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Contxto – Multinational technology conglomerate, Cisco, recently accelerated four Brazilian startups at its Rio de Janeiro Co-Innovation Center. This space works alongside clients, startups, universities, companies, as well as researchers, in creating solutions for vertical markets.
“The center was created for the future,” said Laercio Albuquerque, president of Cisco Brazil. “We connected the needs of the clients with our partners to create solutions that resolve their needs.”
This event was part of Cisco’s DevNet Ecosystem Exchange specializing in startup acceleration. With this initiative, the brand seeks to integrate new solutions into its platform.
“The network is an indispensable element for digital transformation, to transmit data (and) for collaboration,” said Ana Lucia de Faría, the center’s Solution Architect.
“It is key in the co-innovation center strategy. For the developments to work, you can not have an isolated network. The vision of DevNet is that we need programmable networks so that applications can interact with the network.”
Cisco Brazil supports companies that are innovating and digitally transforming Brazilian society, business and government. Within this facility are laboratories, demo spaces, not to mention plenty of collaboration rooms.
“What we do is inspire innovation, accelerate and scale development,” said Eugenio Pimienta, who is the head of the Co-Innovation Center at Cisco Brazil. “We make proof of concepts.”
All of Cisco’s Innovation Centers strive to make positive impacts in communities around the world. Working with customers, partners, companies, as well as academics, the firm strives to galvanize acceleration and digitalization across every economic sector.
The Rio de Janeiro Cisco Innovation Center is the only one of its kind in Latin America. Moreover, it was the second one ever created. Some industries it works with include health, sports, energy, public safety, transportation, among others.
“We need to be close to ecosystems and local communities to develop solutions that positively impact them,” said Pimienta. “Here we attend approximately 1,500 visitors each year.”
Startups involved included:
This startup provides a solution for companies to better manage their assets, even in places without any internet connection. Cisco collaborated with Phygitall to develop a modem called “Phyll” to improve IoT infrastructure. This device is a “LoRa” solution using long-range, low-power and low-bitrate wireless communication.
“More control, less energy consumption” is ONEGRID’s motto. Based on the company’s website, though, it can reduce partners’ consumption by up to 40 percent. Part of its energy solution involves IoT sensor systems capable of transforming equipment from analog to digital. All of this can also be facilitated over a computer or smartphone. Light and air conditioners are its fortes.
Connecting workforces in addition to bridging the knowledge gap are two of Eyllo’s goals. Among its achievements are intelligent lenses allowing people to work remotely, even if they’re thousands of miles away. Glasses are capable of reading QR codes to prompt certain video tutorials with accompanied real-time instructions. Depending on the job, specialists guide users during intricate jobs.
While being a complex industry, fleet management is an easier undertaking with iNSTALE Technology. Both of the startup’s Easymine and SmartMine solutions involve monitoring and managing assets using real-time information. This way, partners can better attend to their employees, equipment and overall operations.