Smart City – LoRaWAN as an opportunity for municipal utilities

Energy & Environment

In the last decades, we have experienced the rapid development of digital technologies. Products and solutions based on these technologies are becoming increasingly important. Parallel to this development, urbanization is a continuing trend. Many people are attracted to cities, which at the same time causes logistical and infrastructural challenges for the cities. Separated living, working, and leisure areas lead to a high volume of traffic and pollute cities. In addition to high emissions with polluted air, traffic jams and noise have a negative impact on life in the cities. Smart City solutions aim to avoid these. They want to make cities more liveable.

What is meant by a “Smart City”?

The aim of Smart City solutions is to make life more pleasant and enjoyable for the inhabitants of cities. Cities are to become cleaner and more people-friendly, while simultaneously increasing the quality of life. But how can this be achieved? The answer is by applying the latest digital technologies that enable smart connectivity. This primarily includes the so-called Internet of Things – IoT. This is based on a sensor-supported data network that can be used to collect and evaluate data. For this, it requires the establishment of appropriate communication infrastructure.

This is where modern communication technologies such as LoRaWAN technology come into play. LoRaWAN stands for Low Power Wide Area Network. This technology is a wireless, battery-powered radio technology with a long-range and high penetration. It enables cities to build their own license-free IoT network. By adding sensors to urban infrastructures such as power lines, roads, lanterns, buildings, and facilities, data can be collected and transmitted wirelessly via gateways to network servers. The incoming data can then be processed and finally analyzed. Thus, an evaluation for specific purposes and applications in areas of daily life can be carried out.

Which applications do Smart City solutions allow?

A variety of Smart City applications can be realized by building a radio-based IoT communication network using LoRaWan technology. The use cases range from local, sustainable energy supply and intelligently controlled waste management to intelligently controlled street lighting, parking space management, building management, or facility monitoring. For example, LoRaWAN data can also be used for intelligent control of public transport. Processes can be managed more efficiently by collecting and evaluating data. This in turn supports process optimization for utility companies, such as municipal utilities or transport companies, and helps to reduce costs.

Smart City applications as a new business area for utilities?

For the utilities, this means two things: On the one hand, they can open up new business areas and establish services by building up such an infrastructure. On the other hand, they contribute to solving key challenges facing cities. By building the necessary infrastructure for IoT applications, they can help rid cities of air pollution, particulate matter, traffic jams, noise, etc. Utilities can position themselves as modern infrastructure providers and citizen-friendly companies.

However, the development of new digital business areas requires companies to be willing to innovate and to enter these new areas. Likewise, it requires intensive involvement with one’s business processes, and the development of technical and digital skills, for example in the areas of IoT and LoRaWAN. In addition, moving towards new digital business models requires a willingness to invest.

What conclusions can be drawn?

Are utility companies, such as municipal utilities and transport companies, prepared to take this path? This would offer them the opportunity to position themselves not only as modern infrastructure providers. By setting up digital communications infrastructures, they enable other companies to develop new services and business areas and thus realign their value creation. For citizens, they pave the way to a smart, citizen-friendly, and liveable city.

Innoloft is currently implementing projects in Aachen and Oberhausen and helping to establish the Smart City as a new business model.

Contact person:

Marcel Nebeling
Head of Innovation Management

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Review of the year – Innoloft highlights & the greatest successes in 2019

Energy & Environment, Industry 4.0 & Logistics, IT & ICT, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings


By the end of 2019, we finished our strongest and most energetic business year to date since the founding of Innoloft GmbH. Even though we can not look back on a long company history, the year 2019 came up with a number of highlights for us that we would like to share with you through a review of the year.

Here we go!


Platform in a brand new look and an expanded range of functions

A step that set the course for us was without a doubt the relaunch of our platform. We have completely redesigned our platform to make it not only more user-friendly thanks to an optimized structure and use of modern web technologies, but also to offer our users additional added value through new features. Thus, our new platform comes with all kinds of new functions.

What kind of functions we integrated to improve the implementation of your innovation projects with the right partners you can check in the graphic below or read about it in our blog post, stage free …


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But that’s not all!


