Smart Cities are all about data. But not just data focusing on crowds or traffic but also data on environmental factors. The Danish Smart City startup Leapcraft is dedicated to measuring the quality of air and noise levels and its impact on health and quality of life. We had a chat about air quality sensors (among other things) with Anne Cecilie Duus Kühnel, Operations Manager at Leapcraft, in the latest contribution to our Smart City startups series. About Leapcraft Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I represent Leapcraft ApS. We focus on building digital platforms and solutions based on big data and smart sensory technology
Several incubators and accelerators have been established to aid startups to gain traction and become successful, especially in new industries such as those related to smart cities. 1. Kickstart Accelerator One of Europe’s multi-corporate accelerators, KICKSTART ACCELERATOR accepts applications from startups around the globe. It’s based in Zurich, with some of the other verticals in Basel. Startups from any of the following industries are welcome to send applications: Smart Cities, Food, FinTech, EdTech, Healthcare and Robotics & Smart Systems. In addition, they have a specific list of requirements and a selection criterion that any startup needs to fulfil before they can be considered to join the accelerator. Selection for instance
Logistik-Infrastrukturen sind ein enorm wichtiger Aspekt von Smart Cities. Große Hoffnungen werden dabei in Drohnen gesetzt. Das Team von WIN-PORT (eine Zusammensetzung aus WINDOW und TRANSPORT) tüftelt deshalb an einer Lösung, um Drohnenlieferungen bequem am heimischen Fenster empfangen zu können. Zu WIN-PORT Vielen Dank, dass ihr euch die Zeit nehmt uns einige Einblicke hinter die Kulissen zu geben. Kurz zusammengefasst: was macht ihr und welches Problem geht ihr damit an? Mit WIN-PORT bieten wir erstmalig den direkten Zugang für Lieferungen durch Paketdrohnen am Fenster. Aktuell bieten wir Lösungen für die Intralogistik großer Unternehmen und bspw. Krankenhäusern. Langfristig haben wir die Vision bei gesetzlicher und technischer Entwicklung auch für die privaten
Logistics is an important aspect of Smart Cities and drones are expected to revolutionise this area. But how can individuals receive drone deliveries conveniently at home – even when they are out? The German startup WIN-PORT (a composition of “window” and “transport”) is in the course of developing a solution. This interview was originally conducted in German and translated. The initial version can be found under Startup Profil WIN-PORT: Drohnenlieferungen ans hauseigene Fenster. On WIN-PORT Thank you for sharing some insights about WIN-PORT. In a nutshell: what do you do and what problem do you solve? WIN-PORT offers a solution, delivering packages to recipients’ windows using drones. Currently, the system is
How does one ensure the safety of people in big crowds? The team of CrowdWatch was concerned with exactly this issue. Using artificial intelligence, they developed a solution to support operators of football stadiums to identify potentially dangerous situations and provide a safe environment for football fans. But of course, there are many more use cases for such a technology in smart cities. Thank you for sharing some insights about CrowdWatch. In a nutshell: what do you do and what problem does this address? We pioneer an assistance system for the digitalization of security in stadiums with the help of artificial intelligence. Today, a handful of operators continuously observe tens of video
The idea of using artificial intelligence in the automobile industry is not new. However, fully self-driving cars or other autonomous vehicles are yet to come to our streets. To get there, there are many obstacles to overcome, from agreeing to a technological standard to finding enough qualified employees. One company that is already in full swing to bring autonomous cars to the next level is AImotive. We talked to Árpád Takács about challenges and opportunities in this area. Thank you for sharing some insights about AImotive. In a nutshell: what do you do and what problem do you solve? AImotive’s vision is to bring global accessibility to self-driving vehicles, regardless of driving conditions.
Have you ever thought about who sees to it that the apps you use every day run smoothly, and most of all, securely? Who makes sure a Smart City is not prone to cyber attacks? In some cases it is TeskaLabs. The team surrounding founder Ales Teska is dedicated to making the digital world safe without compromising security or user experience. We talked to Cindy Dam, who is responsible for Marketing and Community Development at TeskaLabs about the work of the company, challenges of the Internet of Things and Smart Cities. Thank you for sharing some insights about TeskaLabs. In a nutshell: what do you do and what problem does this
What will determine the future of urban transportation? With the tsunami-like arrival of Uber and Lyft in the US, and European carpooling actor BlaBlaCar gaining visibility and market size, some experts bank on ride sharing as the solution for many of our urban transportation problems. Shared mobility clearly is taking a turn into the spotlight. Ride-sharing, or simply shared mobility, is defined as an “innovative transportation strategy that enables users to gain short-term access to transportation modes on an as-needed basis.” It has witnessed the widespread success of various forms of shared transportation, such as car-sharing, bike-sharing, carpooling and platform-based ride services. By adopting the digital platform-based business model that creates value by