The Consortium


(RTD Coordinator): Ateknea Solutions Hungary Limited Liability Company (ATEKNEA) / HU

Website: http://ateknea.com/

Business Activities: Ateknea Solutions Hungary LLC. is a private engineering company focusing on Research & Development and Innovation management. Since its establishment in 2003 their core business is to assist Small and Medium-Size Enterprises and associations from different industrial sectors through applied research. Its mission is to bridge the gap between theoretical research and industrial applications thus offering integrated and effective solutions to our clients utilising the state-of-the art technology.
MFKK has a long history and recognized tradition in participating in highly innovative projects, conducting applied research, developing innovative applications and products, providing services, and playing a leading role in different research and innovation fields. MFKK is organized across three R&D areas, namely Electrical Engineering, Energy and Informatics, Sensor and Environmental Technologies and Prototype Construction and Automation.[ ↑ ]

(SME): Metec Ingenieur-Aktiengesellschaft (METEC) / DE

Website: http://web.metec-ag.de/

Business Activities: METEC Engineering Ltd. was founded in 1974 to produce and further develop the first small electromagnetic Braille-cell ever. The first development step to this device had been made at the Stuttgart University’s “Institute for design and manufacturing in fine mechanics”. In 1975, METEC could ship the first pocket calculators with a readout in Braille, thus starting the “Electronic Age” for the blind. METEC continued the development and, based on its spring-supported second generation of Braille-dots, shortly after its 10th anniversary, the first “Dot Matrix Display” DMD 120060 with 7200 tactile dots could be presented, the first display that could present tactile graphical structures on-line from the computer. Nowadays METEC can offer a variety of Braille-displays, with either flat or concave caps, and with up to 2 interaction buttons and chances that you – as a Braille-reader – are using METEC -Braille-cells without knowing it.[ ↑ ]

(SME): Karmic Sàrl (KARMIC) / CH

Website: http://www.karmic.ch/

Business Activities: Karmic is a privately owned Limited Liability company under Swiss law. It maintains a private commercial access to an academic microfab facility for mastering of micro and nanostructures, for polymer imprint reproduction. Karmic has an industrial and R&D partnership with 3D in Baar (CH) for replication by web-fed roll-to-roll embossing including shim electroforming services. Furthermore, it has an industrial partnership with Bobst SA in Prilly (CH) for replication by sheet-fed stamping and embossing. They have proven experience in the replication of simple micro and nano-machined relief in a variety of substrates including polymers, soft metals and even paper/carton.[ ↑ ]

(SME): Arthaus DOO Skopje (ARTHAUS) / MK

Website: http://arthaus.com.mk/

Business Activities: ARTHAUS was established in 2002 and is based in Skopje, Macedonia. ARTHAUS is an IT services company that focuses on delivering high-quality, efficient and custom software solutions to small and medium sized companies around the world. Our 60+ customers are small and medium sized companies. They come from various geographical locations, but majority are based in USA and Australia. Its customers are typically IT companies providing products & services to specific industries. ARTHAUS has vast experience in image processing solutions. It recently expanded with development of a range of own products, as well as in partnership with companies from Australia, which is considered as next key growth area for ARTHAUS.[ ↑ ]

(SME): VIA Electronic GmbH (VIA) / DE

Website: http://www.via-electronic.de/

Business Activities: VIA was founded in 1997 and based in Hermsdorf, Thuringia. VIA is a technology provider company that focuses on SMART Foundry services like production including layout, technology development, prototyping, manifacturing. Their major aim is developing high reliability multilayer ceramic packages, modules and boards for complex applications like sensors or RF modules and sell them to the European market. The followings customers belong to their clientere: sensor manufacturers, RFSystem providers, hybrid manufacturers, range of clients: SMEs, large enterprises, research institutes etc.[ ↑ ]

(SME): Informatika a Látássérültekért Alapítvány (INFOALAP) / HU

Website: http://www.infoalap.hu/

Business Activities: The aim of the foundation is to support visually impaired people living in Hungary to receive modern computer systems that are equipped with the necessary auxiliary software to assure the successful participation of visually impaired people in education and training. The foundation is aiming at providing the accessibility of the latest information technology results to increase the number of suitable job opportunities for visually impaired persons. The foundation continuously localises and upgrades screen reader and screen magnifier software, optical character recognition software. It regularly donates software and hardware (portable and desk-top video-magnifiers, Braille displays, PDAs) to visually impaired people and is also involved in a number of development projects as advisor and tester. We hold free computer courses and provide IT help-desk services by phone and e-mail to solve prompt IT problems or to give advice to users. Activities are among others the regular donation to visually impaired people, localisation of special software, advising and testing in technical development projects, courses on informatics, help-desk via e-mail and telephone, distribution of hardware and software products for visually impaired. The foundation has a 8 year experience in software localisation in carrying out market survey. INFOALAP has 9 visually impaired employees, and a large visually impaired clientele within Hungary.[ ↑ ]

(OTHER): Sjednocena organizace nevidomych a slabozrakych Ceske republiky (SONS) / CZ

Website: http://www.braillnet.cz/menueng.htm

Business Activities: Czech Blind United was founded in 1996, called Sjednocena organizace nevidomych a slabozrakych Ceske republiky (Czech Blind United). The association employs over 70 blindness-related experts of many specializations, both blind and fully sighted. SONS local branches cover whole Czech Republic, the headquarters is located in Prague. Following HQ departments are expected to contribute the most to the TACMON2 project: Tyflokabinet, a department responsible for IT trainings, Department of Digitisation, operating mailing-lists and Digital Book Library, – International Relations Office, and many other.

