ICT strives to create sustainable IT solutions that increase the quality of life on earth, provide economic growth in industries and cities, and foster innovation. This perfectly matches our focus on our smarter themes and our sustainable innovation objectives:
Smarter industries. ICT helps to create intelligent manufacturing technology solutions, supporting the digital transformation and the continued robotisation of industry.
Smarter cities. ICT wants to enhance the quality and performance of urban services, which generally goes hand in hand with reducing costs and resource consumption.
Smarter health. ICT has developed software solutions to enhance the exchange of data in the healthcare sector, enabling synoptic reporting and faster diagnosis, thus increasing efficiency.
To achieve and sustain ICT’s sustainable innovation objectives the research & development and innovation programmes Dragons’ Den and CoLab were created to accelerate sustainable innovation. Additionally, we consolidated our software propositions in OrangeNXT for this purpose.
In 2017 ICT introduced the Dragons’ Den programme to structurally assess and evaluate innovative product ideas with new business models. It starts with new internal and external ideas for which a sound business model is developed. The goal is to start fast and, if inevitable, fail fast. Hypotheses in the business model are validated using marketing techniques, before diving into technological challenges. Validated business models are presented on a monthly basis to the internal Dragons’ Den committee, consisting of ICT board members and external experts. They assess the proposed ideas on criteria such as strategic fit, growth potential and portfolio balance. Progress is continuously monitored. This process has already resulted in multiple successful pitches and contributed to a constantly growing portfolio of new business models with recurring revenue streams including Motar, the OrangeNXT product portfolio and the development of the MaaS proposition.
ICT created CoLab to collaborate with partners, government authorities and educational institutes. CoLab’s goal is to create innovative projects and techniques that will make a difference in the future. CoLab is headed by the Innovation Director who reports to the Executive Board. The majority of our internships related to innovative projects are offered via CoLab. From experience in the past years we have concluded that, in order to benefit the most from the internships – both from the students’ and ICT’s perspective, around 25 internships per year is the optimal number. In this way the programme can really contribute to ICT’s innovative capabilities.
During the past years we have developed a variety of sustainable solutions. Examples include:
BZO Groningen – Deferred energy consumption leads to more favourable rates for Groningen businesses
How much can companies save on energy costs by aggregating energy consumption and flexibly responding to market prices? This is being looked into by a consortium of seven organisations in the Zuidoost Business Park in the Dutch city of Groningen. ICT is involved in this project with the objective of investigating which technical facilities are required to make this possible.
Spaarndammertunnel – Design, programming and testing technical systems
The Amsterdam Houthavens area has become a restricted traffic area for high-quality living along the IJ waterfront. The Spaarndammertunnel connects this new residential area with the city centre. Consisting of seven islands in the Amsterdam IJ, this location which used to serve as a storage and transfer zone for tree trunks has been transformed into a bespoke residential area right on the waterfront. Officially opened in February 2018, the Spaarndammertunnel connects this new restricted traffic residential area with the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood. The tunnel leads the traffic underground creating more space above ground for greenery, bicycle and walking paths, and public transport. Measuring 800 metres long of which 470 meters is covered, this new tunnel ensures that 80% of all 22,000 daily traffic movements take place underground. In addition, the southern tunnel wall functions as a water barrier. So if the IJ were ever to flood, Amsterdam would remain safe and dry.
As part of a consortium, ICT provided advice and support in the testing activities. The company was involved in the design and programming of the technical systems related to the tunnel.
Q-Suite software™ – Enabling dosimetry after selective internal radition therapy (SIRT) with QuiremSpheres®
QUIREM Q-Suite™ is a proprietary software tool that can be used to verify therapy by calculating the 3D dose distribution based on images. ICT’s healthcare unit was involved in developing the second generation of Q-Suite™. ICT Healthcare supported the customer from the creation of a user-testable proof of concept to the conversion into a product.
Successful installation and commissioning of a MES system for the revision of wheelsets at NS
ICT Group has installed a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), for the department of the Dutch National Railway company NS that executes overhauls and repairs of railway wheelsets. Human factory operators are now equipped with a mobile device enabling them to communicate with MES and to scan component barcodes. This is done through a mobile application developed by OrangeNXT, an ICT Group company. Before the digitization and automation of the overhaul process, decisions were made based on human assessments. Since MES directs the process through exact standards, more impact and certainty about the final quality is achieved (‘First Time Right’).
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