Rebranding opens the door to new industries and internationalization

We continued as our previous (brand) name “Energieloft” was also put to the test, and with it our entire corporate design. It took several months to develop, adapt and redesign it. We were happy to officially announce our rebranding on October 1, 2019. The story behind how Energieloft became Innoloft can be found in this separate blog post: Energieloft becomes Innoloft: Here’s why! … . Furthermore, you can learn more about the evolutionary process that we have followed with our B2B innovation network since the end of 2015.

The energy sector will remain a very central pillar for us. But innovations are also waiting to be implemented in other industries, such as the health, financial and industrial sectors. In addition, we have committed ourselves to the ambitious goal of accelerating innovations across industries as well as worldwide, together with you across Germany’s borders – “Create Tomorrow Together”.

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Event highlights and successful projects in 2019

Of course, we did not only deal with our design and our platform during the year. In addition to the new strategic direction and positioning, we haven’t lost sight of our “daily business”. Filtered from our business repertoire, we would like to present you some selected event and project highlights from the past financial year, which we implemented together with customers and partners.


Startup Speed-Datings 2019

A central core element, which on the one hand is part of our digital innovation system, but on the other hand takes place analogously, are our Startup Speed-Datings. For this we traveled across Germany last year and even came to Paris in autumn. With our speed dating we bring startups together with established companies and investors.

In a very effective way, in short 8-minute dates, the participants who have previously registered on the web pages can be connected according to their wishes, interests and cooperation requests. To do this, we use an intelligent algorithm that, based on the entered data, selects the most interesting conversation partners.

At the following events in 2019, we organized our startup speed dating and matched a total of more than 700 participants at around 2,800 matches.


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January: E-world – Europe’s leading trade fair for the energy industry, Essen
March: ISH – Industry meeting point for air conditioning, heating, cooling and bathroom design, Frankfurt am Main
April: Tech Festival, Berlin
April: HANNOVER MESSE, International Industry and Industry Fair, Hanover
May: The smarter E, leading trade fair for the new energy world, Munich
November: dena Energiewende Congress, Berlin
November: European Utility Week, Paris


Startup Challenges 2019

While our startup speed dating focuses on providing the participants with the right business contacts for innovation projects, our startup challenges are competitions at the push of a button. The startup challenges are also a central component of our B2B innovation network. They enable startups to participate in a targeted manner.

At the same time, established companies can advance their innovation projects and look for cooperation partners from the startup ecosystem. This results in a win-win for both sides. After all, startups rarely have their own established customer networks that have grown over many years. They also often lack the relevant experience on the market. Despite this, they often bring a lot of fresh know-how, new technologies, courage and willingness to take risks – in other words, the so-called “entrepreneurial spirit” that is needed to implement innovation projects.

With our challenges, we act as an intermediary and leverage our platform, which now has more than 2,500 established companies and around 2,000 startups. In 2019 alone, we were able to screen a total of 314 applications for our startup challenges and forwarded them to our partners.

The most successful challenges last year included:

U-START Challenge 2019 | Veolia, Thüga & BS | Energy
Metro Startup Challenge
EWE Mobility Challenge
E.DIS Startup Challenge


You can take a look at our challenges here…


Successful innovation projects

In addition to our digital platform and our white label partner platforms, events and challenges, we foster innovation processes in order to accelerate innovations directly in companies. We support you with know-how and innovation consulting for developing and searching for business opportunities, accompany the conception and implementation as well as conduct marketing and scaling.

Our innovation managers, who are specialized in industries and technologies, help you find suitable partners via screening and scouting and integrate them into projects. They advise you on the development of business models and develop customer journeys. In this way, we realized several successful innovation projects together with customers and partners last year.

You’ll find a selection of some of our innovation projects here …

  • IoT platform Stadtwerke Aachen
  • IoT platform evo Oberhausen
  • Digital power product, Stadtwerke Aachen
  • E-scooter sharing Aachen, business crowdfunding
  • Mobility project, Stadtwerke Neuss


If you have any questions about the individual projects, please do not hesitate to contact us!


What else to report …

Much more could be reported about the past year. Therefore we’d like to refer to further highlights in a short manner …

Our team grew from 18 at the beginning of the year to 28 team members at the end of the year. Together we spent a team week in the Eifel and let the year end with a cozy Christmas party.

Together with our cooperation partner energate GmbH, we published the trend radar for the energy industry blue oceans – a new trend report on important energy trends. The first report was focused on smart building solutions and was presented at E-world 2019 in February. A second industry report followed last summer on the topic of smart mobility services.

