Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

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Connected Industry 4.0: Digital Transformation of Industrial Companies

TECNALIA has promoted the digital transformation of 15 companies based in the Basque Country, Navarre, Madrid and La Rioja

The purpose is to increase industrial added value and qualified employment in the sector, favour a specific model for the industry of the future by developing the local offer of digital solutions, and promote differential competitive levers to support Spanish industry and boost Spanish exports.

As well as carrying out a diagnosis of the current situation and the transformation plan for each company, we have held different workshops with the companies where technologies and their applications were presented in a practical way.

The main opportunities prioritised by the companies which participate in the work plan were as follows:

  • transforming their product into a Smart product;
  • developing a portfolio or digital services on a connected product;
  • launching a cyber-security plan;
  • implementing an integrated production planning tool;
  • the digitalisation of processes which are still conducted in paper, for further interconnection with the other systems; and
  • implementation of sensor systems in machines to collect process data which may be used to improve them and control production in real time.

Key Technologies: Digitalisation, Industry 4.0


Semantic interoperability of smart city platforms

The proliferation of solutions in the realm of Smart Cities has generated the need to standardise the requirements, functionalities and services which should be offered by an integral city management platform, as well as to define the requirements to guarantee interoperability between existing systems and solutions.

The UNE 178104:2017 standard “Comprehensive systems for a smart city management. Requirements of interoperability for a Smart City Platform” drafted by the Technical Standard Committee AEN/CTN 178 “Smart Cities” intends to identify the capabilities required by a city platform; structure those capabilities around a consistent layer model; identify the components and modules required for each layer; and define the requirements to be met by those components at interoperability, safety, performance, availability levels, amongst others.

At TECNALIA, we participate in the definition of a methodology based on questionnaires to assess the semantic interoperability of Smart City Platforms. While syntactic interoperability refers to the ability of two systems to communicate or exchange data using specified data formats and communication protocols; semantic interoperability is the ability to automatically interpret the information exchanged meaningfully and accurately.

Key Technologies: Semantic technologies, HW/SW Assurance and Cybersecurity


Improving the competitiveness of SMEs in the Basque tourist sector through technological innovation

The arrival of ICTs to the Tourism Sector and further digitalisation of most of its processes has entailed significant breakthroughs, but has also introduced major challenges to the sector. One of the most important challenges requires professionals to update their digital processes and competences in a recurring way. In particular, those performing an activity in small and medium enterprises of the tourist sector, which lack the resources available in large enterprises.

A long history of collaboration between the Basque Tourism Agency BASQUETOUR and TECNALIA has enabled the design and implementation of the Good Practices Programme in the use of ICTs, a digital transformation programme adapted to the needs of Basque tourism SMEs with the aims of:

  • improving the competitiveness of tourism companies in the Basque Country through the use of ICTs;
  • removing barriers for technology incorporation;
  • promoting good technology practices in tourism sector companies;
  • mentoring companies in their improvement processes; and
  • raising tourist destination awareness for global improvement.

The planning and implementation of a digitalisation plan may cover the lack of resources encountered by this type of businesses and significantly improve their competitiveness.

Key Technologies: Management and processing of digital contents


Smart optimisation system of the productive process

The multiplicity of Big Data architectures, distributions and solutions which are available nowadays for an application, along with the relative irreversibility of the decision made - due to the cost associated with reverting the solution selected - have sometimes generated the need to carry out a detailed study of the performances, advantages and disadvantages offered by the different theoretically possible configurations on datasets as realistic as possible - in volume, speed and variety- for the use cases desired to be covered in the application.

Under those circumstances of greater complexity which for example may be due to an implementation to be carried out considering several use cases, the use of a different infrastructure and approach to those usually applied is required.

TECNALIA has a wealth of experience in providing companies with the richest knowledge and experiences on two basic concepts related to Big Data implementations, existing Big Data distributions and cloud service suppliers, to ensure that the company has significant autonomy in these two environments so that, among other things, it is able to identify and select the best solutions available on the market not only for its possible needs but also for its clients' needs.

