ICT Group and Arriva take the next step in Mobility as a Service with Via-Go

Arriva has won the tender for the Mobility as a Service pilot “Limitless Mobility” in Limburg. This gives Limburg the scoop with the launch of the new national platform Via-Go from Arriva.

TURNN, an ICT Group company, is developing the MaaS platform Via-Go for Arriva. With Via-Go you plan, book and pay for your trip in one app. All means of transport, from (partial) bicycle to taxi and from bus transport to e-scooter are connected to and offered via the platform. This way the traveler has access to all possible means of transport in the Via-Go app, tailored to personal preferences. The ease of use is paramount when developing the app.

Also read the press release from Arriva (only available in Dutch).

ICT Group an iSHARE Implementation partner

ICT Group recently joined the iSHARE community as the fifth implementation partner. As a leading software provider with a strong footprint in the logistics sector, we want to deliver extra value for our customers with iSHARE. By signing the agreement we have become part of the group of implementation partners that helps companies to share data securely. ICT Group is no stranger to iSHARE. In 2017, we contributed as a co-creation partner to the development of the appointment system.

According to ICT Group, iSHARE fits in perfectly with the changing digital reality: “We see an increasing need among our customers, especially in the logistics chain, to be able to securely share data with customers and other (unknown) parties. In the current digital reality there is a growing need to share data with various parties. On terms that this is done in a safe and trusted way. ”

As ICT Group, we use the “Keep It Simple” approach. We help (our) customers with:
1. Retrieving data/information from known and/or unknown parties who use the iSHARE agreements.
2. Sharing your own data/information with known and/or unknown parties who use the iSHARE agreements.
3. Checking authorizations in an iSHARE Authorization Register.
4. Joining the iSHARE network.

By using iSHARE, ICT Group can, based on an Agile/Scrum approach/service with short Sprints, provide advice and realization to securely share data.

For more information about iSHARE, visit the website.

ICT Healthcare Technology Solutions was present at the NVOG congress

ICT Healthcare Technology Solutions held two exclusive scientific sessions during the annual congress for the Dutch society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians in Amersfoort on the 7th and 8th of November.

The well visited scientific sessions discussed the methodology behind AFL monitoring, a new way to handle dystocic deliveries. Our host-speaker was the founding-professor Eva Wiberg-Itzel who currently works at the Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm – Sweden.

​In the main exposition area of the congress, all visitors were introduced to our next generation central monitoring system, MososNXT CTG. Interested gynecologists and obstetricians could see for themselves the proof of excellent integration with an existing EMR, ensuring that existing patient information can be accessed instantly from any location at any time.

Rotterdam Port Authority and ICT Group sign contract for Container Exchange Route

On the 18th of November, the Rotterdam Port Authority (HBR) and ICT Group signed a contract for QA and testing related to the integration of the systems that support the planned construction of the Container Exchange Route (CER).

The CER is part of an entirely new, advanced and unique concept introduced by the Rotterdam Port Authority – a concept that also includes deep sea terminals, inland navigation / feeder terminals, empty depots, State Inspectorate Terminal (RIT) and distribution centres. It comprises specific infrastructure, logistic agreements and IT systems that connect the port’s terminals, empty depots, RIT and distribution centres. It is expected that ultimately the Container Exchange Route will be used by an annual volume of more than one million containers. Implementation of the CER will create more docking capacity for the container terminals at the Maasvlakte. The CER-project is scheduled to be operational by 2021.

From a technical perspective, the CER IT landscape consists of a platform, planning & scheduling software, gate operating software and visual gates, which need to be interconnected with various applications of organisations and systems such as container terminals and the Port Community System (Portbase). ICT Group is responsible for the application integration and testing of this complex IT landscape.

