Heidelberg Instruments and SwissLitho join forces to serve the Nano- and Microlithography market

We are delighted to announce that Heidelberg Instruments has invested in the Swiss high-tech company SwissLitho AG. Heidelberg Instruments has acquired 70% of the shares, the remaining 30% of the shares are held by the founders and Managing Directors Felix Holzner and Philipp Paul. Both parties have confirmed that the current management of SwissLitho AG will continue to lead and develop the company in Zurich. Completion of the transaction is expected in Q1/2018.

According to Martin Wynaendts, CEO of Heidelberg Instruments, the partial acquisition of SwissLitho is the first step in a focused expansion of Heidelberg Instruments’ core business to include a wider range of equipment and state-of-the-art developments in the lithography market. With the investment in SwissLitho AG, Heidelberg Instruments will be able to serve customers with an additional choice of tools and options in the Nano- and Microlithography field. SwissLitho’s technology in fact has been shown in the past to be capable of writing structures smaller than 10 nm. The team of SwissLitho consists of highly skilled and enthusiastic innovators and constitutes the perfect partner for Heidelberg Instruments.

Dr. Felix Holzner, CEO and co-founder of SwissLitho emphasized that the association of the two companies will benefit SwissLitho’s existing as well as potential customers and employees. With access to the global service and sales network of Heidelberg Instruments, SwissLitho will be able to gain additional visibility and trust for its revolutionary technology in all parts of the world. In collaboration with Heidelberg Instruments, they will also be in a position to develop new technologies and products to serve the R&D community as well as selected industrial applications.

About Heidelberg Instruments:

With an installation base of over 800 systems in more than 52 countries, Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH is a world leader in production of high-precision maskless lithography systems. Due to their flexibility, these systems are used in research, development and industrial applications for direct writing and photomask production by some of the most prestigious universities and industry leaders in the areas of MEMS, BioMEMS, Nano Technology, ASICS, TFT, Plasma Displays, Micro Optics, and many other related applications.

For more information, please visit http://www.himt.de

About SwissLitho:

SwissLitho is a young high-tech company with the vision to change the way nanostructures are commonly made. Their multiple-patented nanolithography technology, called NanoFrazor, was originally invented at IBM Research Zurich as a successor of a new concept for data storage – the so called Millipede memory. Heatable silicon tips are used for direct patterning of arbitrary 2D and 3D nanostructures and for simultaneous imaging of the tiny nanostructures. The extreme patterning and imaging resolution down to single nanometers and the fact that the NanoFrazor process, unlike conventional nanolithography technologies, does not damage delicate emerging materials open up various new and unprecedented possibilities for all fields of nanotechnology. Since its foundation in 2012, the multi-national and interdisciplinary team of SwissLitho has received many of the most prestigious national and international start-up and technology awards. SwissLitho’s NanoFrazor lithography systems are installed at leading research institutions in more than 8 countries.

For more information, please visit http://www.swisslitho.com

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Beta Systems Acquires Auconet / Asdis GmbH

Effective as of 1 February 2018, a subsidiary of Beta Systems DCI Software AG acquired sufficient company assets to ensure the continued business operations of Auconet GmbH and Auconet Technologie GmbH. For more than 10 years, Auconet has been developing and marketing IT operation management (ITOM) software that complements the Beta Systems Data Center Intelligence (DCI) portfolio. The DCI business unit will be strengthened both economically and technologically by expanding the Auconet sales team and integrating their products into Beta Systems’ existing international sales network.

Strategic Expansion of the Data Center Intelligence (DCI) Portfolio

“Auconet’s flagship product BICS, an easy-to-install tool that delivers complete transparency, security and control of complex IT infrastructures, is firmly established in the market,” comments Armin Steiner, a member of Beta Systems’ Board of Directors. “We see vast potential for this technology, especially since the number of end points is growing exponentially in the present age of the Internet of Things etc., making it more important than ever for companies to introduce an ITOM platform.”