IT training room is equipped by PCs with virtually all of market-available screenreaders and serves for both basic as well as advanced IT courses. Though the Tyflokabinet department does train ordinary users, it is also responsible for regular re-training of the trainers (SONS local branches trainers). Almost 20 years of experience and well-established methodology guarantees best results in this particular area.[ ↑ ]

(OTHER): Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) / MT

Website: http://www.fitamalta.eu/

Business Activities: FITA is the principal advocate and coordinator for making Information Communications Technology (ICT) accessible for disabled people in the Maltese islands. Their information services assist disabled individuals in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device, intended to increase, maintain, or improve the individual’s quality of life. FITA’s principle function is to provide support to disabled individuals, such as blind and visually impaired people, in overcoming or removing barriers to education and employment through ICT. Through empowerment and social inclusion disabled persons need to rely less on family and state support. In ensuring that due steps are taken to minimise the digital divide, FITA aims to enable individuals to contribute productively to society and the economy. FITA participated in two EU projects under the Leonardo Programme. FITA is the prime promoter of assistive technology in Malta. They organise ICT training for disabled and carry out ICT accessibility audits as well as partake in policy making initiatives on a regular basis.[ ↑ ]

(SME): Virtualware 2007 (VIRTUAL) / ES

Website: http://virtualwaregroup.com/

Business Activities: Virtualware is a Spanish SME involved in spreading the use of Virtual Reality (VR) solutions in multiple sectors like tourism promotion and cultural heritage, civil engineering, architecture and urban planning, training, health, etc. basicly in Spain, but they just opened a commercial site in the UK. The company provides on-demand solutions according to client needs and commercialize our own innovative products. Virtualware is organized around five business units: construction, tourism, education, health, and industry. Virtualware has a strong background in Virtual Reality (VR), 3D interactive applications, simulators and serious games.[ ↑ ]

(RTD): Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (CSEM) / CH

Website: http://csem.ch/site/

Research activity: CSEM, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology Inc. is a privately held, knowledge-based research company and is mainly active in the field of micro/nanotechnology, microelectronics, and Microsystems (MEMS), as well as systems engineering, information and communication technologies. They have the necessary technological infrastructure at hand, in particular the COMLAB. In recent years COMLAB intensified its development in the following areas: tools for nanoscience such as AFM sensors, nanofluidics; BioMEMS: microelectrode arrays (MEA), microtubes; chemical sensors and microheaters for dedicated gas sensors; microthrusters for space applications and microrelays for medical applications.
Beyond the unique research capacity in the respective field, CSEM retains the facilities needed to manufacture different (small up to middle) sized series of MEMS products. As an industrial actor, CSEM supplies customized microsystems, microelectronic designs and system solutions, as well as services for high-tech coatings and new materials. Owning substantial track record in MEMS development and micro fabrication, a number of commercial technologies for various industries, including transportation industries resulted throughout the spin-off companies.[ ↑ ]

(RTD): AITIA International Informatics Incorporated (AITIA) / HU

Website: http://www.aitia.ai/

Research activity: AITIA is an R&D oriented organization, with research interests in telecommunication networks, speech technology, human-computer interfaces, intelligent user interfaces, agent technology and simulation, data mining and visualization works, besides these works on classical software and web application development. The company has 4 divisions: 1) telecommunications and signal processing, 2) speech technology, 3) simulation, agent technology and data mining, and 4) web application development and design.
AITIA’s clients range from large multi-national organizations (mobile telecom providers), via national and local governmental or non-profit organizations to Hungarian, European and North American research and education institutions (universities), to medium and small sized companies. AITIA participated in a series of Hungarian national grants, as well in several EC funded projects. AITIA has already performed already three R&D projects specifically for and in cooperation with visually impaired.[ ↑ ]

(RTD): Wroclaw University of Technology (PWR) / PL

Website: http://www.pwr.wroc.pl/index.dhtml

Business Activities: Currently, Wroclaw University of Technology is an important research and education centre in Wroclaw and in its region. It consists of 12 Faculties, the Department of Fundamental Studies and three branches in the Lower Silesia region, and has over 32 000 students. The university employs ca. 4000 persons, including about 1900 academic teachers working at 25 institutes. WRUT has over 280 buildings with modern laboratories, libraries, Internet access, multimedia-fitted lecture rooms. WRUT has been involved in 33 projects under FP5, 50 projects under FP6 and 36 (so far) projects under FP7. There are some projects realised by the department: Laboratory Skin Patches on SmartCards based on foils and compatible with a smartphone; Rolled multi material layered 3D shaping technology; MEMS Atomic Clocks for Timing Frequency Control and Communications ; Developing Multidomain MEMS Models for Educational Purposes.[ ↑ ]

(RTD): Asociación de Investigación de la Industria Metalmecánica, afines y conexas (AIMME) / ES

Website: http://www.aimme.es/

Business Activities: The Metal-Processing Technology Institute, AIMME, is a nationally based, private non-profit making association, which is at present made up of more than 600 companies and institutions from the metal processing sector. It was set up in 1987, as a Research Association for the Metal Processing Industry and related activities, by an agreement involving: IMPIVA (Valencian Institute Of Small And Medium-Sized Industries), FEMEVAL (Valencian Metallurgical Business Federation) and FEMPA (Metal Industries Employers Federation of Alicante).
The aim of the Institute is to encourage improvement in the competitiveness of companies in the metal processing sector through R & D & I (Research, development and Innovation) both in their productive processes and their products. AIMME participates in the principle gatherings of national and European autonomous bodies as both an individual as well as in collaboration.[ ↑ ]