Key Technologies: Analytics and Artificial Intelligence


Smart optimisation system of the productive process

One of the main production process issues is the lack of time to optimise production plans if they are to be implemented manually, as changes are continuously occurring. The only way to solve this issue is to use automatic and automated algorithms carrying out the optimisation in a matter of seconds. In this way, solutions boosting the performance of production structures may be implemented.

TECNALIA is collaborating to define a set of algorithms which enable finding an optimal solution within an acceptable time in the development of a smart planning system of the production process, which includes advanced optimisation technologies enabling companies to improve their production plans, increase their productivity and make their response to unforeseen situations or new market needs arising daily more flexible, and all with the minimum energy consumption.

The production planner is able to control:

  • the availability of machines and people;
  • delivery deadlines of production orders; and
  • the stock available.

Key Technologies: Analytics and Artificial Intelligence


Immersive 3D Virtual Environments: Innovative technology to improve learning

The simulation of new 3D virtual environments generates a new visual and interaction experience with huge possibilities for the educational world.

This change in learning environments has encouraged students to be more receptive about the concepts analysed in the classroom, as the roles of teacher and student are transformed. Participation significantly grows in an environment enabling the transfer and use of interactive resources, where age or physical mobility restrictions are not barriers in virtual 3D environments.

At TECNALIA, we are working to design tools and developments to enable immersive learning, with enriched and interactive audiovisual contents which may be attractive to the students.

Integrating virtual reality experiences in academic programmes may help children with learning difficulties retaining information from textbooks, to process content. In addition, it may favour the relationship between students, teachers and the education community with new technologies developed in the field of augmented, virtual and immersive reality.

Key Technologies: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality



Data analysis as a valuable internationalisation tool

The road to internationalisation is full of risks and major changes in the structure of companies. As a result, the decision should be based on a good initial analysis identifying the reasons for crossing borders and preparing a successful internationalisation strategy. Moreover, control measures needed to correct in time actions leading to success must be implemented.

At present, SMEs lack the data analysis tools to assess the possibilities for opening to new international markets. The theoretical studies available are limited to studying interrelationships between a very restricted set of variables to be taken into account.  

TECNALIA's experience in data analysis and predictive models has enabled the implementation of a methodology and scheme which supports decision-making processes capable of predicting the success likelihood for the internationalisation effort made by the company, on the basis of heuristic optimisation algorithms and the generation of artificial neural networks. These systems combine a method of relevant characteristics selection and a training schedule supervised with historic data.

Key Technologies: Analytics and Artificial Intelligence



Applications to improve loss notification and processing

The current notification and processing model for loss reports between insured parties and repair agents, and insurance companies, demands in most cases visits by the experts to the areas and/or sites where losses take place. This entails an increased response time in the assessment of losses, as well as costs associated with those visits.

The possibilities currently offered by IT and new mobility solutions have enabled TECNALIA to implement solutions oriented to improve loss notification and processing processes, facilitating remote reporting of specific loss details by insured parties and workshop personnel via mobile devices, preventing in many cases and in others reducing visits from loss adjusters to the places where damaged assets to be appraised are located.

Using a telepresence loss adjusting system, along with a content management facilitating video recordings and photographs of losses, insurance companies may benefit from major cost savings derived from reduced times and visits, as well as a more advanced management of losses.

Key Technologies: Analytics and Artificial Intelligence



EXPERIMEDIA: Experiments in live social and networked media experiences

The objective of PLAYHIST experiment is to demonstrate that the learning and engagement of visitors on museums and cultural centers can be increased through the inclusion gamification techniques of the historical contents. To achieve this goal, Tecnalia has transformed an Ancient Greek interactive film (actually played in the Tholos of the Hellenic Cosmos), in a multiplayer serious game in which visitors can choose their own 3D avatar for playing.

The new serious games will transform lots of exhibitions multimedia material in dynamic places in a permanent dialogue and interaction with their visitors.

