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Atos Spain SA, Spain, http://atos.net

Atos is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa € 12 billion and circa 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. With the adquisition of BULL, Atos becomes the European leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) and becomes the largest Western European Cloud provider after Amazon. Its cybersecurity and big data portfolio was also significantly enhanced.

 

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Atos Integration SAS, France, http://atos.net

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.
Atos operates in two IT domains:

  • Business Enabling: to address our customer’s business objectives and stakes and support their Top Line growth: competitive positioning, innovation, time-to-market. Atos strengths rely on our strong industry expertise, allowing us to be an industrial partner and on our key offerings, verticalised by industry.
  • Foundation IT: to address our customers general IT objectives enabling them to achieve TCO reduction through levers such as standardization, agility, XaaS solutions, while providing transparency and predictability. Atos strengths rely on our Global factories and tooling, our Global delivery model and best shoring approach, our Cloud service investment, and our high end-to-end ‘build – design – operate’ delivery ability

 

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University of Stuttgart, Germany, http://www.hlrs.de

The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is a research and service institution affiliated to the University of Stuttgart (USTUTT). Founded in 1829, the foremost aim of the University of Stuttgart in research and teaching lies in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences. The university with its 140 institutes distributed over 10 faculties, 5,000 employees, and about 16,000 students has a strong impact in Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s traditional high-tech region. HLRS is a research and service institution affiliated to the Information Centre of the University of Stuttgart. It is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany and one of the three members of the GAUSS Centre for Supercomputing, offering services to users from academia and industry. The world leading experience of HLRS in supporting users from the engineering domain at large in parallel programming (for example inside the Teraflop Workbench), in the development of productivity tools for parallel programming including integrated development environments, in the expertise in applying software engineering methods to the HPC domain and in cloud computing projects.

HLRS has been the first national supercomputing centre in Germany and is offering services to academic users and industry. Furthermore it has, together with the Steinbuch Computing Centre Karlsruhe funded two solution centres (Energy and Automotive) to support activities of stakeholders in this domain. With the co- founded SICOS GmbH, HLRS is in constant contact with SMEs willing to use HPC to improve their business.

 

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Wirelessinfo, Czech Republic, http://www.wirelessinfo.cz

WIRELESSINFO is private Czech research institute founded in 2003 with focus on precision farming, soil protection, waste management,, landscape management and ICT for agriculture. WRLS has a very wide field of activities with a big exploitative research, innovation and implementation potential on both on Czech market and International market. WIRELESSINFO brings together SMEs, research and industry and directly involves end users in research and development. WirelessInfo also contribute to number of roadmaking activates and vision about innovation in area of agriculture and rural development. WirelessInfo connect skills in precision farming soil management, land use and landscape management with high skills in ICT namely sensors and GIS technologies. Part of activities of WirelessInfo is linked with feasibility studies and economical assessment of new methods for agriculture and implementation of new types of tactical planning methods for agriculture.  The objective of WirelessInfo research is to use innovation to improve  to improve the quality of decisions in the agriculture, improve employment opportunities for the residents of rural areas, strengthen the rural economy and support the creation of solutions for precision farming, agri food chain and agri logistic.

 

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Plan4all, Czech Republic, http://www.plan4all.eu

Plan4all is a non-profit international association for sustaining project results and open data related to regional, landscape and environmental planning. The association was set up during the Plan4business project (2012-2014) that developed an open data platform for aggregation, management and analysis of spatial planning information. This platform is now managed by the Plan4all association, which makes sure that data are easily accessible for reuse and the amount of data is increased.

The main aim of Plan4all is to build international community to offer open data for reuse in different specialisms including spatial planning, transport, agriculture and environment management. The Plan4all association is supported by members, but also by several EU projects operating in slightly different fields. SDI4Apps provides mainly means for accessing data by developers (APIs), OpenTransportNet specialises in the transport domain and related applications and FOODIE in the farming area. All projects contribute with data sources, especially building the following open datasets based on common standards: Open Transport Map, Open Land Use and Smart Points of Interest.

The members of Plan4all have different expertise in IT and GIT, data management, infrastructures in domains including spatial data harmonisation, data analysis and visualisation, web app and tool development, user engagement and business planning. The task of Plan4all is to guarantee sustainability of large Open Data sets harmonised on the base of principles of W3C, INSPIRE, GEOSS and Copernicus.

 

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Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Greece, http://www.certh.gr

The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country and was founded in 2000. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

Today CERTH has five research institutes covering a various fields including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas.

