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Bridge professor’s favorite constructions

Samhällsbyggarna, an association focusing on the development, building and management of Swedens future society, ran a feature about Raid Karoumi, the Research Director of CNets subsidiary IoTBridge and professor at KTHs department of bridge and steel construction written by Fredrik Hielscher.

An excursion into the fascinating world of bridge constructions and the opportunities new technologies create. Sweden has about 35.000 bridges, a population of constructions that is getting older, some structures over 100 years old, mostly railway bridges. The Swedish Transport Administration’s annual cost for the operation and maintenance of the bridges is around SEK 1.3 billion – a cost that risks increasing rapidly. But new advanced measurement and analysis methods can increase the life of bridges and result in fewer inspections and bridge reinforcements.Sensor-based condition assessment exists already and is used in many of todays products. In modern cars, you get a notifications about changes in the tire pressure, when it’s time to change oil or service the car, issues with system components. It’s the similar with bridges, the technology exists and is ready to be applied to bigger constructions to optimize maintenance and use.

Rita BurkertBridge professor’s favorite constructions

Support of BRIS

CNet proudly supports BRIS, short for “Barnens rätt i samhället” – childrens rights in society. BRIS is an organization to advocate the rights and living conditions of children and young people in accordance with the UN Convention.

BRIS has daily contact with children and young people via chat, email and telephone. Chat and email can be reached via Bris.se, there is also a forum where children and young people can write and support each other.

The telephone number for BRIS in Sweden is 116111. It costs nothing to call, calls are not visible on the telephone bill and all who contact the organization are completely anonymous.

All requests receive an answer from a trained and experienced curator.

BRIS is member of CHI, (Children Helpline international) which, together with 183 other guides in 142 countries, receives over 14 million calls each year. In addition, the organization is part of Insafe, a European network that works for a safer everyday life for children and young people online.

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Rita BurkertSupport of BRIS

Join the EFPF challenges

CNet as member of the European Connected Factory Platform for Agile Manufacturing invites students, researcher as well as SMEs focused on innovation, research and development to test, validate, and develop the EFPF platform including its tools, services and infrastructure (e.g. Data Spine elements) in a hands-on community event of the EFPF Ecosystem Catalyzer Event from:

23rd of February to 7th April 2022

The event provides practical hands-on experience with the federated digital platform, industrial IoT, and industry 4.0 topics and offers:

  • Interaction and networking opportunities with international companies
  • Chances to demonstrate technical skills
  • Support to publish results in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or renowned conference
  • Awards: CERTH organizes in collaboration with EFPF research partners a hybrid award event (online & in Greece) on April 7th 2022 .
  • The participants will present their results and the four best projects will receive one of these prizes:
    • 1st Prize: Smartphone valued at 600€​
    • 2nd Prize: Smart Home Kit valued at 300€
    • 3rd Prize: IoT Starter Kit valued at 200€
    • 4th Prize: IoT starter kit valued at 100€
    • All participants will receive a voucher for an Audible subscription

Potentially, scientific proceedings of the workshops results could be published to the scientific community. For more details and registration visit the EFPF Open Call:

Rita BurkertJoin the EFPF challenges

iBridge presented at Stålbyggnadsdagen 2021

John Leander, from CNets subsidiary IoTBridge, presented the project iBridge on this year’s highlight for the steel construction industry, Stålbyggnadsdagen 2021, which was held 28th October in Stockholm.

iBridge aims to develop and demonstrate a full-scale digital instrumentation of bridges. The purpose is to complement manual inspections and to accelerate the industrialization of digital measurement and inspection services. The overall goal is to automate and make available existing knowledge that can reduce the costs for bridge management while guaranteeing safety.

Sweden municipalities alone manage more than 29,000 bridges, in addition to privately owned bridges and bridges owned by Swedish business and industry.

Rita BurkertiBridge presented at Stålbyggnadsdagen 2021

Launch of Grain Balance

CNet is proud to present a new product that was created in cooperation with our partner Skandia Elevator, who delivers efficient products and services for grain farmers worldwide.

Grain Balance is an exciting new product for grain handling, combining innovations in mechanics, IoT devices and cloud computing and we are proud to be part of that journey.

