The other startups’ ideas are also worth a look. Here is a brief overview:
ComfyLight: The Swiss startup has developed a smart light bulb with both a motion and a brightness sensor that can log into an LAN via a wireless module. If the user is not at home the system switches on and off automatically to deter burglars. If a burglar does gain access to the home, the system raises the alarm by means of light signals.
DeviceHub.net: The Devicehub.net domain leads to the IoT platform of the Romanian startup of the same name. If companies connect their equipment fleets via the platform they can collect machine data centrally, evaluate it via a dashboard and even send control commands to their machines.
Hi-Park: Can’t find anywhere to park? The Israeli startup Hi-Park’s solution could be the answer. Instead of equipping individual parking spaces with sensors the company relies on existing devices: smartphones. If the smartphone’s camera keeps an eye on the roadside as the user is driving along, image recognition software analyzes whether parking spaces are free or in use. On the basis of this information the app directs motorists to the nearest free parking space.
Ifinity: The Polish startup Ifinity aims to achieve no less than change the way we interact with our environment. It does so by relying on beacons. In Warsaw these small Bluetooth transmitters already help people with impaired vision to move around town independently.
n-Join: Transforming a factory into a smart factory requires the utmost precision in process analysis. That is where the Israeli startup n-Join kicks in. Its software analyzes plant and machinery data continuously, recognizes production process anomalies and visualizes wear and tear of critical components meticulously.
OORT: The Polish startup OORT has big plans. Based on Bluetooth the company is in the process of setting up an open ecosystem for home or office use. Devices are connected via a hub and users can control connected devices and automate processes via an app or the web portal. When, for example, users leave their home, lighting and heating are switched off and the alarm system is switched on.
Senic: Would you like to control your smart home via your smartphone? The German startup Senic does not rate that at all highly. Instead, the team has developed a kind of universal remote control for all connected devices and even your laptop by means of Bluetooth. It can be operated by a control wheel, button or touchscreen interface or – contactlessly – by means of certain gestures.
SEMSEYE: When planning shift schedules for their employees, retails have hitherto had to rely on instinct and experience. Semseye, a Lithuanian startup, aims to change this state of affairs. It has developed a device that quantifies customer footfall. Users can check the data in real time on a web portal and are better able to decide when how many employees are needed in the store.
Taggalo: Until now, online traders have been a step ahead of retailers in the field of customer contact. On the Web the customer journey is easy to individualize on the basis of customer data. In retail that has been a much more elaborate process. The Italian startup Taggalo aims to change that. It has developed sensors that record indicators such as store traffic or how long customers stay in the store and visualize them in real time on a platform.
Waylay: If you have already taken the first step toward Industrie 4.0 by connecting plant and machinery, Waylay will take you on the next steps in the journey. The Belgian startup’s platform enables users to realize complex automation concepts. Sensors and actuators can be incorporated via the REST-based architecture, and so can CRM or ERP systems.
Until November, participating startups will be working intensively with Cisco, Intel and Deutsche Telekom mentors on developing their business. This will include appearances in Krakow, Berlin, Dublin and London. To gain an impression of the startups and their ideas, your next opportunity will be on September 5 during the 2015 Startup Night in Berlin and on September 6 at IFA. If you want to meet with the Challenge Up! Teams or get more information, please contact either Holger Sbrzesny (Holger.Sbrzesny[at]telekom.de) or Andreas Dönges (a.doenges[at]telekom.de)
The startups that come through the program successfully will qualify for possible co-investment by the three corporate sponsors or by leading corporate venture funds. Details will be available at the ‘challenge up!’ summit to be held at the unBoundDigital technology conference in London on November 30 and December 1, 2015.