TÜV Rheinland opens wireless lab at Ideon

June 22, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

The leading test provider, TÜV Rheinland, has expanded its global commitment to wireless communication technology by acquiring a laboratory at Ideon. The acquisition of the laboratory at Ideon also forms the basis for TÜV Rheinland’s newly established national subsidiary in Sweden. By acquiring the laboratory, TÜV Rheinland has expanded its European wireless network into four locations. In addition to the lab in Sweden, TÜV Rheinland also runs the corresponding facilities in Cologne, Nuremberg and Leek (Netherlands).

– We are pleased that the laboratory is being utilized in a global network through TÜV Rheinland, and in addition, our focus areas Future Transportation and Smart Cities gain an important boost through TÜV’s cutting edge competence. It is also an important signal that German companies monitor our Science Park and want to be present here. We further strengthen the ties to our neighboring markets, says Mia Rolf, CEO of Ideon Science Park.

TÜV Rheinland’s Center of Excellence

As a member of the rapidly growing LoRa Alliance, TÜV Rheinland also supports the standardization process as well as testing and certification of products before being launched on the market. To this end, the experts work with specialized laboratories for wireless communication technology and IoT products in Europe and the United States, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. This way, the test provider is always close to manufacturers and users worldwide and can offer their skills in wireless communication standards. The same applies to Silicon Valley in the United States where the test provider opened the first wireless communications technology laboratory in 1986. Together with the newly opened laboratory in Fremont, California, the facility “TÜV Rheinland’s Center of Excellence Wireless / IoT” forms the hub that performs wireless communication tests throughout North America. Like cyber security and autonomous driving, the expansion of wireless communication technology testing facilities is an example of the future digitization topics that test provider TÜV Rheinland will focus more on in the future.

About the service and the company

TÜV Rheinland is one of the leading tests and pioneers in the entire area of ​​wireless communication technology. TÜV Rheinland, for example, created the world’s first WiFi lab. The experts from TÜV Rheinland were also involved in Bluetooth technology right from the start. In addition, TÜV Rheinland is also the world leader in WiFi, Bluetooth and/or ZigBee for smart home applications, where it checks whether the corresponding devices are in accordance with the wireless communication protocols. TÜV Rheinland tests many different types of appliances and products in its laboratories in Japan and China, where most of these devices are manufactured. Further information is available at www.tuv.com and on the TÜV Rheinland platform “Connected to the Future” on the company’s future-oriented topics, Find out more here.

Join Actimate on a 12 week health challenge

June 14, 2017News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS We continue our series of  startup companies who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

Company name: Actimate

Who are you?

Karolina Silfverberg and Mikaela Persson.

What need or problem does your product or service solve?

We’ve seen that people don’t move enough. Sitting still for too long is dangerous! At the workplace, this leads to lower productivity and increased costs due to sick leave.

How do you accomplish solving this need or problem?

Actimate offers a tool for increased movement and improved health which leads to lower costs due to reduced personnel being out sick and a better team feeling. The product is an app based health activity where companies challenge each other based on who is most active.

What benefits would I get from using your product or service?

The greatest asset of any company is its employees.

Actimate gives your company and your employees an inspiring tool to keep the focus on physical activity. With increased activity, you will feel healthier and happier. Use our app to challenge, engage and motivate your employees.

What kind of partners or help do you possibly need from other Ideon companies?

We are open for cooperation with other companies regarding tech development, partners, marketing activities, networking etc.

What kind of support or help could you possibly offer to other Ideon companies?

We can give your company and your employees an inspiring tool to keep the focus on physical activity. With increased activity, you will feel healthier and happier.

Contact Actimate

Email Mikaela

Phone: +46 76 4147874

Visit our website

Follow us on www.facebook.com/actimatehello
Instagram: @actimateofficial

Join the corporate challenge for 12 weeks

 

Expand your network

If you have any questions regarding this or what is going on at Ideon Innovation, please contact Neal Greenspan. We look forward to helping Ideon companies get to know each other better and open possibilities for cooperation with one another!

