Water 4.0 challenges the water sector

The developments in the field of automation, and especially computerization, are going so fast that the water-dominated water sector cannot lag behind. Where water policy normally dictates the pace, now the rapidly innovative ICT technology seems to determine the developments.

The control room has already entered the water sector. In water management, this is already indispensable. But nowadays, water boards and drinking water companies also have control rooms from which things can be controlled and monitored remotely. The current state of affairs is an ever-increasing automation. The future will mainly bring more computerization, as recently appeared at the ICT Group Water Congres 2019. Waterforum was present at the leading Water Congres and published the accompanying article.

Note: the article is written in Dutch.

Do you want to learn more about the ICT Group Water Congress 2019? Click here!

Successful support from A.S. Watson during Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday

Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday are both a phenomenon that grow every year in the Netherlands. On Friday, November 29 and Monday, December 2, it was that time of the year again. A.S. Watson, with formulas such as Kruidvat, ICI Paris XL and Trekpleister, prepared itself for massive crowds in its warehouses in order to be able to process the expected peak in (online) purchases. ICT Transport & Logistics supported the market leader in the Health & Beauty market in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, also during this extremely busy period.

ICT Group’s business unit Transport & Logistics is the builder of the Smart Warehouse Management System (DCS) for the Distribution Centers of A.S. Watson in the Benelux. This DCS system is the IT heart of the logistic processing of all web orders within Kruidvat and ICI Paris XL.

During peak periods such as Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, it is crucial that all processes in the warehouse continue to run optimally. There is a huge increase in orders on these days and these orders must be processed as quickly as possible to prevent congestion. During these periods of extreme pressure, the team from ICT  is on the lookout to give A.S. Watson the right support.

Thanks to automatic e-mail alerts, ICT professionals receive a notification in case of problems. The team can respond to it adequately, so that orders can still be read and processed quickly. Thanks to the good coordination between functional management, the people on the expedition floor and the ICT Transport & Logistics team, customers of, among others, Kruidvat were once again allowed to receive their orders in a timely and complete manner.

Recently A.S Watson and the team from ICT Transport & Logistics celebrated their 25-year partnership. In those 25 years, ICT has been able to develop and manage the Warehouse Management System (WMS), whereby all products pass through the chain as efficiently as possible. The strength is in the people, the team and in the collaboration. Kruidvat knows what is needed, ICT knows what the options are. We really complement each other.

Do you want to know more about the DCS of A.S. Watson? Read the case study.

Royal visit for Groningen and Drenthe

Koning Willem-Alexander bracht een werkbezoek aan de regio Groningen en Drenthe ter voorbereiding op de Nieuwjaarsontvangst van Koning Willem-Alexander en Koningin Máxima in januari 2020. Daar sprak hij onder andere met vertegenwoordigers van het openbaar vervoer over de samenwerking met vervoerders om het openbaar- en publiek vervoer te organiseren.

— Only available in Dutch —

Ook werd de koning bijgepraat over de ontwikkeling van een app voor alle reigers in Groningen en Drenthe en daarbuiten, waarmee zij zelf een reis kunnen plannen, boeken en betalen. ICT Group sloot recent een contract met de vervoerder uit de regio, Qbuzz, voor de ontwikkeling van een Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform en bijbehorende app: TURNN. Met TURNN worden alle vervoersopties gecombineerd in één app, van (deel)fiets en (deel)auto, tot OV en (water)taxi. Zo wordt reizen nog makkelijker!

Lees het artikel op Koningklijkhuis.nl

ICT Healthcare Technology Solutions was present at the MEDICA exhibition in Düsseldorf

ICT Healthcare Technology Solutions was present, together with partner Medlife, at the MEDICA trade fair at Messe Düsseldorf on November 18, 19, 20 and 21.

The launch of MososNXT CTG was the main topic at the exhibition. MososNXT CTG is the new generation CTG solution. It is easy to integrate with an existing environment and offers secure insight on your mobile. The launch of this new solution generated a lot of interest among potential customers.

MEDICA is the world’s largest medical trade fair in the world with around 5500 exhibitors from 71 countries in 17 halls and has been around for more than 40 years.

Successful participation at SPS 2019

On November 26, 27, and 28 ICT Machine & Systems was present at the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) exhibition in Nurnberg, Germany. This exhibition is one of the largest international exhibitions in the field of electrical automation technology.

The unit was found at the 3S partner booth (CODESYS Group).  At the booth, visitors were informed about projects and products. “We help customers who build machines in series and need a machine-specific control for this. We help the customer and develop and deliver the desired controls”, says Arjan Kleiboer, Sr. Business Development Manager Machine & Systems. The successful participation in the exhibition led to follow-up appointments with interested visitors.


MaaS pilot helps to maintain sustainable access to Brainport Eindhoven

Starting next year, employees of the Eindhoven municipality and ASML will use ICT Group N.V.’s TURNN app. The app is part of a pilot initiated by the municipality, ASML and Brainport Development to stimulate alternatives for private vehicles, to make travelling easier and to improve the accessibility of Brainport Eindhoven. The pilot in Eindhoven is one of the seven national MaaS pilots organised by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management (IenW) in collaboration with regional authorities.

On November 28th, the Eindhoven municipality, ASML and Brainport Development signed a collaboration agreement with ICT Group. As of 2020, employees of the Eindhoven municipality and ASML can use the app to plan, book and pay their journeys throughout the entire country. As a next step and within the context of the employers approach, Brainport Smart Mobility will start encouraging as many regional employers as possible to participate and thus maintain the region’s accessibility in a smart and sustainable manner.

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.