ICT and Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) acquire stake in GreenFlux

System integrator and technical services provider ICT and the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) have signed a letter of intent (LOI), stating their intention to invest in GreenFlux, a charging point operator and services provider for electric vehicles. The investment will help GreenFlux to strengthen its position in the fast-growing market for electric vehicles and give the company the opportunity to accelerate the introduction of innovative charging services. The cooperation with BOM and ICT creates a unique combination of expertise in electric transportation, the energy sector and innovative IT solutions.

Strong growth in electric vehicle use

The use of electric vehicles is set to grow enormously in Western Europe. In addition to the growth in the number of electric cars, battery capacity is also expected to increase, which will in turn accelerate the growth in charging capacity.

ICT

Aart Wegink, Sales Director ICT Emerging Solutions: “ICT has made a large number of investments in solutions for the energy market in recent years and is involved in a number of Smart Energy projects such as USEF, Stad van de Zon (City of the Sun) and PowerMatching City. We have noted that solutions for the management and control of decentralised electricity generation and consumption have become essential. The growth in electric vehicle use will continue to increase the dynamics of energy consumption. The combined investment with BOM and the cooperation with GreenFlux is a good fit with ICT’s proposition in the energy market.”

BOM

The Brabante Ontwikkelings Maatschappij boosts the economy of the Brabant region by encouraging cooperation between companies, public sector bodies and other organisations, and by attracting foreign companies, developing business locations and making risk-bearing investments in new and growing innovative companies.

GreenFlux

GreenFlux has been active in the market for electric vehicle use since 2012. In recent years, GreenFlux has developed a unique platform together with ICT. This has created opportunities for innovative services such as Smart Charging, which makes the platform extremely suitable for larger charging environments.

Press Release: ICT signs letter of intent to acquire system integrator RASTER

ICT (ICT) announces that today it has signed a letter of intent to acquire 100% of the shares of Raster Holding BV (RASTER), a Dutch based system integrator. The intended acquisition marks a significant step in the growth strategy of ICT. The acquisition will have a direct positive impact on ICT’s earnings as of the closing date, anticipated in August 2015. RASTER operates in the domain of Industrial Automation and more specifically in the area of industrial process automation, production automation, software development and consultancy. RASTER is a project-oriented system integrator with reputable customers in defined segments. In addition RASTER imports and distributes industrial equipment in partnership with industrial software vendors. RASTER is also the owner of its proprietary software development platform (‘foundation software’). RASTER, with some 20 highly educated professionals, is well-known and respected in our markets, and brings ICT significantly closer to realizing its ambitions in Industrial Automation markets. RASTER delivers its services to multinationals and Dutch companies with international operations active in Oil & Gas, offshore, heavy lifting, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and defence sectors. The combination of the Industrial Automation activities of both companies offers a strong platform for partnerships with the main industrial software vendors, such as Schneider Electric, Siemens and Rockwell. RASTER will facilitate the ambitions of ICT to grow with self-developed solutions. The purchase consideration comprises a cash payment and an amount in ICT shares. Further details will be disclosed at closing. During 2012 – 2014 RASTER realised profitable revenues of around EUR 4 to 5 million per annum. Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT: “I am delighted that the founders of RASTER are willing to join forces with ICT. The acquisition of RASTER will substantially enrich our Industrial Automation activities and will further improve ICT’s position as a total solutions provider and open up new markets and customers.” Jan Dekker, CEO of RASTER: “By joining ICT, RASTER will enter a new stage in its development. Together the combination can deliver the full breadth of capabilities in the Industrial Automation market. The transfer of ICT shares to the founders of RASTER underlines the trust we have in a long term relationship with ICT.” RASTER will stay an independent business unit on its current location and under its current label within ICT. The management of RASTER remains committed.

