Cadix

Company info:

Name: Wegoto
Date founded: 2015
Number of employees: 3
Location: Montbonnot St-Martin (France)

Wegoto develops solutions to capture geographic data in the field & connect geographic information systems (GIS) to a multimodal mobility platform, for real time data update and dissemination.

http://www.wegoto.eu/

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Real-Time 3D scanning system for Accessibility diagnosis
in urban environments

Challenge

Digital 3D city maps are useful for many applications, for instance, urban planning, emergency response simulation, virtual tourism and illustration of historical buildings, route planning, accessibility analysis for different types of mobility and profiles. Basically, different types of maps can be created, depending on the application requirements. The main acquisition techniques that can be found in the literature are either highly time consuming (with many manual post-treatment to build the 3D map) or they are highly computational demanding (with off-line treatment of the raw data and large memory storage) while the spatial resolution might be not sufficient for the targeted application.

The objective of CADIX is to develop an integrated system that complements today WEGOTO LabTrack, a trolley designed to collect data in pathways to later perform accessibility analysis and route planning for people with different profiles and (dis)abilities in the context of soft mobility.

Solution

CADIX captures at low cost 3D data from different range sensors. These data are fused in real-time, leading to a compact source of 3D information. The LabTrack-CADIX solution is a hybrid measurement system with cameras, telemeters, Time-of-Flight sensors, LiDAR together with GPS localisation of the obstacles present in the pathway. This LabTrack-CADIX solution extends the current database with “safety cocoon” information, i.e. information regarding a safe volume defined around the LabTrack.

FED4SAE Support

Wegoto business model is based on collecting and disseminating urban geographic data. FED4SAE allows Wegoto to access CEA support to revisit the architecture (hardware and software) of the LabTrack, taking into account sensor characteristics, computing and memory needs and ease the integration of an encoded wheel that triggers data acquisition every time the LabTrack travels 1m. Thanks to CEA expertise, CADIX firmware was developed using ROS (Robot Operating System) and integrating SigmaFusion™ to fuse data in 3D from the different range sensing technologies, i.e. LiDAR, stereo camera and Time-of-Flight sensors (from STM) acquired through a STM32 platform, provided to the project by STM. Tests have been conducted with the prototype in laboratory environment. Then, the LabTrack-CADIX system will be validated tests in real-life environments.

Impact

Wegoto is currently accelerating its development and in search for financing to sustain its business roadmap. Wegoto will continue to invest in R&D activities to accelerate and increase its data collection speed. The CADIX project is fully part of Wegoto corporate strategy and complementary to future envisaged projects, in particular in the field of imaging.

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SureWash

Company info:

Name: Surewash-Glanta
Date founded: 2010
Number of employees: 7
Location: Dublin, Ireland

SureWash uses its patented gesture recognition application to teach staff, patients on the proper hand hygiene protocol to WHO handwashing standard.

https://surewash.com/

Partners:

SureWash Hand Hygiene guidance and measurement system over the sink

Challenge

According to the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), almost 9 million infections occur each year in European hospitals and long-term care facilities Hospital Acquired Infections kills 100,000 US Hospital Patients each year and cost $45 B PA. The World Health Org (WHO) estimate that 50% of infections could be prevented with better hand hygiene using systems like SureWash™. Seven percent (7%) of all Hospital patients in developed countries acquire infections (HAI).

In response to the challenge, the WHO have developed a seven step handwashing protocol that mitigates the risk of bacteria remaining on washed hands. Glanta have developed a Augmented Reality system called surewash™ that trains Hospital & Nursing home staff on this WHO Protocol developing their muscle memory.

Solution

Glanta now wish to develop an Over The Sink hand wash monitoring system (Surewash OTS) that will provide real-time feedback to the users as they are washing their hands as to their compliance to the WHO handwashing protocol. The goal is to increase staff compliance thus reduce infections and avoiding the need for antibiotics, improve patient experience and shorten hospital stay, overall resulting in lives saved and significant cost avoidance.

