Humly

Humly Room Display, the perfect interactive display for your collaboration space

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Humly Room Display, the perfect interactive display for your collaboration space

The efficient usage of shared office resources such as meeting rooms can save a lot of money for a company. With the Humly Room display, you no longer need to disturb an ongoing meeting and you will instantly remove much of the friction related to meeting room reservations. It will help you to find the space you already booked or guide you to one that is available right now. On the display, it is clear who has booked the room and for how long.

Its iconic timeless design will fit well into any modern office as its aesthetic has been developed to become part of the interior.

Pioneers of the smart workplace industry

“About one and a half-decade ago the team behind Humly was pioneering a new segment within the smart workplace industry. Now we enter into a new decade and one of the main reasons for creating the Humly brand was to make sure we can maintain our role as pioneers as we see the workplace is set to go through a paradigm shift in the near future. .” – Humly

The Humly Room Display is the fourth generation of meeting booking systems from Certus and the first one under their own brand Humly. The predecessors have all been very well received by the market. It was, therefore, important to keep the previous strengths and at the same time evolve both design and functionality for the future and for the new brand identity.

Creating a beautiful product with human focus

This was a collaboration between Humly, Certus, WSI and a Swedish Industrial Design company . This is the same team that has been behind all generations of the meeting booking system, hence the project was very smooth and efficient. Different ID concepts were evaluated early in the project. After that work was spent on finding suitable suppliers for key components such as display and touch panel.

Many iterations were made concerning the material and color of the customized touch panel. A lot of effort was also spent on finding a suitable production method of the plastic rear case considering that one part needed to be transparent and one part needed to be non-transparent. In the end, a double injection method was selected and in order to do that in a successful way, one of the very top toolmakers and injection mold companies in Taiwan (Taida) was selected. A lot of effort was also spent on the regulatory side in order to get the device Bluetooth SIG Approved considering that the Certus Humly is a Linux based system.

“WSI has had a fantastic collaboration with both the customer Humly and the involved suppliers. Very hard and efficient work and in the end, we were all rewarded with a very stylish and useful product!” – Jonas Strandell – WSI

NorthStar

NorthStar’s award-winning solution for wirelessly monitoring batteries

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NorthStar’s award-winning solution for wirelessly monitoring batteries

NorthStar Battery needed a solution that would make their batteries smarter and more interactive. WSI and a team of partners developed a wireless battery-monitoring solution in just nine months. The solution can increase battery lifetime by up to 30 percent, and has enabled NorthStar to create a new business model for product and services.

NorthStar is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and deploying an innovative range of batteries and power solutions. The company provides reliable backup power solutions, such as for the telecommunications industry, and provides power solutions for demanding vehicles, like heavy-duty trucks.

Insufficient lifecycle management

More than half of the batteries used by companies are replaced prematurely, due to insufficient lifecycle management. When field installers are sent out to check on batteries, they sometimes replace batteries before it is necessary, and in other cases, batteries can die before being replaced, leading to downtime.

“We needed to take our next step into the future and add value to our batteries,” says Per Werin, CMO at NorthStar. “There are many companies out there selling batteries, but few know how long they last and what performance they have during their entire lifecycle.”

WSI brings together cross-functional team

NorthStar contacted WSI to solve the problem. WSI managed this complex project from design all the way through to regulatory compliance, certifications and production set up. As the main project leader, WSI brought together a team of companies who closely collaborated to launch a fully functioning, industrialized solution in just nine months: the NorthStar Advanced Connected Energy system.

With NorthStar ACE®, batteries are smart as soon as they are manufactured. WSI developed both the hardware and the firmware for the system. This includes an embedded battery measurement unit with Bluetooth connectivity in every battery and an industrial gateway.

The system also includes an IoT cloud with a portal, and a mobile app for installers and field support. Realtime Embedded developed all software to the system’s gateway, Kombridge built the portal where all battery information is collected, and byBrick built the app that sends status updates in real time.