The Auconet subsidiaries Asdis Solutions GmbH (Berlin), Auconet Austria GmbH (Vienna) and Auconet Inc. (Delaware, USA) are part of the acquisition package. Auconet is joining the Beta Systems Group as an independently run subgroup, and as such it will continue to engage in a direct dialog with its customers. Managing Director Frank Winter will stay with the company in his previous capacity: “Beta Systems Group is a strong market player with a rich product portfolio. For Auconet this means gaining access to an excellent sales network and benefitting from synergies in terms of technological resources, know-how and technology.”

Detailed information on the data center solutions of Beta Systems DCI Software AG is provided at:

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RFS Introduces New Three-column Multi-Band Antennas Supporting the 1.4GHz Frequency Band for LTE Applications

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems providing total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure, today announced the availability of a three-column antenna configuration to support the L-band (1.4GHz). This antenna family is particularly critical as the 1.4GHz band continues to be reallocated from satellite communications to LTE applications. RFS’ three-column platform is also ready to host additional bands such as 3.5GHz and 5GHz. Newly licensed frequencies have the potential to provide today’s mobile operators with much-needed capacity support for continually growing mobile network traffic.  

RFS’ three-column platform allows the addition of 1.4GHz band support alongside legacy low (694-960MHz) and high (1695-2690MHz) frequency bands without the need for any internal or external diplexing and will continue enabling MIMO 4×4 in these bands while offering high gain on all bands. The innovative ultra-wide band (1400-2690MHz) antenna design and latest features provide the best trade-off between gain and vertical and horizontal patterns from a single antenna, and is ideal for adding capacity and coverage to existing sites and integrating new frequency bands.

RFS takes a building block approach to antenna development, efficiently tailoring existing and trusted platforms to serve as the foundation for future-proof new solutions. The three-column platform will allow the evolution up to 16-ports on a single antenna without any diplexing required. This platform gives operators the flexibility to deploy multiple radio technologies with several frequency bands and 4-way MIMO on one 50 cm (19.7 in)-wide antenna with best-in-class wind-load and PIM performances.

“RFS is a technology innovator committed to providing our customers around the world with the most flexible, high-performance and cost effective platforms that will enable them to support the frequencies of today – and easily integrate the next-generation frequencies of tomorrow,” said Laurent Cruchant, Vice President Antennas Business Unit, RFS.  “We understand the unrelenting network capacity demands that mobile operators face and the importance of supporting all low, high and middle band frequencies from a single antenna platform.” 

RFS’ flexible three-column platform achieves the optimal tradeoff between RF performance and mechanical constraint, providing MIMO-enabling features (Port-to-port isolation, cross polar discrimination, squint) at the highest market standards. It is designed for low wind-load to minimize tower loading, as it is comparable in size to available dual-band antennas but it adds a third antenna path. Its 4.3-10 connector interface supports future-proof multi-band antenna deployments with optimized PIM stability.

RFS will debut its 10-port and 16-port three-column antenna models supporting 1.4GHz band in Booth 2LV24, Hall 2. at Mobile World Congress Barcelona taking place February 26-March 1, 2018. 

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. ShareLite™ is a trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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18th International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2018

Time flies and now it’s only 3 weeks to the International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2018 in Vienna. We hope that you will enjoy our industry meeting as much as we do. So far, over 190 participants from a total of 26 different countries have enrolled for the IARC 2018 – including many from the automotive industry, we are pleased to say.

Moreover, many experts are waiting for you with interesting presentations. The programme includes almost 30 presentations and three plant tours. So don’t miss this unique opportunity to exchange the latest news and ideas with experts from all areas of the automobile recycling industry. Particularly, we are also looking forward to our keynote speakers:

• DI Christian Holzer (Director General, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria)
• Joseph M. Holsten (Chairman of the Board, LKQ Corporation, USA)
• Christophe Pillot (Director, Avicenne Energy)

At the IARC 2018, Joseph M. Holsten will give us an overview of the dismantling market and present his personal market assessment. Before the conference we asked Joseph M. Holsten how he views the European market and what the future challenges for the dismantling market will be. You can read his response to these questions here:

1. Mr Holsten, you have also been working in Germany since your acquisition of Stahlgruber GmbH last year. How do you rate the European dismantling market?

