Sigma Connectivity takes over our Instagram #WeAreIdeon

March 15, 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. Sigma Connectivity will be the first, starting on March 20 and throught out the week.

Hi Linda Malmgren, what can you tell me about Sigma Connectivity?

Linda Malmgren, Sigma Connectivity
Linda Malmgren, Sigma Connectivity

Our story starts in 2013 when Sony Mobile decided to downsize their world leading development unit in Lund. By switching focus from in-house development to external client needs we unleashed our true potential. Within 12 months we were over 200 employees with a successful global client base. Today Sigma Connectivity has grown into a world-class design and development house with the ability to transform ideas into reality. With over 30 years of experience we are driven by a passion to bring innovative products to some of toughest markets on the planet. Our engineers and  ID designers, together with our advanced in-house labs, can rapidly design, build and deploy smarter connected experiences that bring new levels of power to our clients.

What is a typical product or service of yours?

We help our clients to design, build and deploy smarter connected experiences by working with experience-driven creation of products and solutions within R&D and production development. No matter what phase of the product’s cycle our clients engage us in, we help them launch their product with the highest quality and on time. Wherever they are today, we can help. We simply help them take their ideas from concept, design, testing, industrialization and all the way to market.

On your website it says that you have 150 + labs, which ones are located in Lund?

All of our labs are located at our headquarters in Lund. We have over 150 different stations in our labs, which are focused down to 12 different Expertise areas.

  • Wireless Labs
  • Failure Analysis Labs
  • Design Labs
  • Prototype Labs
  • Environment Labs
  • Sound Labs
  • Power Labs
  • Electronics Labs
  • Software Design Labs
  • Production Design Labs
  • Simulation Labs
  • Optics Labs

You’ve got 270 smart brains at Sigma Connectivity, are there any areas or instances where you would like a closer cooperation or exchange of ideas with any of the other 9000 people here at Ideon?

Our engineers has been bred in hardware and software  development. They live to find the best solutions and excel when the latest technology and utmost accuracy is required. They distill complex design objectives and simplify them down to core requirements,then systematically build robust solutions from the ground up. We would love to cooperate and exchange ideas with all organizations at Ideon. No field will be untouched by new technologies and we would love to hear about all the different challenges that people and organizations meet/see out there.

What will you be showing us next week on Instagram?

We will give you an insight to our labs, how they look and what they do. We will also introduce some of our team members, bring you along on some of our adventures and simply tell you a  bit of a ”normal week” at Sigma Connectivity.

Find out more about Sigma Connectivity here

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Welcome to the Yes Day

March 8, 2017News, Offer

Today, on International Women’s Day, we invite you to the Yes Day. Ideon Innovation and Ideon Science Park are arranging a day that celebrates entrepreneurship in a broader perspective, and most of the participating contractors as well as the speakers are women.

The reason is that only 10% of venture capital goes to women and only three of the VCs on AllBrights list (total 92 companies) have female partners.

The speakers include Jan Sook Lotta Brattin, founder of Acne Jeans, Eva Ekedahl, founder of Karriärpodden and Women for Leaders and Elisabeth Brevenson, founder Beepsend. Karriärpodden with thousands of listeners will send live from the event. The goal is that everyone who comes – men and women – will be inspired and say Yes to entrepreneurship.

Sign up here!

Start looking at total cost of mobility – Clever on future transportation

March 1, 2017News

”When you are driving an electric car, you don’t necessarily drive to the gas station anymore, it has moved to your home.” So, it is a major shift in behaviour and experience we are seeing now.” This was one of the opening statements from Nathalie Kinell from CLEVER Sverige AB, who was presenting at the second edition of Future Transportation Square.

CLEVERs goal is to make it easy – easy to choose an electric car, easy to choose a charging solution and easy to recharge the vehicle.

“We like to think that we combine the traditional energy supply industry with the car industry – providing both parties an opportunity to increase the value offerings to their customers. The concept of mobility is central for the evolution in both businesses. The consumers might not want to own their car, but subscribe to mobility in an integrated transportation system with different components like car sharing services, autonomous vehicles, electric bicycles and connections to public transportation. And as a result companies might stop looking at total cost of ownership and start looking at total cost of mobility. What are the total needs for you and your employees to transport themselves, both at home and for the business?”

“We envision a future multimodal transportation system where different means of transportation are combined in order to create a sustainable and seamless solution to the consumer’s mobility needs. Providing seamless solutions will challenge the traditional value chains and require a great amount of data integration and transparency between the different industry players. We don’t have all the solutions ourselves, so we need to work together in order to make this work” Nathalie explains.