Less downtime and extended battery life
NorthStar Battery needed a solution that would make their batteries smarter and more interactive. WSI and a team of partners developed a wireless battery-monitoring solution in just nine months. The solution can increase battery lifetime by up to 30 percent, and has enabled NorthStar to create a new business model for product and services.

NorthStar is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and deploying an innovative range of batteries and power solutions. The company provides reliable backup power solutions, such as for the telecommunications industry, and provides power solutions for demanding vehicles, like heavy-duty trucks.

Insufficient lifecycle management

More than half of the batteries used by companies are replaced prematurely, due to insufficient lifecycle management. When field installers are sent out to check on batteries, they sometimes replace batteries before it is necessary, and in other cases, batteries can die before being replaced, leading to downtime.

“We needed to take our next step into the future and add value to our batteries,” says Per Werin, CMO at NorthStar. “There are many companies out there selling batteries, but few know how long they last and what performance they have during their entire lifecycle.”

WSI brings together cross-functional team

NorthStar contacted WSI to solve the problem. WSI managed this complex project from design all the way through to regulatory compliance, certifications and production set up. As the main project leader, WSI brought together a team of companies who closely collaborated to launch a fully functioning, industrialized solution in just nine months: the NorthStar Advanced Connected Energy system.

With NorthStar ACE®, batteries are smart as soon as they are manufactured. WSI developed both the hardware and the firmware for the system. This includes an embedded battery measurement unit with Bluetooth connectivity in every battery and an industrial gateway.

The system also includes an IoT cloud with a portal, and a mobile app for installers and field support. Realtime Embedded developed all software to the system’s gateway, Kombridge built the portal where all battery information is collected, and byBrick built the app that sends status updates in real time.

Less downtime and extended battery life

NorthStar ACE® enables companies to monitor individual batteries at every stage of their lifecycle: from warehouse, to installation, operation and replacement. This has resulted in less downtime, fewer planned onsite visits, and an increase in battery lifetime of up to 30 percent.

“The cooperation with WSI on our new battery concept has paved the way for new business models,” says Per. “We were previously just a product company, now we are a product and services company.”

In 2017, the Battery Council International trade association awarded NorthStar the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award for NorthStar ACE®.

GameFace Labs

GameFace Labs creates the world’s first fully untethered VR system

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GameFace Labs creates the world’s first fully untethered VR system

When most virtual reality headsets had to be plugged into a power outlet and a computer, GameFace Labs decided to do something different. In 2017, the company released the first-ever wireless VR gaming headset with a built-in computer from NVIDIA®. WSI and design agency Veryday helped create the headset, which is a lot more powerful than smartphone-based alternatives.

GameFace Labs, founded in 2013 by Edward Mason, is a technology company that develops hardware and software solutions for the consumer virtual reality market. The company’s experience building high-quality standalone headsets has enabled it to partner with leading component providers.

Virtual reality PC gaming limited by cables

“In my opinion, virtual reality got its break in 2012, but the technology used in headsets at the time was focused on tethered PC gaming,” says Ed Mason, CEO of GameFace Labs. “We created our HMC prototype to reflect what we believe to be the future of all VR headsets – a locally powered, untethered virtual reality experience that is comfortable and completely mobile.”

GameFace Labs had been working closely with NVIDIA, which designs graphics processing units, on stereoscopic 3D PC gaming. WSI was then contacted to develop the complete headset.

“WSI’s engineering and design talent made them an obvious choice as design partners, and their global network of manufacturers ensures expertise from conception to mass production,” Mason says. “They have the capacity to think and work fast and the ability to solve new engineering problems.”

Creating a new headset with superior performance

“Our assignment was to create a complete headset incorporating electronics, software and mechanics,” says Håkan Ohlgren, CTO at WSI. “GameFace Labs created their proprietary home screen and some very specific software, while WSI implemented an Android port for the NVIDIA platform. We based the design on NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, which is a very capable application processor with superior graphics performance.”

The higher performance of the graphics, however, also led to higher power consumption and more heat. To solve this, WSI created an active cooling system in the headset, using a silent fan with a heat pipe that transports the heat out of the headset.

