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Research and Development at BlueSoft

As system integration, Cloud, Big Data, AI and Machine Learning experts, we take part in initiatives of the EU and the National Center for Research and Development, believing in the global trend of Circular Economy.

   

Circular Economy – what does it mean?

In recent years there has been a sharp increase in awareness about both the challenges and opportunities of better resource efficiency. On one hand, there is still a lack of knowledge of material flows in various industries while on the other hands, new business models are an important aspect of increasing resource efficiency.

The circular economy is a new way of thinking about the economy. Instead of the linear economy which is based on the take-make-dispose approach, circular economy adopts the cyclical approach which is aligned with the living systems. Circular economy focuses on the much more efficient use of resources and thus reduction or even elimination of the negative consequences related to waste generation. This means that every single object is taken as a resource at an each and every stage of life.

*A comprehensive picture of what is Circular economy by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, SUN, and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment Drawing from Braungart & McDonogh, Cradle to Cradle (C2C).

Circular Economy = maximization of resource utilization & value retention

One can say that a circular economy is all about maximization of resource utilization and value retention. There are 4 Value Retention Processes (VRPs) which are allowing to maximize the resource value utilization at various stages of product life are:

  Repair/maintenance

  Reuse/redistribute

  Refurbish/Remanufacture

  Recycle

While putting sustainable development goals in the centre of organizations’ strategy, one will be led to new business model creation which will either replace the current one or will reveal emerging new business opportunities. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that bringing Value Retention Processes into the centre of the business strategy might bring real business impact which is up to 45% of cost savings for close/equivalent-to new quality products and up to 95 per cent for repaired products*.

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* REDEFINING VALUE THE MANUFACTURING REVOLUTION Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy report by Rochester Institute of Technology under auspices of United Nations (http://www.resourcepanel.org/reports/re-defining-value-manufacturing-revolution).

How to measure a circularity?

Once the organization already set up SDG, such as zero waste, a new question emerges: how one can measure success?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Material Intelligence developed  Circularity Indicators  to help measure the transition from linear to circular models.

This includes:

An input of virgin resources

Utility during use (how long is the material in use compared to industry average)

Diversion/destination after use

The efficiency of recycling

Whichever indicator one would use, access to proper data is a critical factor of sustainability programs.

Circular Economy in the global discussion

Having said all of that and looking at the current stage of global discussions and interest, one can say that the circular economy model is already well developed. Scientific advancements are growing rapidly as well.

What is now needed is a significant speed up in the implementation of the model. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is the one which has the biggest potential to bring science, business models and a huge amount of data gathered together in order to boost the circular economy development.

There are numerous technologies which we see as will have the biggest impact on Circular Economy and might be used as vehicles to advance circular economy implementation.

IoT 

as a source of information about product utilization

Big data

a tremendous amount of data being generated by IoT become an invaluable source of information and guidance for decision-makers

AI 

Artificial Intelligence systems using available data allows to predict resource utilization, trends in smart cities and so on bringing CE to life

Cloud

constant connectivity of smart devices and applications allows for lifelogging and immediate relations and decisions keeping the resources in the highest utility level

Circular Economy and BlueSoft

Understanding the urgency of shifting business towards circular economy models, BlueSoft is already involved in various R&D projects where the scientific approach and knowledge is being paired with available technologies in order to deliver cutting-edge solutions and platforms allowing business to connect easily to IoT, data available and use those for the sake of circular economy implementation.

Having huge experience in cloud, Big Data, system integrations and IT architecture, BlueSoft is involved in following H2020 projects:

Research and development programmes which we participate in:

HORIZON 2020

Horizon 2020 is the largest European Union programme concerning scientific research and innovation so far. Its aim is to bring about world-class science and technology in Europe. The result of the programme should be an increase in the number of breakthrough achievements and discoveries by transferring exceptional ideas from laboratories to the market. The programme combines scientific opportunities, a leading position in the industry and social challenges. It is also seeking to reduce barriers to the development of innovation and to facilitate cooperation between the public and private sector in order to tackle the challenges facing the society.