Rita BurkertLaunch of Grain Balance

Checkwatt provides energy management system for grid battery

CNets subsidiary Checkwatt provides the energy management system (EMS) for a 1MWh battery storage in Varberg. The system handles communication and control of the battery storage on site. This Container sized unit is the first step of a larger battery warehouse that is planned to be operational by 2023. CheckWatt’s cooperation partner Solkompaniet delivers and installs the main battery. A platform from Ntricity handles trades with Svenska Kraftnät.

Varberg Energi wants to develop and offer new services to customers. The battery warehouse is an investment to complement the existing energy system to strengthen the power balance and grid stability in general and to make the energy system more flexible and sustainable.

Rita BurkertCheckwatt provides energy management system for grid battery

CNet joins smart city lighthouse project

CNet has joined the European project RESPONSE which aims to establish a strategic vision for Smart Cities Energy Transition: Climate-neutral cities by 2050.

The project aims to make energy sustainability reality by solving the energy trilemma (security, equity/affordability, environmental sustainability) at building, block and district levels in smart cities. The project builds upon intelligent integrated and interconnected energy systems coupled with demand-oriented city infrastructures, governance models and services that foster energy sustainability.

RESPONSE supports the lighthouse cities of Dijon (FR) and Turku (FI) and their Fellow cities Brussels (BE), Zaragoza (ES), Botosani (RO), Ptolemaida (GR), Gabrovo (BU) and Severodonetsk (UA). RESPONSE is led by the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) Germany, technically supported by Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, CERTH, Greece, and comprises of 53 partners in total.

CNet has been invited join for implementing our Bike As a Sensor platform in the city of Dijon.

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Rita BurkertCNet joins smart city lighthouse project

IoT BRIDGE welcomes Jacob Nyman

CNets subsidary IoT BRIDGE welcomes a new member to the team, Jacob Nyman.

Mr. Nyman, who majored at KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) specializes in machine learning and will complement the teams expertise which consists of experienced IoT as well as cloud architects and developers, bridge construction scientists, sensor instrumentation experts and business and process developers.

Our goal is to advance the digitization of bridge operation and maintenance and to contribute to the renewal and better use of the Swedish and European transport infrastructure.

Jacob Nyman

Machine Learning Specialist

Rita BurkertIoT BRIDGE welcomes Jacob Nyman

New method to predict life expectancy of machines

CNets has sponsored a master thesis analyzing a new method to create a health indicator for machines. The master thesis was handed in and evaluated by KTHs School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS).

The work is based on distance measurements transformed into a vector space through a feed-forward neural network. The neural network is trained using a multi-objective optimization algorithm to optimize criteria that are desired in a health indicator. The constructed health indicator is used as input to a gated recurrent unit (a neural network that handles sequential data) to predict the remaining life of a system in question.

The Master thesis Machinery Health Indicator Construction using Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm Optimization of a Feed-forward Neural Network based on Distance was carried out by Jacob Nyman in the field of machine learning:

Rita BurkertNew method to predict life expectancy of machines

Integration of glucose meter in LinkWatch Cloud Service

CNets has sponsored a bachelor thesis targeting the integration of the Keto-Mojo glucose meter into the LinkWatch eHealth platform. The thesis was handed in and evaluated at KTHs School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH).

As different medical products send data to their own platforms, it becomes challenging for both patient and care provider to take and keep track of all available vital parameters. This lack of a universal platform connecting to devices of different manufacturers, combining all available data has been the initial motivation to develop LinkWatch. It provides a platform where all the patient’s medical measurements can be collected and visualized. The mobile application, developed both for iOS and Android have been programmed in Kotlin and Swift to provide a secure and efficient data transfer between the blood glucose meter and LinkWatch’s web server. The mobile application can connect to the blood glucose meter with Bluetooth and transfer its measurements to the LinkWatch’s web server. When the records are stored in the LinkWatch system, the patient can see their glucose levels along with other vital parameters.

The bachelor thesis Integrering av glukosmätare med molntjänst för hemmonitorering was carried out by:

  • Daniel Karoumi
  • Oscar Luong

The work was submitted to the KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems in 2021 in Swedish:

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Rita BurkertIntegration of glucose meter in LinkWatch Cloud Service