FED4SAE Support

The goal of SureWash™ in partnership with Intel, CEA and IRT-Nanoelec is to develop an Over The Sink system that improves hand hygiene in healthcare and food preparation markets The SureWash™ OTS will gather real-time data on hand hygiene quality that can be used to manage the risk of cross contamination in hospitals and kitchens.
The SureWash OTS solution will leverage Intel’s MyriadX™ hardware which accelerates the execution of convolutional neural networks used in Artificial Intelligence based Computer Vision along with Intel Realsense™ depth sensing camera.

The final system will be evaluated in the IRT-Nanoelec testbed facility. Functional testing will include privacy and cybersecurity compliancy assessment as well as usage analysis and user acceptance with potential customers. As part of the FED4SAE suite of services, SureWash is receiving support in business modelling, market insights and design to cost from Blumorpho and CEA-Open Innovation team.

Impact

A working prototype was developed and deployed at Korian Nursing Homes in France and while the feedback was very positive, Korian identified the need to prioritise training and hand hygiene awareness to their staff and it is monitoring product development.

The final product is expected to go to market in 1H 2020. As this has the potential to be a life saving solution, that can deliver huge benefits in a completely new market, the potential is huge and Intel will use its global presence to assist Surewash in exploring market opportunities.

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HSENS

Company info:

Name: Encore Lab SL
Date founded: 2010
Number of employees: 1500
Location: Logrono, Spain

Encore Lab is a technology-based company whose main objective is the development of innovative solutions in three technical areas: development of electronic devices, advanced software and data analysis via data mining.

www.encore-lab.com

Partners:

New low consumption and autonomous soil humidity sensor with fast deployment

Challenge

Water is a key resource for agriculture both for the economic and environmental sustainability. The volume of water used for irrigation per year in EU-28 is 39.8 billion m3. However, effective irrigation is only 35% of this amount.

Irrigation of crops is usually applied based on a fixed schedule or even on the farmers intuition. Despite technologies such as soil moisture sensors are available in the market to help farmers make better decisions on water management, there is a poor market penetration for these technologies.

Solution

ENCORE aims to design a low cost Cyber-Physical-System that will integrate sensing, logging and remote communication functionalities. Using the latest low consumption IoT technologies such as Ultranarrow Band protocols and the new generation of low power microprocessors STM32-L0.

Additionally, the envisaged system will be designed to make the deployment process very easy so no specialized staff will need to be involved (DIY concept) and only a simple app will guide the user during the process.

Impact

Soil moisture monitoring is the more direct method to assess the real need for irrigation in agriculture. With the world’s population set to increase by 65% (3.7 billion) by ∼2050, the additional food required to feed future generations will put further enormous pressure on freshwater resources. Agriculture is the largest single user of fresh water, accounting for ∼75% of current human water use.
Globally, in both irrigated and rain fed agriculture only about 10–30% of the available water (as rainfall, surface or groundwater) is used by plants as transpiration, being even a lower figure (5%) in arid areas.

In this context, improving water use efficiency in agriculture could not only make a better use of this scarce resource but also reduce the energy consumption derived of the use of pumps and other devices involved in irrigation.

HSENS proposes a new technology that will significantly contribute to these goals, allowing to reduce the consumption both of water and energy by more than 30% in agriculture. Thus, only in Europe the new system would allow to save almost 12 billion m3 of water per year.

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Artomatrix

Company info:

Name: Artomatix
Date founded: 2012
Number of employees: 26
Location: Dublin Ireland

Artomatix is an award winning software company that uses Artificial Intelligence to transform 3D artistic workflows in top creative arts studios worldwide.

artomatix.com

Partners:

Artificial Intelligence based algorithm for image quality enhancement

Challenge

Steaming Video Content accounts for 63% of Internet Traffic today and future traffic volumes forecast significant increase as a result of more internet users, more smart devices along with the demand for higher resolution content from HD to 4K or 8K UHD. The challenge of the project is to deliver high quality video experience to the user by increasing the compression and decreasing the resolution of the source stream. This will have the potential to massively reduce global internet traffic, improving the user experience and benefitting the World at large.

