IoT Protolab in Trondheim marks a year of innovation, spotlights up and coming IoT device makers

Last year, IoT ProtoLab in Trondheim, Norway opened to entrepreneurs, scientists and students on a mission to develop new Internet of Things services and products. Launched by Telenor Group and Wireless Trondheim, it turns a year old this month, and already is churning out a wide array of innovative new products and services.

Written: Mar 2019

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Per Jonny Nesse, Project Manager StartIoT Trondheim; Charlotte Sørensen, CEO of FAKTRY; Thomas Ulleberg, CEO Wireless Trondheim

“IoT ProtoLab was established as a centre for research and innovation to drive opportunities for developers to do what they do best – innovate,” said Dr. Ieva Martinkenaite, VP at Telenor Research within Telenor Group. “We are proud to see high innovation spirit and so many great new products and services with contributions to the IoT ecosystem, to AI and to advanced telecommunications technology coming out of this space.”

“In the last twelve months, the IoT Protolab has acted as an incubator for 18 IoT and hardware-centric startups, amounting to 90 individual innovators. Together, these teams have amassed more than 110 million NOK in capital through funding and as a part of research projects in the last year,” says Charlotte Sørensen, CEO of FAKTRY, the community of startups where the IoT lab is located.

Could some of these lab teams be Norway’s future technology stars? Here’s a snapshot of what the IoT Protolab’s current inhabitant have got in the works:

Scout Drone Inspection

Scout Drone Inspection is developing an autonomous drone that will provide a complete solution for visual inspection and non-destructive testing in enclosed and poorly lit environments. The company is a spin-off from NTNU, being developed in close co-operation with the industry. www.scoutdi.com

Mode Sensors

Digital healthcare company redefining the way hydration is clinically diagnosed by combining wearable sensor technology with cloud-based data analytics and machine-learning.

The lab allowed the startup to develop prototypes without having to purchase expensive equipment. Mode has used both the electronic lab and the advanced 3D printer for prototyping their sensor Technology: www.modesensors.com

Sevendof

Sevendof’s Chief of Software and AI, Alfredo Clemente, at the IoT Protolab.

Sevendof is developing a network of stations, housing fully autonomous long-distance drones capable of carrying out missions automatically, without placing humans in the field. Sevendof uses the lab to develop Printed Circuit Boards, radio communication and communication between stations, drones, and their system: www.sevendof.com

StalkIT

This team is a developing a Global Navigation Satellite System track and trace device for narrow-band IoT networks. It will boast a battery life of up to 20 years. The lab provides them with the tools and space required to prototype and test, shortening the time from prototype to market. The electronic lab helps StalkIT develop and debug the device. The lab is one of only three in Norway with equipment to test frequencies and radiation against Norwegian Electronic Materials Control (NEMKO) certification, crucial to StalkIT’s device Development: stalkit.no

Smart Cylinders

Smart Cylinders provides a system for real time monitoring of gas cylinders, which makes it easy for gas suppliers and distributors to optimize their logistics, cut costs, and create a hassle-free solution for their customers. They have developed their own patent pending sensor that monitors the level on the cylinders and communicates this remotely by use of the GSM or narrow-band IoT networks: www.smartcylinders.com

Safe Bikely

This team is developing the next generation of bike parking, offering a safe and dry place for bikes with access via smart phone. SafeBikely is aiming to develop their own app-based system for locks in the future, and for this, the lab will be an important factor in developing communication between the product and lock system: www.safebikely.com

Alva

Alva is building electric generators for production of clean energy, and electric motors to convert this energy to motion. Their core technology, Fiberprinting™ enables light-weight, high-efficiency motors and generators, enhancing products in a variety of industries, including industrial UAVs, medical equipment, robotics, small wind turbines, and much more: www.alvaindustries.com

Flying Foil

Flying Foil is working on a new generation of hydrofoil technology for high speed marine vessels. Their technology doubles the range of battery powered vessels and cuts CO2-emmisions from fossil fuelled vessels by up to 50 percent: flyingfoil.no

Dropracks

Dropracks has developed the next generation roof rack systems for cars. The Dropracks product elevates the roof load (bikes, kayaks, roof boxes and the like) to waist height beside the car. Droprack plan to use the IOT lab to develop their upcoming electric, automatic version of the roof rack: www.dropracks.no/

Briks

This team is developing sensors and customized IoT solutions for the property, health, industry and aquaculture market: briks.no

About the IoT Protolab

IoT ProtoLab is an experimental centre for research and innovation within the Internet of Things. The lab uses the citywide IoT-testbed activated by Wireless Trondheim and is connected to Telenor Group’s initiative, Start IoT. Through this, users get access to IoT devices, a developer portal, and an experimental network optimised for IoT uses, making possible piloting and prototyping without large costs.

IoT ProtoLab is located at FAKTRY, a newly established community for ambitious startups in hardware-centric disciplines at Sluppen in Trondheim. A number of startups will work in the IoT lab on solutions for anything from healthcare and drones to smart cities. FAKTRY has also hosted a range of events and visits from Telenor and partners.