Horizon Europe: €100 billion towards a better future

The new EU Commission budget is here. For Horizon Europe, the Commission has proposed €100 billion for Research and Innovation in the next long-term EU budget, 2021-2027.

Announcing the new budget, Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation, said: “Horizon 2020 is one of Europe’s biggest success stories. The new Horizon Europe programme aims even higher.”

Horizon Europe funding

The development of EU R&I funding through the years

With the newly proposed funding, which has increased from €77 billion from the previous period, the Commission plans “to strengthen the EU’s global scientific leadership, and re-engage citizens by setting ambitious new missions for EU research,” said Moedas.

Horizon Europe is to be implemented through three pillars:

Horizon Europe

Here at Ateknea we are delighted to see the EU’s continued commitment to developing a more environmentally-friendly society, boosting job creation and growth, and strengthening the EU’s global scientific leadership while improving people’s daily lives through Research and Innovation.

We look forward to contributing to the creation of a better future, continuing to help innovative, revolutionary ideas become market-ready solutions that can have an impact on the society of tomorrow.

To see more about the Horizon Europe budget, click here.

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Ateknea and LEDMOTIVE work on the final development of ELLIOT

After being approved for Ph2 SME instrument funding last January 2017, the LEDMOTIVE team has been working with Ateknea’s engineering team to develop the final stage of the ELLIOT project. Last week, both teams took part in a demonstration session to improve the design of the communications unit and the cloud software development of the project.

ELLIOT is developing a technology that is able to reproduce any light spectrum for the professional lighting industry (research, art, and health) based on LED luminaires. The objective of the project is to develop an ecosystem of interconnected and standardized products for the mass market that allows outstanding lighting quality while minimizing energy consumption.

The system consists of a family of products that include:

  • A light source able to record, process, and playback light spectral fingerprints in real-time, regardless of whether they are natural, artificial, or custom-made for different applications.
  • A web-based system that allows the interaction between end-users and light sources.

Our team is participating in two main elements:

  • Design of the communications units: Ateknea is designing and developing a set of communication options in separate small modules connected to the LED modules.
  • Cloud Software Development: Ateknea is developing the cloud platform that allows users to join the LEDMOTIVE community, remotely control the LED lamps, and manage all possible configurations related to them.

With these improvements of the ELLIOT project, LEDMOTIVE has been working on a solution that meets the needs it set out to achieve, allowing an increase in energy efficiency in the lighting industry. With Ateknea’s support, the project is set to reach its final stage very soon!

 

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Bettair and Ateknea speak at MAPAMA’s air quality event

As one of the leading air quality sensor technologies in the market today, Bettair Cities and Ateknea were invited to take part in an event, organised by MAPAMA (the Spanish ministry for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment), specifically dedicated to discussing the current state-of-development of low-cost sensors for air quality and their possible applications in today’s society.

Over the past ten years, significant progress has been made in the field of low-cost air quality sensors, but limitations in terms of accuracy and the ability for measurement in real-time on a mass scale have stood in the way of any low-cost, high-performing air quality sensor taking the place of the reference equipment currently used for legislative purposes relating to air quality.

This will not be the case for long.

The Spanish academic-scientific and administrative-technical communities in the field decided the moment had come to organize an event: a day of information and debate on the use of and applications for low-cost sensors in today’s society. The leading companies providing these types of sensors and networks, including Bettair and Ateknea, were invited to present their products and applications, and to discuss the current situation with air quality experts from different administrations, universities, and research centres. They covered the following topics:

  • Integrated products and systems (sensor networks, data presentation software and associated air quality mapping), accuracy, precision, sensitivity, errors, and prices, (advantages, and limitations).
  • The main applications which low cost, high tech sensors can contribute in terms of air quality management.

Undoubtedly, it was an excellent opportunity for Bettair Cities to explain how its novel smart city technology provides a highly efficient and large-scale pollution-mapping tool for big cities.

Find out more about Bettair’s revolutionary technology and its potential here.

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Restb.ai is approved for SMEi Phase 2 funding!

