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.”

ICT Group wint aanbesteding PALGA voor communicatiedienst

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ICT Group heeft de aanbesteding gewonnen van PALGA voor het ontwerpen, implementeren en beheren van een nieuwe communicatiedienst. Het contract heeft een looptijd van tien jaar.

Infrastructuur voor opslag en uitwisseling van pathologierapporten voor de dagelijkse patientzorg

PALGA, het Pathologisch-Anatomisch Landelijk Geautomatiseerd Archief, beheert een databank met alle pathologie-uitslagen van Nederland, alsmede een computernetwerk voor de gegevensuitwisseling met alle pathologielabs van Nederland. De bestaande infrastructuur is bestemd voor het uitwisselen van opdrachten en pathologierapporten tussen de 49 aangesloten laboratoria en het opslaan van de 85 miljoen onderzoeksrapporten die de database inmiddels telt. Omdat de infrastructuur aan vervanging toe was werd een Europese aanbesteding uitgeschreven. Deze is gewonnen door ICT Group.

Iris Nagtegaal, Voorzitter Bestuur van PALGA: “Wat opvalt is dat ICT de context van de opdracht goed begrijpt. Ze lieten in hun aanbieding goed zien dat ze doorgronden wat de werkzaamheden zijn en hoe de verantwoordelijkheden verdeeld moeten worden. PALGA ziet met vertrouwen de samenwerking met ICT groep tegemoet.”

De ontwikkeling van de nieuwe communicatiedienst start in december 2020. De implementatie is gepland vanaf eind 2021 en zal in 2023 zijn afgerond.

Meerwaarde van data zit in de voorbereiding

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Digitalisering, big data … het klinkt veelbelovend, maar hoe haal je als bedrijf meer informatie uit de groeiende hoeveelheid data en toenemend aantal software mogelijkheden? Daarover gaan Jaco Bruinaars en Almando Coutinho, respectievelijk financieel directeur en business unit manager Data Intelligence bij ICT in gesprek met FM.NL Financieel Management, een uitgave van Alex van Groningen BV.

“Minder mensen zullen meer gaan doen.”
Jaco Bruinaars, financieel directeur ICT.

Bezint eer ge begint
Meerdere vestigingen, meerdere landen, elk jaar een paar overnames: het samenbrengen van data uit verschillende softwarepakketten is geen sinecure, vooral niet als je alle gegevens in een centrale dataopslag (datalake) wil hebben, één enkele bron van waarheid. Een van de grootste uitdagingen hierbij ligt dan ook helemaal aan het begin, geeft Bruinaars aan: “Welke informatie heb je nodig, welke definities hanteer je en zijn deze in alle systemen hetzelfde?” Definities kunnen verschillen tussen personen, processen, afdelingen, vestigingen en landen. “Dat gaat vaak om hele basale dingen. Neem bijvoorbeeld FTE aantallen over de maand november. Een medewerker die op 28 november uit dienst gaat, telt in de financiële rapportages over december nog mee, maar in de FTE aantallen van de afdeling HR vanaf 30 november niet meer. Zo ontstaan snel verschillen tussen de verschillende rapportages en dashboards.”

Bruinaars adviseert om het management te vragen welke informatie nodig is om te kunnen sturen en de juiste beslissingen te kunnen nemen. Daaruit zal duidelijk worden welke informatie ontsloten dient te worden en dat definities onderling blijken te verschillen. Voor deze verschillen moeten dan een oplossing worden gezocht. Het traject van definitiebepaling moet echt goed gepland worden. “Besef tegelijkertijd dat dit niet allemaal van tevoren kan gebeuren,” voegt Coutinho toe. “Zie het als een project dat gaandeweg ontwikkelt.” Bruinaars knikt, “Ook hier gaat de 80-20 regel op: 80 procent kan je van tevoren inventariseren, 20 procent gebeurt gaandeweg. Streef er wel naar vooraf tot die 80 procent te komen.”

Lees het volledige artikel van FM.NL hier.

Amsterdam UMC obstetrics opts for MososNXT CTG

The very best quality of healthcare for mother and child is of prime importance in the obstetrics department of the Amsterdam UMC. This is why they have opted for the MososNXT CTG of ICT Healthcare Technology Solutions (ICT HCTS). An important aspect of their choice is the fact that the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) plays an increasingly central role in delivering high-quality healthcare services and it is essential that all other hospital systems with patient data fully integrate with the EMR. This seamless integration is one of the key features of MososNXT CTG, a solution for monitoring the condition of the unborn child.

