“There are various ways to be successful; ICT Group encourages its employees to pursue these”

Joost Houwen joined ICT Group in 2016 as a software developer in the healthcare industry. Why did he choose this company? What is it that makes his profession so appealing? And what are his dreams for the future?

In his previous job, Joost worked together with his team to develop an e-commerce platform. A great project in which I learned a lot, says Joost. “The functionality itself was pretty straightforward. What was more complicated was the fact that the enormous number of functionalities had to be combined into a single package. It was as if we were putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle. The first step of the solution consisted of creating a framework. The challenge was to keep the various interfaces of the puzzle pieces as simple as possible, allowing us to fit them together.” From the moment the team had put the puzzle together, Joost’s interest started to fade. “You can endlessly keep adding and optimizing functionality, but I’m far more interested in developing a framework.”

Healthcare requires the highest-quality software
He was contacted for a position at ICT Group, and was interested in learning more about it. “My interest was piqued by the fact that they were looking for someone to develop software for the healthcare industry. ICT Group and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are developing a workflow management system together for hospital oncology departments. The software generates highly intelligent planning schedules that speed up the process of examining patients so they can receive their diagnosis sooner. The software optimizes processes and automates workflows. Quality is extremely important, because even a minor glitch in the software can have huge implications. Everything is tested thoroughly. Quality comes before speed, which suits me down to the ground. I like to do a thorough job and make things transparent and traceable so that you have a solid foundation for future extensions.”

ICT Group wants its employees to develop
Joost decided to make the switch to ICT Group, also because he was told that he could participate in the MGH project. “And that’s what I did during the first couple of months after joining ICT Group. However, a new contracting position came up that really matched my skill set and experience. Even though I had chosen ICT Group for their in-house projects, I said ‘yes’ to the contracting job. I understand that things can sometimes turn out differently than expected. As it happened, they didn’t force me to take the contracting job. It would have been fine if I’d said ‘no’.” Joost is currently working on a project in which he is creating a DTAP environment for a diagnostic center/primary care clinic. Quality is also an important issue here. “I’m developing software that automates workflows. It’s important that all processes are seamlessly aligned, avoiding the risk of any job failing to meet the requirements or getting delayed. Basically this software has the same functionality as the application we developed together with MGH, apart from its scale and the fact that it’s used for different diagnostic purposes.”

Pursuing your own dreams
Joost is very happy with his employer ICT Automatisering. Especially because they provide the kind of career pathways he finds interesting. “I took a Professional Leadership course in my very first month on the job. It shows you how to discover your motives. I learned that what excites me more than anything is being of added value to others. I discussed this with ICT Group and we looked at how we can make the best use of that desire in my position. For instance, I’d love to convey my passion for my profession to others. That’s something that we are actually doing right now. I’ve been given the opportunity to organize a ‘Train the trainer’ session and to give presentations at colleges. That’s an excellent match with my primary role as a software developer. It allows me to test the waters and find out if it’s something I’d like to pursue further.”

Success depends entirely on passionate people
Joost is the embodiment of ICT Group’s vision that success depends entirely on passionate people: “ICT Group looks at what people enjoy; what their interests are and what they’re good at, without pigeonholing them into a particular job right out the gate. You’re given plenty of opportunity to develop. And that’s nice, because there are various ways to be successful. I like it when your employer encourages you to find those ways.” It creates a certain culture and mentality in the company, Joost observes. “Everyone here is passionate about what they do.” And that can be pretty dangerous with a wild bunch of software developers, he says with a smile. “Like I said, developing software is just like solving a puzzle. And it’s just as addictive too. Sometimes I really have to tell myself to call it a day. Otherwise I would continue until the early hours of the morning.” He’s happy that he made the switch to ICT Group. “My former job was also a lot of fun, but after a while I noticed that I’d become stuck in a routine and was really working on autopilot. Now I have to use my brain in everything I do, and that’s a lot more interesting. I learn something new every day, I’m getting a chance to explore extremely interesting issues, my work contributes to society at large, and I get to earn a good living on top of that. What else could you ask for?”

Would you also like to learn new things every day and make a contribution to society at large? Find your new challenge at ICT Group.

