We use our in-house resources to boost your business, work together to create innovative ideas, and introduce you to world class scientists and commercial partners to make your ideas reality. Be it new product or systems development for your company, or addressing technical and commercial opportunities in your existing systems or products.
We have been the lead development contractor for more than 30 large scale research and technology developments worldwide. Our main technical competences are in the following fields: electronics and electrical engineering, embedded software development and mechanical engineering. Our experienced engineers have developed products for various industries, including automotive, ICT, medical and healthcare. If needed we are able to introduce you to world class scientists and commercial partners to make your ideas reality.
All projects we undertake have full support from our qualified Project Managers who are experienced in running complex technological projects.
We are ISO 9001/2008 certified and a founding member of the Estonian Project Management Association.
We have the technical expertise to assist you in developing new products or solving challenges in your existing products or systems
ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
- Analog and signal conditioning circuit design
- Embedded and DSP system design
- Signal processing algorithm implementation and visualization
- FPGA synthesis and verification
- Wireless sensors design
- Power conversion and low energy consumption design
- Test Development, RF measurements, BSCAN
- Mechatronic solutions
- Embedded software development (C/C++, RTOS) for different MCU architectures
- PC Software development (C/C++, C#, Java, LabView,) for different platforms (Windows, Linux, Android)
- Development of digital signal processing algorithms (Matlab, VisualDSP++, C/C++)
- Development of web and mobile applications
- Database design and management
- PLC, HMI, SCADA programming
- Modelling and simulation of business and manufacturing processes using Arena Simulation
- Rapid prototyping
- CAD design, modelling and FEM analysis using SolidWorks, AcuSolve
- Designing and building prototypes
- Mechanical design and assembly
- Product design
- Structural analysis
- Failure modes
- APM (Association for Project Management) certified project managers
- Project management and coordination, programme management
- Creating terms of reference for projects, including requirements analyses
- Administering R&D projects
- Advising clients on product commercialisation, intellectual property protection (including patenting)
AUTONOMOUS WIRELESS SENSORS FOR LEAK DETECTION IN WATER MAINS
The Advocate project developed smart gate valves which will be used in the detection and management of water leaks through employing autonomous wireless sensor nodes in an underground MESH network. The principal purpose of the Advocate system was to enable significant advances in the management of water losses through leakages, both from mains water supply and mains sewer systems. With this aim in mind, there are three potential areas of application for the Advocate project results:
- Replacement of valves on an ad hoc basis when they fail or stretches of leaking pipe are to be replaced;
- Replacement of valves during refurbishment programmes;
- Integration of valves during new service installation programmes.
The main results of the Advocate project have been:
- GVOC system components: sensor, sensor housing and housing / comms module interfaces;
- Pressure sensors design, components, housing and communication module interfaces;
- ZigBee comms system including MESH networking algorithm;
- Low Power Management System (LPM);
- Method and design of manufacturing of valves with integrated.
- EII developed GVOC system components in Advocate project.
Our customer Ulefos Esco, European society and water user worldwide will benefit by:
- The increased detection and prevention of water leaks, using Advocate system, leading to € 800 million savings per annum;
- Municipalities and water utilities will be able to monitor the status of and manage their underground water and waste water assets (i.e. for firefighting, drinking water, wastewater disposal etc.);
- Reduced cost of water to society and how much consumer pays for water.
AUTOMATIC CARGO SECURITY FOR TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
The Truck-Safe is the the world’s first automatic load securing system for truck and trailer.
It replaces manual work of lashing cargo with belts and ratchets. Once the cargo is automatically secured the system is monitoring the tension and is able to readjust the tension as necessary.
On behalf of the Truck-Safe consortium Estonian Innovation Institute (EII) developed the world’s first fully automatic cargo securing system for trucks and trailers. The system includes a combination of mechanical and electric components as well as an electronic control unit with an advanced but rugged sensor network. Several prototype iterations were developed over a 2 years’ time frame and the first commercial Truck-Safe systems will see the roads in 2016.
A major advantage of automatic cargo securing is the timesaving for the user. Automatic trailer loading systems are wide spread and can fill a trailer within a few minutes. With the Truck-Safe system the cargo no longer needs to be secured by hand, which otherwise can take anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. Only with the improved speed of an automatic cargo securing operation the full benefit of an automatic loading system can be realised for the truck owner or hauler.
The Truck-Safe system is providing continuously supervision of the lashing forces and will re-tensions automatically when needed. It also will alarm the operator on sudden loss of tension both while on the road and while standing.