An innovative headset and a successful partnership

“WSI has amazing developers who keep their promises and support us in everything we do,” Mason says. “They can take an idea from the drawing board and put it into production faster than any other company that I’ve worked with, and their track record in wireless consumer products is truly astonishing. That they were able to incorporate NVIDIA®’s Tegra K1 into our headset as well as they did is one of the main reasons why WSI is now our number one partner in the north.”

Interspiro

Interspiro’s groundbreaking communication system for firefighters

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Interspiro’s groundbreaking communication system for firefighters

When firefighters are working in dangerous environments, their ability to communicate is critical. Interspiro needed to create a new kind of communication system built into their respiratory equipment. Collaborating with WSI, Interspiro launched a groundbreaking voice-activated system for rescue workers.

Interspiro has worked for almost 100 years to keep professionals breathing in hazardous environments. Today the company’s premium respiratory equipment is used for diving, firefighting, emergency escape and rescue operations all over the world. They work in close partnership with government agencies and industries to create reliable products for extreme situations.

Versatile, team talk communication for firefighters

The project began when rescue services in Los Angeles wanted a voice-activated radio system with full duplex, meaning firefighters could speak to each other at the same time. They also wanted to keep their existing long-distance radio system for communication to the firefighter commander. Finally, they wanted an external loudspeaker so they could clearly speak to people in possible danger.

“Rescue services around the world wanted a smarter radio system with full duplex,” says Ali Rais, Product Manager of Radio Communication at Interspiro. “We gave them Spirocom.”

Developing the Spirocom wireless communication system

WSI needed to design a robust yet cost-effective system that provided sufficient range within the toughest possible building structures with a lot of metal and concrete. WSI developed the radio and antenna parts of the solution, while their partner Prevas handled the software design and the non-radio related hardware.

“We had a great collaboration with Interspiro and Prevas, where we all worked together as team,” says Jonas Strandell, WSI’s COO and R&D Manager. “It was rewarding to work with a system that will ease the work of firefighters and in the end save lives.”

Built for the toughest conditions with perfect sound

The Spirocom system was a great success, ready for all Interspiro masks. The system includes voice-activated radio for team talk, a loudspeaker for voice amplification, push-to-talk long range radio activation, and an adjustable ear speaker. It is also certified for use in explosive environments.

WSI also ensured that the overall design met all regulatory requirements for both Europe and North America, including CE and FCC approvals.

E.ON

E.ON helped customers lower energy use with smart-home solution

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  • IoT Operations

E.ON helped customers lower energy use with smart-home solution

E.ON wanted to find a smarter way for customers to monitor and control their energy consumption at home. In 2010, they partnered with IIOX, a WSI sister company, to develop a smart-home solution using sensors, an IoT platform and an app. By feeding energy use data into the app in real time, E.ON customers were able to lower their energy use by 15 percent.

E.ON Sverige is a Swedish electric utility focused on helping customers lower energy use and costs, while protecting the environment. Its vision is to offer energy to customers from 100 percent renewable sources by 2025. The company is part of the German electric utility E.ON SE, one of the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service providers.

Adding value in a competitive utility market

After the Swedish electricity market was deregulated in 1996, it has been easy for consumers to switch energy providers. Utilities in Sweden have therefore competed to show that their energy provides the most value or is from the most sustainable sources.

In 2010, E.ON wanted to differentiate themselves by helping their customers work towards smarter energy use and lower energy consumption. Instead of monthly energy use reports, E.ON wanted to give customers the ability to monitor and control their own energy consumption in real-time. They began working with IIOX, a WSI sister company, to find a solution.

Measuring energy use with sensors and smart meters

The service they developed was called 100koll, or “full control” in English. Participating customers had sensors installed on smart meters in their homes to accurately measure energy consumption. Smart plugs enabled the collection of consumption data from appliances. This data was then sent to the IIOX data management platform via a communications gateway.

