Life-Changing Technology Shouldn’t Have to Wait

It started with a breakthrough idea

Braster S.A. is a Poland-based company founded by scientists with a mission – to save lives by giving women an easier, more effective and more comfortable way to conduct breast self-examinations at home. They believed that through regular home screening, more women would be able to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, thereby living longer, healthier lives.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with 1.7 million new cases diagnosed each year.1
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5 Steps to Delivering IoT Innovation

There are a lot of people out there with ideas – new, interesting and exciting ideas. A few of these ideas have transformed the way we work and play. Others had the potential to do so but didn’t. What is the difference between the two? The ability to deliver innovation.

At the heart of the digital transformation taking place in the global economy is the rare ability to take an idea for a new IoT solution and move it into reality. Without it, an idea will always remain just that – an idea.

How to deliver: that is our focus. Helping companies figure out how to deliver ideas in a realized form to the right people, in the right way, with the right support. In my experience, delivering and nurturing innovation in the marketplace requires at least five things.

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From a Smart Idea to a Smart City

A moment of inspiration

Ubicquia is making cities across the globe smarter with Kairo, a customizable, light pole-based router that takes advantage of existing city infrastructure. The inspiration for Kairo came from a street light outside of co-founder Tre Zimmerman’s house.

Ubicquia had been working on an IoT project in Rome, involving IP cameras and smart water grids. The biggest issue they had was keeping the devices on 24 hours a day to record data they needed. “The cost of lithium-ion batteries, the cost of cabling, the cost of fiber, all of these things started to create a big impetus on the platform,” says Zimmerman. Then he spotted a street light outside his son’s room, still on at 2:00 pm.

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The Small Technology Giving Big Peace of Mind

Hope, fear and inspiration

In 2012, Kurt Workman was a full-time chemical engineering major at Brigham Young University. Kurt’s aunt had just had twins, prematurely, so he and his wife were lending a helping hand whenever they could. They saw firsthand the constant worry Kurt’s aunt shouldered. They wanted to start a family of their own soon, but Kurt knew that with his wife’s congenital heart defects, they could face similar challenges and plenty of their own sleepless nights. In addition, Kurt’s cousin had previously lost a baby to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Around the same time, Kurt was exposed to a clinically proven technology used by hospitals called pulse oximetry through a friend who worked as a nurse at University of Utah Medical Center. A pulse oximeter is the clip-on device hospitals often put on a patient’s finger, which uses wavelengths of light to measure both heart rate and oxygen levels in the blood.

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