08 December 2017
EUROPEAN FP7 PROJECT DEVELOPS FRAMEWORK FOR INTEROPERABILITY OF EUROPEAN CRISIS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

What if a major flooding would happen here in our Great Region, threatening the border areas of Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany - would the public safety forces of the three countries be able to work together, communicating without any language barriers and sharing valuable information?

Answering this question is not as easy as one would hope. Efficient communication and access to critical information is a key requirement for the operations of public safety and security services in disasters. Inter-connectedness and cooperation between different rescue teams is essential for saving lives and protecting assets. Nevertheless, sharing of the available information in case of emergency between the teams from different members states is almost impossible.

In 2014, 13 actors from European research institutes, industry, small and medium sized enterprises and practitioners teamed up to develop a concept of a Common Information Space (CIS). The project, funded by the European Commission under the Framework Program 7, was led by the Austrian Institute of Technology. Initiated by Public Safety Communications Europe Forum (PSCE) in which HITEC Luxembourg’s Manager of Technology and Research Projects and Board member of PSCE, Harold Linke, played a crucial role, the project was officially kicked-off in June 2014. The EPISECC CIS concept intends to increase a pan-European interoperability of actors in public safety. EPISECC (Establish Pan-European Information Space to Enhance seCurity of Citziens) focuses on two levels of interoperability: the physical (e.g. network) and the syntactical (language) level.

In addition to implementing the software solution, HITEC Luxembourg, as the technical leader of the project, was involved in the main activities of the project, among them:

  • Identifying shortcomings of current information and crisis management tools and procedures
  • Raising awareness of and advocate for the use of a modern information management and communication technologies by first responders
  • Analysing existing concepts of interoperability from different domains as basis for the concept of a common information space

The project has recently passed its final review with success. Major project results were: a prototype of the common information space including specific software adaptors that will allow different organisations, using their different legacy systems, to connect to the CIS, so to receive and to send data while maintaining the same data formats on their systems. The EPISECC adaptors serve as two-way converters between the CIS data format and that of the participating organisation. To improve the understanding between different organisation in a crisis, the EPISECC semantic services allow conversions between emergency related terms and concepts that are not the same among different organisations, even of the same country.

A first productive implementation of the developed solution and concept will be used by the mountain rescue services and fire brigades of Slovenia and northern Italy.

For further information, download our press release (EN, DE).

01 December 2016
LUXEMBOURG INITIATED PROJECT PRESENTED ON THE OCCASION OF ESA COUNCIL IN PARIS
Tracking and tracing of dangerous goods in the medical sector

Did you ever asked yourself what happens to your blood samples or other materials which are used in the medical sector? Most of these samples are transported via road to testing laboratories. Not many people know that a lot of these samples are dangerous goods, because they are potentially infectious. Other samples are very sensitive to temperature and need to be monitored. A new service, called DG-TRAC (Tracking & Tracing of Dangerous Goods in the Medical Sector), was set-up to increase the traceability and monitoring of medical goods during transport and thus to increase the quality of the transports as well as the safety on our roads.
The DG-TRAC service is developed by Luxembourg based partners HITEC Luxembourg, T&E Gefahrgutlogistik AG and Post Luxembourg in the frame of the ESA Integrated Application Programme (ESA IAP). “The goal of the ESA IAP programme is to support the development of new services that use satellite based assets such as satellite navigation and communication”, states Marc SERRES, Head of the Luxembourg ESA delegation. The project started in December 2014. Currently the project is in its pilot phase. The first pilot user is a Luxembourg based hospital which has been working with the service since May 2016. Starting in July 2016, the medical transports of the second pilot user, a German pharmaceutical company, are being traced and monitored through DG-TRAC. The DG-TRAC service ensures the correct execution of a transport accordant with the law, by tracking and monitoring all of the steps involved.
On 3rd November 2016, the DG-TRAC project partners had the honour to demonstrate the service on the occasion of the ESA Council at delegate level in Paris, France. The Council is ESA's governing body and provides the basic policy guidelines within which ESA develops the European space programme. The demonstration included the show-case of a newly designed transport box that includes real-time temperature monitoring, a car kit and a complete transport simulation. “The demand for enhancing quality and safety of medical dangerous goods transport is indisputable. On this ground, ESA’s IAP has supported the setting-up of DG-TRAC, a one stop-shop solution to monitor all the steps involved in medical dangerous good transport which enforces compliance to the regulatory framework while increasing safety. The service is currently under demonstration, and preliminary customers’ feedback reported by the consortium are very positive”, summarises Davide COPPOLA, ESA Integrated Applications.
The commercial launch of the service is planned for January 2017. “We are proud to announce that some commercial leads are already in the pipeline. At the request of customers, an extension of the service is planned, to support the monitoring of very low (below -150OC) temperature transports”, outlines Yves ELSEN, Managing Partner and CEO of HITEC Luxembourg.

