TNO selects ICT Group’s Motar solution for EcoTwin project

TNO, an independent organization for Applied Scientific Research in the Netherlands, recently selected the Motar solution of ICT Group (ICT) to add value to their prestigious EcoTwin project.

The EcoTwin project uses a 3-Truck platooning concept, in which three trucks cooperate by using automated driving technology. The intention of the EcoTwin development is to show that when vehicles drive within a short distance of each other, any vehicle in the platoon is technically able to follow the vehicle in front of it by using radar, GPS, V2V and camera information. The vehicles are connected with wireless technology and the following vehicles can automatically accelerate, brake and even steer. The ICT Motar solution was an important tool in this project. You can watch the video here

Eeuwke Wielinga, Business Unit Manager ICT Automotive & Mobility: “We are proud that TNO selected our Motar solution for this unique EcoTwin project. With Motar,we offer a solution in which your ECU firmware is ready as soon as the control algorithms are finished. Once your Simulink® prototype model is ready, you can build and flash your model on a production class automotive hardware target with the simple click of a button. Motar really bridges the gap from model to target.”

Eymert van Rooij, Project leader EcoTwin at TNO, “We have selected the ICT Motar solution to support the “EcoTwin” project because it significantly reduced both development time and development costs.

With almost forty years of experience, ICT Group is a leading organization in the Netherlands, especially in the field of industrial automation. ICT wants to make the world a little smarter with their innovative solutions. This project shows that technology based-innovations are critical for the competitive edge of our customers, as in time EcoTwin can make transport more efficient through fuel saving and CO2 emission reduction.

Sense4Baby: home-monitoring of medical pregnancies

Monitoring the pregnancies of women with health issues is vital to prevent child mortality. But this form of healthcare is also very expensive. Telenatal and BMA, ICT Groups’ IT healthcare specialists, have developed a way to improve monitoring and make it less expensive.

In the NOS journal of Saturday, September 16th you can see a good example of the use of Sense4Baby by a pregnant mother who did her own monitoring, without any help from a nurse or midwife. Specialists at the hospital can check the readings via a web portal. The CTG readings can also be added to the patient’s records in the hospital system via a seperate interface. The Mosos system of BMA.

Please take a look at the website of the NOS journal and watch the item about Sense4Baby.

ICT Group N.V. celebrates 20 year listing on stock exchange

ICT Group opened the trade on the Amsterdam exchange by sounding the gong. This was done to celebrate the fact that they have been listed on the stock exchange for 20 years. Apart from this, ICT Group acquired High Tech Solutions (HTS) and passed the milestone of 1.000 professionals.

Roy Jansen, COO: “ICT Group and HTS have worked together on many occasions in the past and it was obvious that there was a cultural fit between the two companies.  HTS brings new clients and specialized knowledge to the ICT Group and because of this acquisition our company now has more than 1.000 employees. Therefore, we are very proud to be here today.”

New Managing Director to take over at InTraffic on September 1, 2017

Bert van Elburg is joining InTraffic as Managing Director on September 1, 2017. Jan Koers will continue his career as Chief Innovation Officer. InTraffic is a joint venture of ICT Group and engineering firm Movares with 180 employees. InTraffic manufactures and maintains complex information and operating systems for the traffic and transport industry. The combination of industry expertise, years of experience and highly specialized employees has established InTraffic as the leading IT specialist in transport and traffic in the Netherlands. Jos Blejie, CEO ICT Group: “We have known Bert van Elburg for years as a very experienced and capable manager, and we are extremely happy that he has decided to continue his career at InTraffic. We are very grateful to Jan Koers for the way in which he has taken InTraffic into this decennium. InTraffic has grown, it has a much broader customer base, and it offers a more extensive portfolio of transport solutions than before. We are therefore very happy that Jan remains involved with InTraffic as Chief Innovation Officer. Read the InTraffic press release here: PRESS RELEASE New Managing Director to take over at InTraffic on September 1, 2017

Can you escape?

Today, the Dutch Technology Week (DTW) has started in Eindhoven. ​ICT Group is proud sponsor of the micro:bit based escape room, called Time Machine. You can visit this escape room during DTW. Other sponsors of the escape room are NXP, Philips, Deloitte, JetNet. You can try the Time Machine escape room during the following Dutch Technology Week events: Opening DTW, Night of the Nerds, High Tech 2 Discover, KempenTech en de High Tech Ontdekkingsroute. Data and locations 15 May 2017 08:00-12:00 Opening event DTW Klokgebouw Eindhoven 16 May 2017 12:00-21:00 Night of the Nerds Klokgebouw Eindhoven 18 May 2017 08:45-13:00 High Tech 2 Discover High Tech Campus Eindhoven 19 May 2017 10:00-14:00 KempenTech Onderwijsdag Smaragdweg Kempisch Bedrijvenpark, Hapert 20 May 2017 11:00-17:00 High Tech Ontdekkingsroute Several location Click here for more information. (Only available in Dutch.)

ICT Group and ValueMaat announce the launch of a cloud-based business valuation & forecasting platform

ICT Group NV (ICT), a system integrator and technology service provider and ValueMaat, a Fintech venture, announce the launch of a new online B2B SaaS platform with tools and services to manage, measure and increase the economic value of (small) businesses. The platform assesses the relevant risk profile of a company and is able to generate an estimated business value, forecast and its future profitability. The platform is a powerful tool for investment decision making of any kind. In particular, the acquisition and divestment processes, but also for companies searching for new capital, a management buy-in or employee participation. Jelke Schaafsma, Co-founder and CEO at ValueMaat: “Our mission is to brighten the future of every business owner. The Valuemaat platform is an essential tool in providing insight to enable our customers to make optimal (investment/business) decisions. Having ICT as a strategic technology partner ensures the continuity, safety and reliability of the ValueMaat platform for our customers.” Jos Blejie, CEO at ICT Group: “The cooperation with ValueMaat is in line with ICT’s innovation approach to launch new services via both own initiatives and by working together with start-ups.”