Solution

Artomatix goal is to develop a more efficient method to deliver high-resolution content to the user while minimising the network traffic and associated infrastructure costs. So the challenge is to enable data to be transmitted / broadcast at a low resolution and then upscaled and enhanced in real-time on the user’s device by applying “AI at the edge” to deliver that compelling user experience.
By exploiting the capabilities offered by new AI approaches and applying CNNs to image upscaling, Artomatix are developing an efficient high-quality hardware independent upscaling engine which can be licenced to and exploited by multiple platforms such as the TheoPlayer™ multi-platform player.

FED4SAE Support

FED4SAE has enabled Artomatix to further a collaboration with Intel; receive support from CEA-Leti and receive advice on the management of innovation and the got-to-market strategy from Blumorpho.

Artomatix have built a stripped-down version of its image-enhancement NN making it compatible with resource-limited hardware such as the Intel ® Movidius™ Myriad VPU in the Intel Neural Compute Stick hardware with almost unperceivable quality loss. Thanks to the collaboration with CEA, Artomatix is now operating an industry-standard-based image and video compression testbench for enhanced-images quality assessment and NN training.

Impact

Artomatix aim to be the “Adobe of Creative AI” and they plan to double their workforce from 20 to over 40 by the end of 2020. There are multiple markets that can benefit from this technology from Creative AI, e-Sports and streaming media and one option is to licence their commercial solution on a “pay per use” model and address multiple markets using Software as a Service API approach.

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AIRTech

 

Company info:

Name: OTA Analytics
Date founded: 2015
Number of employees: 7
Location: Devon, UK

OTA Analytics provide real-time logging and analytics services to enable urban drainage systems to be monitored, maintained, valued and controlled.

www.overtheairanalytics.com

Partners:

Artificially Intelligent Rainwater Management Technology

Challenge

In our busy urban settings, frequently, there is either too much or too little water. With changes in our climate, growing urban populations and increased hard surfaces in our cities, we have seen a significant increase in the risk of flooding and sewer spills. Furthermore, ever increasing pressure on water resources and challenges of potable water availability require rapid implementation of water efficiency measures in cities on every continent. Innovative cyber physical technologies are required in order to resolve two of the World’s most costly challenges of our time.

Solution

Rainwater management systems are dual-purpose solutions; providing water efficiency benefits as well as stormwater management services with associated monetary, energy and carbon cost savings for both consumers and utilities. OTA utilise state of the art IoT technologies, which incorporate Predictive Analytics & Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the latest water management and engineering practices. Our vision is to deliver systems that are low-cost, reliable and scalable across global markets. Such systems bring multiple benefits and target a nexus of the challenges facing the water management sector. They provide an ability to capture, store, reuse and release rainwater incident on individual properties and by doing so improve the potable water supply-demand balance and reduce the likelihood of stormwater related flooding and pollution.

FED4SAE Support

In this experiment, we developed a robust, scalable hardware/software system incorporating STM32 platform into OTA’s middleware, deployed it for testing and validation in the SmartCity Santander testbed as well as case studies in South West England, and used the subsequent data to develop and refine our innovative AI-based control algorithms, in a real-world setting. This was indeed a great success both on the hardware side where prototype systems have been running for over a year successfully, and also the system operation, with optimum operation of tank storage management.

With the business development support from Blumorpho and the Digital Catapult, this experiment has helped us accelerating our solution to market in the EU, building relationship with other suppliers and potential clients, where we can enter as a first mover and realise a significant market share.

Impact

When implemented at scale, our system can help mitigate flooding and sewer spills at some of the most challenging catchments and areas, resulting in significant saving (economic, energy and carbon) alongside climate change adaptation and mitigation. Meanwhile, each system can help reduce demand on dwindling potable water supplies. The market size for both flood mitigation as well as water use efficiency is significant, and the solution can be adapted for application across arid, and wet climates.

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