Key Technologies: gamification, serious games, augmented reality



ARTIST - Advanced software-based seRvice provisioning and migraTIon of legacy SofTware

The service model that cloud computing offers, has great the potential of creating new business opportunities in companies that develop software. However, the transition to this new business model and technological paradigm is not easy. ARTIST is born with the purpose of helping software development companies in the transformation of selling software as a product, with a license-based model, towards software as a service (SaaS) following a pay per use business model. Bearing this goal in mind, ARTIST is developing a tool – supported methodology that facilitates the evolution, modernization and adaptation of non-cloud software towards a service – based one, ready to be deployed on the cloud.

Key Technologies: Model Driven Engineering (MDE), UML, cloudification patterns (e.g. multitenancy, persistence, security), optimization patterns (e.g. auto – scaling, horizontal and vertical scaling, cache, etc.), MoDisco, Acceleo, EMF, ATL.

Supported languages: Java and .NET (C# and Sharepoint)

Supported standards: UML, fUML, OASIS TOSCA, ISO Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, SPEM2.0.





When it comes to rate the quality of a web application, one of the most important factors is the usability. It is the most visible attribute since it determines the degree of satisfaction of the user with respect to the web application; It depends on which it is used or not. Happens that software engineering is concerned with those attributes of software related features internal system [reliability, safety, productivity] aside from the user's perspective. But in the case of web applications, they are designed to be used by users; there is an interaction between users and the web system.

Since 2013 we participated in the definition of Information Architecture and User Experience of the new work desk of the officers of the Department of Taxation and Finance, as well as applications and websites in the “ Diputación Foral de Bizkaia”

It may be noted as differential aspects of the project:

  • Methodology of agile development (SCRUMM).
  • Requirements and analysis of usability from a systemic point of view. Being the main objective the guarantee the consistency and efficiency of the designs defined by multiple agents participating in the development of applications.
  • Responsive Web Design optimized to secure the performance of massive data queries and execution of tasks.
  • Design multi-language: Basque and Spanish

Key Technologies: Scrumm



PROCEI - Improving the Productivity and Competitiveness of  Mexican SMES of the ICT sector  through the adoption of CMMI

PROCEI is a program of support to Mexican SMES that seeks to improve its competitiveness, through counseling and European technical assistance specialist, oriented toward new technologies and innovation of its production processes, allowing them to access European markets.

In this project TECNALIA works in accordance with the standards of international recognition in the field of software engineering (CMMI), endowing of solid quality management systems and processes of developing highly efficient.

Some of the advantages for the PYMES in which these management systems are implanted are:

  • Reduction between 10-15 % of the costs of production
  • Improving the methods of estimation and project control
  • Reduction of the times of delivery
  • Increase of customer satisfaction
  • Improvement of the quality of the product key technologies
  • Key Techonologies: Process Improvement, Quality Model,Quantitative Management and Best Practices





TECNALIA and EsiCenter promote the model and CMMI certification CMMI for MSMEs - Micro -Small and Medium-sized entrerprises in the IT industry of Colombia.

CMMI (Capability Maturity Model or Integration) is a model of evaluation of the processes of an organization that promotes the ability to develop highly efficient software.

 In accordance with the Policy Direction and IT Development of the ICT Ministry, the organizations that implement the CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) have predictable costs and meet their activities within the timeframes indicated, that without doubt leads to quality results in their business, contributing to the improvement of the competitiveness of the company, a factor that makes it distinctive among its competitors.

TECNALIA along with EsiCenter offer consultancy services for the diagnosis, planning, and support in the definition and implementation of improvements to the organizational processes of companies in the ICT sector Colombian, according to the CMMI model DEV Level 3.

Key Technologies: Process Improvement, Quality Model, Quantitative Management and Best Practices.




MOVEUS aims at changing the European users’ mobility habits by offering useful and personalized travel information services and providing meaningful feedback on the energy efficiency savings obtained as a result, i. e. on the real cost of mobility. 

A set of user-centric mobility services will be deployed through smartphone-based apps: travel recommendations, in-advance traffic information, incident warning, eco-routing and carbon footprint metering, among others, offered. An effective incentive-based model will be deployed targeted to foster the use of shared and public transport.
TECNALIA works in the design, implementation and operation of a cloud-based mobility management platform with high-performance data analytics capabilities.