Ideas, discussions and robots during Innovation Week at Ideon

June 9, 2017News

Between May 29 and June 2, southern Sweden was buzzing with seminars, events, meetings and exhibitions about innovations. The week is organized by Region Skåne, and there were 140 activities taking place during the week. At Ideon, we hosted two whole day events, as well as a pitching contest within Health Tech. Here is a few highlights from the events.

The overall feeling that we felt during the days was hope. There are many great challenges going forward, but there are also many amazing entrepreneurs and innovators who want to make a difference, who want to contribute to a better world. And we want to be a part of that, together we can create a great future!

Smart Cities

Mats Pettersson, Sensative
Mats Pettersson, Sensative

Per Persson, Director of the Department of Innovation & Economic Development at Lund Municipality started by saying that the municipality can’t do this on their own, collaboration is key in order to succeed with creating a truly smart city.

Eva Dalman, Project Manager for Lund Northeast/Brunnshög continued by saying that when creating this new part of Lund, they focus on finding innovative solutions.

“In order to achieve this, the developers need to collaborate with each other in order to get really innovative in order for us to give them the contracts”, Eva said.

Follow the development of Brunnshög

Mats Pettersson from Sensative, talked about unleashing the power of open IoT.

“The horizontal business model from mobile phone development has not happened yet within IoT, but we are sure that there will be a transformation and we are going to be a part of this”, he said.

Sensative also had their O.I.L = Open IT Lab of 600 m2 open during the day for those who were interested in getting a tour.

“We’ll only use 1/4 of the area and the rest will be open for others to rent with flex or permanent seats” Mats finished by saying.

Get in touch with Sensative here

FutureByLund followed by talking more about the open LORA network that has been established in Lund.

We want to be a meeting place for innovation for all players. It is when different actors come together that new and interesting ideas and collaborations can take flight

Find out more about the LORA network here

Future Transportation

Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg and Mia Rolf, Ideon
Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg and Mia Rolf, Ideon

Mats Larsson from IUC Syd started by describing the complex challenges that we are facing within the transportation system.

“This is a systemic challenge so we need system solutions for transportation, fuel and energy”, Mats finished.

There was also a long discussion afterwards where the audience talked about the benefits of different fuels, materials for batteries and the need for global strategies.

 

Nathalie Kinell from Clever talked about the need to support the resellers as the buyers of electric cars make many more trips to the car dealership before making a purchase.

She also talked about the many possibilities with IoT and big data, like being able to charge the car at home when there is the most energy in the system.

“The questions is, who should develop these solutions? The house developer, the energy supplier or the car manufacturer? There are many possibilities for collaboration”, Nathalie said.

 

Johan Bjurmar from Koenigsegg talked about the innovations needed to build the fastest car in the world.

This started as an idea 23 years ago, now it is reality. A focus on challenges and innovation is key

 

51 % of transports in cities are light enough and short enough to move by bike. With this statement, Staffan Solve from MOVEBYBiKE changed the focus from cars to bikes.

“One of the main advantages with using bikes for transporting goods is that they are not stationary in the city, they can move around everywhere and do not take up as much parking space as trucks and vans”, Staffan said.

Health Tech

Bonesupport, Eva Liden
Bonesupport, Eva Liden

Marianne Larsson from Innovation Skåne talked about how we can combine life science and connectivity, in order to can claim the area of Health tech in the Nordics. One of the ways to achieve this is by building a Nordic tech and test bed.

 

Eva Lidén from Bonesupport talked about the development of this company from research at Lund University to a now international health tech company. This is an area that will affect many people; 1/3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will experience at least one osteoporotic fracture in their life. One of the challenges is breaking in with a new product in a traditional market:

“It can be difficult to overcome tradition, what people are used to use. You need to have people who know how the market works, because every market is different”, Eva said.

How the Bonesupport products work: https://www.bonesupport.com/en-eu/
BrainLit treated us to a live demonstration of their intelligent lighting system, by taking the audience to their showroom that was set up at Mobile Heights Center. The light mimics the natural daylight and changes over the day. You can find out more about the daylightindoors from BrainLit here.

