With the widespread adoption of innovative IoT-solutions across virtually all types of verticals, it comes as no surprise, that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show – CES 2021 – has hundreds of exhibitors IoT-related startups and service providers. Let’s take at 21 Italian exhibitors with unique solutions, that will drive this revolution of how we gather and process data all around us.
Use cases: Smart gardening, green tech
Besides typical gardening accessories, such as vegetable seeds, pesticides and flower pots, the Italian gardening supplier, Gardenstuff, also develops innovative IoT solutions for smart gardening. Their most prominent innovation in this vertical is an app called ElIoT. It can give gardening recommendations based on the surroundings and current health status of the plants. It can also analyze your home and suggest you the most suitable plants based on the gathered data.
Use cases: Luggage tracking and automated insurance claims
Traxit is a small location tracking device, the size of a garage opener and is stored in one’s luggage. It allows its users to track their luggage worldwide, and in case of lost luggage or other insurance matters, you may be able to receive immediate compensation for your lost luggage. As an active customer of Traxit, you will receive compensation instantly from their insurance partner and leave all the hassle of getting it from the airline up to him/her. The Traxit-device features extremely low power consumption. One fully charged battery lasts for up to four months, and you can conveniently activate its SIM, three days before your travels, so it will be ready to roam with Traxit’s global partners.
Use cases: Personal security & smart home
Vervet is a small portable smart home device, that may save your life one day. It can detect burglars through motion detection or potentially lethal gas leaks using its carbon monoxide or smoke sensors. The former is known as “the silent killer”. The device pairs with any smartphone over WiFi using its dedicated iOs and Android app.
Use cases: Environmental monitoring, mobility, smart cities, utility, logistics
Waterview developed patented image-processing software, which is being utilized by its flagship product – WeatherCAM – to track environmental metrics. WeatherCAM’s software can be installed on any IP-based existing, ordinary CCTV cameras and effectively turns them into a small weather station. By not having to purchase, install and maintain additional hardware, deployment costs are drastically lowered for entities, that already possess CCTV cameras. Large data sets created by hundreds or thousands of CCTV cameras running WeatherCAM may offer useful insights to smart cities, and verticals, such as the transport, energy and automotive sector. Currently, WeatherCAM can track rain, snowfall, temperature, and fog. To address privacy concerns regarding the recorded camera footage, the footage is preprocessed and analyzed. This means that WeatherCAM cannot be used to monitor individuals or facial recognition, as only weather-related information is fed to the cloud.
Use cases: Smart homes & smart metering
Joule40 is a platform that provides services and solutions related to heating, electricity, water and AC systems for commercial and private consumers. It enables users to access individualized services based on their consumption habits. They also developed a smart speaker, called Scala, which offers detailed insights into ones use of these resources, which can be used to optimize ones energy consumption to reduce the
environmental footprint. Besides energy consumption, it can also monitor temperature, humidity and air quality.
Use cases: Smart agriculture
Agrilocus is a cloud platform, that was developed to help farmers optimise their workflow. It offers unique software products developed for specific crops, such as olive groves, vineyards, tobacco fields or cornfields. These platforms combine technology with science to improve agricultural productivity and the quality of the grown produce. This is known as precision farming.
IoT-enabled sensors can be seamlessly integrated into these platforms, which provides valuable insights to farmers. Farmers can use this data to make informed decisions and optimise their output. It can alert farmers of pest and diseases early on, while still in a manageable state. Satellite imagery can be fed to the platform in order to adjust irrigation patterns etc..
This IoT solution allows farmers to elevate their profits by increasing yields and lowering cost of resources (i.e. water, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides etc), but also by preventing pest- or climate-related adversities.
Use cases: Smart agriculture, Air quality, health & greentech
Cynomys is an innovative startup developing various solutions and devices related to optimized livestock farming, crop cultivation (greenhouse and fields) and environmental monitoring. Their sensory technology is packaged into a self-contained, patented system that can be quickly deployed. Their systems can gather data about temperature, humidity, oxygen, pollution particles, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, UV, water, electricity consumption, etc.