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SEMIoTICS: Smart End-to-end Massive IoT Interoperability, Connectivity and Security

Call: H2020-IOT-2017

Duration: 36 months (01/2018 – 12/2020)

Budget: 4,995,915 €

SEMIoTICS aims to develop a pattern-driven framework, built upon existing IoT platforms. One of the main aims is  to enable and guarantee secure and dependable actuation and semi-autonomic behaviour in IoT/IIoT applications. Dynamic and self-adaptable monitoring mechanisms supporting integrated and predictive monitoring will meet current challenges of IoT domain. SEMIoTICS will address one of the biggest challenges of today’s world which is providing end-to-end security, privacy, accountability and user control (across 3 layers: things’, network and IoT platforms).

The practicality of the SEMIoTICS approach will be validated using three diverse usage scenarios in the areas of renewable energy (addressing IIoT), healthcare (focusing on human-centric IoT), and smart sensing (covering both IIoT and IoT); and will be offered through an open API.

Thanks to BlueSoft expertise, we are responsible for framework architecture design, system integration & API design along with cloud&IoT platforms integration.

Consortium Partners:

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (Germany)

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece)

Centre Tecnologic De Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (Spain)

Sphynx Technology Solutions AG (Switzerland)

Engineering – Ingegneria Informatica SPA (Italy)

STMicroelectronics SRL (Italy)

Universitat Passau (Germany)

IQuadrat Informatica SL (Spain)

BlueSoft Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

CE-IoT: A Framework for Pairing Circular Economy and IoT: IoT as an enabler of the Circular Economy and circularity-by-design as an enabler for IoT

Call:  H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017

Duration: 48 months (07/2018 – 06/2022)

Project budget: 1.692.000 €

The CE IoT project facilitates  interplay between Circular Economy and IoT. Core focus and benefit will be development of novel circular economy business models and service supply chains to unlock CE-IoT synergies in order to generate direct value for customers/end-users. Design of open, circular-by-design IoT architecture, where “smart” IoT objects (e.g., sensors, devices, systems and components) are integrated in the IoT ecosystem through patterns will maximize IoT resource and data harvesting in a new breed of circular-bydesign IoT ecosystems.

Big Data and Machine learning along with cloud and architecture competencies are the key areas where BlueSoft contributes to the project.

Consortium Partners:

Ecole Nationale Des Ponts et Chaussees (France)

The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge (UK)

Cablenet Communication System LTD (Cyprus)

Nodalpoint Systems Ltd. (Greece)

Deloitte Bedrijfsrevisoren (Belgium)

BlueSoft Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

IDEAL-CITIES: Intelligence-Driven Urban Internet-of-Things Ecosystems for Trustworthy and Circular Smart Citiesfor IoT

Call: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017

Duration: 48 months (07/2018 – 06/2022)

Project budget: 1 155 474,00 PLN

The project focuses on developing an open modular platform for building adaptive Internet-of-Things and Participatory Sensing (IoTPS) based Smart City applications. One of the paramount aspect of the framework is Big Data analytics and Cloud services support. Such an approach will contribute to the city’s circular economy by optimizing resource utilization and extending the lifecycle of the IoT-enabled devices through intelligent asset management.  IDEAL-CITIES outcomes will increase urban life quality, safety and inclusivity by enabling citizens and authorities to produce and exchange contextualised distributed intelligence and information in real-time, in a trustworthy and sustainable manner.