Last week, the European Innovation Council released the latest results of the SME Instrument, delivering some excellent and exciting news: with Ateknea’s help, Restb.ai has been approved by the European Commission for Phase 2 funding!

The project selected to receive funding is CV4RE (Computer Vision for Real Estate), an AI image-tagging AI tool designed to automatically identify the different categories and features of a home (fireplace, hardwood floors, etc.) from large volumes of listings images, with 99% accuracy. This revolutionary (and proprietary) proptech was designed by Restb’s talented team specifically for Real Estate companies, and trained on over 10 million images to describe photos with an expert eye.

 

The benefits are widespread for both buyers and sellers in the Real Estate sector, providing precisely categorized information about database images, allowing potential customers to more effectively search for their future homes, and Real Estate companies to attract, engage, and convert more (and happier) buyers, as well as allowing screen readers to describe critical visual content to the visually impaired.

With the EU funding they will now improve their products and develop new ones to accelerate the adoption of their solutions by the market, working with Ateknea’s experienced team of engineers to bring this disruptive and sector-altering innovation to the European market and beyond!

 

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Lightkey and Ateknea’s collaboration comes to a successful close.

Lightkey, which was approved for Phase 2 SME Instrument funding by the European Commission in June 2016, is a technological solution designed for hotels, resorts, and offices that allows users to access their rooms with a specifically encoded LED light, and without the need for any hotel or office personnel.

Created by Lightbee, the Lightkey system is one of the first solutions that allows secure and scalable access without any of the drawbacks of the currently available mobile access solutions. Like all the best innovations, it is simple yet brilliant. Users access their VLC (Visible Light Communication) which they are sent via a mobile app. Once activated, each user’s particular LED will allow them to securely enter their rooms.

Here at Ateknea we are proud of our work to develop this technology. Our engineers completed a variety of tasks to make this project possible. They developed:

  • An Electronic Door Lock module that permits the reception of the VLC and allow users to open their doors
  • A standalone device to send master Lightkeys
  • A mobile app (for Android and iOS) that sends the Lightkeys to the module
  • A security concept implemented in the server to manage the Lightkeys of each user and which is connected to the mobile app and the door lock.

 

It’s a perfect solution to a complex logistical problem: increasing security, ease-of-use, and reducing costs.

We look forward to seeing what is next for Lightbee and Lightkey!

 

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New Born Solutions & Ateknea: SME Instrument funding success!

New Born Solutions and Ateknea Solutions work together to democratize healthcare in Europe.

Great news from Brussels! We are happy to announce that New Born Solutions, a Barcelona-based startup dedicated to saving lives and democratizing healthcare via cost-effective technology that detects superficial body fluid infections without needles, has been approved for SME Instrument Phase 1 funding.

With the help of Ateknea’s H2020 expertise, New Born Solutions’ latest development, Neosonics, the first non-invasive screening device designed to early detection and monitoring infant meningitis, has received €50,000 in funding after the European Commission gave their technology the go-ahead in late April.

The Neosonics solution is innovative, simple, and revolutionary.  

There are an estimated 165 million infants at risk of meningitis each year.

Where current practice dictates that a white blood cell count be taken from a child’s spinal fluid through a lumbar puncture (which immediately triggers the need for more medication irrespective of the diagnostic results), Neosonics uses high-resolution ultrasound to non-invasively count the white blood cell in the cerebrospinal fluid below the infant’s fontanel, the region of the head where the bones are not yet closed.

It means an early diagnosis can be quickly made in a cost-effective and non-invasive way, decreasing current complications to rule out the disease in industrialized countries and infant mortality rates, especially in developing countries. By enabling early and non-invasive detection, it could vastly reduce the amount of patients with life-long disabilities and provide quantitative and reliable data for monitoring patients’ treatment response.

We at Ateknea are excited to continue working with New Born Solutions, and to see Neosonics through to the market.

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Ateknea helps Is It Fresh to revolutionise the food logistics sector

Did you know that an average of 180kg of food is wasted per person per year in the EU? Or that a third of the food produced globally goes to waste? A large part of this figure can be attributed to the misconception that food is spoiled when it reaches its expiration date. Since 2011, Is It Fresh has been working to create wireless sensor technology that can measure actual product freshness in real time.