After the introduction, it was time for questions from the audience.

So, what do you think should be on offer when I am charging my car for 20 minutes?

When it comes to the car it is possible to offer to upgrades of the software or change the tires. But I can envision services that helps me in my everyday life as well, like postal services or shoe repairs.

Wouldn’t it be better to place the chargers next to shopping centres or grocery stores instead of gas stations?

Sure, and I think we will see more of that. But the traditional gas stations has a great potential to offer a range of value-adding services, maybe even become a transportation hub with car pool services, rental cars or why not meeting facilities for people on the road.

With more charging taking place at home or at the grocery store, how do you secure the energy supply?

For sure it will require investments, even from the real estate owners. An investment in this infrastructure will on the other hand give you a competitive advantage today and prepare you to accommodate the further demands from visitors and tenants.

Charging your car takes a while, should the gas stations be extended to be able to accommodate more cars at one time?

I don’t think that is necessary. The charging time keeps getting reduced and the battery capacity is increasing, up to 500 km per charge, so you will not need to charge your car very often. But it is difficult to predict how the increased range of the cars will affect the need for public charging.

How do you package your offer, is it car + charging station?

As a result of our partnerships with some of the leading EV car brands we have the opportunity to offer our services early in the purchase process. We can train the staff at the car dealership and provide them with the answers to the customer’s questions regarding charging of the car. This goes back to our mantra of simplicity, to remove the obstacles for the customer.

Join us on March 28 for the next Future Transportation Square

See more about our focus are Future Transportation

Find out more about CLEVER

Looking for a new challenge? Join us at the ICT Job Fair

February 24, 2017News, Offer

On March 30th the Employment Agency, Lund Municipality and Ideon Science Park are hosting their tenth ICT Job Fair.

Do you need new competences to your company? We invite you to an event where you can easily and smoothly find new employees!

Time: Thursday 30th of March 10:00 – 13:00, be there at 09.00 if you are a recruiter.

Location: Ideon Agora, Scheelevägen 15, Lund

This is a free of charge event for everyone hunting for a new job. So bring your CV and join us!

See who is hiring at the ICT Fair

A road sign that tells you when it has fallen down

February 15, 2017News

Mats Lindoff from Combain started the first Smart Cities Square where he talked about connected devices in the smart city.

As it was hosted at Mobile Heights Center, there were many questions and thoughts on which technology is the best to use for connected devices, LoRaWAN, wifi and others were debated.

“How many traffic signs are there in Malmö? 50 000-60 000, they are not really sure. So it is a good business idea to keep track of the signs, right?” Mats Lindoff started off by talking about the costs of monitoring and maintenance for road signs. Instead of using resources to drive around and do inventory, why not let the sign tell you if it is still in place, if it has fallen down and maybe what the temperature is near the sign? To be able to do this, a small sensor is placed on each sign. Using LoRa* technology, over 40 000 devices can communicate with one base station. To be
able to cover the Municipality of Helsingborg, 4 base stations are needed. The battery life is long, at least 10 years, depending on how often the sensor is to broadcast its message.

Questions from the meeting

Arne Hansson from Ideon was the moderator for the meeting and he had the first question:
Is it your vision to build an ecosystem around this solution?

“Yes, we want to build a nationwide system, but the first application are for traffic signs. Moving forward we want to be able to add more devices.” The audience suggested connecting waste bins so that they are emptied as needed, not according to a schedule.

Why LoRa* instead of wifi?

Because the technology is here, it works now. We can definitely use other technologies in the future, but we want to use what works right now. We get greater coverage with LoRa, up to 10 km, compared to 100 meters with wifi.

Isn’t it possible for me to vandalise the sign and steal the sensor?

Yes, it is possible. But then we’d know about it as it is a connected device.

Do you think that smaller municipalities are prepared to buy signs like these?

I think it is like with everything else, it depends on the business case. We are looking into providing “traffic sings as a service” later on.

Arne: Perhaps you should start where they are building a new town or district, like Kiruna or Brunnshög.

Join us at the next Smart Cities Square

The next Smart Cities Square meeting is on March 15, 08:30-09:00 at Mobile Heights Center.

Find out more about Combain
* LoRa stands for Long Range Radio. It is the wireless technology mainly targetted for M2M and IoT networks.  Ref :

Practice your pitch with Ideon Innovation

February 10, 2017News, Startups

Get up on stage and pitch your idea, dream, thought – anything is welcome.