The IoT platform was able to collate and aggregate energy consumption data for each household in real-time. This data was visualized for customers in an app. The information was also made available to E.ON as an aggregated real-time feed along with summary reports and charts.

Lowered energy use and satisfied customers

The 100koll service was very appreciated by E.ON’s customers. On average, customers lowered their energy costs by 12 percent and reduced their energy use by 15 percent. After a pilot test, the service was launched to 120, 000 households in Sweden.

VNL

VNL launched world’s first mobile infrastructure running on solar power

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VNL launched world’s first mobile infrastructure running on solar power

Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL), a telecommunications company in India, wanted to find an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way to connect rural communities to mobile networks. After a close cooperation with WSI, in 2009 the company launched the world’s first mobile infrastructure running only on solar power.

VNL develops end-to-end telecom infrastructure products and solutions. In 2004, Rajiv Mehrotra founded VNL to take telecom to the next frontier – connecting the billions of unconnected people across the world. He sees VNL as a catalyst in the transformation of rural communities through telecom.

Standard mobile infrastructure too expensive

At the time, connecting rural communities to mobile networks involved high infrastructure costs and low returns. In addition, the cost of servicing and powering the infrastructure made rural areas unattractive for mobile operators using standard equipment.

VNL wanted to develop a low-cost communication system that did not need to be connected to the grid and required no diesel fuel. The system should also be so simple so it could be assembled by non-professionals.

Developing a solar-powered radio transmission system

VNL commissioned WSI to solve this challenge, which meant designing, developing and testing the necessary hardware and software for the entire rural radio transmission system. WSI created a point-to-point and point-to-multipoint system, based on a proprietary radio protocol, that could cover a large area at a low cost. The point-to-point links have a range of up to 20 kilometers and the point-to-multipoint links have a range of up to five kilometers.

“This was an enormous project, including systemization, hardware and software development, system testing and large-scale field trials,” says David Arnell, Deputy COO and Project Manager. “We were able to successfully meet all of the project’s requirements as a result of excellent engineering skills and good teamwork.”

Challenges for the project included: designing the radio transmission nodes for low power and passive cooling in an extreme environment, optimizing Linux OS for low latency, and designing a proprietary radio protocol to keep system latency to a minimum and keep radio base stations synchronized. All of this required massive system testing. The end result of this work enabled the launch of VNL’s solar-powered WorldGSM™ network.

Rural communities get network coverage for first time

Thanks to the WorldGSM network, rural areas got mobile and internet access for the first time, helping them improve the quality of their lives. The VNL base stations could be built in just days with untrained labor, and mobile operators could still earn a profit.

“A VNL base station consumes less than 50W, less than a normal lightbulb, and it can operate on two small solar panels,” Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman and CEO of VNL. “The panels are connected to a backup battery, so if there is one day of sunshine, then three days of no sunshine, the system works perfectly all right.”

Prisma

Swedish Space Corporation relies on WSI’s radio expertise

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Swedish Space Corporation relies on WSI’s radio expertise

On June 15, 2010, the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) launched the Prisma satellite system, Europe’s first mission with formation flying as the principal objective. SSC contracted WSI to manage the development of all radio systems for the satellites, including the extremely important radio link between the satellite system and the ground station, as well as the radio link between the two satellites and the GPS system.

The Swedish Space Corporation is a leading global provider of advanced space services with more than 50 years of experience. Since its pioneering scientific rocket launches in northern Sweden, the organization has grown into a full-service supplier of state-of-the-art space engineering, satellite and launch services to commercial and institutional customers.

Testing rendezvous and formation flying in space

The Prisma mission aimed to demonstrate different sensor technologies and guidance navigation strategies for rendezvous and formation flying in space. The project consisted of two spacecraft, one highly maneuverable called Mango, and one called Tango.

Mango was equipped with several sensor systems, including GPS, a vision-based camera and a radio frequency-based navigation instrument, along with advanced guidance, navigation and control algorithms.