Currently more than 800 people work at CERTH with the majority being researchers. CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the European Descartes Prize, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, Microsoft International Contest Prize, the Trading Agents Competition Award and many more and is listed among the Top-20 of the EU’s Research Centres with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1.000 competitive research projects (with a total budget exceeding 423 M€ and involving more than 1.100 international partner organizations) financed by the European Union (EU), leading industries from USA, Japan and Europe and the Greek Government via the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT).

 

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Club of Ossiach, Austria, http://www.clubofossiach.com/

The Club of Ossiach is a group of agriculturists, agribusiness managers, agriculture and forestry technologists, environmentalists and agricultural ICT specialists from around the world. They meet periodically at Ossiach to collectively discuss and collaboratively act on influencing the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to improve agricultural productivity, profitability and contribution to food and nutritional security and safety globally.  Vision: (What are its aims, objectives and goals?) The Club of Ossiach in the next decade will develop into an internationally accepted  think-tank on issues related to ICT use in agricultural development globally Through its members, it will support more effective use of ICTs in agriculture and forestry, better knowledge management for sustainability in farming and in the protection of environment. Mission: (How it will meet its aims, objectives and goals?) The Club of Ossiach will regularly discuss collectively through Agrifuture Days Conferences, seminars, discussions, and collaboratively act on influencing the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to improve agricultural productivity, profitability and contribution to food and nutritional security and safety globally along with the protection of the environment. The Club´s actions are through advocacy and collaborative projects of its members. The Club of Ossiach will also facilitate partnerships through collaborative projects of its members.

 

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meteoblue AG, Switzerland, http://www.meteoblue.com

meteoblue AG is a specialist in collection, production, and delivery of high precision local weather data worldwide using global data collection from satellite, weather stations and others, high resolution weather simulation models, validation routines and high performance storage systems.

meteoblue uses cutting edge science and technology to generate, display and distribute weather data. This enabled meteoblue to be the first entity worldwide to calculate a daily available global weather model with hourly resolution, and to generate an hourly global weather history since 1984 available with online query within seconds.

meteoblue models were initially developed at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in cooperation with NOAA/NCEP (national weather service, USA), with whom an active collaboration is continued. meteoblue was founded as a university spin-off company in 2006. Since early 2007, the meteoblue computer cluster daily computes high resolution forecasts for Europe, Africa and South America, and since 2013 for the entire world.

By 2016, meteoblue has won customers in more than 30 countries, and maintains a range of research and development cooperations.

Our databases are the largest meteorological databases available on the web, and our data are continuously verified. We publish the results in the largest available studies ever published on simulation precision: https://content.meteoblue.com/en/verified-quality/verification

The interdisciplinary team of meteoblue is experienced in all stages of meteorology data management, from data entry and acquisition to data processing and presenting as well as technical consulting. We have outstanding experience in developing weather models as well as analyzing time-depending and spatial meteorological data. We have extensive knowledge in the design and realization of geo-databases and data warehouses.

 

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Pessl Instruments GmbH, Austria, http://www.metos.at

For more than 30 years, Pessl Instruments GmbH, located in Weiz, Austria has been developing and manufacturing reliable, inexpensive measuring instruments for diverse environmental monitoring applications. With the help of 14 highly qualified and dedicated employees, Pessl is doing business in more than 85 countries around the world and the company has sale representatives in Latin America, South Africa, Spain, Italy, and France. The company’s measuring devices have been widely used for diverse applications in agriculture (irrigation/plant protection), viticulture, horticulture, research, advisory services, as well as environmental and hydrological projects. Pessl’s devices mainly measure meteorological data such as rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, global radiation, soil temperature, wind speed, wind direction, soil moisture, barometric pressure and water level. A wide range of the sensors available within the company’s products are directly manufactured in-house and the instruments are marketed under the company’s own brand name, METOS1).

Pessl’s most widely used product, “iMETOS”, is a weather station used for frost, fire, flood and wind warning, weather forecast, water management and disaster protection. The iMETOS station is powered by rechargeable batteries and a solar panel. It only requires a valid GPRS contract with good GSM coverage in the area to be operational. The iMETOS station collects data, reports them to the internet climate data base of Pessl Instruments (http://www.fieldclimate.com) and makes them available for optimized environmental management including demand-driven irrigation and plant protection. Pessl has participated in several relevant EU projects within FP6 and FP7 (e.g. OPTIFERT, AgrolT, Treat&Use), providing diverse types of electronic monitoring/measuring technologies for maximum environmental protection. The company has thus gained pertinent experience in customized and targeted product development and in bringing several innovative technologies beyond the R&D stage. For example, the soil nutrient sensor developed during the FP7 project OPTIFERT was presented at Agritechnica 2013 by Pessl Instruments and was awarded with an Agritechnica Innovation Silver medal.