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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

May 16, 2019

Robotic system for warehouse management

Develops autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and an accompanying cloud robotics platform for warehouse automation The company's suite of robots is quite diverse and includes solutions for heavy freight handling, small material transport, conveyer-to-conveyer transport, and inventory scanning Integrations... read more.
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

May 16, 2019

IoT platform built for the complexities of multifamily and student housing

Develops a centralized system for managing smart home devices in multi-unit buildings; offering consists of internally developed hubs, third-party smart home devices, as well as software for controlling devices Differentiates by placing hubs in secure central areas instead of inside individual units... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

May 16, 2019

While commuting in Boston recently, I was surprised to find my internet connection switch to AT&T's 5G E service. More stunning was the crawl the smart city traffic tracking site I was accessing was reduced to during the download. The 5G E service was worse than 4G LTE. This anecdote shows the ... read more.

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Harshit Sharma

Owning the Energy Transition

May 16, 2019

Catalytic breakdown of long-chain hydrocarbons into small-chain hydrocarbons for maximizing light distillate yields in refineries. The fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) is one of the most important secondary refining processes for fuel production in the oil and gas industry today, a status the ... read more.

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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

May 16, 2019

Lux attended the biennial European Coatings Show 2019 in Nuremberg, an event that drew 30,500 visitors from 124 countries and showcased the spectrum of paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives. Many of the challenges from other industries also rang true for coatings – themes like uncertainty around... read more.

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Miraj Mainali

Agro Innovation More...

May 16, 2019

High-resolution Earth imagery using nanosatellites

Designs and manufactures nanosatellites equipped with cameras that can capture high-resolution images in the visual and near-infrared (NIR) range Claims differentiation in the scalability of its nanosatellites, which are 1,000× smaller and have a hundreds of thousands of times lower launch cost but ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

May 16, 2019

Event-driven vision sensors for automotive applications

Develops event-driven vision sensors for use within autonomous systems Differentiates by offering vision sensors that are activated at the pixel level, as opposed to firing up the entire array, which leads to a frame-level image capture, as in competing event-driven products Targets the automotive ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

May 16, 2019

The company was founded by CEO Joe Luong and COO Maarten Weehuizen in 2014; to date, Crypta has received a total of $2.3 million, with lead investment from Henley Business Angels. Crypta offers both a hardware and a software solution for IoT security; the company uses light to create randomized ... read more.
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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

May 16, 2019

Renewable diesel distributor for road, marine, and rail industry

The company was started by Dirk Kronemeijer in 2015 to tackle the low-carbon fuel demand of the marine sector following being a founding executive of SkyNRG, which focuses on low-carbon fuels for the aviation sector. The company does not develop its own technology, instead focusing on supply chain ... read more.
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Innovating innovation using digital technologies

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

While data collection and analysis offers the ability to transform all parts of the value chain in manufacturing, applying this to innovate new products represents a unique opportunity. It is not capex-intensive, not that disruptive to ongoing operations, and can significantly decrease time and cost involved in product development in the manufacturing sector. This report will identify how clients in the manufacturing sector can enhance their innovation efforts through the use of advanced data analytics and other digital technologies. We will also explore how digitalization of innovation will impact the underlying core innovation processes itself.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution for Every Industry: A Taxonomy of Industry 4.0​

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Industry 4.0 encompasses the digitization and interlinking of the entire value chain of a physical, product-based industry. This taxonomy first examines the various components of such a value chain, and then further deconstructs and examines the most relevant use cases, applications, technologies, and key players under each. ​Additionally, we recommend that companies exploring an Industry 4.0 initiative should look at use-cases and technologies that are relatively mature, easy to implement, and carry a high, tangible ROI.

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This report will provide a deep understanding of AI activities in China and how these activities are poised to impact the world. We will analyze investment activity and government support in this space, evaluate the most important AI technologies and applications being targeted in China, and highlight how Chinese AI companies are gaining traction in the global marketplace.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

The commercial applications of vehicle automation

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Although technologies enabling automated vehicles have evolved considerably over the last few years, we aren't as close to massive deployments as many had initially hoped. In this report, we examine what the applications are for today's existing technologies, and where the next early-stage applications will appear.

5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?