Henrik Dahlin from IBM talked about Watson in healthcare. One of the main advantages in using Watson for diagnosis is that the computer can process huge amounts of data:

“A doctor needs to spend 29 hours each work day to absorb latest medical literature, compared to 3 seconds for Watson”, Henrik explained.

Biohacked CEO

Our CEO Mia Rolf got a chip implanted in her hand by Biohax International at their NFC Implant Party. Hannes Sjöblad from BioNyfiken and Jowan Österlund from Biohax also talked about what you can do with a chip implanted in your hand. Mia wants to open doors without keys or tags with her chip, what would you like to do?

Disruptive Morning

The Thursday started of with disruptive morning, with two speakers who are in the middle of disrupting their business area.

Before that, we got an introduction from Richard Dasher from Stanford University who gave his thoughts on what disruptive businesses will look like going forward.

Daniel Persson from Min Doktor talked about the journey that they are on and how digital solutions can support the doctors in their work.

Min Doktor was founded in 2013 by a doctor who saw the need for a new way of working and who saw that digitalization provided an opportunity to improve the situation for both patients and health professionals. Together with expertise in development and IT security, they have built up Min Doktor to become Sweden’s leading digital healthcare provider.

He had some advice as well for those who are thinking about starting a disruptive business:

Don’t be afraid, go for your dream!

Next, an old friend returned to Ideon, Jon Hauksson from Storytel, and he talked about their early days when the company was called “Bokilur”. One of the big game changers for Storytel was when Netflix and Spotify started to grow, then customers got used to subscribing to streaming services. From the start in 2005, Storytel have grown to an international company that have bought other publishing houses. And now they are even producing their own content; “Storytel Original stories”.

How technology saves the planet

William Håkansson, Vultus
William Håkansson, Vultus

Maria Sätherström-Lantz from WIN Water presented some interesting companies with great visions for the future.

Mats Eliasson from ReGen Villages talked about how they want to create a new version of a traditional village, an eco-community that is self-sufficient in terms of energy, waste and food production but highly connected in every way. There are plans for building in Lund as well, and we are looking forward to see those plans moving forward.

William Håkansson from Vultus descibed how they are using weather data, drones and machine learning to reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides wihtin agriculture.

Today, 90 % of pesticides are wasted, William Håkansson

“This year, even we in Sweden will learn why we need to save water, we need a paradigm shift”, this was said by Sara Sterner from Orbital Systems. Based on founder Mehrdad Mahdjoubi’s work with the NASA Mars missions, Orbital Systems technology has a focus of reducing the waste of water.

Living and Working with Robots

Panel discussion on robotics
Panel discussion on robotics with Johan Wester, Per Sikö (Jayway), Klas Nilsson (Cognibotics), Mattias Fras (Nordea) and Frida Tibblin Citron (IUC Syd)

With this session we wanted to have a conversation about what robotics, AI and Machine Learning is and how it will impact us going forward.

Klas Nilsson and Maj Stenmark from Cognibotics talked about what robots can and can not do and we learned that robots will take over some of our jobs in the future, but not always the ones we think.

“Simple jobs for a human, like cleaning, is not easy for a robot, because it requires adapting to new situations”, Maj Stenmark explained.

Per Sikö and Martin Gunnarsson from Jayway talked about how Artificial Intelligence is changing our world today, and gave a few predictions about the development in the future as well. Per also pointed out that it is easy to focus on the technology, when it is important to think about what the tech can do for the customer.

Mattias Fras from Nordea talked about the big changes that are happening within the financing sector.

“45 % of work in the global economy can be automated, but less than 5% of all jobs can be fully automated”, Mattias Fras said.

Mattias also offered some tips on finding success in this digital era:

  • Have guts, dare to try
  • Have an open mindset
  • Remove conventional waterfall development

Johan Wester hosted a panel discussion with representatives from Jayway, Cognibotics, Nordea and IUC Syd where the focus was on the opportunities, challenges and implications with robotics and AI. The panel didn’t always agree on what robots will be able to do in the future, and how creative jobs they can actually perform. But they all agreed on that the changes are here and that we as humans must change with it. Klas Nilsson summed it up quite well:

This discussion about loosing jobs to robots is wrong, changes like this have always occurred, Klas Nilsson

More material

We will add presentations from the events on the event page.