The platform will address the need to integrate the growing number of heterogeneous mobility data sources coexisting in a smart city by using semantic technologies. Inputs from Intelligent Transport Systems, in-vehicle devices in public transport fleets, open data, floating cars, crowd-sourcing (smartphones) and social media will be considered for the purpose. By the application of data mining techniques and algorithms, richer and valuable mobility information on the traffic status and the users’ habits will be inferred, stored and securely offered to service developers or third parties.
In addition, it will support travellers using their mobile devices with personalised real-time solutions to reach their destination according to their preferences, the traffic status and the public transport availability, by applying energy efficiency criteria and triggering habit changes towards sustainable transport modes.

Key Technologies: Semantics, Open Data




SWEPT – Securing Websites through malware dEtection and attack Prevention Technologies

Currently, website security is one of the main concerns in the cyber security field. It is difficult to fight against this threat because the foundational software currently used to develop or create web applications (such as web frameworks and content management systems - CMSs) do not provide adequate and easy-toimplement security mechanisms, and therefore the development of a secure web application depends, to a great extent, on the developer.

For this reason, the majority of developed applications are not secure by design and have to be secured afterwards via custom, complex and error-prone security measures. Besides, the web security solutions offered by traditional cyber security providers (e.g. application firewalls or other means) usually are not completely effective due to the complex solution implantation issues and due to the hardware resources consumption overheads and delayed response
times. In all the cases, a great deal of effort and investment from web site owners and administrators is required. This is feasible for organizations with the necessary resources, but is a problem for individual website owners and administrators, or small organizations with limited resources.

In order to overcome the current situation, SWEPT proposes a security solution that incorporates different cost effective security mechanisms and tools for automatically mitigating web site attacks, maximizing the security posture of websites with a minimum intervention from web site owners and administrators. SWEPT security solution will incorporate preventive and detecting security mechanisms and tools for automatically preventing and mitigating web site attacks, maximizing the security posture of websites with a minimum intervention of web site owners and administrators The project also proposes a certification model that will certificate the security level of a web application based on SWEPT security mechanisms.

Key Technologies : HDIV, Java, PHP



BETaaS - Building the Environment for the Things as a Service

The wide range of applications of sensor networks makes it possible that along with its increasingly reduced cost technology is more present in our lives. And that is why there are many and very diverse manufacturers of these sensors, which makes it difficult to offer a service to the consumer from the same platform.

For this reason, was born the BETaaS project, which aims to allow to develop simple applications on networks of sensors from different manufacturers, avowing knowing the specific Protocol of each sensor and provided support for security, trust, reliability and quality of service –level platform.

TECNALIA's role is to design and develop the context manager, based on semantics and PLN, which unifies information that comes from the various sensors, it infers new knowledge based on the context surrounding the sensors and generates unique names for each web service associated to each sensor or actuator.

Key Technologies: Semantic Technologies, Natural Language Processing (NLP), management of the context and sensor networks.



SAFEADAP - Safe Adaptative Software for Fully Electric Vehicle

SafeAdapt aims to cope with the challenges that arise from the increasingly complex solutions necessary to securely hold and efficient electrical functions and electronic (functions X-by-wire) in fully electric vehicles (FEVs). SafeAdapt will provide new concepts of architecture E/E (Electrical/Electronic) based on adaptation, compared to the concept of redundancy to meet the requirements of safety, reliability and cost efficiency, increasing the capacity to cope with faults that may appear on the system.

SafeAdapt follows a holistic approach for building adaptable systems in safety-critical environments that comprises methods, tools, and building blocks for safe adaptation. This also includes certification support of safety-critical systems in the e-vehicle domain. The technical approach builds on a SafeAdapt Platform Core, encapsulating the basic adaptation mechanisms for re-allocating and updating functionalities in the networked, automotive control systems. The SafeAdapt approach also considers functional safety with respect to the ISO 26262 standard.

Key Technologies: Systems E / E in automotive, FEV (Fully Electric Vehicles), Functional Safety (ISO 26262); Testing (SiL Software in the Loop, HiL Hardware in the Loop); Design based on models.



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