I rate it as attractive. The European car parc is enormous, and the high age of vehicles provides for a lot of opportunity to provide a strong value proposition to the repair and parts replacement markets. Some quick observations that we have – the yards are typically smaller here in Europe, the operators likely have a larger focus on scrap materials than on parts sales, more exporting in Europe, more of a DIY focus in Europe than a DIFM (do-it-for-me), and the auto insurance industry is less of a factor in Europe than the US.

2. What distinguishes the European market from the US market?

The primary difference in my view is that the US market is far more focused on the value of the parts that are dismantled, whereas I find many European players to be concentrating mainly on the scrap value that can be derived from a car, whether it is late model or an ELV. As a general rule of thumb, US industry participants are likely operating on a larger footprint than European contenders, and that is likely due to more availability of land in the US, at less expensive costs. Another factor weighing on the business models in the two markets, is that the US automotive insurance industry has focused for at least two decades now, on incorporating used auto parts, from dismantlers, into the repair of auto’s involved in an accident, as a means of reducing costs, ensuring quality repairs, and being competitive on their premiums; in Europe, that really has not happened to the same degree as the US. With this higher demand for quality used parts in the US, dismantlers are enabled to pre-dismantle parts they will see demand for, and inventory the parts into electronic cataloguing systems, and that is not always happening in Europe.

3. What particular challenges do you see for the dismantling market in general?

In Europe, I believe the largest challenge near-term is the low level of demand for late model parts recovered from salvaged vehicles. More demand for these valuable and quality parts would push up the value of salvage, improve the profitability of the industry, and would benefit the sustainability contributions of the industry; with the hierarchy of waste management being “reduce, re-use, and recycle,” a significant improvement can be made by pushing these parts from being a “recycled product” to a re-used product, and through added remanufacturing in the market, even more product can be moved into the re-use category. Longer term, and worldwide, I think the challenge for the industry will be to alter business models to address the impact from more collision avoidance technology, the likely shift to more electric vehicles in the car park, plus the impact of autonomous driving. Obviously, these changes will flow into the market over a couple of decades, allowing the industry to alter their business models over a long period of time.

4. End-of-life vehicle recyclers are increasingly complaining about the difficulties involved in processing composite materials. How do you deal with this trend?

In terms of composite materials, we are just beginning to see somewhat immaterial quantities in the damaged cars that we buy in the US, so it really has not been a factor to date. I suspect that the European dismantlers are likely ahead of the US in how they manage the product, so an opportunity for us to take operating practices from Europe back to the US.

5. Which business promises more growth? The spare parts business or the recycling of individual material fractions?

Focusing solely on Europe, I suspect that the dismantling and shredding industries are doing a pretty good job on the overall recycling of auto’s, and the question to be answered is really “how much is enough?“ So, while continued improvement in technology, and actually applied technology, is working well regarding individual fractions, I think it is the spare parts business that should be growing faster. Perhaps most importantly, the spare parts market needs to generate more alternatives to be more relevant. A higher quantity AND quality of used parts need to be readily available for consumers, at prices that provide an attractive value proposition, for both the do-it-yourself customer, as well as the professional do-it-for-me repair shop. The opportunities for higher volumes of used part sales are huge.

At the IARC 2018, Joseph M. Holsten will go into greater detail on the topic of further current trends in the dismantling market, especially on the dismantling businesses for all sorts of mobile assets like motorcycles or farming equipment. For all the details on the congress and how to enrol for it, go to: http://www.icm.ch/iarc-2018. We greatly look forward to seeing you at this year’s industry meeting!