Transform data into action-oriented information

Data is crucial to remaining competitive in a rapidly changing world. The key to keeping full control over your business and staying up-to-date on the latest business opportunities is to aggregate as many data sources as possible. To help you complete your digital transformation successfully, ICT Group has developed the 4C model, which outlines the four stages of transforming your business into a data-driven organization. This blog post focuses on the second stage: Collect. New technologies are continuing to change the corporate playing field in increasingly radical ways: the Internet, social media, and various mobile devices are facilitating the direct exchange of data and information worldwide. Consumers can compare prices and service and quality levels at a glance, making it essential for businesses to keep adapting to changing customer needs in order to stay in the game. After all, if they fail to deliver, customers are certain to take their business elsewhere. This makes it more important than ever for companies to be connected to the network economy. Linking data sources and systems to each other in strategic ways gives you a more sophisticated understanding of your customers’ needs. By harvesting and analyzing data relating to your production processes, you can offer your customers the highest-quality products at the lowest prices. The second step that businesses need to take in their shift to a fully data-driven approach is to integrate all information sources. Combining the Right Data Sources While a single data source can provide a wealth of information to help you improve your business operations, aggregating multiple data sources and ecosystems will increase their potential exponentially. You can improve the efficiency of your business’ logistics processes, for example, by comparing data relating to traffic flows, energy prices, and local weather conditions. In a connected world, all relevant objects and devices generate data, making it possible to develop new, smart and sustainable applications, including smart grids. These energy networks are every bit as intelligent as they sound: they facilitate two-way traffic and record data relating to consumption and supply. These ‘smart’ features are essential, as a growing number of renewable energy sources are connected to the power grid. Solar and wind energy are subject to peaks and troughs, and smart distribution makes the smart grid secure, reliable, efficient, and sustainable. GreenFlux: Intelligent Loading Infrastructure Electric vehicles are growing in popularity, but their success depends on a solid charging infrastructure. With its smart infrastructure, GreenFlux – a charging-station operator and service provider in the field of electric transport – provides maximum support to drivers of electric vehicles, aiming to make electric transportation accessible to everyone. The company is putting in place a nationwide, user-friendly charging network in the Netherlands, which will make it easy for electric drivers to charge their vehicles. Smart Grid Regulates Peaks and Troughs in Consumption Electric vehicle drivers should be able to rely on charging facilities being available anywhere, anytime – and that’s where the challenge lies, as the newer generations of electric vehicles consume an increasing amount of energy. It is therefore important for smart-grid energy providers to ensure that utilization is well-balanced and that energy consumption can be accurately estimated. GreenFlux uses a central solution for this purpose that regulates the overall charging infrastructure. Predictive algorithms enable the company to manage energy consumption intelligently. The aggregation of various data sources – including information such as weather conditions, estimated power consumption and location – turns disparate data into relevant business information. Data Ensures Improved Service, Sales, and Marketing GreenFlux currently operates smart charging stations linked together through the Internet. The data generated is stored in a central system and processed in Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. The company uses Azure as new solutions can be rolled out quickly and easily using this platform. Cloud computing is one of the key building blocks of the system, as it ensures virtually no downtime, data access anywhere, anytime, and automatic scaling where necessary. Having this technology in place enables GreenFlux to provide the highest-quality services to its customers and suppliers. GreenFlux uses the aggregated data it collects to improve its sales and marketing practices, making it possible to tailor its products and services to customers’ requirements as much as possible. Click here for more information about digital transformation.