Use cases: Smart hospitality
Albicchiere is a smart wine dispenser developed by the Italian company Beexlab. It addresses one of the most prevalent issues shared amongst wine connoisseurs. Once a bottle is uncorked, the oxidization process begins, and the wine starts to lose its flavour, even on the same day. While a recorked bottle of wine typically can be consumed for one week max, Albi’s smart wine dispenser can keep wine enjoyable for up to 26 weeks, thanks to its proprietary technology. Additionally, it also makes a freshly opened wine more enjoyable, as users can accurately control the temperature of the wine.
RES.IS.TO (Builti s.r.l.)
Use cases: Construction, Industry, Engineering
The seismic risk is often underestimated amongst Italian re,sidents and surveys concluded that awareness of the danger posed by earthquakes is extremely low. The RE.SIS.TO project is a new type of service for the construction sensor. A certified engineer will utilizes RE.SIS.TO’s software solution to assess your buildings seismic vulnerability. The ease of use created by the software can save around 75% of costs, compared to traditional seismic analysis.
Use cases: Smart homes, smart hospitality, smart metering
DiCE is a smart home device that functions as a central input device for all your other smart home appliances – similar to a smart speaker. However, instead of voice recognition DiCE uses light and movement signals. It can be controlled using simple, intuitive touchless hand gestures.
DiCE SMART can control smart plugs and other IoT smart home devices, such as wireless light bulbs. Using the DiCehome app, you can then check your appliances’ consumption levels and automatically schedule to turn off appliances with high power consumption when they are not needed.
Digital Technologies s.r.l.
Use cases: Manufacturing, retail, logistics, asset management
Digital technologies partakes in various tech projects, amongst those, there are several IoT solutions, as the company recognizes the broad potential of IoT solutions: “The drive to remodel reality into a completely digital world is leading us to increase the use of environmental sensors.”. Their most prominent IoT solutions address intelligent asset management. These combine software with hardware sensors to automatically assess a company’s inventory. In the retail, manufacturing and logistics industry, taking inventory manually, can be a costly, yet necessary undertaking. The company also provides track & trace solutions, i.e. asset tracking, mainly used by logistics companies.
Use cases: Utility
DRB is a service provider focusing on autonomous drone inspection solutions for power line, renewable energy plants (e.g. solar, wind and hydro farms), industrial plants (e.g. offshore oil platforms) and other industrial or utility-related infrastructures.
They provide hardware as well as platforms to gather and analyze the drone’s data. One of their most innovative solutions is Drone Radio Beacon. This proprietary technology enables drones to autonomously navigate through infrastructure whilst maintaining very high accuracy and reliability. It does not rely on GPS or video processing techniques. Using beacon technology, DRB can set no-fly zones, land them precisely on a ground station and let them fly along predetermined corridors. After a successful flight, DRB’s web platform can rapidly analyze the gathered data and pictures using AI. An inspection report is automatically generated, which indicates potential structural damages.
Use cases: Facial recognition, Customer Service
Emoj is a multiplatform system which can analyse human conditions in real-time. It learns from human expressions and uses it to create “emotional and unique experiences”. These are some nice buzzwords, but what does it actually do, you might ask.
- It analyzes facial expressions and identifies human states.
- It identifies the person’s demographics and characteristics, such as age, gender, interaction, emotion.
- Based on these two steps, the platform utilises machine learning and a decision tree to…
- …adapt the customer experience based on these real-time reactions. Thus supposedly elevating the customer experience.
Use cases: Smart watches, wearables, self-improvement
Epoche has united the best of both worlds: The nostalgic, timeless aesthetics of a traditional Italian watch and the functionality, convenience and intuitive ease of use of a smartwatch. Using its app, you can read messages, receive notifications, manage your calendar and more. The smart watch’s screen is very compact and located behind the traditional clock face. This smaller, energy-efficient screen coupled with a double battery allows for superb battery life: It recharges in about 90 minutes and lasts for 7-10 day on a single charge.