“Our biggest challenge with this project was to meet the full specifications for the radio link from the satellite system to the ground station,” says Jonas Strandell, COO at WSI. “If this radio link stopped working, millions of euros spent on the project would be wasted.”

Developing a very robust, high-performing solution

The WSI team had to make sure that the system design could withstand the very tough conditions put on devices sent into space. In addition to the radio systems, WSI was also responsible for ensuring that the satellite system fulfilled all electromagnet compatibly requirements.

“We were extremely careful and thorough with the hardware verification,” says Strandell. “We needed to ensure that performance could be met in extreme environmental conditions and over time. Our skills in project management, our great understanding of radio design, and our experience in regulatory compliance helped make this project a success.”

On-time launch with superior radio performance

As a result of the collaboration and expertise of all partners, the satellite system was launched on time and could be used as intended. The Mango and Tango satellites were able to maintain formation flying with high precision. In October 2010, the satellites succeeded in flying at a range of about seven meters apart.

“It was exciting to work with the extreme technical requirements for these devices,” says Strandell. “It was very rewarding when the satellite system was launched, and even more rewarding when the radio link was established.”

Solu

WSI helps develop cloud-based, pocket-sized Solu computer

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WSI helps develop cloud-based, pocket-sized Solu computer

In 2015, the Finnish company Solu Machines asked WSI to help develop an advanced, handheld computer with a cloud-linked operating system. Although the revolutionary product was not launched to the public, the prototypes worked as expected and looked beautiful. WSI did the system design, electronics development and heat management. The prototypes were built in close collaboration with Solu Machines, who did the mechanical design and software. Close collaboration between different disciplines was essential.

Solu Machines was founded in 2014 to develop the Solu computer. Solu, the Finnish word for a cell, is an advanced cloud-linked computer that eliminates the need for a large hard drive, file backups or complex software installations. The palm-sized computer is covered by a square, 4.5” touch display, and has an exterior made of wood. When connected to an external display over the display port, Solu’s touch display is used as a touchpad.

A portable computer with a unique OS

“The idea is that you can take this computer with you wherever you go,” says Håkan Ohlgren, CTO and Chief Architect at WSI. “The battery lasts approximately five hours when used and is charged when you plug in the USB cable at home or at the office.”

Solu Machines created the computer’s industrial and mechanical designs, as well as the Solu operating system based on Linux. Solu was designed to be a collaborative tool, with document sharing and discussions at the core of its OS. The device, which connects to networks using WiFi, is based on the high-performance NVIDIA® Tegra K1 application processor.

Maintaining performance while reducing heat

WSI was responsible for Solu’s system design and electronics, including wireless connectivity and a USB 3.0 port for interface flexibility. Careful heat management design was critical to the success of the project.

“The computer’s application processor offers very high graphical and computational performance, which results in high heat dissipation,” says Ohlgren. “Since wood is a very good thermal insulator, we needed to implement a very efficient and compact active heat management system. This involved custom heat pipes, heat sinks and a low-noise fan.”

Successful prototype and collaboration

Solu’s wooden mechanics were tested over and over to find the most suitable material. Thin wood can deform and break in varying humidity and temperature. Finally, the right wood material was found and selected.

“Using wood and glass resulted in a beautiful product but presented big challenges,” says Ohlgren. “At WSI we believe nothing is impossible, it’s part of our DNA. It was very rewarding when we succeeded with the task, and the result was stunning.”

Libero

Libero helps parents share their baby’s kicks with BabyBuzz

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Libero helps parents share their baby’s kicks with BabyBuzz

Diaper brand Libero wanted to bring parents even closer together during pregnancies. Their ad agency, Volontaire, came up with the idea of BabyBuzz. The smart bracelet enables mothers to send signals when the baby kicks, causing the other parent’s bracelet to buzz. WSI developed BabyBuzz from drawing to finished product in less than a year.

Libero has been selling diapers for over 50 years. Even though the diapers have changed over time, the company’s goal has always been the same: to give children a diaper that is as comfortable and functional as possible.