It’s all about Connectivity

What company doesn’t want to find ways to keep improving its products and services, just like global industry leaders such as Amazon, Airbnb, and Microsoft? Something these three digital pioneers have in common is that they all use data to keep developing and improving their business models. In order to support organizations as they undergo a successful digital transformation, ICT Group has developed the 4C model, which outlines the four stages of transforming your business into a data-driven organization. This blog post focuses on the first of these stages: Connect. Internet connectivity is considered as basic an amenity these days as running water and electricity. We spend virtually every waking hour using our smartphone to get work done, share experiences with one another, or compare and buy products online. You could say that most people are plugged in 24/7. The fact that we’re all connected in this way makes it easy to compare products and services at a glance. This means businesses are held to increasingly high standards, and if organizations fail to deliver the best service or quality or offer attractive pricing, consumers will be quick to switch to a competitor. Businesses use data to remain relevant and tailor their products to their customers’ requirements as needed. But whatever you’re looking to achieve, it all begins with connectivity. Data Is Everywhere – Make the Most of It Individuals and businesses need connectivity to access the constant flow of valuable data available. While a lot of consumers are already connected 24/7, many businesses have yet to catch up. For these companies, Connect is the first stage of the 4C model toward becoming a fully data-driven organization in the network economy. Businesses begin their digital transformation by improving their processes and organizing them more efficiently, which they can accomplish by unlocking relevant available data. Numerous data sources are readily accessible, including Excel spreadsheets and data stored in ERP and CRM systems. The data can easily be exported to a cloud database, where it is analyzed using a BI tool. These analyses tell you exactly, for example, how much time employees spend in transit or performing specific types of work. Connect as Many Data Sources as Possible In addition to these readily available data sources, various devices continuously generate interesting data that has the potential to make businesses run more efficiently. Vehicles, machines in production plants, heating systems, and lamps can all provide information on utilization and frequency of use, provided they have Internet connectivity. A growing number of devices and objects are now equipped with sensors and an Internet connection and are part of the Internet of Things (IoT), making it possible to monitor their performance through a central system. At the same time, machines can also access each other’s data automatically. By linking this data to databases containing historical data, the production chain can be organized even more efficiently. Sensors and Connections If devices are not yet connected to the Internet, it’s simply a matter of fitting sensors and connecting them. This process is becoming easier all the time because sensors are getting smaller and more affordable. At the same time, the options for connection are becoming increasingly accessible, while there are practicable solutions available for all types of IoT scenarios. This makes it easier for the data generated to find its way to a central database and an analysis tool. Decisions Based on Hard Data This new way of working, monitoring, and managing data does require a different mindset and modus operandi, simply because technology will come to play a more important role in supporting decision-making processes. Decisions previously made on an intuitive level may pan out rather differently if they are made based on the available data instead. This gives us greater control over the present and the future. Data is leading companies to the promised land of unlimited business opportunities, in which everything and everyone is connected. Click here for more information about digital transformation.

Brainport interview with ICT Group about trends in high tech

Brainport TalentBox published an article about ICT developments that lead to smart industry. They interviewed Bart Lamot, Sr. Business Consultant at ICT Group. Read what he has to say about working for ICT Group and about the latest ICT technologies such as Model Driven Engineering, blockchain, mesh app and service architecture and smart grids. Discover how these technologies are related and will eventually lead to smart industry: fully automated systems, too complex for humans to control.

Are you a peach or a coconut?

Vincent Merk (TU/e) gives an introduction to intercultural awareness ICT Group was founded in the Netherlands in 1978, but now it’s 2016 and the organization is internationalizing rapidly. Not only because we are working for clients worldwide or have offices abroad, but even more so because in the Eindhoven region almost a quarter of our employees has an international background. This comes with new challenges in day-to-day work situations as many teams consist of colleagues with different cultural backgrounds. To create more awareness and give some guidelines for a practical approach, ICT Group invited Vincent Merk, senior lecturer intercultural management at the Eindhoven Technical University. Mr. Merk gave a very interesting and interactive presentation.

What is culture?

The first question is of course ‘what is culture?’ and this is followed by ‘how do you approach another culture?’. These questions are not so easy to answer but a commonly used definition of culture is “the accepted values, customs, attitudes and behaviors of a people or a group”. There is not just a national culture, but also professional culture (academic world, different sectors in the industry) and organizational culture. A lot of research has been conducted and models have been drawn up to capture cultural aspects, but it all starts with awareness. Independent of your cultural background, every individual sees what he/she wants to see. Being aware that different people have different perspectives is a first step.

A peach or a coconut?

These different perspectives have to do with your (cultural) background as well as your personality. When it comes to communication, there are a lot of factors that influence whether or not communication runs smoothly. The language used is an influence, as well as non-verbal communication and aspects like context. Mr. Merk also asked the audience ‘are you a peach or a coconut’. This metaphor depicts a model in which there are 2 domains of communication: public and private. The peach has a large ‘soft’ –public- skin and has the tendency to share a lot of personal information, but this persons’ “stone” – the private topics- are considered very private and hard to reach. The coconut has a hard outside layer, sharing little private information at first but once you get to know this person you can access their private domain easily. An example: if you get a new Dutch colleague, you will easily get information regarding his/her private situation on their first work day. What hobbies does he/she have, if they are married and have children or pets. A new Japanese colleague will never share such information on the first workday. However, being invited to a Dutch colleagues ’home is very rare, even if you have been working together for a long time. This is considered the private domain (stone): a typical peach. The Japanese might want to get to know you a bit better but will then invite you for dinner at his/her home and share their private domain: the coconut approach. This may lead to misconceptions: “the Dutch colleague is sharing a lot of private information but never invites me to meet up outside of work, maybe he/she doesn’t like me after all” or “I don’t know anything about this Japanese colleague but he/she is inviting me to his house. Maybe he/she wants to please me in order to get a promotion”. Such examples show how much we are looking through our own, culture-colored glasses. There is no quick fix when it comes to avoiding or solving such misconceptions but it helps to be aware of (possible) differences. If you start living and working in another country, try to learn the language and gather some information about the culture. Do not reject differences, but observe, ask, try out and when in doubt: double check. It will mean you’ll sometimes have to compromise or change things in your behavior but in the end it will help you feel at home and have better relations with your colleagues and that will surely lead to easier communication and a more effective way of working. And who knows, you might even get invited for dinner at a Dutch colleagues’ house! Also interested in working in a multicultural environment? Check out https://ict.eu/careers/ for our options!

FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress in Busan (Korea)

During the FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress in Busan (Korea), ICT Group reached out to the world with its Motar platform. ICT Automotive colleague Johan van Uden was invited as a speaker for one of the technical sessions. He presented the work described in a technical conference paper about the case study of applying Motar in a racecar. busan201609280951Influential specialists and world leaders in the Automotive domain discussed the trend in Automotive development, which is rapidly changing from classic manual programming towards Model Based Development. Complex new features are largely software based, like for example those related to autonomous driving (generally grouped as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, ADAS). Next to intelligent autonomous vehicles, also connectivity and eco-friendliness were the main topics of this conference. Motar actually fits right into this modeling trend and serves as an excellent platform to automatically generate code from AUTOSAR-based models using Simulink. Automotive engineers can focus on the high level IP work, while Motar (fully integrated in the MathWorks tool chain) takes care of the translation into the hardware.

With a history of 60+ years the biennial FISITA World Automotive Congress has become the leading international meeting place for the world’s engineers and executives to share technical knowledge and ideas, with more than 1500 attendants from over 40 countries. For more information about the presentation of ICT Group, please visit motar-platform.com or contact us motar@ict.eu

Hack For The Future

Picture this, an office floor filled with technology enthusiasts, programmers, strange hardware contraptions, weird software solutions and pizza. Wondering what is going on? It is a typical Hackathon. Cool, but what the hell is a Hackathon? If you ask Google this is what you get “ [ ˈhakəˌTHän ]  an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. “, true but it’s so much more than that. It is also a place where were you can put your creativity to work, meet new people, learn new things and most of all have fun with technology. This year the Hack Together hackathon is organized in Sofia Bulgaria with Strypes as a sponsor. The topic? Nothing less than the future! How can you improve the world of tomorrow? This hackathon will last for 48 hours and is held during the weekend. There are no specific programming languages specified, no hardware limitations, no topic limitations and therefore no limit to the creativity and imagination. tumblr_njpx9gcend1qh5tg1o1_500_bigger

The Team

As a forward looking company ICT Group is sending a team of enthusiasts to the Hackathon. The team consists of ICT Hackathon 2015 winners Gertjan van Zon, Niek Linnenbank and software solution expert Edo Noordhuizen. All part of the Machine and System Unit. A team is no team if it has no name. So in honor of Operation Manager Inge Pebesma who brought the team members together, the team is called I.N.G.E. which stands for ICT Nerd Gets Euphoric. Because we are all nerds and very Euphoric about this Hackathon!

The Jury

In a Hackathon everybody is a winner but as the proverb says, some more than others. But how do you determine a winner of a Hackathon? Is it by originality, functionality, presentation or the amount of fun the team had making the project? Luckily they have found some people to carry that burden. The jury consists of the Chairman of BASSCOM and the founders of HackBulgaria, MOVE.BG and LAUNCHub. Personally those name don’t mean anything to me but in Bulgaria they are the well-known in the Technology, Programming and Start-up scene.

The Prizes

Of course there are prizes, what would a contest be without prizes? Without any doubt the first price are the eternal bragging rights that you have won this hackathon. Besides that, there are also some more trivial prices like money and goodies.

The Preparations

How did the team prepare for this hackathon? The best way to prepare for a hackathon is to have some open minded brainstorm sessions. So the team ordered some pizza’s and came up with some great ideas. Some were even too experimental and impossible to make in just 48 hours, but you should always have dreams. During the hackathon the idea will probably change course a couple of times but that’s all part of the fun. Check out this blog and Twitter to find out what kind of technical stuff we are taking with us.