Use cases: Asset tracking
Filo is a small tracking device that you can connect to anything you don’t want to lose. To locate the device, you can press the button in their own app, which will make the Filo device ring loudly. What sets Filo apart from ordinary key finders is its two-way communication. If you lose your smartphone, but still have your keys with the Filo device attached. You can double press the button on your Filo in order to ring up your phone (even if it is set to silent mode).
Use cases: Virtually any IoT use case. They can help companies from any vertical deploy their own custom solutions.
HWA is a team of entrepreneur and engineers who don’t develop a specific IoT solution, but rather help their client in developing custom IoT solutions. To achieve this, they utilize their own customizable hardware / software platform, which consists of a central electronic board and accessory boards, which can be mounted with various sensors and actuators. It is basically a lego set, where all the parts are guaranteed to be compatible, while still being highly customizable to provide IoT solutions tailored to the needs of the client.
Use cases: Smart hospitality
Insenso recognizes the value of providing luxury hotel guests with a sensory journey, from check-in to check out. Thus, they developed a perfume-applying machine, that is equipped with sensors, that can recognize the size of the fabric, its size, and whether the line should be scented or left neutral. Tailoring a guest’s experience to match their personal taste is a major aspect distinguishing 4-star hotels from luxury hotels. Most IoT solutions for smart hotels address this, by providing guest’s with customizability with regards to smart lighting or smart thermostats, but few of them consider customizing a rooms fragrance. Using Insenso’s fragrance chamber, each guest can choose the type and amount of fragrance they prefer. Hotels may also to further ingrain their brand identity by picking their own spectrum of fragrances.
Is Clean Air Italy
Usecases: Air Quality management, Smart Cities, Environment
Is Clean Air Italy owns the patented APA Technology. It is a filterless, modular platform which can be used to abate ambient air pollution, thus improving air quality. It uses chemical, physical, mechanical processes and water to abate the most common pollutants, such as dust, gas, stenches, airborne bacteria and viruses.
Use cases: Smart homes
Ledworks is a smart lighting startup with the mission to bring their software innovations to consumers. Their most prominent project is twinkly an IoT-enabled smart light LED string, that can be controlled using your smartphone. It allows you to create custom patterns and animations. It is also compatible using Google Assistant.
Use cases: Smart cities, mobility, transportation, circular city
VAIMOO is a connected e-bike developed by MERMEC, a multinational company that has focused on digital solutions for public transit and railways for the past 30 years. They have studied the ins and outs of how to reduce operating costs and optimize for efficiency. They market their e-bikes as highly durable and reliable. To address the theft concerns associated with expensive high-end e-bikes, their products are equipped with telematic devices. IoT-enabled sensors and actuators allow these bikes to:
- Offer automatic motor assistance
- Provide real-time vehicle diagnostics to operators
- Provide visual and sound feedback via buzzers and LED bars to the user
- Recognize unauthorized tampering on the bike
- Stay connected to GPRS, GPS, NFC and BT services
Use cases: Predictive Maintenance, Big Data Analysis, Manufacturing, Logistics, Construction
Revelis provides AI software solutions for big data analysis. They leverage machine learning processes to make informed decisions based on data gathered by IoT-enabled sensors and actuators. Their solutions are built on a data processing framework called Rialto, which can be extended and customized with various algorithms defined by its user. It breaks down complicated AI models to make them more understandable to the ordinary human user. One prime example of the major benefits of using AI software to analyze IoT data is predictive maintenance. If you’re in manufacturing and one of the machines in your production chain malfunctions, it can stunt the efficiency of your operation by creating unnecessary bottlenecks. Using data gathered by IoT sensors, AI software can analyze the environmental conditions of a machine, such as output efficiency, temperature, water pressure, etc. to predict potential malfunctioning. Thus maintenance can be executed proactively as a measure to prevent bottlenecks in the production chain.
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