XLR8 CONTEST: Deserving Teams Announced

Jun 18, 2021 | News EN

Yesterday, June 16th, the three teams of projects on the theme of “Smart Cities”, considered worthy of the acceleration path offered by Techinnova, through the Innogrow accelerator, were announced.

The announcement took place between 15.00 and 16.30 within the space dedicated to XLR8, the Contest included in the schedule of the innovative theme kermesse Smart City Now – Conference & Expo 2021 organized by Fondazione Cluster Tecnologie per le Smart Cities & Communities – Lombardia.

The assignment of the acceleration packages to the three deserving companies took place after the presentation of innovative projects on the theme of “Smart Cities” illustrated by each team:

  • Wallled s.r.l. was assessed as deserving of the ADVANCED voucher, the acceleration package – in work-for-equity mode – worth 25 thousand euros for acceleration services and consulting to be carried out in a maximum period of 18 months.
  • CriPax Creations S.r.l.s. deserved the INTERMEDIATE voucher, the acceleration package – in work for equity mode – worth 10 thousand euros for acceleration services and consultancy to be carried out in a maximum period of 12 months.
  • Enfinergy (startup in pre-revenue phase) was considered worthy of the STARTER voucher, the acceleration package – in work for equity mode – worth 5 thousand euros for services and consultancy for acceleration to be carried out in a maximum period of 6 months.

Below are the results of the assessments conducted by the Techinnova internal team for each of the deserving teams.

The Wallled Team has been able to combine in an original and innovative way its own lighting engineering skills to the engineering skills of dry construction.

A company specialized in the design and production of LED lighting fixtures embedded in the structure or coating systems, Wallled has taken the evolution of technologies to the next step. The Wallled profiles, in fact, are an evolution of the traditional lamps embedded in walls, counter walls and false ceilings: the incandescent lamps were suitable for concrete and brick buildings; the LED lamp is instead, optimally adapted to drywall constructions.

Combining simplicity, elegance and technical innovation, Wallled’s Team follows in detail all the design phases of the lighting profiles, in order to guarantee several advantages to the professionals: a streamlining of the laying processes; more order and cleanliness in the structure; more control to the designers; guarantee of quality and compatibility of all the products used to achieve the final result.

In particular, the merit of Wallled should be recognized in the unique ability of its team to integrate the advantages of LED technology not only with the light management systems, but also with the needs of BIM (Building Information Modeling) design. Wallled’s solutions allow to obtain benefits that go beyond the simple lighting: Wallled’s goal is to reshape the relationship with our cities – which aspire to become more and more Smart – and with the work spaces, to guide us towards a sustainable future.

The CRIPAX Creations Team has demonstrated the ability to apply in an innovative way its knowledge and skills in 3D technologies to the “Smart Cities” themes. Through the use of dynamic configurators, as well as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality techniques, CRIPAX has been able to make visible and understandable to all its project, which proposes to encourage citizens to actively participate in urban development: the feedback from the community thus becomes an integral part of the project planning process.

It’s true: 2D drawings or renderings can also be used to share projects for the development of an urban space, but with different results. It’s not obvious that an ordinary citizen, without specific skills in the field, can read a technical drawing; moreover, renders often show a distorted vision of what will be the real final result (through appealing points of view, but not experienced by a pedestrian). Configurators, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, on the other hand, offer a more realistic view of the project and how it fits into the pre-existing environment.

The 1:1 scale vision, the human perspective and the possibility to walk through the new space allow an egocentric and not allocentric vision of the planned projects. Based on subjective experience, more informed judgments can be made about factors such as lighting or the visual impact of new buildings. 

But that’s not all. CRIPAX has also been able to implement dynamic configurators capable of designing furniture or architectural solutions. The powerful rendering engine, the speed and ease of use of CRIPAX configurators allow to show high quality previews of any environment: features that make CRIPAX solutions effective marketing and sales tools.

Augmented and Virtual Reality thus facilitate participatory planning processes through more immersive and democratic experiences.

The Enfinergy Team has distinguished itself for the degree of innovation of its solutions in the field of renewable energy fed into the grid. All Enfinergy Smart Power products use intelligent energy management algorithms, not only saving on energy costs, but also providing an unparalleled user experience in terms of control and security.

First and foremost, the Smart Power solutions offered by Enfinergy have distinguished themselves by their reliability. They allow for extraordinary grid flexibility, guaranteeing the energy needed by consumers in the face of any eventuality: grid failures or rapid changes in demand during the day are managed through the immediate supply of backup power.

Moreover, by virtue of their eco-compatibility, Smart Power solutions allow the storage of excess electricity, so as not to disperse the production of photovoltaic or wind power: this feature helps to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Enfinergy’s efforts and vision for a “green” future were rewarded above all: Enfinergy’s is a green renewable energy perspective, in which the world’s electricity needs are mostly covered by renewable energy sources.