n hall 16 – the hotspot for innovation – has further aces up its sleeve. Future Mobility, Future Banking, Future Finalist – these terms may seem distant or even unreal, but the future is closer than you think: it’s right here with us in Hanover, Hall 16.

For quite a few impressive woman and a couple of courages men, the day started out with a breakfast around the main topic Into the Internet of Things, hosted by SAALZWEI, the business online magazine for female readers. Apart from coffee and great food, visitors received input on the management of successful IT companies, by Marika Lulay, COO of GFT and got to listen to the founder story of Katja Beyer and Dr. Moria Shimoni of CODE_n finalist VAYSUSENSE. Dr. D. Knodel encouraged women to look into programming – the closest thing we have to a superpower!

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From IT to Future Mobility: that’s what the conference program on Wednesday seems to be all about. Around midday, the hall is on the move – showing smart mobility and logistics with Frank Rinderknecht and team Rinspeed, Peter Fuss and Dr. Rainer Scholz from CODE_n partner EY, before Accenture presents what driver’s want: an automative survey, taking the sales cycle online. More speed comes from a rather unusual participant: Allianz. Insurance as an enabler for new mobility concepts is something the Allianz Digital Accelerator has in mind. More data-driven, indidivual mobility ideas come from Blue Yonder, showing how algorithms will improve personal travel. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist |KIWI.KI (Germany) – Connecting cities by making the physical key obsolte

KIWI is a handsfree access-as-a-service infrastructure for apartment buildings providing efficiency gains for the real estate industry and true convenience for residents. KIWI makes the physical key obsolete and connects cities by connecting every front door. We talked to Dr.-Ing. Christian Bogatu, Managing Director Product, Sales & Marketing of KIWI about his solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Christian Bogatu (KIWI.KI): The idea for KIWI actually came from our co-founder Claudia Nagel. Standing in front of her door one day, hands full of shopping and the kids at her side, she was wondering why she still has to use physical keys these days. When she then spotted mail men and garbage collectors with their huge key chains, she realized that a more intelligent solution to deal with all the key hassle could actually be quite successful. That’s how the idea for KIWI was born.

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

Christian Bogatu (KIWI.KI): KIWI.KI builds a citywide IoT infrastructure based on KIWI – secure, hands-free access-as-a-service for apartment buildings. For our business customers, access is at the core of their daily activities. Package delivery, waste management, and other service providers need to gain entry in order to do their jobs. This necessitates a huge headache of physical key management. With KIWI installed, it’s simple: A single “Ki” opens all authorized doors and management is done centrally and securely. The private residents, on their part, enjoy the safety and convenience of hands-free access with KIWI. But there are even more potential user groups like rescue services or in the field of ambient assisted living. For example, the Berlin fire brigade has already been using KIWI in a pilot project since December 2014. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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.
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Dirk Baranek

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…

Dirk Baranek

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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