ICT Group nominated for Computable Awards: vote for us!

ICT Group has been nominated for the Computable Awards 2021 in the Service Integrator category. The reason for this nomination is the won tender for the PALGA contract. Will you help us win this award? From 5 July to 10 October you can vote for us via this link. Thank you in advance for your support!

Computable Awards 2021 ICT Group

PALGA contract for ICT Group

PALGA, the Pathological-Anatomical National Automated Archive, manages a database with all pathology results of the Netherlands, as well as a computer network for data exchange with all pathology labs of the Netherlands. The existing infrastructure is intended for the exchange of orders and pathology reports between the 49 affiliated laboratories and the storage of the 85 million examination reports that the database now contains. Because the infrastructure needed replacing, a European tender was issued. This was won by ICT Group. For the general jury of the Computable Awards 2021, this was reason enough to nominate ICT Group in the Service Integrator category.

The development of the new communication service will start in December 2020. The implementation is planned from the end of 2021 and will be completed in 2023. It involves the design, implementation and management of a new communication service. The contract has a term of ten years. ICT Group was awarded the tender because they showed in their offer that they understand what the work is about and how the responsibilities should be divided..

With its Smarter Industries solutions, ICT Group provides services to the automotive, manufacturing and high-tech, food, chemical and pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and logistics industries. The Smarter Cities solutions focus on water, rail and road infrastructure, as well as public transport and mobility. The Smarter Healthcare unit provides solutions for the exchange of medical data and services and/or products in the fields of radiotherapy and obstetrics. In addition, ICT Group provides its own cloud-based software for iot, digital transformation and artificial intelligence.

Please vote for us!

Half of the opinion of the professional jury determines who will win, the other half is in the hands of the public vote. Therefore we appreciate it enormously if you want to vote for our nomination! This can be done via the voting procedure on the Computable website. After filling out a form you will receive a voting link. You can only vote once per category. Our PALGA project can be found under the category Service Integrator. Voting is possible until Sunday, October 10. The winners will be announced on November 2.

ICT Group nominated for Computable Awards 2021

ICT Group is nominated for the Computable Awards 2021. For the general jury the PALGA contract was the reason to nominate ICT Group in the category Service Integrator.

About the Computable Awards

Ict trade title Computable has handed out ten nominations within the Computable Awards 2021 in the category Service Integrator. People can vote as from July 5th  and the winner will be announced on November 2nd.

A group of in total 21 Computable experts has digitally assessed the 36 nominations in the category Service Integrator. Their assessment formed the basis for the general jury of the Computable Awards 2021 to choose the ten nominees. This jury team consists of Artie Debidien, Stijn Grove, Bart van der Mark, Ruud Mulder and Fred Streefland. The nominations have been tested on the distinguishing capacity of the supplier, the distinguishing capacity of the product and what makes the company special according to the submitter.

Read the jury’s report of ICT’s nomination here (Dutch only). 

Container Terminal Automation Conference 2021

Visit ICT Group on CTAC 2021

ICT Group is one of the exhibitors at the Container Terminal Automation Conference (CTAC) 2021. This fully virtual event will take place from Tuesday, May 18 to Friday, May 21.

This year’s event will host debates on the state of the sector featuring C-Level leaders from the industry, explore the emerging technologies that are revolutionising the sector and help guide your continued journey towards automation.

Key topics for 2021:

  • Automation in brownfield terminals
  • Big data and emerging technologies
  • The state of the sector

CTAC 2021 follows the success of the 2020 virtual event, which saw 450 attendees which included over 200 terminal operators. Over 60 speakers will present and discuss across the four days of CTAC 2021 which will feature C-level representatives from Container Terminals from DP World Limassol, all the way to Hutchison South East Asia and many in between, all sharing their own insights and case studies.

Smart Port webinar

As a follow-up to the CTAC 2021, ICT Group is hosting a Smart Port webinar on Thursday, May 27. In this webinar, of interest to anyone involved in port logistics and container shipping, we would like to share with you our vision on container terminal automation. How to achieve Smart Port Logistics, like we do for ECT and PSA.

Open systems and data-driven orchestration

A wave of technological innovation and integration is enabling industries, including ports, to operate in a more data- and insight-driven way. A Smart Port uses automation and innovative technologies. Data intelligence and IoT improve performance and optimize Return on Investment.

The ports of the future will expand their role by orchestrating information flows to improve the efficiency of their entire ecosystem. Information is the cornerstone of Port 4.0. As revolutionary as closed automation silos were in their days, today they limit your business. A new approach is needed if you want to stay in control and ahead of the curve. Replacing closed automation silos with open orchestrated systems is the key.

Sign up now and learn more about Smart Port Logistics!

ICT Group sponsors women’s team Amstel Gold Race

In September, the annual cycling event Amstel Gold Race will be held in the hills of Limburg. This year a special women’s team will participate, which is supported by ICT Group. On 11 September, 500 women, including Leontien van Moorsel, Wendy van Dijk and Anouk Smulders, will cycle the route.