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OPC UA standard well positioned as base for IIoT / I4.0 solutions ARC Advisory Group report finds

ARC Advisory Group report concludes OPC UA is well positioned to serve as the data connectivity foundation for companies looking to deploy IIoT and I4.0 based solutions.  Study predicts existing global OPC install base of over 45 million units expected to expand 45% annually for the next 5 years.

OPC Foundation announced today the release of an in-depth ARC Advisory Group report on the important role the OPC data connectivity standards play in control automation today and in future IIoT and Industrie4.0 based solutions.

Find ARC Advisory Group report here

Key ARC report findings confirmed that with an estimated global install base of over 45 million units, OPC is the de facto standard for open data connectivity and that OPC UA is well positioned to serve as the next data connectivity foundation for control automation applications in traditional industrial settings and new ones like building automation, transportation, and others. Key contributing factors to the continued success of OPC UA included the scalability, performance, and robustness of the technology and the large community of end-users, vendors, and other standards bodies actively working with the OPC Foundation to best utilize OPC UA in their applications.

According to Thomas Burke, OPC Foundation president, "the [ARC report] findings accurately reflect what we [OPC Foundation] have been seeing from an adoption and collaboration point of view. I highly recommend reading this ARC report for a high level perspective of what OPC UA is doing in the market and the future of data connectivity"

Commenting on the popularity of the OPC UA standard, Mr.Burke explained "OPC UA has something to offer for everyone from end-users and product vendors to other standards bodies.  After people look at what is really out there as far as a single standard that has the scalability, performance, and flexibility to meet the challenges of modern data connectivity and interoperability and has the reputation and a large enough adoption base needed to make it a safe investment – they come to realize OPC UA is the real deal." 

“OPC technology has become a de facto global standard for moving data from industrial controls to visualization up to MES/ERP and IT cloud levels”, according to Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group. “The rapid expansion of OPC UA in automation, IIoT, and into new, non-industrial markets suggests that OPC will remain an important technology for multivendor secured interoperability, plant floor-to-enterprise information integration, and a host of other applications yet to be envisioned.”

About ARC

Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group is the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure and cities. ARC stands apart due to its in-depth coverage of both information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT) and associated business trends. ARC research analysts and technology consultants have the industry knowledge and first-hand experience to help clients find the best answers to the complex business issues facing organizations today. ARC provides the company’s technology supplier clients with strategic market research and helps end user clients develop appropriate adoption strategies and evaluate and select the best technology solutions for their needs.

About OPC UA

OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is a platform and vendor independent communication technology for a secure and reliable data exchange over the different levels of the automation pyramid. In addition, the information models of the OPC UA standard provide the foundation for a semantic interoperability.

Find more information here: www.opcfoundation.org

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asknet AG: Tax complexity, PSD II and General Data Protection Regulation make Merchant of Record solutions increasingly attractive

asknet AG, a subsidiary of the Swiss-listed content marketing, technology and eCommerce services group The Native SA (www.thenative.ch), is increasingly benefitting from the growing complexity of transacting globally. The new and soon to be introduced regulations on taxation are just a first step in the process of complicating the ability to sell internationally. Other external changes such as the Payment Services Directive II (PSD II), which came into force on 13 January 2018, and the General Data Protection Regulation, which will become effective as of 25 May 2018, make selling globally more complex. The increasing compliance requirements in digital commerce mean that more and more companies are outsourcing their international commerce activities to full service providers such as asknet AG.

This trend was presented and discussed at the “Monetize9” conference in Amsterdam, held on 13 February 2018, the first independent European event focusing on monetarization, payments and outsourcing in digital commerce. Tobias Kaulfuss, CEO of asknet AG, was invited as one of the guest speakers in the “Fresh Thinking on Full Service Commerce” panel during the Monetize9 conference.

asknet’s eCommerce Solutions Business Unit offers customers a Merchant of Record (MoR) model for the swift and reliable internationalization of their online business operations. The MoR model is a core competency of asknet and comprises the management of all legal, commercial and technical requirements of an online shop, which includes the management of tax issues, compliance with export restrictions and the complete handling of all currency-related issues including the full risk management process. In addition, asknet offers a powerful technical solution in the form of the eCommerce Suite, which ensures a seamless customer experience. It allows manufacturers to sell their products online worldwide without having to give up their own brand or to build up own resources or competencies while complying with all national and international requirements. This makes entering a new market a matter of days, not weeks or months.

