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2015 Herman Wijffels innovation award

LEA, the innovative care robot from Robot Care Systems, won the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award 2015. With prize money of € 30,000 can Robot Care Systems (RCS) further develop the innovation. Moreover RCS acquires winning the prize access to the international network of Rabobank.

SAM wins SSA Innovation Award

At the trade show Safety & Security Amsterdam (SSA) , SAM Robot Security Systems (RSS) won the SSA Award 2015 in the category Burglary and alarm systems. According to the jury SAM is an innovative step in a new approach to security. A sector in which a number of important developments can be signaled.

SAM in the race for an accenture innovation award

Along with 799 other contenders have SAM, the mobile security robot Robot Security Systems, registered for the 10th edition of the Accenture Innovation (2016). Besides a chance to award all participants can count on a specific category of large media exposure, valuable feedback from 15 CEOs, access to (inter) national business networks and [...]

News releases

2015 Herman Wijffels innovation award

LEA, the innovative care robot from Robot Care Systems, won the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award 2015. With prize money of € 30,000 can Robot Care Systems (RCS) further develop the innovation. Moreover RCS acquires winning the prize access to the international network of Rabobank.

SAM wins SSA Innovation Award

At the trade show Safety & Security Amsterdam (SSA) , SAM Robot Security Systems (RSS) won the SSA Award 2015 in the category Burglary and alarm systems. According to the jury SAM is an innovative step in a new approach to security. A sector in which a number of important developments can be signaled.

SAM in the race for an accenture innovation award

Along with 799 other contenders have SAM, the mobile security robot Robot Security Systems, registered for the 10th edition of the Accenture Innovation (2016). Besides a chance to award all participants can count on a specific category of large media exposure, valuable feedback from 15 CEOs, access to (inter) national business networks and [...]

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Gelderland allows passengers to be transported in wepods

The WEpods – two self-driving vehicles – can now transport passengers. The province has received official permission from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW)). The WEpods are a pilot project with self-driving vehicles. The vehicles have no pedals and no steering wheel. However, Dutch law requires that there always has to be a driver in a vehicle. The WEpods are currently driving on the Wageningen campus. The test runs are being progressively extended towards Ede-Wageningen station.

Conny Bieze, member of the Provincial Executive for Mobility: “I am delighted that we have now got permission. Being able to drive with passengers is another milestone in the test phase. It also shows that the government is very committed to this pilot project. We can move forward with a lot of confidence.”

Permission from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority

In order to get permission from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority, it must be demonstrated that the vehicle can offer a comfortable and reliable ride without any abnormalities, that the emergency stop works properly, and that the vehicle meets a number of requirements such as the presence of sufficient safety belts.

Towards Ede-Wageningen station

Driving with passengers has been integrated into the WEpod tests. Passengers were allowed in a controlled way. The experience of these passengers can then become a part of the knowledge development. What do people think of the WEpods? Exciting, boring, fun…? This will also determine how vehicles drive and what they look like in the future. The WEpods are now driving around the campus of Wageningen University. Here, the number of passengers invited to take part will gradually be increased. And the distance that the vehicles can drive independently is being increased all the time. And the speed is turned up a bit as well. The WEpods are currently doing 10 kilometres an hour. The route is now being ‘mapped’ outside the campus. This means that the route is stored in 3D images so that the WEpods know exactly where they are based, using certain fixed reference points.
The phase 1 pilot project with the WEpods, from January to September 2016, matches the province’s ambition for flexible, sustainable, safe and social mobility.

Source: wepods.nl


2015 Herman Wijffels innovation award

An ‘after brood container’, a PET recycling technique and a healthcare robot, they are the winners of the 2015 Herman Wijffels Innovation Award. One2Born, Ioniqa and the LEA (Robot Care Systems) each won €30,000 which can be used to further develop these innovative products. They have also been given access to Rabobank’s international network.

Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Executive Board of Rabobank, and Herman Wijffels presented the awards during the Herman Wijffels Innovation Event on the Automotive Campus in Helmond on Thursday November 13th. Wiebe Draijer: “As a social and cooperative bank, Rabobank wants to stimulate entrepreneurs to look for possibilities regarding renewal and sustainability. Innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship are crucial for the economic development of the Netherlands and all of this comes together in the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award.”

Rabobank has awarded this annual innovation award for several categories since 2002. The applications are judged on innovative capacity, societal impact, sustainability, client focus and cost-effectiveness. Moreover, the Audience Award (€5,000), for which people can vote online, is awarded to the innovation that the general public expects to have the most social and sustainable impact.

The award

Winning the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award brings more than just money and media attention. It often also helps innovative entrepreneurs gain the confidence of potential clients and investors. Flowid won the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award in the Circular Economy category in 2014. ‘We’ve already noticed that the market is reacting to this. In the past, approaching potential customers was an intense and long process. But now that’s speeded up by about a factor of ten,’ said Jeoffrey van den Berg. ‘The award is exactly what we needed to get the wind behind us.’

Herman Wijffels

Herman Wijffels Wijffels is a Dutch economist. During his career, he has held several high-profile positions. He was chairman of the Executive Board of Rabobank Nederland, chairman of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER), and a Dutch director at the World Bank in Washington.

Wijffels was an informateur who advised on the formation of the Balkenende IV Cabinet. He is currently co-chair of Worldconnectors and professor of ‘sustainability and societal change’ at Utrecht University.

From 1981, Wijffels worked at Rabobank Nederland and, from 1986 until 1999, he was the chairman of the Executive Board. After his departure, Rabobank created an award in his honour, called the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award.

Bron: Hermanwijffelsinnovatieprijs.nl

Maja Rudinac (Robot Care Systems) en haar team zijn bij de ontwikkeling echt uitgegaan van de wensen van toekomstige gebruikers.

Jury report:

LEA is a healthcare robot with a functional form and state-of-the-art technologies and possibilities. It does not replace human contact, but it does ensure that elderly people can stay independent for longer. The distinctive design has already proven its functionality and stimulates mobility. Because of this combination, the robot will be accepted sooner.

SAM wins SSA Innovation Award

The winners of the 2015 SSA Awards were announced at the Safety & Security Amsterdam (SSA) trade fair today. The award in the category of anti-burglary and alerting systems was for SAM (Secure Autonomous Mobile) from Robot Security Systems.

A mobile robot that patrols, detects and communicates. Featuring the latest new sensors and state-of-the-art software to detect suspect people and situations. According to the jury’s report, SAM is an innovative step towards a new approach of safety and security. “Combining functionalities offers versatility. An open standard for interfaces with security systems!”

Trade fair manager Nynke Lipsius of RAI Amsterdam is very positive about the result of the awards: “The SSA Awards are a good reflection of some important developments in the sector. The winners have shown that ever more complete and better products and solutions are being put into the market.”  You can find more information about Trigion and SAM here.