Truck-Safe has won the third place for the Trailer-Innovation 2015 award in the category Safety.
REAL-TIME BIOMECHANICAL FEEDBACK TO REDUCE INJURY RISK
runMost of the injury causes induce several biomechanical parameters (impacts, pressure, over-pronation, etc.) to reach their limit values. By measuring those biomechanical parameters and giving a feedback to the runner (during running) in order to correct them when necessary, running injuries could be avoided. Moreover, such running injuries could be prevented suggesting personalized training programmes for the runner developed by experts in the field, and offering personalized recommendation based on runner biomechanical parameters.
In order to reduce the amount of running injuries, RUNSAFER project developed:
- A new running shoe with embedded sensors technology to measure biomechanical parameters during running and to transmit information to mobile application wirelessly
- A mobile application providing real-time feedback to the runner
- A web application for a personalized training programmes development and control
- A novel algorithm running on mobile application in real-time, analysing biomechanical variables and detects potential injury risk runs
Mobile and web applications, developed by Eesti Innovatsiooni Instituut, are fully integrated over web so that mobile application transmits biomechanical (impact and quaternion variables received from the shoe sensor via Bluetooth), GPS, Heart Rate (HR) and workout data (distance, speed, duration) to web application. Runners can analyse their workout performance, generate personalized training plan and monitor it based on automated recommendations as well as socialize with other runners by using the social media features of the web application. Runners use mobile application during their workout to collect biomechanical data from shoe electronics as well as receive possible feedback related to injury risk.
Our client, KELME from Spain, will help with RUNSAFER system millions of runners get injured less often, helping them to be more healthy and to improve musculoskeletal health.
WEARABLE WIRELESS KIT FOR DETECTION AND MONITORING OF ISCHEMIC CONDITIONS
Heart ischemia (IHD) is number one killer in the world (WHO, 2012). Today, patients with chest pain are referred to a hospital/cardiologist, and ischemia is evaluated during exercise on bicycle/treadmill (known as the stress test). Patients with a positive stress test will then be referred to coronary angiography. The treatment for IHD is effective and it is possible to prevent myocardial infarct when the IHD conditions are discovered early.
However, the biggest challenge with IHD is that many ischaemic conditions are clinically silent (i.e. without any symptoms). Also a negative stress test will not always exclude coronary artery disease, because the test is done only within 10–20 minutes and not during patient daily activities. Therefore there is a need for easy to use, quick and affordable way for long term heart monitoring.
HeartWear system was created to solve those challenges and to enable innovating today’s processes in the healthcare. HeartWear solution is easy to use, cost effective and provides quick results.
The HeartWear system consists of four principal components:
- the disposable unit (DU) consisting of a flexible PCB integrated to plaster (developed by EII),
- the sensor unit (SU) taking care of recording patient signals (developed by EII),
- the main unit (MU) or belt unit recording and storing the data (developed by Joanneum),
- the server unit (software) to cover all processes needed for patient measurements by doctors and hospital personnel (developed by Joanneum Research).
The HeartWear project is finished with good results – project partners have developed a fully functioning prototype system and first results from clinical validation that demonstrate that the quality of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from both HeartWear and SoA 12-lead ECG systems was good and there were no significant differences between the systems.
HEART AND RESPIRATION IN-CAR EMBEDDED NONINTRUSIVE SENSORS
The HARKEN system is an innovative and technologically challenging system. A series of unobtrusive sensors in the seat, as well as in the seat belt, detect heart rate and breathing activity. If anything out of the ordinary, such as in the onset of sleep, is detected the fatigue detector is activated via signal processing unit. By cancelling out ambient noise that is expected in a car (vibration and body movements, for example), the HARKEN system is highly sensitive and fast-acting.
HARKEN signal processing unit, developed by Eesti Innovatsiooni Instituut, detects the effect of heart and respiration activity, filters and cancels the noise and artefacts expected in a moving vehicle, and calculates the relevant parameters, which are delivered in a readable format to integrate it in a fatigue detector. Signal processing unit comprises a sensitive signal conditioning part which is able to detect very small signal change while keeping good performance over whole dynamic range. In addition, high performance microcontroller runs the signal processing algorithms.
Our client, Borgstena Textile from Portugal, is negotiating with world leading automative OEMs in order to commercialize the HARKEN system.
The new technology developed with HARKEN project will be of huge value to consumers globally.