ICT Group is a sponsor of this special initiative. Just like cycling, the IT world is still mainly a man’s world’, says CEO Jos Blejie. We welcome the influx of women into our company and like to offer them the opportunity to develop themselves. We also attach great importance to vitality and the well-being of our employees and we find it important to stimulate this kind of sporting events. Therefore, it was a logical step for us to support the initiative’.

SHAREHOLDERS MEETING ICT GROUP ADOPTS ALL RESOLUTIONS

ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM), which was held today via webcast, adopted all proposed resolutions. This included the adoption of the annual accounts and the reappointment of Mr. Theo van der Raadt, as member of the Supervisory Board of ICT Group.

In line with the proposal, the AGM approved a dividend of € 0.40 per share for the 2020 financial year. The dividend in cash will be payable on 3 June 2021. The ex-dividend date is 14 May 2021 and the record date is Monday 17 May 2021 after closing of the stock exchange.

ICT Group sponsor Amstel Gold Race

This year, ICT Group is the proud sponsor of the Amstel Gold Race. The cycling event will take place on Sunday, April 18th.

ICT Group considers the health and well-being of its employees extremely important. Especially in a time when working from home is the norm, it is more important than ever to stay fit and vital. We are happy to contribute to this sporting event, in which we are also involved from a technological aspect.

Monitor your baby remotely with home monitoring – IJsselland Maternity Centre

Monitoring your unborn baby every day at home with a mobile CTG scan and blood pressure measurement. This has recently become possible for pregnant women with health complications who are being monitored by the IJsselland Maternity Centre. Using Sense4Baby mobile CTG equipment, a blood pressure monitor and a tablet, supplied by ICT Healthcare Technology Solutions (HCTS), allows them to stay at home and still perform the daily mother-and-baby checks. This is a major benefit for pregnant women with an increased health risk, and who otherwise would need to be admitted or travel to the hospital almost daily for a CTG of the baby and/or to measure their blood pressure.

Kim Jansen is pregnant with her first child and her baby has a growth delay. She is extremely happy with Sense4Baby: ‘I no longer need to travel to the hospital every day. Instead, I can perform all the measurements at home and have remote contact with the midwife at the Maternity Centre. That gives me a lot of peace of mind, which in turn benefits the growth of my baby.’

Gynaecologist Frans Lim is the initiator of this type of outpatient care: ‘Sometimes pregnant women need to be admitted to the hospital for an extended period if the baby has a growth delay, the mother has high blood pressure, or if the membranes have ruptured prematurely. Home monitoring allows the mother to go home again after a brief stay in the hospital of no more than one day. Here she can connect the baby’s CTG scan and measure blood pressure every day. Pregnant women now only need to come to the hospital once a week for blood tests and an ultrasound of the baby. We are very happy to be able to provide this care to our pregnant women.’

Do you want to know more about Sense4Baby and the possibilities it offers? Please contact Marco van Elst.

ICT Group starts partnership with KISTERS for adaptive water management through smart steering

ICT Group NV, a leading system integrator in the public water sector, is entering into a partnership with KISTERS AG. KISTERS offers innovative solutions for water management. The company is specialised in flexible, efficient and future-orientated software applications that integrate, manage, analyse and apply measurement and prediction data for smart water system steering, “dynamic level management”.

The cooperation with KISTERS is a nice addition to ICT Group’s Water & Infra Business Unit, supplementing current partnerships with system suppliers in operational technology (OT) such as ABB, Siemens, Schneider and Wonderware. The addition of the KISTERS solutions enables us to offer a more complete solution for the water system (surface water), water chain (wastewater) and drinking water.

The collaboration will help our customers to realise their digital transformation by integrating OT and IT and applying data science to ultimately achieve the goals and optimisations for the water sector. An example of this is smart steering in the water system.

Smart steering with a Decision Support System (DSS)

A DSS with real-time optimisation meets the emerging need to be able to steer smartly. Moreover, it contributes to increased climate sustainability amidst changing weather conditions such as extreme heat, drought or rainfall. The KISTERS approach is based on the structure of a Digital Twin of the specific water situation. Data flows from WISKI and/or Delft-FEWS are combined with detailed simulation models such as SOBEK, D-Hydro and HEC-RAS to achieve the best possible real-time representation of the system. The Digital Twin can be used in combination with KISTERS Real-Time Optimisation (RTO) and the Water Portal. This provides administrators with a tool that allows them to optimise level management in an intuitive and accurate manner.

Accelerating innovation

As part of the smart steering approach, more and more barrages, inlets and pumping stations are currently being converted from manual to automatic in order to facilitate faster, continuous (24×7) and more autonomous steering. This requires integral OT/IT execution and management, and this is where the cooperation between ICT Group and KISTERS can ensure an optimal level of implementation.