We started with new social media formats to let you participate in the current Innoloft events. Our follower numbers are developing positively and our social media community is growing happily. You can find us on the following channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Linkedin.

We started our first collaborations and projects in Asia in 2019 and are continuing to work with our white label innovation platforms, which we have also relaunched.

Last but not least … At the end of the year we were very pleased that Gründerszene Awards had chosen us as one of the fastest growing startups in the area of digital business models. After all, we made it into 21st place in Germany with our startup in the TOP 50 and became industry winners in the energy sector. You can find out how we achieved this in an interview with our CEO Sven. You can read about it here: Start-up scene … 


A big thank you to our team, customers & partners

Everything we have achieved in the past year would not have been possible without our customers and partners or without a powerful and committed team. Therefore, a big thank you to you and we look forward to continuing this. Because now it means to look ahead and start again with full energy and power ahead.


Outlook for 2020

The first projects are already in the starting positions and you can save the following dates. These are the events we look forward to in the first months of this year.

Save the date!


Startup Speed-Dating

February 11th & 12th 2020, E-world Startup Speed-Dating – Information & registration

March 5th & 6th, 2020, Fiberdays Startup Speed-Dating – Information & registration

March 24th, 2020, Tech Festival Startup-Dating – Info & registration

April 20th. 2020, HANNOVER MESSE Startup Speed ​​Dating – Info & Registration


The new year can begin. We are ready to take off!




How FinTech Startups overtake traditional banks – 7 examples from the Innoloft network

Banking & Finance

Online-payments are becoming more and more critical for many businesses. In 2018, 6.4 billion transfers were made in Germany alone. And according to a Statista forecast, approximately 2.35 trillion euros will be realized worldwide in B2C e-commerce. The mostly old-fashioned, slow systems of many banks hinder these processes enormously. Disruptive FinTech Startups offer a faster, alternative approach.

In today’s increasingly fast-moving society, the focus shifts to more important things and complicated processes such as manual transfers or post-identification procedures don´t fit in the present time. With the new European directive “PSD2” further authentication steps have become necessary for security. The fast adaptation of important changes is the decisive argument for startups. This is one of the reasons why the fast registration, the simple handling and the innovative image of FinTech Services are so interesting especially for younger target groups. These required payment & authentication solutions are implemented by FinTech Startups as end-user-oriented solutions. We present you seven FinTech Startups from our innovationnework operating in these areas.


Seven FinTechs represented from the Innoloft network


TransferWise – Money without Borders


Conventional banks often lure customers with “free, cross-border transfers” and thus create the impression that they do not take any commissions for the currency transfer. However, if one looks at reality, one often does not see which exchange rate, which was usually chosen for the clear advantage of the bank, was used for the calculation. With more than 1,000 country combinations in 49 currencies and true medium exchange rates, TransferWise offers a business model that sounds too good to be true. The FinTech easily outperforms most banks in terms of transparency and performance. TransferWise takes low and above all completely transparent transfer fees and thus offers a real alternative when it comes to money transfers abroad.


AUTHADA – Simple authentication anytime and anywhere


Since 2010 the electronic identity card offers the possibility to verify oneself on the internet. This principle is also used by AUTHADA, which offers an authentication solution that enables simple verification via mobile phone. All the user has to do is hold his identity card on his mobile phone and the data is transmitted via NFC. For security reasons, the app requires the previously defined eID-pin of the ID card. A stand-alone, but also a white label option for implementation in both online and onsite applications makes the service suitable for adapting to many different applications. Thus the Startup would like to use the potential of the eID clearly more and replace it by the fast and flexible method Post-Ident and Skype-video-verification.


Bluecode – Digital Payments with no new account


Why do I need a new bank account with every mobile payment provider? The Austrian FinTech Bluecode also asked itself this question. The team has come up with a solution that makes it obsolete to have to use additional accounts and at the same time significantly speeds up the payment process at the checkout. Once registered and with the current account with direct debit authorization deposited, Bluecode offers payment by barcode. So-called Bluecode tokens are generated to make payments “scanable” directly on the mobile phone. With the implementation of certain customer cards and benefit systems, Bluecode also offers the advantage of not always having to carry all cards around with you. Bluecode cooperates with Alipay in a trans-European-Chinese alliance in order to establish itself as a counterweight to the American companies Google Pay and Apple Pay.