No pizza’s, WTF !

If you’re wondering how the team experienced the Hackathon you should keep reading otherwise this will be the end of the blog for you. The hackathon was, and basically every hackathon is, a really nice way to get in touch with all sorts of people and expand your network. The team has met some great people from very different parts of the community. From taxi driver to CTO, from Mobile App Engineer to ambassador. Wait a minute, ambassador? Yep, the Ambassador of the Dutch Embassy in Sofia held the opening speech. After that the team talked with the ambassador about technology and especially the Microsoft HoloLens and the impact it can have on so many things. The Ambassador was really impressed with the Microsoft HoloLens and enjoyed himself with the Holograms and HoloApplications. After this inspirational opening of the Hackathon it was time to get the grey matter working and develop the project.

The project

The Microsoft HoloLens is best described as really dorky looking sunglasses but that will change. In the near future everything will be smaller and smaller. Normal glasses size of even contact lenses with Mixed Reality are already within reach. The team made a really nice proof-of-concept of a Holographic Conference Room Reservation System, let call it a HCRRS. A What? A HCRRS! With the HCRRS you can put up a conference room sign without cutting down a tree of cluttering the work environment because it’s an Augmented Reality sign. A conference organizer can easily make or cancel a reservation of the conference using Augmented Reality or a planning tool after the sign is placed also using Augmented Reality. You don’t like the design of the sign? Change it by making a new one or selecting one from the Sign Design Store. The team also implemented environmental sensors which are inside the conference room, to inform the organizer or participant of the conference room environment in which the meeting takes place. If it doesn’t meet the criteria he or she can adjust the room environment. All this with a simple air-tap! So it’s a fully remotely updatable conference room sign, try that with a single piece of paper!

During the 48 hours the team encountered numerous difficulties ranging from network issues and “How do you add a webview to a 3D-object in Unity” to where are the pizza’s? A wide range of technologies were used such as PHP, Grovekit Hardware, JSON, Microsoft Holographic SDK, Microsoft Visual Studio, Raspberry Pies and the Unity 3D Gaming Engine. None of the team members had much of experience with Unity or the Microsoft HoloLens but that didn’t hold them back. Learning new technologies is one of the great experiences you will have when you are at a hackathon. holographic-conference-room-reservation-system At the end not all features were implemented, like the sign store, but the team was very satisfied with the result. After all this hard work it was time to preset the project to the jury. Unfortunately the live feed wasn’t stable due to Wi-Fi problems so the audience and jury didn’t see everything the Microsoft HoloLens user was seeing but that is all part of doing a hackathon. The team didn’t win but by participating in this Hackathon we’re all winners.

During the hackathon a lot of people were interested in the Microsoft HoloLens and the techniques we used for the project. A Hackathon is a perfect place to exchange information and gain new insides. Don’t want to leave your house for that? no problem. Use your personal book budget to get some gadgets or books and start experimenting. Challenge yourself! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hacktogether/ Website: http://hacktogether.eu/ Twitter: #gertjanvanzon Bookbudget : @AFAS under “Performance and Development”

Help companies optimise processes by analysing data

Mane Lambeens (26) and Julià Delos (33) both recently started working for the innovation team at ICT Group. They gave an interview about assisting companies in optimizing processes by analyzing data. Read the article written by Brainport TalentBOX about how Mane and Julià pioneer with Data Science as a Service at ICT Group.

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Also interested in storing and using data to gain insight and optimise processes? Please contact Bart Lamot, Innovation Manager.