“We are consistently refining our MoR solution and adapting it to the latest standards. Among other things, this includes the modularization of the solution as well as a fast availability through simple integration, providing agility for our clients. Constant tests ensure that our service is optimized and refined on an ongoing basis,” commented Tobias Kaulfuss, CEO of asknet AG.

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18th International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2018

Have you already made all your preparations for this year’s International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2018? If not, then make sure you do so soon, as our sector get-together begins in less than four weeks. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to exchange the latest news and ideas with experts from all areas of the automobile recycling industry.

Again this year, our congress has attracted a large number of visitors. So far, over 180 participants from a total of 26 different countries have enrolled for the IARC 2018. This year, we have again put together an interesting and highly diverse program for our visitors. We are particularly looking forward to our keynote speakers:

• DI Christian Holzer (Director General, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria)
• Joseph M. Holsten (Chairman of the Board, LKQ Corporation, USA)
• Christophe Pillot (Director, Avicenne Energy)

At the IARC 2018, Christophe Pillot will provide us with his view on the e-mobility market, especially on the future of batteries. Before the conference we asked Christophe Pillot how he evaluates the current development in the market for electric vehicles. You can read his response to these questions here:

1. Mr Pillot, electromobility is gaining momentum. Norway leads the way in Europe with a share of almost 40 percent of all registered passenger cars. When will countries such as Germany, France or Italy reach similar proportions?

You are right, Norway leads the way in Europe with 40 % of all registered passenger cars for PHEV and EV. It was 21 % for full EV. But, the average penetration for PHEV and EV in Europe is only 2 % in 2017, 5 % if we add Hybrid vehicles. For pure EV, major analyst forecast a penetration between 10 and 25 % in 2025.

2. What needs to change so that consumers will actually be asking for more electric cars?

Well, from my point of view, first of all, the battery cost is still too high. The current price is around 200 $/kwh, that means 8 000 $ for a 40 kwh pack (Renault Zoe), 20 000 $ for a 100 kwh pack (Tesla). Most of the analyst forecast a huge decrease of battery price for the future. Whether this will happen remains to be seen. Cell material costs account for more than 50 % of the total cost of the battery pack, and the most important costs are due to the active cathode material based on Ni, Co, Li, metals with very volatile prices.

3. But the cost is not the only decisive factor?

No, definitely not. Important is also the battery performances in order to increase the range as well as the charge time. Besides that the acceptance of electric cars depends on the life time of the battery and last but not least the charging infrastructure. In these areas there is still room for improvement.

4. Some car manufacturers are setting up their own battery production. Batteries are already being offered for leasing in electric cars. Will this trend intensify and ultimately lead automobile manufacturers to process and recycle batteries themselves?

Some car manufacturers decide to make the battery pack, some others (BYD, Toyota) decide to make the cell. But, the recycling is another business. We think lithium ion battery recycling will be made by specialist, not by car manufacturers.

At the IARC 2018, Christophe Pillot will go into greater detail on the e-mobility market and the challenging future for batteries. We greatly look forward to seeing you at this year’s industry meeting! For all the details on the program and how to enrol for it, go to: http://www.icm.ch/iarc-2018 


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Ascom ist jetzt Mitglied der Schweizer Initiative Industrie 2025

Seit Januar 2018 ist Ascom Partner der Plattform Industrie 2025. Die Plattform Industrie 2025 wurde im Jahr 2015 von den vier Verbänden asut, Electrosuisse, Swissmem und SwissT.net gegründet. Die Verbände haben die Wichtigkeit, das enorme Potenzial und die Unabdingbarkeit von Industrie 4.0 erkannt und darauf reagiert.