Like many (academic) hospitals, the UMC uses a central EMR, in this case EPIC. The hospital was already looking for a solution for its obstetrics department that could integrate seamlessly with EPIC. Finding patient information should not require any additional effort from the healthcare staff. All relevant patient information must be available centrally, and the data and information should be stored automatically in the EMR. In addition, the CTG solution must have the right functionality, reliability and also be user-friendly.

Rob Hogeweg, Cluster Director at ICT Healthcare Technology Solutions: “MososNXT CTG combines more than 35 years of experience in obstetrics in an ultra-modern solution. From our point of view, all our solutions must to be able to integrate seamlessly with an EMR. This new generation of software allows seamless integration. We are extremely proud that the Amsterdam UMC has once again chosen ICT HCTS with the MososNXT CTG solution.”

Support in decentralisation of healthcare
MososNXT CTG is also suitable for environments in which the first and second lines work closely together. For example, the software integrates with Sense4Baby, a mobile version of a CTG monitor for home monitoring and use in obstetric practices. In this way, even the live stream of a CTG, made at home or at the obstetrician, can be immediately assessed by a specialist.

Learn more
Would you like to learn more about MososNXT CTG? Read this page or contact EdgarEngel at edgar.engel@ict.eu.

Using the full potential of data thanks to ICT Group and KPN

Companies in the industrial equipment and machinery industry are fundamentally rethinking their current business models due to customers’ increasing demand for digital services. Intelligently linking industrial automation and IIoT platforms is considered the new frontier in the machinery industry. Connecting IT and OT offers an end-to-end digital enterprise laying down the foundation for a fast, reliable, secure, and modern IIoT platform.

Pieter de Jong, Business Development Manager Machines & Systems, explains: “Industrial equipment and machinery players should build up significant new capabilities and technologies, especially in the software field, to transform themselves into companies with mixed services and knowledge in hard- and software. Microsoft Azure building blocks make IoT hardware, connectivity and data access possible. With these blocks, you can develop data-driven solutions even faster, providing a better basis for your decision making and reducing the chance of disruptions in your processes. ICT Group knows exactly how the KPN IoT building blocks can be best deployed for your organization.”

Inge Pebesma, Business Unit Manager Machines & Systems, adds: “Our world is becoming more and more connected. Digital transformation affects us all and brings us closer together. Together with KPN, we see this as an opportunity to join forces. We are a partner for our customers and we think along regarding the most suitable solutions with access to the best and latest technological innovations and developments. We always find a solution that suits your needs and we are happy to advise you on the (possible) impact of certain choices.”

Learn more about the possibilities

Do you want to know more about the possibilities for your organization? Download the PDF below (in Dutch) or contact Pieter de Jong and learn which IoT steps you can take.

E: Pieter.de.jong@ict.nl
T: +31(0)6 42470391

Robotizing the agricultural sector

It has often been said that robots will take over a lot of work in the agricultural sector. The developments regarding COVID-19 cause a breakthrough.

The pandemic confronts farmers with the need to invest in the robotization of their production. The lack of workforce is the driving force of this new global wave of automation in agriculture. Koen Peppelman, Business Unit Manager ERD Products, explains: “More and more farms around the world are being automated. Because the agricultural sector mainly runs on work by machines, the demand for smart IoT solutions rises. ICT Group provides solutions that increase productivity and optimize the use of resources.

Future proof

A Machine Control Platform makes machines future proof. ICT Group provides multiple Machine Control Platforms for the automation and connectivity of our client’s robotics and machinery. We develop and assemble embedded products throughout the whole product lifecycle.

Johan van Uden, Technical Consultant, illustrates: “Software development for more complex systems increasingly requires the use of system models throughout the design process. With the products from ICT Group we perfected such an approach. You can now build your own model and automate your robotics and machinery without any programming knowledge. We apply our solutions to all high tech industries, for example the agricultural sector.”

Learn how to robotize your production

For more information, please contact Johan van Uden.

E: johan.van.uden@ict.nl
T: +31 (0)6 25321119