Tabbt – Time is money or money is (shared) time?


Whether it’s a barbecue, eating in a restaurant or tickets to the festival. It happens almost every day that colleagues, acquaintances and friends lend each other money when, for example, someone has no or not enough cash. In order to prevent annoying voucher collecting, the Tabbt-app offers an easy way to send money directly to other people. The transfer is usually received by the recipient after one business day. Tabbt is the first payment provider to pursue a so-called “zero knowledge” security concept, in which all sensitive data such as pin-codes or account numbers are not visible to the startup and enable the smartphone to communicate directly with the bank in encrypted form. Combined with the simple handling, this results in a free, fast and simple payment provider with the focus on making daily life of its customers much easier.


Adyen – Payment-technologies that suit every need


Adyen, which roughly means “start from scratch”, offers versatile payment-solutions for every need. The founders saw the possibility of a unified payment system for companies that have more than one sales channel and are easy to use. No matter whether directly in the shop, at the delivery service or mobile at the ride-sharing platform. Thanks to the anonymous evaluation provided, the startup not only offers the payment service, but also the possibility of analyzing the data to improve the sales processes. Thanks to the flexible design, the company has already secured well-known customers such as eBay, Spotify and Uber. In addition, Adyen also offers end user value through standardized payment options and a benefit system. In the long run Adyen tries to implement this standard as “Unified Commerce”.


IDnow – Verification by artificial intelligence


Hybrid identification solutions through the advantages of man and machine. This is how IDnow could be summarized in one sentence. The startup focuses on a mixture of machine learning and trained identity and fraud specialists in order to achieve enormous reliability with 99.95% correct identifications. Above all, IDnow can be used in areas such as finance, telecommunications and eCommerce with compliance with many security standards such as the DSGVO and continuous auditing. The end user, for example, only scans the image of an ID document with his smartphone and then his face, which is verified in seconds. This ease of use allows the startup not only to significantly improve the end user’s onboarding experience, but also to significantly improve the conversion rate.


Klarna – A payment a day keeps the trouble away


The Swedish based bank Klarna offers online shoppers all over the world the possibility to freely choose how they want to pay. Whether by invoice, in instalments or directly by bank transfer, the Startup offers the right payment model for every customer. With over one million transactions per day and 2500 employees, Klarna is already one of the heavyweights among FinTech companies. Through continuous development in all areas, Klarna is able to offer its customers an even better user experience. One-click payment options, push messages for due dates or pausing instalment payments are just a few of the numerous convenience functions for users. Klarna stands out from many of its competitors with its strengths in flexibility and excellent buyer protection.


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Flawless Communication in Healthcare

Health & FoodTech

Bureaucracy and inefficient communication channels tend to overwhelm large parts of the healthcare workforce. This creates unnecessary stress on staff and patients. As a result, there is an acute need to improve communication between all stakeholders in the healthcare system. In particular with regard to the content and the temporality of the transmitted information, e.g. patient data, there are still plenty of problems to be solved. In terms of content, this information can suffer from a lack of quality. In addition, the information does not flow fast enough so that it reaches decision makers in time, which in turn can contribute to flawed decision-making.

The following startups have recognized the communication problems in healthcare and invented intelligent, scalable solutions. This not only gives the patient better personalized care. Caregivers, doctors and other healthcare workers are relieved of repetitive, strenuous tasks. This saves valuable time that caregivers can spend with their patients instead of paperwork.

visidoo – Digitized Appointment Management

Failed appointments are frustrating and cause unnecessary stress. The organization around appointments including reminders costs time and money. visidoo has realized that these tasks can largely be automated using digital tools. The business model is a monthly lump sum for small practices and an amount per patient per month for larger practices. Communication between practice and patient takes place via the mobile visidoo app. It includes a messenger for practices, automatically sent out reminders and recalls. Patients benefit from a clear presentation of their appointments and upcoming check-ups, including for their children.