Die Initiative Industrie 2025 hat es sich zum Ziel gemacht, Unternehmen dabei zu unterstützen, diese Entwicklungen frühzeitig zu erkennen und sich damit auseinanderzusetzen. Die Verbände sind der Überzeugung, dass in der industriellen Fertigung nichts am Konzept Industrie 4.0 vorbeiführt. Um sich der sogenannten vierten industriellen Revolution zu stellen, setzen die Gründer auf das Engagement der Schweizer Wirtschaft. Die Plattform bietet ideale Bedingungen für den Austausch zwischen Industrieunternehmen, Hochschulen und Anbietern von Industrie 4.0-Technologien.

Als oberstes Ziel gilt es, die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit Schweizer Unternehmen und des Werkplatzes Schweiz zu sichern und auszubauen. Konkret will man die betroffenen Akteure über das Thema Industrie 4.0 informieren, sensibilisieren, vernetzen und fördern. Ascom, als Spezialist für das Schliessen digitaler Informationslücken leistet hier einen wertvollen Beitrag.

Guido Gloy, Solution Market Manager bei Ascom, führt aus: „Die Umsetzung von Industrie 4.0-Anwendungen ist heute in zahlreichen Branchen wettbewerbsentscheidend, sowohl für Kunden als auch für Hersteller. Im Industrie 4.0-Szenario werden gewaltige Datenmengen generiert, woraus sich mit Hilfe intelligenter Algorithmen Informationen ableiten lassen. Idealerweise können diese genutzt werden, um frühzeitig auf Störungen im Produktionsablauf zu reagieren. Daher ist es wichtig, dass diese kritischen Informationen den verantwortlichen Mitarbeitenden rechtzeitig – idealerweise in Echtzeit – mobil zur Verfügung stehen.“

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siOPTICA remains on growth path

Jena based siOPTICA GMBH secured a 4 M€ growth financing by bm|t and Capital-E II ARKIV (Capital-E), Antwerp.

With this new capital siOPTICA will expand its product portfolio of switchable privacy filters, develop new IP and file corresponding patents. siOPTICA will adapt existing solutions to fully meet new customer requirements. Furthermore, the investment will be used for the development of new generations of privacy filters and expanding worldwide sales and marketing efforts to strengthen the siOPTICA’s market presence.

siOPTICA offers switchable privacy solutions for displays applied in key markets such as automotive, ATMs and other payment devices, as well as mobile devices such as laptops.

The integrated privacy filters secure pin entry on ATMs and other payment terminals by preventing skimming.

The siOPTICA technology allows the passenger to use a second car information display for entertainment during driving without distracting the driver as is imposed by law.  Navigation data and other important information remain visible to the driver at any time. Industry studies underline that from 2022 onwards every second car will be equipped with at least two front displays.

Screen privacy also plays an important role in many other situations. Numerous companies impose or at least encourage their employees to use privacy filters on their mobile devices when outside the company premises. The current filters are attached to the screen surface and darken the display.  Compensating for the desired brightness increases the power consumption. Sometimes these filters are permanently attached to the screen, preventing screen sharing when needed or desired.  With the siOPTICA technology, these problems do not exist. Integrated switchable privacy filters allow flexible and secure working when needed.

With this investment, bm|t (beteiligungsmanagement thüringen GmbH), which also manages the funds “Private Equity Thüringen” and the growth fund “Stiftung Thüringer Beteiligungskapital” which both invested in siOPTICA, has become the majority shareholder in the company.

„With Capital-E we won a new investor that not only supports us financially, but also brings a vast experience in entrepreneurship and technology”, emphasizes Dr Markus Klippstein, CEO and co-founder of siOPTICA GmbH.

