Man versus Nature

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Innovation

While the establishment maintains that man-made stones are nothing more than low-grade fakes that won't ever be serious contenders, industry observers aren't so sure. It's starting to look like man's genius has finally matched nature's brilliance.

While they don't have the aura or prestige of the real thing, man-made synthetic diamonds - produced in laboratories by superheating carbon seeds in microwave chambers until they form into a plasma ball - still have a lot going for them. For one, lab-produced diamonds are a lot cheaper than natural diamonds. And, unlike natural diamonds, they're not tainted with uneasy links to the so-called "blood diamond" trade. Not just easier on the pocket, they're easier on the ethical conscience, too And best of all, it's almost impossible to tell the difference between a synthetic and a real diamond. 

Print Ready

Written by Elise McFarlane on . Posted in Innovation

The proliferation of data-driven solutions is transforming the imaging industry and opening up a world of connected opportunity for businesses at every level of the supply chain, from manufacturers and distributors to resellers and dealers.

These businesses need solutions that do more than just amass device data to truly realise the value in getting connected. An essential part of PrintFleet’s role within the industry is enabling these businesses to turn their data into actionable information, and use these insights to connect and partner with the vendors they need to be successful.

The idea of a connected imaging industry has fundamentally changed the definition of traditional managed print services. In recent years, the global MPS market has undergone a significant shift. The rise in popularity of predictive analytics has broadened the scope of MPS; businesses are moving away from collecting historical data and simply monitoring devices to utilising predictive analytics to proactively manage their customers’ devices. Predictive analytics is at the center of what many refer to as the industrialisation of the imaging industry.

Tasks that were once time-consuming, manual processes, like processing supply orders, are now repeatable, scalable and automated thanks in large part to the exchange of reliable device data. PrintFleet’s solutions are an important part of this automated ecosystem, providing businesses with the accurate, actionable data that they need to simplify and streamline their print-related processes.

"Predictive analytics is at the center of what many refer to as the industrialisation of the imaging industry."


Our newest data collection agent, DCA Pulse, is the engine that underpins our solutions. Designed to facilitate the transition from passive device monitoring to active device management, DCA Pulse uses Model Definition Files, created from manufacturer specifications, to address common challenges in the industry such as the lack of standardised labels across manufacturers. Our Model Definition Files are the culmination of our partnerships with most major manufacturers and our commitment to being vendor neutral.

DCA Pulse includes several enhancements for improved data collection, including continuous device discovery and custom scan intervals for meters, supplies, errors and attributes enables. With these new features, customers can scan for errors as frequently as every 60 seconds to ensure they meet their service level agreements (SLAs) and provide their end users with proactive device management.

Compatible with Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, Debian, mac OS and Raspberry Pi, the cross-platform capability of DCA Pulse also makes managed print more accessible and enables MPS providers to support end users in a variety of environments. The ability to deploy DCA Pulse on a low-cost, plug and play computer like Raspberry Pi lowers the barrier to entry for managed print services by reducing the cost of delivery and making it easier to engage small and medium-sized businesses.

PrintFleet’s solutions range from simple rapid assessment to advanced managed services, including PrintFleet Vision®, a fully-managed, cloud-based MPS solution; PrintFleet LINK™ Supplies Fulfilment, a complete solution for the automation of supply ordering processes; PrintFleet Enterprise™, a complete print management system designed to scale to meet the needs of the largest customers, and; PrintFleet QuickAssess®, a rapid data collection tool for simple and accurate assessments of end user print environments.

All of our solutions are designed to provide our partners and customers with exceptional value, and value in today’s print management climate means actionable data, trusted partners and getting connected.

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The Future is Now

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Innovation

In the past few years the drone industry has been met with cynicism, excitement, investment and tension - undertaken innovative trials - and uncovered huge potential. Delivery by a small pilot-less aircraft, bringing with it vast opportunities and prospects for businesses, is closer than you think, and has just landed in Reykjavik. Driving routes in the Icelandic city are often indirect and time consuming, making it the ideal location to adopt drone delivery. Israeli drone logistics company Flytrex has coupled with the on-demand goods service AHA to address this market opportunity, and has already decreased delivery time from 25 – 4 minutes.

Mission (Im)Possible

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Innovation

Of late more and more people are choosing alternative diets over the traditional ‘meat and two veg’ option and we have witnessed a 350% increase in veganism over the past ten years. With Google recording a 90% rise in searches for the word ‘vegan’ from 2016 to 2017, it is no wonder that the number of start-ups catering for this growing lifestyle and food group has also increased. The global meat industry has been thrust into the limelight recently, dealing with incriminatory environmental evidence from the United Nations, negative indicators from the World Health Organisation and an increasing number of shocking documentaries exposing animal exploitation.