Port Logistics Competence Centre
Bart Overgaauw, business unit manager Transport & Logistics at ICT Group believes that this project suits ICT Group down to the ground. ‘We have been working for various container terminals in the port of Rotterdam, including ECT, for thirty years. We know the port’s processes and systems. Internally we have bundled this expertise in a Port Logistics Competence Centre. In addition we have experience with complex integration processes and are a market leader when it comes to test automation. What’s more, we have a vast amount of expertise in industries related to the port, for instance railway transport and the automotive industry. This allows us to smoothly involve additional expertise when this is required.’

Robin Audenaerdt, Technical Manager CER Systems for the Port Authority, adds: “The CER project team works according to a strict project methodology and the related project plan. An important, if not the most important success factor of the CER-systems is timely testing of the interfaces and the integral operation of the entire concept. And this is the reason why we are starting with integration tests at an early stage of the project to make sure that quality increases and no time is wasted unnecessarily.” Arno van Amerom, QA Manager CER for the Port Authority: ICT Group has demonstrated a huge amount of relevant experience in complex IT landscapes in which applications from multiple organisations, including ProRail, exchange data. This makes us confident that we will successfully complete this project.”

The contract was awarded after the Rotterdam Port Authority had selected three parties based on references from similar projects. In addition to a proposal, all parties also had to submit a project plan and a team plan. The team plan describes how the contractor ensures that the right specialized expertise and skills are made available to the project at the right moment. ICT Group scored the maximum number of points in both areas.

The construction of the physical infrastructure – the CER Route– has already started, and the contract for the planning & scheduling software has also been awarded. The application integration and testing phase is currently being started, including real life testing in ICT Group’s own test environment, in preparation of the CER’s deployment in 2021.

ICT Group involved in software development of Instrument Cluster for electric Porsche Taycan

The first fully electric Porsche was announced last September. ICT Group has developed software for two components of this sports car: the Instrument Cluster displayed on the driver’s dashboard and the operation of touch panels that allow the driver and passengers to use the comfort functions.

The Instrument Cluster is displayed on a large, curved LCD screen located behind the steering wheel. Porsche Taycan drivers can use control buttons on the steering wheel to select the information they want to see on the Instrument Cluster in addition to the speedometer. This includes meters that show how fast the car accelerates, the G-forces, the battery status and a navigation screen. In total the Cluster offers some thirty applications with screens. ICT Group developed the software for these applications that efficiently retrieve, process and display information from a large number of other sub systems embedded in the sports car. Prioritisation as well as fast and reliable availability of data are essential requirements for the Instrument Cluster.

ICT Group has also developed the software required for two touch panels that operate the comfort functions of the middle console. The touch panel with haptic feedback is located in front of the middle arm support and allows the driver to operate functions such as the phone, radio and navigation without having to move his hand to the middle console in the front. Passengers on the back seat have their own touch panel for operating the comfort functions.

ICT Group was chosen because of its extensive experience with the Automotive AUTOSAR standard, which offers a platform for embedded software development, as well as the Volkswagen-specific BAP communication protocol. Eeuwke Wielinga, director R&D Engineering at ICT Group: “We have already shown our knowledge of both standards and our ability to integrate them. What’s more, we have proven that our work processes are in compliance with the Automotive SPICE standard, and take into account the functional safety requirements in accordance with ISO26262. This is a requirement in order to be permitted to develop ‘automotive-grade’ software for the automobile industry.”

Qbuzz signs contract with ICT Group for Mobility as a Service

Bus transport company Qbuzz has been awarded the contract for bus transport in the Groningen and Drenthe regions for the next ten years. The contract will come into force on 15 December. Qbuzz’s tender includes Maas services. Qbuzz signed a contract with ICT Group for providing the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform TURNN in the Groningen-Drenthe region.