Article by SISP: Creating the future, robot celebration at Ideon Science Park

Article by Innovation Skåne: Kommer robotarna att ta över världen? Experterna svarar och förklarar

Meet SubDetect – creating underwater communication with ultrasound

June 7, 2017News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS This is the first in a series of company profiles who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

If you have any questions regarding this or what is going on at Ideon Innovation, please contact Neal Greenspan. We look forward to helping Ideon companies get to know each other better and open possibilities for cooperation with one another!

Company Name: SubDetect AB

Who is working in the company?

Ola Albertsson, Jerry Färm and John Berntsen.

What need or problem does your product or service solve?

A new security solution that increase safety for divers.

How do you accomplish solving this need or problem?

By developing a device, DiverFinder, that communicates between divers in underwater conditions.

What benefits would I get from using your product or service?

Comfort and safety when diving.

What kind of partners or help do you possibly need from other Ideon companies?

Ultrasonic sound knowledge in water conditions, production of water proof hardware, webb design.

What kind of support or help could you possibly offer to other Ideon companies?

Hardware construction, software development, arduino solutions, diving.

Contact information

info@subdetect.com

www.subdetect.com

Smart, connected cities – a multitude of opportunities and challenges for Axis

May 19, 2017News

Stefan Alfredsson from Axis started Smart City Square by talking about what a smart city actually is. And even if there is no short definition, he offered a great list of smart city objectives that helps to understand the topic better.

A smart city focuses on…

  1. … Efficiency of services, to ensure efficient use of public resources and high level of citizen service.
  2. … Sustainability, to grow & develop the city with strong consideration to environmental impact.
  3. … Mobility, to make it easy to move around in the city, whether by foot, bike, car, public transport etc.
  4. … Safety & security – a city will not be viewed as smart if the citizens don’t feel safe
  5. … Economic growth, to attract visitors, businesses & investors
  6. … City reputation, to constantly improve the city’s image

In short, a smart city has the overall ambition to improve the quality of life in the city or the livability, Stefan says.

Cameras in the Smart City act on real time data

Axis is acting as an enabler for multiple smart city objectives.

With network cameras, we have moved from forensic recordings to real time action, Stefan says.

Stefan Alfredsson, Axis
Stefan Alfredsson, Axis

Within public security, the cameras can be used to alert for threats and incidents, and help operators decide on appropriate response depending on the situation. They are for instance used by many public transit systems, and this way of working is common also at stadiums, airports and in city surveillance.

Stefan mentioned traffic management as another area where connected network cameras are used. Cameras can automatically detect incidents on the roads and based on this information, traffic management centers can change data on digital road signs to divert traffic to avoid serious congestion. Another use is automatic data collection where cameras count the number of cars passing by, in order to provide valuable statistics to traffic engineers.

“There are many other smart camera solutions and things are changing quickly now. In two years a chip will be able to process the double amount of data compared to today, for half the price, Stefan predicted. This is a great opportunity for us, and partly a challenge – for instance when it comes to predicting tomorrow’s smart city use cases and applications”, he continued.

The collaboration between private and public players is a key to success

In order for a Smart City to succeed, many different players need to be involved. Stefan gave the example of Project Green light in Detroit where Detroit Police Department partnered with local businesses who installed real-time camera connections with police headquarters as part of a crime-fighting partnership. In the first 10 months, the amount of crimes was reduced by 50 % with the participating companies.

“The collaboration between public and private actors is something that we see as a success factor for smart cities moving forward”, Stefan commented.

Questions

A big part of the Smart City Square is the exchange of ideas and interaction with the audience. Here are some of the questions from the meeting:

We’ve all been affected by the border controls between Malmö and Copenhagen, could your cameras be helpful here to improve the flow by automatically identifying and clearing regular train commuters?