 „Capital-E mainly invests in companies dealing with Micro/Nano –electronics and new materials. The siOPTICA Team, the technology, the strong IP portfolio as well as the customer network have convinced us to invest in the company. We see large opportunities”, stated Dr Lou Hermans, partner at CAPITAL-E.  “We are looking forward to actively support the experienced siOPTICA Management team growing the company over the next years.”

“For us it is a great pleasure to see how siOPTICA continuously has developed over the years. The new investment provides the company with a solid basis for further growth”,  emphasizes Cornelia Böse, Investment Manager at bm|t.

About bm|t

The Erfurt-based bm|t beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh – a subsidiary of the Thüringer Aufbaubank – is the first address for investment in Thuringia. bm|t currently manages eight investment funds with a total volume of 320 million €. bm|t invests in innovative companies of all high-yield sectors and in all stages of a company’s life cycle, from start-up to IPO or MBO.

More information about bm|t can be found under http://www.bm-t.com

About Capital-E

Capital-E is one of the few Venture Capital Funds in Europe with on focus early-stage investments in the area of micro/nano-electronics and new materials. Typically, the fund invests in companies in the prototyping phase or realising a turnover of 1 M€. Capital-E invests mainly in Western Europe. The team of Capital-E plays an active role as partner and often as board member from the moment of first investment until the exit.

More information about Capital-E can be found under http://www.capital-e.com.

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Digitalisierung: Große Chancen für den Pflegesektor

  • – moio.care will Weg von routinebasierter zu anlassinduzierter Pflege bereiten

Der Pflegebereich wurde hierzulande bis dato nicht von der Digitalisierung erreicht. Der enorme Aufholbedarf fängt vielfach bereits bei einfachen administrativen Aufgaben wie Zeiterfassung an – von der Unterstützung und Entlastung der Pflegenden bei der Patientenbetreuung ganz zu schweigen. Das moio.care System, das insbesondere für die Betreuung von Menschen mit Demenz gedacht ist, wurde unter Mithilfe der Diakonie Neuendettelsau entwickelt und soll Pflegekräfte zukünftig entlasten.

Im Jahr 2018 werden in Deutschland 2,6 Millionen Pflegebedürftige betreut, 70 % davon zu Hause durch Angehörige. 2030, wenn die Hälfte der Bevölkerung über 48 Jahre alt sein wird, sollen es bereits 3,4 Millionen sein. Obwohl die Zahl der Pflegekräfte in Pflegediensten und -heimen laut Bundesgesundheitsministerium seit 1999 um rund 74 % auf etwa 1,1 Millionen Menschen gestiegen ist, werden Fachkräfte händeringend gesucht. Die Ankündigung der Großen Koalition, sofort 8.000 neue Pflegekräfte bereitstellen zu wollen, verdeutlicht dies. Das Thema "Pflege" , insbesondere bei Demenzpatienten, stellt eine enorme Herausforderung dar – für pflegende Angehörige, stationäre und ambulante Pflegedienstleister sowie für Kostenträger.

Ein Wearable für Demenzkranke

Beispiel Pflegeheim: Hier werden in der Nacht die Patienten alle vier Stunden umgelagert, um das Wundliegen zu vermeiden. Das bedeutet einen enormen Arbeitsaufwand und stört die Nachtruhe. Mit dem moio.care System könnte man unnötige Umlagerungen reduzieren und nur noch dann eingreifen, wenn sich der Bewohner in den letzten vier Stunden nicht von selbst ausreichend bewegt hat.

Das moio-Sensormodul (http://www.moio.care) wird von Pflegebedürftigen mittels einer kaum wahrnehmbaren Pflastertasche am Rücken getragen und zeichnet seine Bewegungen auf. Sofern der Patient sich nachts ausreichend bewegt, ist kein Eingreifen nötig. Erst wenn über einen längeren Zeitraum keine Eigenbewegungen zu bemerken sind und er somit Gefahr läuft, sich wundzuliegen, werden Pflegende verständigt. Dasselbe gilt, wenn sturzgefährdete Personen nach einer längeren Phase des Liegens versuchen, aufzustehen, wenn sie gestürzt sind oder sich aus einem definierten Bereich entfernen (Geofencing). Daten werden dabei nur dann vom Modul an den ISO/IEC 27001-zertifizierten Server übertragen, wenn Handlungsbedarf gegeben ist.