Intermodal travel planning and tracking

TURNN reduces the uncertainty for travellers during their journey and combines all available modes of transport into an optimised travel plan that is aligned with personal circumstances.  This means that from 15 December, Qbuzz allows travellers to plan their entire journey from door to door, and track their journey with the intermodal TURNN app. The app sends real-time notifications and change notices to travellers informing them if the bus or the next mode of transport is not leaving on schedule. Qbuzz wishes to enter into a long-term partnership with ICT Group, and during this partnership, both parties will gradually add more functionality to the TURNN app. Work on the first addition has already started, and this entails the expansion of the travel planner with an intermodal booking platform. A further plan is to enable payments by means of the app.

TURNN as leading platform

The objective of Qbuzz is to combine forces. “You can’t get anything moving unless you do something” says Gerrit Spijksma, Qbuzz’s General Manager. He doesn’t want to wait for government policy but is taking the lead himself. “We have opted for the best MaaS platform currently available in the Netherlands. With TURNN we want to show the positive impact of MaaS for the traveller and for public transport service providers.”

Accelerate MaaS developments

Taking the lead implies a risk for Qbuzz, but this does not bother Spijksma. “Innovating means taking risks. Our industry has been talking about MaaS for years, but the developments are very slow because of the large number of opposing forces in the world of public transport. Our mission is to combine forces and thus create a natural and ground-breaking movement. We’re going to use the Groningen and Drenthe region to show that it actually works, and we hope that after seeing this example, others will also choose the TURNN platform.”

The Groningen-Drenthe region is extremely well suited for this showcase because it comprises the complete range of dynamics: from a large town with a large number of public transport movements to smaller villages that haven’t had any bus services for years. “If MaaS is successful in this region, it will be a success everywhere”, says Spijksma with conviction.

Expansion with booking and payments

ICT Group’s Dirk Grevink is very happy with the contract. “We have been working together with Qbuzz for a number of years. Both parties are convinced that the way people travel is going to change during the next couple of years, and that MaaS will become a real alternative for travelling by private transport. A crucial factor in this transition is a high quality level of service that connects all links of the chain (bus, train, (shared) car, (shared) bicycle and taxi), and that fully supports the journey. Everyone at TURNN is fully committed to this belief.”

Media source: OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe

ICT completes acquisition of Proficium

Today ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Proficium B.V. and Proficium OVK B.V. (collectively referred to as “Proficium”). The acquisition of Proficium is in line with the growth strategy of ICT and fully fits ICT’s strategic objective to become a total solutions provider.

Proficium is a fast growing company delivering consultancy services and secondment in the infra market. Its services include developing and deploying tooling and database applications. Proficium has over 20 employees and generates an annual turnover of around € 3 million. With the existing water & infrastructure activities of ICT Netherlands and the acquisitions of NedMobiel and InTraffic, ICT is  firmly positioned in the Dutch infra consultancy and engineering market. The specific skills of Proficium with regard to asset management and maintenance engineering further strengthen ICT’s position in this market.

Further financial details will not be disclosed.

ICT Group N.V. is a leading industrial technology solutions and services provider. Our specific industry knowledge of various markets, enables us to realise innovative solutions. Approximately 1400 passionate technical specialists are working for the ICT Group. The following subsidiaries are the main operating entities of the ICT Group: ICT Netherlands, ICT Belgium, Additude (Sweden), CIS Solutions Germany, Strypes (Bulgaria), Raster Industriële Automatisering, InTraffic, NedMobiel, BNV, BMA, OrangeNXT and Improve.

This press release contains information that qualifies as inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

No digital challenge is too complex for ICT Group

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Met meer dan 1400 professionals koppelt ICT Group domeinkennis aan innovatieve en integrale IT-oplossingen en biedt ondersteuning aan een breed scala uitdagende projecten. Op de beurs ICT & Logistiek zal de nadruk komen te liggen op oplossingen voor distributie- en retail logistiek.