“We have partners who develop solutions for facial recognition and they are for instance used by casinos, retail stores and public transport projects in different parts of the world. The technology is there, but there is also a challenge of regional laws and regulations, both when it comes to integrity and use of data.”

How can you be sure that the technology in your cameras are not infringing on privacy and integrity?

“We cannot 100% guarantee that. We sell our cameras through partners, and it is finally the end user who is responsible for how the camera is used.”

You have 2500 partners that develop software supporting your cameras, how do you manage this, do you share business models with some of them?

“Well, it is not possible to give all partners the same level of support. We have a development partner program with different loyalty levels, and for the higher levels we collaborate closer when it comes to joint strategies and plans.”

Find out more about Axis

(There was also a big discussion on how business will be affected by the General Data Protection Regulation as of May 2018, you can read more about it here: http://www.eugdpr.org/)

The new role of the Science Park

May 18, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

This is a reflection from our CEO Mia Rolf. 

Having spent 3 days in an IASP (International Association of Science Parks) European meeting in York, UK, I have to reflect upon the struggle we all seem to have in finding our natural role in the innovation system, and in society. Some science parks feel threatened by the clusters, who are niched and thus clearer in whom to attract, and yet less restricted in that they are not bound to a geographical place. The diverse ownership of the Science Parks is another issue that makes it hard to compare targets, results and methods.

Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park
Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park

Four Swedish Science Parks were present, and made a substantial part of the group; Mjärdevi and Västerås who are owned respectively by the City and  the Region, and Johannesberg and Ideon Science Park mainly privately owned. Even so, the two latter have taken the societal responsibility to drive attraction, innovation and entrepreneurship forward, creating more job opportunities in long run – and perhaps even branding value for the City, Region and the Nation.

What was said during the conclusion is that science parks all over the World need to make a transformation, and reform their role in society. “Science Parks need to be closer to the societies whose problems they aim to solve”, Catherine Johns, Innovation and Business Growth Director at NETpark stated, and I agree.

In the European perspective Ideon Science Park stands strong, in the sense that it has started to transform and is in the process of claiming its societal role as a driving force of entrepreneurship and deep-tech innovation in the region and for the nation. We want to help the region reach its target of most innovative region 2020, and we have aligned our focus areas to support the regions. We work together with the clusters, who are experts in running industry meetings and match make for business opportunities within the cluster, and we try to build arenas where the cluster organizations may take the lead, and if we have a role it is in creating business opportunities in areas the clusters do not cover.

But we could do more. Västerås Science Park has worked with Almi and Mälardalen University to define an entrepreneur supporting process they all work after, to make minimum double work and maximum effect. NETpark has involved the local society, to find what challenges they should try to solve. And Andalucia Technology Park in Málaga has used the knowledge from large corporations like Oracle to setup a mentorship program to help small to medium companies in their park to develop international leadership skills.

Based in Lund, Ideon Science Park is not building the future only for this city, but for the international society. Are Sicence Parks to become the Uber for entrepeneurs, in sharing assets in the innovation process, linked together in a global network? One thing is for sure. Innovation is not only technological and it never ends. At least Ideon Science Park has started moving and we are seeing positive effects already.

The dream would be to have a formal national responsibility – and budget –  in representing Sweden internationally, being able to increase the 60 annual delegations of today drastically and driving the creation of the future, in some smart specialized areas. Ping Mikael Damberg.

Stay tuned.

//Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park

Behind the scenes with ARM

May 12, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

With 400 companies at Ideon, it is difficult to keep track of what everyone is doing. We want to make it easier for all of us to get to know one another by inviting you behind the scenes. Every other week, one company will take over our Instagram account and share their working life with you. This week, ARM has been hosting our account.

Hi Emelie Bågvik Ströbeck, what can you tell me about ARM?

– ARM is the world’s leading semiconductor IP company. We develop and license technology that is at the heart of many of the digital electronic devices sold each year, from sensors to smartphones to servers.

What products or services do you offer?

