The Internet of Things promises to be one of the next steps in the digital wave. But from the collection of data to the security of objects through the diffusion of these technologies in ever more unexpected applications, what are the issues? Decryption upstream of the BusinessIn meeting on April 10 in Neuchâtel.
The connected speaker is entering many homes in recent months. By questioning the personal assistant, Alexa, Siri or other, the user can know his egg stock in the fridge, launch a video on his TV or set his alarm. Uses of everyday life. But what if connected objects went far beyond and ventured into every nook and cranny of society? This is how Felco Motion, an SME from the Neuchâtel region, is working on a concept of connected pruning shears, especially for winegrowers. « We feel that our customers are waiting for that. We can imagine a global service with hardware and software, to help the winegrower’s decision-making. We have an online after-sales service, but we want to go further, « explains Stéphane Poggi, manager of the » little sister « of the Felco group, specialized in tooling.
While Felco Motion has worked with the students and teachers of the HES-SO multidisciplinary master’s degree in innovation, Stéphane Poggi acknowledges that « startups naturally have closer and stronger links with the major groups, who spot them early on. to take ownership of their innovations, while SMEs, who would need these new ideas as well, lack connections with start-ups. » A statement shared by Yann-Amaël Aubert of BrainIT, a young startup in the field of data collection and valuation: « SMEs do not always have the means to invest in R & D in sectors that are not core business, or to integrate the data they collect into more and more complex platforms. With BrainIT, we want to offer the flexibility and skills that SMEs need but can not afford. «