IoT Challenge 2022 winning solutions hand in hand with 5G connectivity

For the seventh consecutive year, Altice Empresas launched the challenge to companies and start-ups, to take the business market to another level, bringing more and better Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The IoT Challenge thus returned for another edition and the winners were announced on October 12, at an event that took place at the headquarters of Altice Portugal in Lisbon.

With a focus on 5G connectivity and the opportunities that technology will bring to the business ecosystem, the 12 projects competing for the 7th edition of the IoT Challenge respond to challenges in the areas of City Management, Mobility and Logistics, Health and Welfare, Education, Energy Efficiency, Environment and Circular Economy, Industry or Retail and Services.

This year, the jury was composed of Nuno Nunes, Chief Sales Officer B2B at Altice Portugal; João Teixeira, Chief Technology Officer of Altice Portugal; Diogo Lopes, Communications & Security Manager at Jerónimo Martins; José Galvão, IT Director of Grupo Impresa, and Luís Rodrigues, Director of Start-up Braga

Nuno Nunes, CSO B2B at Altice Portugal, highlighted the importance of this project, explaining that "the IoT Challenge has gained space and visibility among the business community since it is an opportunity to create innovative solutions that have an impact on tomorrow. When we created this competition we were aware that we would aggregate and identify the best professionals in the IoT area, the most disruptive ideas and encourage the economic recovery and digital transformation of our country. Now with a 7-year history which has led to the leadership in products and solutions that improve the lives of people and companies."

The winners

BlueEye Handsfree, RedZinc Company. BlueEye Handsfree is a wearable video solution that allows real-time streaming from the point of view of professionals on the move (paramedics, community nurses, doctors) to remote medical specialists while helping their patients. The integrated solution consists of a lightweight wearable camera that allows you to capture live video, the BlueEye smartphone app with 5G mobile connectivity, and the Cloud-based BlueEye “Hot Desk” to remotely access the live video.

MTI Smart Room, Managing the Intelligence Company. MTI Smart Room is a solution that uses IoT and AI for the global tourist accommodation market, to increase energy efficiency in the accommodation unit. Regarding hardware, non-intrusive, easy-to-install and configure IoT devices have been developed that work with any brand of air-conditioner.

Spotlite, Aethra Company. The Spotlite solution consists of a risk monitoring system for infrastructures based on satellite data, IoT sensors, and digital models (digital twins), providing a large-scale analysis of the structural stability of these infrastructures. It is a system that works as an online platform designed to serve the needs of various industries, namely the management of transport infrastructure (road and rail), energy, and mining.

In 2022, an honorary award was also given to the 5G Stream Live solution, a 5G solution for the instantaneous acquisition of images and technical data from vehicles, enabling, among other scenarios, remote and automatic action in real-time in case of an emergency. This project is led by KRS (Kevin Reimann Saraiva Team).

In addition to the offer of three Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 128GB 5G, the three winning teams will also be able to see their IoT solution integrated into the Altice Empresas Products & Services portfolio.

In its seven editions, the IoT Challenge has already impacted around 220 participants, and 80 companies and established 24 winners, which contributed to strengthening the Portuguese market for IoT solutions. Through this competition, Altice Empresas recognizes and rewards the best talents in the technological area in Portugal, providing the national business community with unique tools so that they can continue their digital transformation process.