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4th Innovation Days – ICT with a prominent place

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Information Technologies have a prominent place in the 4th Innovation Days with 78 of the 227 event stands. It is possible to find a little bit of everything in this area, from projects related to the automotive area, Internet, retail, mobility, energy and much more. A good part of the projects shown are already on the ground, producing results in a business context.

Studying road accidents

Carcrash is a prominent presence at the fair, right at the entrance to Pavilion 1, which hosts the exhibition. The company was born in 2006 and is the result of a spin-off by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering.

Its offer in the market is a combination of product and consultancy. Supported by the laws of physics, the company developed models that make it possible to reconstruct road accidents and study all the details that allow to ascertain what happened at that moment.

Determine the speed of the vehicles involved; trajectories; location of pre- and post-impact points, among others. Carcrash’s main market started out being that of insurance companies. Today it is wider and includes more and more lawyers and even the general public, as one of those responsible explained to TeK. The business areas have also diversified and today the company is also in the area of ​​mechanical projects.

Semantic searches

Priberam is another presence at the event showing several projects. Already concluded, the company takes Tecnovoz to the Conference, a project developed within the scope of a consortium of national companies for the area of ​​medical information systems. The results of this R&D project are currently applied mainly in eye clinics.

The product allows doctors to record their oral reports made during operations and pass them on to the computer in text. The job of converting voice to text is automatic and will only require user intervention to order that information.

Priberam is already exploring the application of the product to new areas. In the not too distant future Tecnovoz can be applied in some public areas. There are currently negotiations with DIAP, which is studying the application of technology to wiretapping and the Ministry of Justice, which is evaluating the possibility of introducing the system to facilitate the process of electronic registration of the content of trials.

The most recent is Open Sem, developed as part of an Eureka project, still in progress. Priberam entered the project with its semantic research technology, which it already used internally in a product in the legal area, and gained with the participation the ability to associate the technology to the Internet. Today he already takes advantage of that work, applying it to clients like the Control Invest group, which uses semantic search technology on their websites.

Leverage good ideas

Another presence of the Innovation Days is Inogate. One of the projects that the company takes to the fair is an idea management software in the final stage of development and already tested at a banking institution. Innabler and weWant2 are basically two sides of the same coin. The first is aimed at companies and the second at communities.

Jorge Nunes, web developer involved in the project, explains that the purpose of the application is to allow employees of a company, or users of a community, to contribute to the same topic by giving their feedback on a project or presenting their ideas.

Taking Innabler as an example, the solution is structured in three phases. A first phase where the presentation of ideas is made, open to all participants. From there it evolves to a more restricted phase and from there to the evaluation of ideas. Jorge Nunes guarantees that the experience of use, in the partner in the banking area, has shown good results and has shown that when users are close to a simple and intuitive tool that allows them to collaborate without wasting a lot of time, they are very participatory. The decision-making bodies, on the other hand, are very satisfied with the ideas that have emerged in this way.

Share location

TimeBI shows WiZi at the fair, a mobility application that allows location sharing between users who, like all other projects, used financing tools to reach the market. Today, with two years of existence, WiZi, available online with free access, has around 5,000 users spread all over the world.

In the same vein, the company has already developed a new application that it is placing on the market now and which has aroused the curiosity of telecommunications operators and users in various parts of the globe, as revealed by André Gonçalves, the company’s communication officer.

SMS With Location is, as the name implies, a location service that uses SMS. In other words, a user who wants to show a friend where he is can send him an SMS and in that message there is a link which, followed, takes him to a map showing the location of the message sender. While exploring business hypotheses for the application, originally developed for Blackberry, but now also compatible with other mobile systems, the company is also working on new features for the application. The aim is that the message can in the future be contextualized with more elements.

Cristina A. Ferreira