ICT and Farmertronics announce partnership

ICT and Farmertronics BV announce a partnership Today ICT (ICT) and Farmertronics BV in Deurne announce a partnership. Farmertronics is developing an advanced unmanned clean tech tractor for the agriculture market. This tractor will run on hydrogen produced locally at the clean tech farm from solar and wind energy. With this development Farmertronics wants to make a next step in smart and sustainable farming. Together ICT and Farmertronics will develop the Electronic Control Units (ECU’s) to control the unmanned clean tech tractor. ICT provides its Model based development Production Platform: Motar, consisting of the ECU’s hardware and platform software, while Farmertronics develops the control algorithms (application software) for these ECU’s. ecu_open_whiteThieu Berkers, Founder and CTO at Farmertronics: “Several years ago I was really successful with the development of a revolutionary distributed real time control system in close cooperation with a group of software engineers hired from ICT. Now, many years later, it seemed to me that ICT evolved as a company from software house to a one-stop shop taking the full responsibility from model based design to code generation and hardware development. This resulted in the Motar-platform fitting perfectly within the strategy of Farmertronics to develop an advanced unmanned clean tech tractor based on industry standards. After many years our partnership seemed to be sustainable and I’m convinced that both Farmertronics and ICT share the same drive to make this ambitious project again to a worldwide success.” Eeuwke Wielinga, Business Unit Manager ICT Automotive & Mobility: “We are pleased to contribute to the goal of Farmertronics to develop an advanced unmanned clean tech tractor. Both Farmertronics and ICT share the passionate drive of technological innovation and the desire to apply groundbreaking technology at agriculture vehicles. Being at the forefront of many of the latest developments, we successfully developed the Motar-platform for the automotive industry and this is our first cross-over to the agriculture industry. ICT’s Motar-platform consists of both the software and hardware. The platform offers seamless integration of MATLAB / Simulink control algorithms on production class automotive hardware built up on an AUTOSAR architecture. As such it forms an excellent basis for automotive control development on various HW platforms.” For further information about

Press Release: Q1 Results 2015

ICT reports improvement in revenue and operating result in Q1. Key Developments in first quarter: Revenue in Q1 2015 up 7% at € 17.1 million, fully attributable to the acquisition of Strypes Bulgaria. Q1 2015 operating result improved € 0.2 million to € 1.3 million. Acquisition of Strypes Bulgaria completed on January 6th.

Key figures (*)

(in millions of €)

Q1 2015

Q1 2014

   D  

Revenue

17.1

16.0

+ 7,3%

Operating result from ordinary operations

1.5

1.4

 

Exceptional charges (**)

0.2

0.3

 

Operating result

1.3

1.1

(*) Q1 2015 figures includes the figures of Strypes Bulgaria (consolidated as from the beginning of January). Q1 2014 figures are restated for ICT Germany regarding discontinued operations (IFRS 5). (**) This concerns corporate development expenses related to the consideration of strategic options, such as the acquisition of Strypes Bulgaria. Financial developments ICT (ICT)’s revenue in the first quarter of 2015 was € 17.1 million compared to € 16.0 million in the first quarter of 2014. This increase was fully attributable to the acquisition of Strypes Bulgaria. Excluding Strypes Bulgaria, revenue was in line with last year. The operating result amounted to € 1.3 million in the first quarter, compared with € 1.1 million in the same period of 2014. Strypes Bulgaria contributed to this improvement with positive results in line with expectations. This improvement was partly off-set by lower than expected project results in the Netherlands. Operational developments All organisational entities managed to record positive results. Machine & Systems, Logistics and Automotive performed in line with expectations. Industrial Automation is confronted with postponement of projects in combination with lower than expected secondment demand from customers. Improve Quality Services According to the original contract ICT agreed to acquire the remaining 10% of Improve in January 2015. ICT completed its acquisition of the remaining shares of Improve Quality Services BV and now owns 100% of the company. Improve Quality Services realized positive results in line with expectations. Outlook ICT continues to execute its strategy offering innovative and effective product/market solutions, enriched with state-of-the-art technology, combining autonomous growth with growth through acquisitions. ICT expects for 2015 a further improvement in the operating profit compared with 2014 (operating profit from continuing operations).

