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Augmented reality temperature screening

Specialised in the design of novel augmented reality (AR) solutions for the healthcare market, Arspectra is developing thermal cameras for screening the temperature of people in places with a high throughput, such as airports. Its ArviGuard mobile headsets equipped with thermal sensors and AR capabilities will allow police officers, security agents or healthcare staff to measure the temperature of multiple people simultaneously and detect potential COVID-19 cases without any close contact.

“ArviGuard will significantly reduce the risk of contamination and enable agents to make quick and fluid health controls,” says Head of Product Development Arnaud Legros.

Optimised ambulance dispatching

Mobility tech start-up Utopian Future Technologies provides an end-to-end Software-as-a-Service platform for on-demand ride pooling to Europe’s largest operators and transport authorities. “With COVID-19, the number of non-urgent ambulance trips increased strongly,” says co-founder and CEO Jean-Luc Rippinger. “The dispatching is handled manually and lacks optimisation and transparency.” The company is now developing a smart dispatching system that optimises and coordinates ambulance routes through algorithms and automatically schedules vehicle disinfection following interventions related to COVID-19 cases.

Enhancing communication with intensive care patients

SOVI Solutions is specialised in assistive technologies, in particular augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) software. It is currently adapting its communication tool for intubated and hospitalised COVID-19 – and other – patients. “Intubated patients generally have difficulties expressing themselves verbally and making their needs understood,” explains co-founder Alessio Weber. “Our software will include artificial voice communication for intubated patients, as well as a cloud-connected symbol-based communication system to be used between patients and care givers.”

The solution, which can also be helpful for foreign-language patients, will improve patient services, save time and reduce communication barriers.

Promoting online peer learning

Adapting to online education during the COVID-19 related lockdown was challenging for many students. CoCo World, a social start-up committed to promoting peer learning, studies students’ online education experience during confinement and found that they missed a dedicated space to study with their peers.

“Our Peer Square solution is an online study platform for secondary school students in Luxembourg, powered by AI to optimise the online learning experience,” says founder Caroline Assaf. “It will allow them to learn from each other and with each other by engaging with a community of peers, finding peer tutors and arranging individual or group study sessions.”

Coupling Earth observation and COVID-19

GlobeEye® uses Earth observation data to develop insights for the asset management industry. The startup’s project “Space-to-Breath” is aimed at identifying and tracing the distribution and sources of polluting gases believed to have an impact on the dissemination of COVID-19.

“Research argues that air pollution is highly correlated to the spreading of the virus and the severity of the symptoms,” explains Board Chair Dr Silvia Pepino. “We will use satellite and other remote sensing data to map levels and changes in polluting gases in the atmosphere. This work can be helpful for future planning and policy actions related to a broad set of health and climate problems.”

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A place for innovation

22-02-2021

Ekaterina Bereziy, CEO of healthtech start-up ExoAtlet, came to Luxembourg from Russia in 2019. She talks about the unexpected innovation environment that she found here and the aspects that she enjoys most in her new home country.
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Green hydrogen, moon mining, anti-scam technology: Luxembourg’s innovative approach

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Country report: Becoming an advanced digital society

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Business opportunities after COVID-19

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The global crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will have an enormous impact on the economy and society of the future. The radical interruption of “business as usual” has resulted in huge challenges, but new opportunities also emerge from every crisis.
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COVID-19 vaccination: Innovative cold chain solutions

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Luxembourg-based healthtech company B Medical Systems specialises in vaccine cold chain solutions and medical refrigeration. With recent innovations making its vaccine freezers more flexible and resilient, the company is playing a key role in the fight against COVID-19. Its international client portfolio, head count and production facilities are all expanding rapidly.
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