Increasing involvement between parents

On the Libero Club forum, one mother raised the subject that many parents felt they were missing: the sense of involvement between the parents during pregnancy. To learn more, Libero conducted a survey among 4,000 parents in the Nordic countries.

“When we got the results of our survey, we contacted our ad agency, Volontaire,” says Camilla Svensson, Marketing Manager at Libero Region North. “They hatched the idea of the BabyBuzz bracelet to help bring parents even closer together during pregnancy. We had never done anything like this before, but we believed in the idea.”

Developing portable technology for parents

In the beginning of 2015, Volontaire turned to WSI and the industrial design company No Picnic for help to further develop the idea. Roman Fedirko of WSI and No Picnic employees developed a prototype of the first BabyBuzz, which was tested by Libero Club members in a pilot project.

“We got a great response from our members in the first test,” says Svensson. “Way beyond expectations. Parents experienced greater closeness, and one couple even described it as ‘a text message from your baby straight to your heart.’”

Following the pilot project with the Libero Club members, WSI developed the finished BabyBuzz bracelet.

“There were several challenges to solve when developing BabyBuzz,” says Roman Fedirko, WSI Project Manager. “The bracelet needed a small, long-life battery since BabyBuzz shouldn’t have to be charged. The mother’s BabyBuzz is connected using Bluetooth to her phone. The signals are then sent to the other parent’s BabyBuzz bracelet, wherever they are.”

From idea to mass production

“BabyBuzz is a brilliant example of how WSI has managed to take an idea to mass production in the shortest possible time,” says Fedirko. During the product development, Fedirko travelled twice to the bracelet’s manufacturer in Malaysia to monitor the production live.

“We never compromise on the quality of the products that we develop,” he says “BabyBuzz also stayed within budget, which is always a challenge when developing smart, portable technology products under time pressure.”

Globis

Universal Creation’s incredibly safe Globis charging station

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Universal Creation’s incredibly safe Globis charging station

Chargers for phones and tablets are a necessity today, but they often get hidden away due to their unattractive design. Universal Creation wanted to solve this with their Globis charging station, which has a timeless spherical design that can hide cables inside it. WSI not only developed electronics and software for Globis, they also made it super safe.

Universal Creation is a leading Nordic manufacturer of power supplies, wireless charging solutions, USB-C hubs, headphones and car phone holders. The Swedish company was founded in 2012 by Gabriel Olsson and Johan Thelander. Selling products under the Unisynk brand, the company always strives to improve performance, safety, sustainability and design.

A safe charging station with a timeless design

“When the Norwegian consumer electronic chain Elkjøp contacted us and asked if we could develop a safe charging station with a timeless design, I said yes immediately,” says Johan Thelander, Cofounder of Universal Creation.

Universal Creation and industrial design company Carl&Carl began working on the design for Globis, which was ready in early 2016.

“Now we were in a rush,” says Thelander. “Globis was supposed to hit the shelves of Elkjøp the same year. I knew Tomas Lannér and his team at WSI would be the very best at building the safe electronics and software that would work for Globis.”

Intelligent charging with no overheating

WSI began working on the electronics for Globis in late 2015. The challenge was to design a charger that can charge six devices simultaneously without any heat or safety issues, while still keeping the product price low enough to make it attractive on the consumer market.

“Globis is built with a small microprocessor that monitors heat and power,” says Tomas Lannér, WSI Hardware Architect. “This means that if the charger overheats, Globis is temporarily turned off. As soon as the danger is over, the intelligent Globis is started automatically. It has extremely good overcurrent protection and is short-circuit safe.”

A successful product and a great partnership

The Globis charger also has an energy-efficient mode, so little energy is used when phones or other devices are not connected. The charger’s very stable voltage also means that connected devices charge faster than normal.

“WSI’s professionalism and flexibility are unbeatable when you have an idea of a product that you want to create,” says Thelander. “Our ambition was to produce a charging station that is extremely stylish and safe at the same time. Without WSI’s commitment and expertise, we would never have managed to produce one of the safest charging stations on the market.”