Smart grids could generate €3.5 billion for the Netherlands

Press Release: Implementation of smart grids could generate €3.5 billion for the Netherlands The implementation of smart energy grids in the consumer market is worth between 1 and 3.5 billion euros. This has been revealed by a study carried out in PowerMatching City, the first pilot project in the world to implement a smart energy grid in practice. Smart energy systems enable the balancing of supply and demand of energy. This is important, because the electricity supply will become increasingly dynamic as the role of wind and solar energy becomes more important in the ongoing energy transition. Wind and solar power are dependent on the weather and so they are an inherently fluctuating source of energy. Smart energy grids level out these fluctuations so that supply and demand are continually in balance. This is known as flexibility. PowerMatching City In order to find practical answers to the problems that the energy transition entails, in 2009 PowerMatching City was established in Hoogkerk, in the Dutch province of Groningen. In 2011, a community of 40 households entered into phase 2 of this pilot, a real-life experiment in living with sustainable energy. The residents used solar panels, micro CHP plants and heat pumps to provide their own electricity and heat their own water using the sun, gas and geothermal heat. Smart software was used to share electricity with neighbours and household appliances were activated at times that the supply of electricity from the local grid was optimal. The results of phase 2 will be presented today at a symposium in Groningen. Results of the pilot PowerMatching City demonstrated that smart energy systems are technically feasible and that energy flexibility makes economic sense. In fact, the net gains from the consumer market could well reach €3.5 billion. These benefits are based in part on money saved by the grid operators by avoiding costs for investments and maintenance of grids.. On the other hand, energy providers will be able to manage their customers’ energy consumption more effectively so that they will be able to purchase energy for more competitive wholesale prices. Energy providers will also be able to use locally generated energy to match local supply and demand, which also saves costs. During the pilot, the consortium partners and the residents jointly established two energy services to facilitate flexibility: Smart cost savings enabled the residents to keep the costs of energy consumption and generation as low as possible, while Sustainable together focussed on helping them to become a sustainable community. PowerMatcher, the smart software used in the study, played a key role by matching the energy supply and demand based on the information provided by the energy providers and the consumers. A striking result of the pilot was that the system was much more flexible than anticipated on the basis of previous studies and that the demand and supply were easier to balance than expected. Conditions for large-scale implementation If this smart and flexible energy system is to be implemented in the consumer market on a large scale then it will need to be standardised, both in order to reduce the costs of connecting the households in the smart grid and to lower the price of the smart energy services. The use of standardised solutions will reduce the cost per household enabling the flexible energy system to quickly become economically viable. However, another precondition will need to be met in order for this to happen: energy purchasing will need to take place on the basis of actually measured energy consumption or generation. Only then the energy provider will be able to profit from the added value provided by energy flexibility and share the benefits with their customers. Recommendation The partners in PowerMatching City recommend the development of a new market model for the optimal distribution of flexibility, whereby the value of flexibility is put to the best possible use. Fair distribution of the benefits among all the stakeholders (end users – consumers, energy providers and network operators) is essential for a successful business case. This market model requires a single market party that can collect and redistribute the flexibility: the aggregator. Furthermore, standardisation can ensure the economic feasibility of large-scale implementation. Consortium The PowerMatching City consortium is: DNV GL, Enexis, Essent, Gasunie, ICT and TNO. Our knowledge partners are TU Delft, Eindhoven University en Hanze University of Applied Sciences.   End of this press release Read more about PowerMatching City

ICT certified Microsoft Azure Business Partner

ICT (ICT) has joined a select group of twelve certified Microsoft Azure Business Partners. This was announced during the second edition of the “Graduation Party”, provided by Microsoft. Microsoft recognizes ICT as a partner with a successful “track record” based on Azure. Which means ICT successfully implemented total solutions including service contracts based on own intellectual property (IP) in several customer cases. ICT has been working for many years with Microsoft. This recognition confirms the strong partnership between the two parties. John Koot, IoT Business Development Manager ICT: “ICT was two years ago a Windows Azure Circle Partner. Recognition as a certified partner is the next step to let the market see that we successfully completed projects that are close to the process, whether it is a train or an electric charging station. With our embedded knowledge we connect all the devices together to end up in the Cloud. In the Cloud, we offer thanks to our solution, iOTA (Internet of Things Analytics) Predictive Services Solution, customers the opportunity to turn their data into new services, such as Predictive Maintenance / Diagnostics. This recognition underlines our strategy to provide our customers with tangible solutions around the “Internet of Things” (IoT).” iOTA_Product_Landscape             In the world of IoT, there are many challenges for traditional businesses to look for new revenue models. ICT has developed a program for this. The “Lean Forward Program” is based on the Lean Startup concept adapted to the existing products and services. All this is based on the experience gained and the higher pace of the “Smart Industry”. Designing for IoT is not about solving problems, it is about looking for the possibilities it can offer in the near future. Lean forward program                           The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners to strengthen their knowledge so that these partners are seen as market leaders with knowledge of the latest technology to serve the customers better. For more information on ICTs iOTA Predictive Services Solution, Lean Forward Program, white papers and references, please visit www.predictive-services.com.

Press Release: ICT Automatisering appoints Koen van Wijk as CTO

ICT has appointed Koen van Wijk as CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Following ICT’s new strategy to mix traditional business with new innovative products and solutions, ICT decided to create a new position within the company.