ICT wins Honeywell Hackathon with Proof of Delivery app with Gamification

Various tech teams were competing for substantial prizes in Honeywell’s Mobile App Hackathon at the start of its annual Honeywell-Movilizer Days in Mannheim. Team members of competing teams were taking turns grabbing some sleep Tuesday night, while the ICT team stayed at their computers without a break. The teams were scheduled to present at a general session Wednesday afternoon. img_0206 Mike Limburg and Victor Beersma, both from ICT, assisted by Jesús de Mulo and Jasmin Sipahi from Movilizer started with the idea of developing an app that added gamification to a standard Proof of Delivery process. Adding gamification to a standard process brings joy, motivation and quality so resulting in a win-win-win situation for the employee, the employer and the customer. Gamification elements like driving fuel efficient, arriving on scheduled times and friendly interaction with the customer enables drivers to earn points. Within the developed app the driver can see his progress, his score as well as this compared to his colleagues. After presenting at the general session, where the audience and the Honeywell general management voted the team of ICT was awarded the prize ‘Best Presenting Team’. As a result ICT is rewarded with ‘Honeywell’s Preferred Partner 2017’ status. The film used in the pitch and some screenshots from the app are included in the video below. More information? Visit https://ict.eu/enterprise-mobility/ or contact huub.van.der.linden@ict.nl

ICT Group’s Limburg Water Level app nominated for Award

Channelweb has announced the nominees of the Channel Awards 2016 in the category ‘Best Channel Project of the Year’. The nominees were chosen by a total of 21 jury members specialized in projects, project management and chain collaboration in projects. The winners will be announced during a spectacular award show on 7 December 2016. Limburg-based water boards, ICT Group and Smartportal (Limburg Water Level app) “The Limburg Water Level app has allowed citizens of Limburg to check the actual water levels in their area since February 2016. ICT Group developed the app using Smartportal – a smart, cloud-based solution – in combination with the current IT landscape and standard processes, data and tools. Citizens are informed promptly by e-mail or push message in cases of possible flooding, and social media allow them to track the measures taken by the water boards. Smartportal converges multiple, existing IT solutions of a company into a single, integrated, cloud-based application.” Click here for more information on the app. We are very proud of this nomination. You can vote until Sunday 13 November 2016. The winners will be announced during a spectacular award show on 7 December 2016.

ICT awarded Silver Medal level for Corporate Responsibility

ICT Group N.V. (ICT) received the Silver Medal level of achievement for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from EcoVadis, a leading SustainAbility assessor. ICT’s score of 59 places the company in the top 30 percent of the 6000 companies evaluated by EcoVadis in 2015.  ICT established its Sustainability/CSR program in 2011, and has continued to add new elements each year – including a CO2 Prestatieladder. “Achievements in sustainability assessments like EcoVadis require that companies continuously improve, because the bar is constantly being raised in terms of societal expectations” states Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group. ‘In order to maintain our silver level, we will need to continuously strengthen our Sustainability programs in 2016 and beyond.”

ICT and EcoVadis

When ICT customers want to gather sustainability performance data from ICT – such as greenhouse gas emissions and human rights policies – ICT uses the EcoVadis platform to exchange this data confidentially. Ecovadis is a leading provider of sustainability assessments, and provides a secure platform for companies to exchange sustainability performance data with their customers and suppliers. EcoVadis evaluates 6000 companies globally each year, assessing performance in four categories: environment, labor practices, fair business practices and sustainable

High water levels cause rise in water level app usage

15% more downloads of ICT Group’s new smartphone app Heavy rainfall and high water levels in the rivers and creeks in Limburg (the Netherlands) have created a boost in the usage of the Water Level Limburg app during the last couple of weeks. The app and the related website, which were launched in February 2016, currently have nearly 5,000 users and the app is downloaded 15% more often compared to the previous period. The ‘Roer en Overmaas’ and the ‘Peel en Maasvallei’ water boards, which commissioned the development of the app by ICT Group, have observed on social media that people frequently use the app. Both Limburg-based water boards are happy with the number of users. ‘’It shows that we have addressed a need for information from citizens as well as businesses,’’ says Christel Verstappen, project manager Limburg Water Level app (Water board Roer en Overmaas). The Limburg Water Level app is the first online platform in the Netherlands that provides a simple way of checking the actual water levels in Limburg. Erwin Krijnen, Project Manager Cloud Solutions at ICT explains: “The app combines data from all monitoring stations in the creeks and the river Maas in Limburg, and uses color codes to show whether the situation is normal or whether there is (a risk of) flooding”.

New standard

The success of the app has also been noticed by other water boards. “Particularly the insight into the actual condition of creeks and rivers provides added value for water managers. As a result, it appears that we have set a new standard. What’s more, we accomplished this within a timeframe of a mere six months, and we are very proud of this”.

Smartportal

ICT Group built the app using Smartportal, a cloud-based platform that was developed in-house. The platform combines data from various systems, and integrates them to present a transparent set of information. For more information, please visit www.standaardslimmer.nl. The Limburg Water Level app can be downloaded free of charge in both the App Store and in Google Play. Please visit http://www.waterstandlimburg.nlfor the web version.