The audience will give you instant and valuable feedback so that you’ll be able to improve your pitch. The winner gets a SEK 1 000 prize!

Pitcher’s Corner is organized by Ideon Innovation, every other Tuesday 09:30 AM, at Ideon Agora.

Want to get up on stage next time? Contact Per Gavell. Welcome!

See all dates for Pitcher’s Corner here

Pitcher’s Corner, the audience giving feedback
Pitchers-Corner Winners
One of the Winners – new chance every other Tuesday!

How Volvo Cars are working to face the challenges in the auto industry

January 28, 2017News, Offer

Henrik Svensson from Volvo Cars was the first presenter at Future Transportation Square here at Ideon Science Park. Volvo Cars are going through a major transformation in how they are developing products, and a lot of that concerns software. That is one of the reasons why Volvo Cars chose to open an office in Lund, there is a lot of competence within software and connectivity here.

“There is a major transformation in the auto industry right now and the four big trends that are shaping our future are connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification and sharing” says Henrik.

The customer experience is everything

One of the challenges today is that the software and services sets the tone for the customer experience.

“We need to rethink the way we are working with our suppliers going forward. Gone are the days when an order is placed with lots of specifications and then delivered and installed. There needs to be a close collaboration in order for us to develop great software with quick updates, they are key in giving the customer a great experience”.

Henrik talked about an early venture of adding software solutions to their cars, but having minor success, until it was possible to connect them with smartphones, like starting the heater with an app on cold days. “The service was there, but there were no tools to utilize them in the right way”. Now the tools are there and there are many possible applications, like route prediction and crowdsourcing of maps to alert other drivers of accidents, roadworks and so on. But in order for these services to really take off, a standard API for cars is needed.

There were several questions in the meeting, here are a few

In order to develop new software with open source, is there a need for standards in order to make it work?

“Open source is a collective standardization project, but there is definitely a need for standards. It would make it possible for all suppliers to build great, connected solutions for our customers.”

What is the biggest bottleneck when it comes to connectivity?

”The problem is standardization, as there is no one standard today that the authorities or the industry has agreed on. We would prefer the car-to-car communication to be cloud based in order for us to build smart solutions. In the US there is a proposal on legislating the car-to-car sharing and wifi standard. If introduced, that would have a major impact on the industry.”

What opportunities are you looking for in Lund and Skåne?

”Solutions for driver identification and sensors, both within and outside the car.  We need solutions to identify the different drivers so that it is possible to predict and plot a route adapted for that person. The goal is for the car to learn the patterns of the different drivers, so that they don’t have to change the settings every time. Machine learning is important for the experience.”

Join us at the next Future Transportation Square

The last Tuesday of the month we gather at Business Lounge in Beta House, Scheelevägen at 08:30. See all details here.

Stephan Müchler is the new Chairman for Ideon AB

December 15, 2016News

Stephan Müchler, CEO of Southern Chamber of Commerce, will take over as Chairman from Mats Lindoff.

The Board also elected Anders Almgren and Christer Wallin from Lund Municipality, Linus Wiebe from LU Innovation and Leif Nyberin from the County Administrative Board of Skåne. The Board also consists of Anders Jarl, CEO of Wihlborgs, Ola Orsmark, Regional Castellum, Anna Stenkil, Regional Manager, Vasakronan.  – It will be an exciting challenge, now that the company is in a phase where a lot is going on and we want to continue developing Ideon Science Park. The new expanded board is well placed to contribute to the development of both the Ideon Science Park itself and also for Ideon to become an engine of the economy in the region, says Stephan Müchler.

Indonesia to create 100 Science Parks with Ideon as a model

October 27, 2016News

Ideon and Sven Tore Holm, the first CEO of Ideon Science Park, have been active in the program that Lund University has organized in cooperation with the Indonesian delegation.

The Indonesian government and its universities want to learn how Ideon Science Park was buildt and has grown since 1983, in cooperation with Lund University. This knowledge will be used creating 100 new Science Parks.

A certification ceremony took place in Lund on October 21. The event will be followed by a visit from the Indonesian ambassador Bagas Hapsoro S.H., M.A, with the title Ambassador Extra Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Kingdom of Sweden and Republic of Latvia, which will take place on October 28.

At the moment 40 Indonesian students are registered at Lund University, as a part of the program. The education in Entrepreneurship & Science Park Development is tailor made for Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in Indonesia.

The program is a part of the established cooperation between Sweden and Indonesia, aiming to strengthen and develop the cooperation within science, technology and innovation. The target is to increase the capacity of a realisation of a national innovation ecosystem in Indonesia.