Koen van Wijk (38) has a master degree in Information Technology. After working for companies such as ASML, Bergson and Braincenter he founded Strypes Bulgaria in 2008 and became the company’s CEO. Next to C and Python, Strypes Bulgaria focuses on the delivery of Java and Microsoft technologies according to an agile development methodology. In 6 years time the company has increased its number of employees to over 70 professionals mainly operating for Dutch companies. ICT acquired Strypes Bulgaria last year and completed the transaction early this year.

Next to his responsibility for nearshoring operations Koen van Wijk will, in his new role, be responsible for boosting ICT’s innovation agenda. This includes the development of new leading edge technologies, products and solutions.

Annual Report 2014 ICT Automatisering available online

Today ICT NV (ICT) published its Annual Report for 2014. The report can be found here. ICT invites its shareholders to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM). The meeting takes place on May 13, 2015 in the Novotel Rotterdam, KP van der Mandelelaan 150. The meeting will start at 10 AM. The call for the AGM, the agenda and explanatory documentary is published on the website.

Lloyd’s Register Rail select ICT Automatisering’s iOTA for its Intelligent Rail Services

Lloyd’s Register Rail selecteert ICT’s Internet of Things Analytics (iOTA) product voor de Intelligent Rail Services Lloyd’s Register Rail (LRR) has announced that it has selected iOTA, ICT’s Internet of Things Analytics product, as the basis of the SmartFleet platform for its Intelligent Rail services. ICT delivered the SmartFleet platform and LRR has taken it into operation. Big data is making headway in the rail sector. Rolling stock is fitted with on-board diagnostics systems that register a variety of situations and events. This involves substantial amounts of data. ICT’s iOTA product takes care of the centralised processing and storage of that data and it can also provide various possibilities for analysis of the big data sets. LRR have extensive expertise in the field of materials and processes to translate the raw data into useable information. Consultants from LRR and ICT have together added that expertise to the iOTA solution using a number of specific enrichment and business rules modules. Alexander Bal, Programme Manager Intelligent Rail at LRR says: “SmartFleet enables transport firms to solve problems proactively and improve the quality of their operations. This is another step in the ongoing improvement of our services using IoT and big data technology. The huge quantity of data also allows us to use Business Intelligence technologies to conduct deep analyses, which in turn benefits our customers. This is another area where our cooperation with ICT will be very helpful.” Aart Wegink, Sales Director ICT: “Everybody is talking about ‘The Internet of Things’ these days. The iOTA product enables ICT to translate the Internet of Things into added value for Lloyds. ICT’s big data services translate bulk data into useable and manageable information for its clients. So ICT is very pleased that Lloyds Register Rail has used the iOTA solution for this important step in the creation of new services.” The iOTA platform provides a complete and safe solution for the automated aggregation, consolidation and analysis of this data. iOTA uses the Microsoft Azure public cloud. In addition to LRR, clients such as Heerhugowaard, PowerMatchingCity and GreenFlux are already using ICT’s iOTA technology. The iOTA platform is available in a subscription (pay-per-use, Cloud-based) and in a licence model. (www.predictive-services.com) About Lloyds Register Rail Lloyd’s Register Rail (LRR), based in Utrecht, is a leading consultancy in the rolling stock and infrastructure sector, with 200 employees. Our consultants and engineers provide advice on the purchase, maintenance and performance enhancement of trains, trams and metros, rail infrastructure and the interaction between infrastructure and material. Our motto is ‘Working together for a safer world’ and increasing safety and reliability is our top priority. LRR is part of the Lloyd’s Register Group, with 9,000 employees in 78 countries, active in Marine, Energy, Management Systems and Rail. For more information, visit our website at: www.lr.org.

King opens BioWarmteCentrale Purmerend with a swipe

24,000 households and 1,000 businesses in Purmerend are connected to so-called district heating. Last month, his Majesty the King opened BioWarmteCentrale “Purmer” for the purpose of Purmerend district heating. Already since the beginning of the eighties, the residents of Purmerend make use of district heat. Previously district heating used gray waste heat. Today, 80% of the demand is durable. The BioWarmteCentrale burns wood chips coming from the Dutch state forest maintenance. King Willem Alexander opened the BioWarmteCentrale by swiping the touch screen on a special designed panel. The screen provides insight how much the power station is really green and what the savings are. This panel was developed by ICT. It shows actual results through a live connection with the power station. Purmerend citizens are not only provided with heat but the panel will also provide clear information about the new BioWarmteCentrale. For more information, you can contact Heine.van.wieren@ict.nl.   RTEmagicC_SVP_2015_03_13_074_02.jpg         RTEmagicC_SVP_2015_03_13_080_02.jpg