Maaltijdenbezorger HelloFresh dient op die beurs als voorbeeld van een excellente executie. Het leger van circa 750 Hello-Fresh bezorgers beschikt dankzij de ICT Group op het juiste moment over de juiste informatie. Daar zit een element planning in, waarbij de bezorger just in time informatie krijgt over het volgende afleveradres. Tegelijkertijd bestaat uiteraard de uitdaging om de route zo efficiënt mogelijk in te plannen, terwijl er voor de klant tevens ruimte is voor notificaties. Zo kan de klant bijvoorbeeld aangeven of de bezorger op tijd is aangekomen.

Ook in de meer traditionele retail wereld heeft de ICT Group een rijke ervaring opgebouwd. Zo wordt op dit moment het 25-jarig samenwerkingsverband gevierd met A.S. Watson, het formulehuis achter onder meer Kruidvat en Trekpleister. Deze formules hebben ruim 1.450 filialen. Zonder digitale processen en optimalisatie van de logistiek en het transport zal het nooit lukken om dit wijdvertakte netwerk aan winkels op tijd van het juiste productaanbod te voorzien. Dat vraagt veel van de (digitale) organisatie. Om een voorbeeld te geven: Kruidvat heeft in Heteren een distributiecentrum van maar liefst 78.000 vierkante meter tot zijn beschikking. Per dag verwerkt dit state of the-art logistiek systeem om het proces vloeiend te laten verlopen. Vrachtwagens rijden er af en aan. Dat betekent organisatorisch een forse uitdaging, waarbij uiteraard kostentechnisch een scherp budget geldt. Bij ICT Group gaan wij deze en andere uitdagingen graag aan.

Lees het volledige artikel in het FD.

BMA introduces web-based CTG system MososNXT CTG

BMA, a subsidiary of the ICT Group and specialised in ICT solutions for healthcare in the field of obstetrics, is introducing MososNXT CTG.

MososNXT CTG is a web-based CTG system that integrates seamlessly with any EPD. A CTG provides an easy way to check the condition of a child in the womb. Thanks to the complete integration of the CTG data in the EPD, health care providers have a complete set of the information on mother and child at hand in one single environment.

Integration of CTG and EPD data

MososNXT CTG offers multiple advantages in several domains. Midwives and gynaecologists have a complete set of data available in one, central location: the EPD. Everyone benefits from the advantages offered by working with specialised software, without experiencing the drawback of ‘yet another system’. The quality of healthcare improves while at the same time efficiency increases. Asking a colleague for advice becomes extremely simple with direct access of CTG traces using a phone or tablet.

What’s more, MososNXT CTG provides an Analysing Centre. This is particularly handy for midwife practices that offer CTG registrations at home or in their clinics. The Analysing Centre allows them to share a CTG automatically with a gynaecologist, who can view the CTG from a separate location. The gynaecologist receives a signal when the CTG needs to be assessed, and subsequently the midwife sees the assessment straight away and, if necessary, can take the required action immediately. This is how MososNXT CTG contributes to decentralised healthcare.

Simple and secure access

Because MososNXT CTG is a web-based system that includes an interface with all available EPDs, the IT department does not need to pay any attention to the solution’s management. The software can run in a public or a private cloud, or in a data centre of a hospital. Gynecologists and midwives can have secure access to the CTG data by means of single sign-on, and hospitals that offer a patient portal can make the CTG data available via this portal.

In addition, MososNXT CTG helps in reducing the total cost.

Specialised expertise in the domains of CTG and web-based software

BMA, which is a subsidiary of ICT Netherlands, developed MososNXT CTG in collaboration with Medlife, an Israeli company specialised in web-based CTG solutions. BMA has 35 years of experience with CTG monitoring systems and has a customer base that is located throughout Europe. Joining the expertise of the two companies enables them to meet their customers’ demand for a specialised CTG solution that integrates seamlessly with their EPD more efficiently and faster than ever before.

MososNXT CTG Fits seamlessly in BMA’s product portfolio for the total cycle of pregnancy and birth.

For more information, take a look at the website: www.bma-mosos.nl