– We’re intrinsic to the development of technology in billions of products, which touch the lives of more than 80% of the world’s population. From bankers to farmers, students to surgeons, and start-ups to leading companies, we’re bringing people and devices increasingly together as we shape the connected world.

You have offices here in Lund, but also in other locations, where?

– We have offices at 6 locations in the US, 20 in Europe, where Lund is one, and 8 in Asia and the Pacific.

What will you be showing us this week on Instagram?

– A mix of happenings at ARM Sweden. We will show what a day can look like at ARM Sweden.

Are there any areas where you would like a cooperation or exchange of ideas with other Ideon companies?

– We want people to know that we have an office here in Lund!

Follow us on Instagram

Find out more about ARM

Does your company have the right insurance coverage? Use this checklist to find out

May 11, 2017News, Offer

Annette Gustafsson is an Insurance Broker at AssuransSelector. They offer professionally negotiated insurance solutions, often in collaboration with London underwriters, based on global reinsurance plans that Swedish insurers usually cannot offer.

Annette Gustafsson, AssuransSelector
Annette Gustafsson, AssuransSelector

 “I think development companies should review these three key points in terms of insurance,” Annette says. She is the company’s representative at Ideon, where she has helped many companies to limit their risks within IT, med tech, drug development and clinical studies.

1 – Budget to enforce your patents

Comment from Annette: To get a patent in ten countries costs over one million SEK. It is easy to forget that it costs about the same amount to maintain the patent for ten years. A patent process in Sweden costs SEK 3-4 million or more. In the US, it costs at least SEK  6-10 million. So when you budget for patents, remember to review if you can afford to stop an infringement of your patent? Or if you can protect yourself, if you happen to infringe someone else’s patent? Get help to negotiate the right insurance solutions that cover this as well.

2 – With IPO, risk exposure also increases

Comment from Annette: It is easy to forget that with a board assignment follows personal responsibility for the company’s commitments. We see in our work how the ownership after a stock market introduction increases from a small number of people to a large number, and thus increases the risk exposure. Do not forget to get an insurance cover for the CEO and the board. Sometimes young companies find it difficult to get insurance because they cannot show enough positive financial statements, but there are opportunities for them too.

3 – We have signed an agreement, but does the insurance cover the commitments we make?

Comment from Annette: Signing agreements can be complicated in itself. But if you do notexplore the risks that the agreement can entail, the consequences can be really unpleasant.Therefore, it is important that you always look over the liability insurance before signing major business deals.

We’ll guide you through the jungle

Assurans Insurance can help you negotiate the best insurance solution for your business, whether you are a startup, medium-sized or large company, whether you have customers in Skåne or globally. Our focus is always on our customers, as well as continuously offering competitive solutions for high-tech companies in new areas. Understanding our customers’ operations is a vital part of our business and a necessity for providing optimal insurance solutions. Contact Annette Gustafsson, who is at Ideon in Beta 5 to hear more about what services they can offer your company: phone + 46 76 102 25 53 or by mail at annette@assuransselector.se. Find out more at http://assuransselector.se/

 

Join Medicon Valley Alliance with a special Ideon discount

May 10, 2017News, Offer

Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA) is a non-profit membership organization in the Danish-Swedish life science cluster Medicon Valley, which is a part of Greater Copenhagen. Their 240+ members employ approximately 160.000 people and include the region’s leading universities, hospitals, and private sector life science industry. MVA serve as the regional life science professional “market place” for the exchange of knowledge, networks and contacts and they create value for their members by hosting, promoting and facilitating meetings, networks, seminars, conferences and projects, that serve to strengthen professional collaboration in the regions life science eco-system.

Ideon discount on the membership

Some Ideon companies are already full, upgraded members and can enjoy all the benefits of membership, including free access to all MVA events, discount on registration for selected life science conferences, access to the discounts in the MVA Member Benefit program and the ability to participate in networks such as MVA Executive Club and Medicon Valley Alliance Oncology Network free of charge.