The start-up has developed technology that combines the methods of printed electronics, functional inks, and roll-to-roll manufacturing to come up with a sophisticated tag for a cost of less than 1 cent. It is cheap enough to be integrated into every type of food packaging and can wirelessly deliver information about the origin, freshness, and remaining life of the product inside. This could allow the whole food supply chain to both track products with a unique ID and measure their actual freshness in real time, making informed decisions at every stage and vastly reducing food waste.

And now, with Ateknea’s help, they have been approved for Phase 2 level funding from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme.

The technology will allow for more efficient – and more environmentally friendly – processing at every stage of the food value chain, from manufacturing to logistics, to retail, to consumer, with the potential for wide-ranging and significant improvements to the way in which we produce, distribute, and effectively manage food at a global scale.

 Ateknea worked with Is It Fresh to:

  • Prepare the documentation that helped Is It Fresh to achieve approval for Phase 2 funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme.

And will now focus on the technological development of the project:

  • Delivering the source code and deploying a working system for the monitoring tool.
  • Providing an integrated and working Visual Inspection Tool able to detect any defects in the printed tags that could exclude them from being functional. This can include holes in a layer, dust particles, discontinuities, etc. The Visual Inspection Tool will be able to decide whether the tags must be discarded due to detected errors or, if the errors affect a non-critical area, they can still be used.

Ateknea and Is It Fresh will now work together on the development of the tool as well as its journey to market.

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Bettair Cities to appear at the Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018 thanks to FrontierCities2 (fC2 – FIWARE)

With the support of frontierCities2 (fC2)Bettair Cities will be one of the SMEs and startups to take the stage at the event, introducing their innovative smart city technology that maps urban air quality on a large scale to the attendees.

As a part of one of the SMEs and start-ups to be present at this event, Bettair Cities, will be one of the SMEs supported by frontierCities2 (fC2) to introduce to the attendees an innovative smart city technology to map urban air quality on a big scale.

The frontierCities2 (fC2) represents a significant step up in the scope, ambition, and service of the Acceleration & Incubation process for FIWARE SMEs and Start-ups.

In the framework of Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018, the fC2 start-ups will be involved in the 1st edition of ITSUP, , a new event for Smart Mobility Start-Ups and are also set to participate in a series of roundtables organised by H3BMedia.

The main objective of Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018 will be to discuss solutions in different categories related to the traffic and mobility industries. The traffic industry is undergoing major changes and developments are on a fast track. As a result there is extremely high demand to know about all the latest trends related to infrastructure, traffic management, smart mobility, safety, and parking.

The event will take place from March 2023 at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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Ateknea to collaborate with Amazon Web Services as a ‘Startup-enabling organization’

We are happy to announce that Ateknea Solutions will collaborate as a start-up enabling organization with Activate for Startups, a programme powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that supports innovative start-ups.

Amazon Web Services provides start-ups with the low cost, easy-to-use infrastructure that is needed to scale and grow businesses of all sizes. AWS Activate is a programme with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS.

As a “Startup-enabling organization” of Activate for Startups, Ateknea will be able to offer access to the AWS infrastructure to the qualifying start-ups in its portfolio.

A selected start-up will access one of the following packages for free:

  • The Portfolio package is designed for startups in select accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and other startup-enabling organizations. Qualifying startups receive up to €15,000 in AWS promotional credit and other benefits.
  • The Portfolio Plus package is designed for startups in select accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and other startup-enabling organizations. Qualifying startups can choose to receive up to €15,000 in AWS Promotional Credit for 2 years or €100,000 in AWS Promotional Credit for 1 year, along with other benefits.
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Bettair has reached the deployment stage. Listen to the progress report podcast!

As one of the #FrontierCities2 grantees, Bettair has evolved from a creative idea to an innovative product in its development stage. Listen to this new podcast to learn more about the FIWARE community and how Bettair will hit its deployment stage in just four short months.

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