Consortium Partners:

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece)

Ecole Nationale Des Ponts et Chaussees (France)

Bournemouth University (UK)

Cablenet Communication System LTD (Cyprus)

Nodalpoint Systems Ltd. (Greece)

BlueSoft Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

BIO-PHOENIX

Call: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018

Duration: 48 months (01 Jul 2019 – 31 Dec 2023)

Project budget: €1,324,800.00

The overall aim of BIO-PHOENIX is to create a fundamentally different paradigm of designing and implementing software systems with a bio-inspired, co-DNA based capability for self-organisation and self-reconstruction, resilient to extensive damage. In the long term, this paradigm shift can trigger the development of supporting technologies related to the specification, testing, re-engineering and verification of such systems, as well as specialised platforms for executing co-DNA models on CCI devices with special characteristics (e.g., limited energy and computational capacities). It can also lead to new research and tools regarding the realisation and preservation of quality and security processes in co-DNA based systems, as well as tools and technologies supporting co-DNA based systems in specific domains, as for example, software systems supporting critical infrastructures, emergency response and crisis/disaster management systems, medical systems, and safety-critical systems.

Consortium Partners:

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece)

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece)

Cablenet Communication Systems LTD (Cyprus)

SPHYNX Technology Solutions AG (Switzerland)

Ecole Nationale Des Ponts Et Chaussees (France)

BlueSoft Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

SmartShip

Call: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018

Duration: 48 months ( 01 Apr 2019 – 31 Mar 2023)

Project budget: €1,472,000.00

SmartShip aims to bring together Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of focused Universities, Research Institutions and Companies oriented into the maritime sector in order to build a holistic integrated ICT-based framework for the sustainable, individualized and completely automated energy management of ships. To accomplish this, it will take advantage of all the know-how that the consortium brings to the project referring to ICT technologies such as Data Analytics, IoT exploitation, DSS use, visualization tools, optimization algorithms and tools and Circular Economy approach methods. Smartship aims to offer a multi-layer optimization in the fields of fuel consumption, energy efficiency and emissions control management, in full respect to the implementation of the requirements of maritime sector regulations and taking into account applications of circular economy concepts in the maritime as well. Knowledge exchange between the partners that are already involved in the maritime sector, the ICT technology industry partners and the academia partners is one of the major Smartship’s objectives and will be materialised through corresponding secondments during the whole project’s timeplan. These synergies aim to build stronger collaboration relationships between the partners with respect to their future exploitation beyond Smartship project. Summing up Smartship will capitalise on available COTS technologies and will deliver an ICT & IoT-enabled holistic cloud-based maritime performance & monitoring system, for the entire lifecycle of a ship, aimed to optimise energy efficiency, emissions reduction and fuel consumption, whist introducing circular economy concepts in the maritime field.

Consortium Partners:

Danaos Shipping Company Limited (Greece)

Information Technology for Market Leadership (Greece)

Epsilon Malta Limited (Malta)

Technische Universitaet Braunschweig (Germany)

Harokopio University (Greece)

Ecole Nationale Des Ponts Et Chaussees (France)

BlueSoft Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

The task of the National Center for Research and Development is the management and performance of strategic programmes, scientific research and development work which have a direct impact on the development of innovation. NCRD supports the use of scientific research results in economy, builds awareness of industrial property protection and the possibilities of obtaining an international patent protection. The Center also ensures appropriate conditions for the development of researchers, making it possible to increase their qualifications in entrepreneurship, intellectual property management and research results commercialization.

Innova engine multi

Duration: 11/2017 – 12/2019

Project budget: 1 136 085,60 PLN

Innovative engine for online, cross-platform multiplayer gameplay for mobile games, along with a set of tools necessary for system testing, based on the Entity Component System (ECS).

Funded by the National Center for Research and Development, European Union Regional Development Fund, Operational Programme Smart Growth 2014-2020

Lusscross platform mb

Duration: 11/2017 – 12/2019

Project budget: 1 155 474,00 PLN

Innovative universal system supporting cross-platform mobile gaming in user management and delivery of new content for applications.

Funded by the National Center for Research and Development, European Union Regional Development Fund, Operational Programme Smart Growth 2014-2020nteligentny Rozwój 2014-2020.