Martijn Schram, ICT Group’s Water & Infra Business Unit Manager: “Our vision of technology and innovation in the water sector is based on three pillars; these are the integration of OT and IT, digital transformation and cyber security. Driven by the challenges within the water sector, we continuously investigate which companies offer strategic solutions that play a role in achieving the required objectives, and in which ICT Group can participate. KISTERS is an ideal collaboration partner for offering more “IT and data driven” solutions. The fact that both of us have more than 40 years of experience in designing, building and managing “mission critical”, real-time and continuous (24/7) systems for vital infrastructure is a nice bonus.”

Michael Natschke, Head of Business Development Water & Strategic Partnerships at KISTERS: “Working with ICT Group offers clear benefits for our customers in terms of expanding our local presence and knowledge of real-time, closed-loop operation with the field, the integration of all objects and the 24×7 hours support. We look forward to collaborating more intensely and accelerating innovation even further.”

For more information about the cooperation between ICT and KISTERS or smart water management, please contact Arjen van Dam Business Consultant Water.

ICT Group extends partnership with InMotion

ICT Group en InMotion hebben de verlenging van hun samenwerking aangekondigd. InMotion is een autoraceteam dat bestaat uit studenten van de TU Eindhoven en Fontys Hogescholen. ICT is sinds 2015 partner van InMotion.

ICT heeft het studententeam geholpen met de ontwikkeling van hun eerste elektrische auto: de Fusion. Door het leveren van een modelgebaseerd ontwikkelingsproductieplatform – Motar – heeft ICT de Electronic Control Units (ECU’s) ontwikkeld voor de complete auto. Motar bestaat uit de hardware- en platformsoftware van de ECU. Het platform zorgde ervoor dat InMotion software kon ontwikkelen en testen voor hun Fusion-auto die hergebruikt kon worden in de wagens die volgden.

InMotion heeft als missie het opladen net zo snel en handig te maken als tanken: Elektrisch tanken. Het raceteam gaat het potentieel van elektrisch tanken laten zien door in 2023 met een volledig elektrische Endurance raceauto deel te nemen aan de Garage 56-klasse tijdens de 24 uur van Le Mans. Laura van Erp, accountmanager bij InMotion reageert hierop: “ICT is een betrouwbare partner van InMotion en we zijn er trots op om samen te werken met dit innovatie gedreven bedrijf. Dankzij de samenwerking is het mogelijk voor onze Endurance racer om zijn eerste meters te rijden en snel op te laden op de baan.”

“ICT is een betrouwbare partner van InMotion en we zijn er trots op om samen te werken met dit innovatie gedreven bedrijf.”

Laura van Erp, Account manager bij InMotion

Tot nu toe heeft het team al een aantal ronderecords op zijn naam staan: het elektrische ronderecord op Circuit Zandvoort, Circuit Zolder en TT Circuit Assen. Koen Peppelman, Business Unit Manager R&D Engineering Products van ICT: ” We zijn verheugd om bij te dragen aan het doel van InMotion om het opladen net zo snel en handig te maken als tanken. Omdat we voorop lopen bij veel van de nieuwste ontwikkelingen in de auto-industrie hebben we met succes het Motar-platform ontwikkeld. Het platform helpt bij het meest complexe deel van innovatieprocessen: het samenstellen van het procesmodel in code voor de embedded software. In het geval van InMotion worden de ECU’s gebruikt voor de aansturing van elke elektronische functie in de auto. We hebben dit in nauwe samenwerking ontwikkeld en Motar stelt ons in staat om veel van de ontwikkelde en geteste software te hergebruiken voor de volgende auto’s van het team. We kunnen niet wachten om te beginnen met het breken van de volgende records.”

ICT Group enters into partnership with TTTech Auto

ICT Group, developer of the model-based development tool Motar, is entering into a partnership with TTTech Auto. TTTech Auto provides solutions for the challenges of future vehicle generations. The company specializes in safe software for automated driving and beyond.

High-end safety control units (ECU)

The ECUs satisfy upcoming needs for a wide range of applications in the automotive industry. They can be used as a platform for vehicle prototyping and development as well as a powerful control unit for series production programs. This includes the use as vehicle control unit, for (electric) power train applications or vehicle dynamics control systems – also in low volume programs.

ICT Group’s Motar platform allows customers using TTTech Auto’s ECUs to develop software without writing any code. The software instead will be generated from the behavioural descriptions of the functionality (low code). As a result, customers can decrease their development effort and time-to-market of new developments. In addition, Motar allows for the reuse of previously designed functionality in future projects and in other applications or vehicles.

Koen Peppelman, ICT Group’s Business Unit Manager of the unit Engineering R&D Products: “In our market research on suppliers of ECU’s TTTech Auto regularly comes out in first place. The company provides leading-edge technology for the global automotive industry that is stands out in terms of safety and electronic robustness. Both, ICT and TTTech Auto support their customers to minimize the time-to-market from prototypes to complete products to launch new functionalities for vehicles in the shortest possible time. We are excited about taking the next step with TTTech Auto in developing our products.”

Marc Lang, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Automotive at TTTech Auto says: “We see a clear advantage for our global customer base for safety control units from the collaboration with ICT Group. We are looking forward to collaborate more to further accelerate innovation.”