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Restb.ai is approved for SME Instrument 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 SME Instrument 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!

 

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. With the SME Instrument funding 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.

SME Instrument funded project

Research and Innovation engineers

 

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!

 

Ateknea helps Is It Fresh to revolutionise the food logistics sector with EU funding

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

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. Thanks to the EU funding, 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.

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.

EU funding for Is It Fresh

 Ateknea worked with Is It Fresh to:

  • Prepare the documentation that helped Is It Fresh to achieve approval for Phase 2 EU 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.