Digitalisierung verschafft Pflegern wieder mehr Zeit pro Patient

In anderen hochgradig technologisierten Nationen wie Japan und Südkorea, die ebenfalls mit Überalterung kämpfen, werden bereits seit über einem Jahrzehnt Roboter ergänzend in der Pflege eingesetzt. Deutschland hingegen haderte lange mit der Digitalisierung in diesem Bereich. Eventuell mag das auch mit dem Alter der Pflegekräfte zu tun haben, die gemäß Statistischem Bundesamt im Jahr 2013 im Schnitt 43 Jahre alt waren. "Die digitale Fitness hat seitdem jedoch zugenommen", so MOIO-Geschäftsführer Jürgen Besser, 37 Jahre alt und ausgebildeter Gerontologe. "Mittlerweile sind Smartphones und digitale Services selbstverständliche Begleiter des Alltags geworden. Tatsächlich kann die Digitalisierung sogar ein zusätzlicher Impuls sein, um den Pflegeberuf für junge Menschen attraktiv zu machen."

Dabei ist Digitalisierung nicht gleichbedeutend mit einer "Entmenschlichung" der Pflege. Vielmehr soll der Aufwand für pflegeferne Tätigkeiten reduziert werden, so dass mehr Zeit für den "warmen Kontakt" bliebt. Bei einem Betreuungsschlüssel in der Altenpflege v.a. in der Nachtschicht, der zwischen 1:30 und 1:40 liegt, würde ein digitaler Assistent eine spürbare Entlastung bedeuten. Dies ist bitter nötig, denn die Arbeitsbedingungen führen dazu, dass Pflegekräfte überdurchschnittlich oft krank sind. Durch den Wechsel von routinebasierter zu anlassinduzierter Pflege steigt die Pflegequalität, da Unterstützung in genau dem Moment gegeben wird, in dem sie notwendig wird. Gleichzeitig verringert sich die Arbeitsbelastung, da unnötige Tätigkeiten unterbleiben können.

Die Pflegekräfte selbst scheinen es ähnlich zu sehen, denn laut der 2016 Survey of U.S. Health Care Consumers-Studie der Beratungsgesellschaft Deloitte würden 40 % der befragten Pflegekräfte Sensoren zur Standortermittlung der Patienten oder Sturzerkennung einsetzen.

Anleger setzen auf Digitalisierung in der Pflege

Auch professionelle Anleger wie Venture Capital-Geber haben die Notwendigkeit der digitalen Transformation im Pflegebereich erkannt und investieren substantielle Summen. Allein zwischen 2014 und 2015 haben sich im Care-Coordination-Bereich die Venture-Capital- Investments auf fast 230 Mio. € mehr als verdoppelt und machen im Bereich Digital Health nun den zweitgrößten Posten aus. Das ist insofern folgerichtig, als nach einer Prognose von Allied Market Research der weltweite Digital Health-Markt 2018 auf ein Marktvolumen von 142 Mrd. US-Dollar anwächst, 2020 sollen es bereits 206 Mrd. US-Dollar sein. Auf die Bereiche "Telehealth" und "Wireless health" sollen davon 2020 allein 26 Mrd. US-Dollar bzw. 110 Mrd. US-Dollar entfallen.

Über die Crowdinvesting-Plattform aescuvest (https://www.aescuvest.de/moio), will MOIO aktuell bis zu 250.000 € sammeln. Die Mittel sollen für die weitere Entwicklung des Telecare- Systems bis hin zur Markteinführung verwendet werden, der die Zulassung als Medizinprodukt vorausgeht. Binnen kurzer Zeit haben Anleger hier bereits 110.000 € investiert.

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