MVA considers the Danish and Swedish Science park based companies an important part of the regional life science eco-system, and in 2017 further activities will be directed at or initiated in cooperation with Ideon. Consequently, they now offer existing as well as new life science based companies a 20 % discount on the 2017-basis membership fee, which is 6600 DKK annually.

Upcoming events with MVA

  • Nordic Life Science Days September 12-14th: The largest Nordic partnering conference dedicated to the life science industry, this year in Malmö. MVA members is offered a 20% discount on all registration fees, company presentations and innovation posters.
  • Medical Device Regulation 2017 September 19-20th: The annual forum for the medical device industry focusing on current and future regulation of medical devices, and the practical challenges compliance with the legislation gives companies in the medical device industry. MVA members is offered a 20% discount on the registration fee.
  • MVA Microbiome Summit 2017 October 4-5th: Brings together microbiome scientists and companies to define the state of microbiome research in life science and provides opportunities for collaborations in this emerging multidisciplinary field of science.

Visit the webpage to learn more about how you can benefit from a membership of Medicon Valley Alliance.

 

 

Uniti want to change an industry that hasn’t been changed in 50 years

April 25, 2017News

– In Sweden, there is approx. 1,2 people travelling in a car for short distances. Uniti is a smaller format car made for urban transportation. This was the opening by Albin Wilson from Team Uniti at Future Transportation Square. The car has a display with augmented information with road data and we’ve taken inspiration from planes when developing the steer-by-wire solution. In short, are looking at technology that already exists to see how we can make it work for us.

Genuine is the only way to go

Albin Wilson, Uniti
Albin Wilson, Uniti

– Team Uniti have always been very open about what we are doing and how we are working, and we want to show that to our audience. We want people to be a part of the development of Uniti, so we decided to create an equity crowdfunding, Albin says.
– We started with a very sleek presentation video, only to realise that it wasn’t us. So we scrapped that and made a new one with genuine content. And it was the right thing to do, as we had one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns of 2016 in Scandinavia.

The equity crowdfunding was one of Scandinavia’s biggest during 2016 with 570 investors from 45 countries and collecting funding of 1.200.000€. You can see the crowdfunding video here.

– We want to build trust through communication with our audience. Many of our fans today will be our future customers, Albin explains. Instead of working for years and then revealing the finished product, we have different groups to collaborate with us when we are making design decisions. Getting this input is invaluable and it also means that we are creating a product that people will want.

A virtual production line

– We are in a partnership with Siemens and we both want to learn from each other. We are planning our production line in virtual scenario, using Siemens software. This enables us to see possible problems before they are implemented and we can make changes before we build the production line. We will have a fully automated production line, Albin explains.

Here are some of the questions from the meeting

With smaller cars, there is always the safety issue, how do you work on that?

– We are working a lot with autonomous driving, trying to stop a collision before it happens. We are also using carbon fibre, which is equally strong as steel also through good design we can achieve a very safe vehicle.

Do you think that the infrastructure for electric cars will be in place as more and more electric cars are being sold?

– Infrastructure is being built throughout sweden and europe to meet these needs. However our car is also smaller than most, so the battery can be charged at home over night. We will have a range over 150 km, but we are also aiming for a second model with a 300 km range.

There is an automotive war right now and many old players are trying to reinvent themselves. How do you intend to stay open without being plundered?

– The generations before us tried to be open, but they didn’t have the tools to do it. The tools are almost in place now and we are trying to use them to our advantage. You give trust and you build trust. And if someone steals what we do, that means that we have developed something great.

How do you plan on making Uniti a car that fits in a sharing economy?

– By using technology and connectivity. Sharing economy is a reality now, so we are able to fit that into our solution from the start.

How is it possible to create a production line without a prototype?

– We are developing a prototype now and it will be ready in September. And we can start developing some of the machines that the suppliers will need. We already know most aspects of what parts we need, even if the exact measuring hasn’t been decided yet.

Quick facts about Team Uniti

The team consist of 60 people and the company has grown to this size in just two years.
The car will weigh 400 kg without battery and have a top speed of 90 km/h – 120 km/h depending on model.