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Canadian firm Skkynet named top innovator


November 11, 2015  


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In early August, Nokia Corp. launched its third annual Open Innovation Challenge, which the firm said at the time was designed to “offer the brightest innovators an opportunity to collaborate on game-changing ideas to shape the programmable world.”

Nokia received hundreds of submissions from around the world and after “intensive evaluation work,” ideas were drilled down to 10 and included in the list is Mississauga-based Skkynet Cloud Systems. The winners were announced at a Nokia event held at its headquarters yesterday in Helsinki.

Nokia said its vision is to expand the human possibilities of technology, to improve people’s lives and help them thrive by enabling a programmable world where billions of people, things, sensors and devices are connected. As such, the company anticipates exciting use cases within various verticals, including health, security, automotive, public safety, industrial Internet and smart cities.

Hossein Moiin, executive vice president and chief technology officer with Nokia described the winners as being among the brightest innovators and experts in the IoT domain.

“We understand that Nokia and others cannot do it alone,” he added. “We need to think outside the walls of our innovation machinery and reach into the IoT ecosystem for partnerships and co-creation. By incorporating innovations from all around us, we can build a programmable world that will benefit us all.”

The winners are as follows and the descriptor of each was provided by Nokia:

CyberLightning (www.cyberlightning.com) CyberLightning was founded in 2010 by a core team at the Centre for Internet Excellence at the University of Oulu, Finland. It develops software that can create 3D visualization of IoT data that makes it easier to analyze big data captured by sensor networks. CyberLightning’s intelligent, end-to-end Internet of Everything (IoE) Application Platform, CyberVille®, is designed for operational and business use in smart city environments.

DecaWave (www.decawave.com) Based in Dublin, Ireland, DecaWave is a fabless semiconductor company that develops a line of integrated circuit products called ScenSor, which can identify the specific location of any object, person or thing. Compliant to the IEEE802.15.4a standard, the chip offers a required level of precision and reliability never achieved before (+/-10cm).

Good Sign (www.goodsignsolutions.com) Based in Helsinki, Finland, Good Sign provides business software for IoT intensive service businesses and ecosystems to offer new service models, orchestrate devices and services, and automate dynamic pricing and billing. Good Sign targets companies who are forerunners in providing digital services: IT service providers, communication service providers, industrial service providers, intelligent traffic service providers and new service ecosystems.

HealthOperator Ltd (www.terveysoperaattori.fi) Helsinki, Finland-based HealthOperator is taking industrial Internet to the health and social care sectors. The company offers sensor and artificial intelligence based personalized monitoring and diagnostic services to consumers, private health care companies and the public sector. Its first commercial solution, OMAseniori, is a sensor based self-learning solution.

High Mobility (www.high-mobility.com) Based in Berlin, Germany, High Mobility helps carmakers transition into mobility providers without losing control over their products and customers. The company has reimagined the mobility experience with an innovative, distributed software platform, mobilityOS, that redefines what cars and mobile smart devices can do together.

Posterfy (www.posterfy.fi) Based in Helsinki, Finland, Posterfy develops, markets and sells Smart Display Systems for digital place-based signage applications in the Digital Out-of-Home market and intelligent wash room systems. Posterfy Smart Displays are interactive, battery operated, equipped with a range of sensors and use wireless communication. All display models are managed with Posterfy’s Cloud Service.

Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (www.skkynet.com) Based in Mississauga, Ont., Skkynet is a global leader in real-time cloud information systems. The Skkynet Connected Systems platform includes its SkkyHub(TM) service, DataHub and WebView and embedded toolkit software. The platform enables real-time data connectivity for industrial, embedded and financial systems, with no programming required.

SparkCognition (www.sparkcognition.com) Based in Austin, Texas, SparkCognition is the world’s first Cognitive Safety & Security Analytics company. Its groundbreaking MindFabric platform and Cognitive Fingerprinting technology model physical and virtual assets, continuously learn from data, and derive intelligent insights to secure and protect assets round the clock.

The Biosensors Group (www.imbb.forth.gr) is a research team established in the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) research center, located in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. The Biosensors Group has over 12 years of experience in acoustic wave biosensors and provide DNA detection technology.

Wirepas (www.wirepas.com) Based in Tampere, Finland, Wirepas is making Internet of Things happen. Wirepas PINO(TM) creates a wireless network of interconnected devices easily and without any investments to infrastructure. With PINO(TM), the connected devices are the network.