For further information, download our press release (EN, FR, DE).


14 September 2016
THREE DECADES OF INNOVATION
HITEC Luxembourg celebrates 30th company anniversary & supports the “Wëssens-Atelier” Luxembourg, an educational programme promoting science and technology

On February 1st, 2016, HITEC Luxembourg completed its 30th year of business operation. Since the inception in 1986, our objectives remain to adapt to the wishes and needs of our customers. This company philosophy is the basis for successful and sustainable growth of HITEC Luxembourg.
Today, HITEC Luxembourg provides a largely expanded and improved portfolio of high-technology products, innovative solutions, and professional services, designed to address the needs of our private and public sectors customers, both nationally and internationally. The true mark of a company like HITEC Luxembourg is its ability to consistently move forward, while continuously adjusting to the ever changing needs of our clients and responding to the newest developments in technology.
Our company has gone through organisational changes to stay at the forefront of industrial development. We make innovation an integral part of our business operations: the market launch of new products and services, the growth of the teams, the thorough review and critical selection of new growth businesses and the internationalisation of our activities.
The improvements realized over the last three decades would not have been possible without the dedication of everyone who has worked at HITEC Luxembourg since its inception in one role or the other. As we celebrate our thirty years of existence, we are recommitting ourselves to continuously improve and extend our service and product offering.
Our company, as a Luxembourg based undertaking, committed itself to strengthen and promote the national economy through innovation and technology. With respect to this essential philosophy, we live the concept of sustainability since the very beginning: to provide our clients with future-proof and innovative solutions. As a visible sign of this fundamental idea, we are supporting the “Wëssens-Atelier” Luxembourg – an educational programme which intends to fascinate youngsters (age 8-12) with technology. We believe that fostering creativity and curiosity at this early age will lead to innovative thinking grown-ups which can change the world to the better.
We are proud of all we have accomplished together with all our stakeholders, and we are excited and energized as we enter our next decade.

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18 September 2015
EARTHLAB LUXEMBOURG RECEIVES AWARD FOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AT WORLD SATELLITE BUSINESS WEEK

HITEC Luxembourg, as a founding member of EarthLab Luxembourg, is proud to announce that the international industrial and environmental risk monitoring centre has been awarded with the Strategic Partnership Award at the World Satellite Business Week. The event is being organised by Euroconsult and gathering top-level executives and senior government officials in earth observation and geo-information.
EarthLab Luxembourg is the third centre launched by the EarthLab Galaxy international programme. Funded by Telespazio France, e-GEOS and POST Luxembourg and HITEC Luxembourg, the company is offering geo-information services focusing on natural and industrial risk assessment.
HITEC Luxembourg, as an industrial partner in EarthLab Luxembourg, is contributing with its know-how in the field of secure communication networks as well as with its competences in the areas of data management and ICT Services.
The grant of the Strategic Partnership prize only four months after the inception of EarthLab Luxembourg in June acknowledges the business potential of Luxembourg’s youngest player in the earth observation market.