InnoEnergy on Lisbon leg of Energy Union tour

Written by Fergal Hogan on . Posted in Innovation

Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič meets InnoEnergy’s and its innovators in Portugal, while celebrating the country’s progress and potential as a clean energy leader

InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine, was proud to welcome Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič to Lisbon this week, showcasing the clean-energy contribution of some of the Portuguese innovations it has supported. As a Vice President of the European Commission (EC) and head of the Energy Union, Commissioner Šefčovič was in Portugal as part of his Energy Union Tour, with the aim of seeing first-hand some examples of Portugal’s leadership in clean energy innovation.

Get Automated

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Innovation

CEO Insight's Henry Martin caught up with Hans Leybaert, CEO of UnifiedPost, a leading Fintech Company in the international spotlight.

UnifiedPost, founded in 2000, started as a platform for document management and over the years acquired several companies to create the company we are today. We have 200 people working across Europe on a BPaaS platform based on the basic components document, payment, identity and APPs to support our customers with upgrading their business processes. UnifiedPost helps both small and large corporates to focus on what they do best – expanding their business. 

CEO Insight: How did UnifiedPost become a Fintech company?

Hans Leybaert: UnifiedPost started off as a document management company but soon learned that the growing Fintech industry was important to get involved in. Also, payments are very important to offer total document solutions. And since the acquisition of PowertoPay, Onea and Nomadesk we can officially say we are specialised in financial technologies and that we are one of the key players in the market offering a one-stop-shop, from purchase to payment.

Aargau – Scope for Life Sciences Innovations

Written by Online editor on . Posted in Innovation

For many years, Switzerland has been one of the most innovative and competitive business locations in Europe. The canton of Aargau's strong life sciences industry makes an especially significant contribution to Swiss innovativeness.

Switzerland – worldwide workforce leader in life sciences
The Swiss life sciences cluster stretches from Basel to Fricktal, a valley in the canton of Aargau. Over 900 life sciences companies are present in the region, which constitute about 40 percent of the world’s life sciences industry. Of the one million people living in the region, about one person out of ten is employed in the life sciences industry. Switzerland is the worldwide leader in workforce in the life sciences industry compared to the size of its population.

The Robot Revolution

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Innovation

With the shock of Brexit threatening job stability and redundancies in the UK, it is easy to overlook how production is evolving to incorporate more machines, programming and robots, which will, in turn, have a long-term, negative impact on employment. A ‘robot revolution’, expected to arrive in the next 20 years, will change the way in which the international economy operates, decreasing business costs and increasing social inequality, as machines and equipment handle everything from manual cleaning jobs to caring for the aged. But if technologies are able to do work traditionally done by humans, are employees going to become surplus to requirements?

Winds of Change Dompé: Excellence in Healthcare Innovation

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The healthcare and pharmaceutical industry has been experiencing a period of rapid change over the last decade, from the growth of populations in the developing world to the impact of ageing and the arising of new and more targeted medical needs. As a result of these new challenges, the industry is seeing a boom in innovation, with biotechnology becoming increasingly important, alongside personalized treatments. Another area of growth is in rare and orphan disease treatments, a sector that has become increasingly important over the last few years.

Choosing the “playing field” has become an imperative for the pharmaceutical companies all over the world: from developing drugs that could offer a therapeutic response to widespread health needs, to using R&D with the aim of responding in a targeted manner to the needs of the individual through network-orientated research.

Made in Italy

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Innovation

Biotechnology is at the forefront of medical science, facilitating the future of healthcare, vis-a-vis the treatment of disease and long term health conditions, and the biotech sphere is growing in Europe. 

The North American pharmaceutical-biotech industry continues to return a strong capital investment profile, but the amount of project activity across this side of the pond can’t be ignored. While the global biotech boom weakened last year, 2015 has set a new record for the European biotech sector, making €6.26bn compared to €3.44bn in 2014. European countries are among the most innovative on the planet when it comes to drug development, and Europe is a world-class hub for new ideas and collaborative research with over 2,000 companies and more than 50,000 employees. In excess of €2bn is invested annually in R&D and there is growing recognition that Europe is home to high-quality, resourceful biotech start-ups. SME’s are already getting better funding, thanks to innovative, streamlined procedures for collaboration and applications for funding under Horizon 2020. With a financial plan of approximately €80b, the European Commission’s research and innovation programme, developing a high-value, globally competitive sector alongside the Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan for Europe, will help connect great people with great ideas, offering the opportunity to make great things happen. 


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