Gold medal for innovation

Change has always been part and parcel of the modern version of the Olympic Games. Various types of sport are added to or eliminated from the event on a regular basis. For instance, during the twentieth century there were still a couple of sports in which only two teams competed. One of them was the Basque pelota, with Spain and France as the only participants, while Spain ended up taking home the gold medal. But the types of sports in which Olympic athletes compete are not the only thing about the Games that is changing: the very rules of sports are undergoing something of a transformation as well. Sometimes this is related to the evolution of a sport or the materials involved. For example, take the clap skate and modern swimwear – they’re all innovations aimed at improving athletes’ performance. Of course these innovations also play a part during the preparations and not only during the actual Games themselves. The techniques used during training sessions zoom in on all aspects of the athletes. Today’s athletes have a leading edge in terms of the Quantified Self. For most athletes, everything that can be measured is actually measured. Data science plays a major role in professional sports, just like it does in other industries. The Dutch National Sports Center Papendal has an exercise lab and employs embedded scientists. During the most recent Games, several changes were introduced to the rules of a number of sports. For instance, the hawkeye system was added to volleyball. This system was already in use in tennis, but from now on, volleyball teams can also call for a challenge to allow the system to check whether a ball is really in or out. However, people who watch the Olympic Games would like to see more changes, at least if you believe what’s being said on social media. Dutch national public broadcaster NOS airs the Games with broadcasts that can easily take up to half a day. Public TV channel NPO1 attempts to show a variety of sports and athletes, complete with background information and interesting guests. However, at times this leads to replays and images of previous editions of the Olympic Games, while viewers want to see a match that’s being played there and then. NOS constantly has to make choices in terms of the sports they broadcast, while some of the events are held simultaneously. This was also the case during the previous Games, but what has changed is that viewers have become used to being in control of what is being shown on television and when. This has been the case since the Summer Games of 2012, and now many viewers have become used to Netflix. The Netflix approach takes away the need to look at your TV guide to see when your favorite program is on – you just watch it whenever it suits you. The NOS does offer this service, but not everyone knows where to find it. The livestreams online allow you to watch all sports without the NOS determining any interruption for showing a replay or for interviews with guests. You can watch the live streams on your computer and/or tablet. And that’s exactly where the problem lies. Viewers’ preferences are different, but not their habits, so they still want to watch their programs on their television. Innovation does not only involve changes in technology such as offering streams online. To qualify for a gold medal in innovation, the changes need to fit in with the habits and lives of the people who want to use them. NOS is getting there, but we’ll have to wait for the next Games to see if they managed to succeed. I would like to make the following prediction for the upcoming Games:

  • NOS App for smart televisions and Apple TV / Google Chromestick
  • A lot more data science is shown: athlete, theme and country statistics
  • Commentary on some of the more obscure sports projected on top of the live images
  • Scores shown via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc.
  • 360-degree videos for smartphones and AR glasses.

‘Machine Vision is not plug & play

Automatic quality inspection with Machine Vision reduces the cost incurred by production companies while improving quality. Fred Grootentraast, LabVIEW-specialist at ICT Group, explains how to implement Machine Vision effectively.

How many soft drink bottles?

Cost reduction and quality improvement is an absolute requirement in order to retain a competitive edge. This is possible with computers that carry out quality inspections. Machine Vision (MV) enables automatic product inspections by sending digital images (created with video cameras) to a computer, which then checks the images for the required specifications. This allows a company to check whether, for example, a crate contains the correct number of soft drink bottles, or whether the shape and size of a spark plug is correct. Because computers make fewer errors than human beings, quality is improved and costs are reduced. This is why a steadily growing number of companies in the automotive, food & non-food processing and agriculture industry are using Machine Vision.

Clear image requires good camera

Although MV has been around since the 1980’s, implementing technology is not merely a matter of plug & play. Machine Vision is a composite product of cameras (hardware) and image analysis software. Image analysis is only possible if the image has the right quality. And this requires the right camera lenses, lighting and filters (for instance a red filter that makes red text on a label readable). Factors that affect the image, e.g. outside light, reflection from other objects, or the distance to the product, determine which hardware is required. A preliminary study that will reveal the client’s objectives and their circumstances is a prerequisite for making the right choices.

Complex software tailored to requirements

Once the camera has created a good quality image, product errors can be traced using image recognition and analysis software. This is more complex than it seems. After all, before being able to spot an error (e.g. a missing bottle), the computer has to be able to recognize the product (e.g. a crate with soft drink bottles) on the image. The software is programmed by means of Vision libraries (i.e. standard software libraries that only require adjustments of details). However, implementation of the software requires customization because the requirements and circumstances for each client are different and unique.

The success of Machine Vision is dependent on the use of the right hardware and software, and this requires specialized knowhow of both disciplines. ICT Group’s professionals have this knowhow, and this enables us to implement the entire hardware and software suite. Our point of departure includes the client’s requirements as well as a thorough on-site survey. If required, the survey results can be verified in a test lab. And considering the fact that ICT Group is an experienced software integrator, integration with other software is a natural part of our process.

Would you like to know how we can implement Machine Vision in your organization? Please contact Fred Grootentraast.