Patientus – Virtual Room instead of Waiting Room

Since April 2017, doctors and patients can be connected via video-conferencing thanks to internet-based communication software. Patientus service enables medical care from a distance and thus represents a complimentary offer. With their service, consultation and follow-up appointments can easily be carried out online. The need for physical contact between the doctor and patient is reduced, at least for aftercare. However, the attending physician may continue to make diagnoses only in an on-site interview with the patient. Patientus was acquired by jameda in early 2017.


eHealth Ventures – Synced Data between all Care Stakeholders

Nowadays, patient data is often shared slowly and on a request basis between care organizations. This leads to long wait times for patients and in the worst case, costly overdiagnosis and therapy. The Berlin-based startup eHealth Ventures GmbH offers POLAVIS CLINIC, a communication portal for hospitals, with which they can securely share relevant case data with resident physicians for follow-up. In addition, the software suite offers functionalities such as a mailbox and scheduling. The platform is connected to the hospital’s internal information system and retains the data on-site.


myo – A Holistic Elderly Care Communication Platform

Often, relatives and friends of people in need of care are curious and worried about their health. myos holistic care communication platform takes residents, relatives, carers and nursing home operators into account. It makes it easier for relatives to be in contact with residents and to be informed about their health. Caregivers gain time with the app by recording activities and preventing confrontational conversations. In an increasingly digitized healthcare environment, myo is a unique selling proposition for nursing home operators to attract more staff.


Examples from abroad

Healthcare systems are diverse across countries. Despite their common goal of returning patients to health, every system is unique. Each has its own regulations, culture, caregivers and patients. This is why every app and solution can’t just be copy-pasted from one system into another. Often, startups have to deal with plenty of bureaucratic hurdles. Nonetheless, below we present three international startups which improve communication within healthcare. They issue an outlook on what is already possible today.


KRY – Successful Telemedicine Model from Sweden

When KRY was founded in 2014 in Sweden, its founders wanted to ease the access to care and work on making waiting rooms a thing of the past. Via the KRY app, you receive care through a digital video doctor consultation, including diagnosis, prescriptions, sick leave and referral. KRY acts as a middle man and tries to get doctors, as well as patients to use their platform. Consultations and payments are handled inside the app, creating little bureaucratic effort. Despite not having an official launch date, KRY is about to be launched in Germany.


Komed Health – Real Time Hospital Communication Platform from Switzerland

An application with a similar structure to WhatsApp is Komed Health’s first software product. The startup wants to revolutionize the communication between all stakeholders inside of a hospital. Their application works synchronous and in real time across a range of mobile devices. It offers the possibility to create group chats specific to a single patient and bundle internal working groups to shorten communication channels. Currently the system is being used in multiple Swiss hospitals.


MUrgency – A Global Emergency Service from India

If you’re living in a developed country, chances are that you take the ability to summon an ambulance with your phone for granted. It is less known that millions of people do not have access to such systems. MUrgency’s vision is to use mobile web technologies to create a global emergency network and make this lifesaving tool accessible to everyone. MUrgency has an especially profound impact in regions with weak infrastructure, where its response times are quicker than comparable systems. 50.000.000 people have received care through MUrgency’s services. The app has integrated a feature that alerts MUrgency users of an emergency happening in their close proximity, to further reduce emergency response times.


Suki – Intelligent Voice Assistant for Doctors

The Redwood startup develops and sells Suki. It is a voice assistant that reduces the amount of time that needs to be spent on medical reporting. Doctors simply dictate their report and Suki transforms the speech into a format that is compatible with common hospital information systems. Suki claims that reporting with their software is up to 76% faster than traditional writing methods. The company has received over 20 million dollars in venture capital.

blue oceans Trend-Report Vol. #2: Smart Mobility Services

Energie & Umwelt, Mobilität

Mit welchen Geschäftsmodellen den Markt für die geteilte Mobilität erobern? – Branchenreport analysiert Markttrends

Das Angebot an Shared Mobility Services in Städten wächst. Neben den bereits seit Jahren existierenden Car-, Bike- und Ride-Sharing Angeboten kommen neuzeitlich nun auch vermehrt E-Scooter und elektrisch betriebene Tretroller sowie Pooling-Services hinzu. Das diese Service an Attraktivität gewinnen, liegt unter anderem an ihrem einfachen Zugang. Standort und Verfügbarkeit lassen sich leicht per App über das Smartphone ermitteln. Die Abrechnungen erfolgen in der Regel automatisiert durch das Abmelden. Die Preise sind transparent und akzeptabel. Somit gewinnen Smart Mobility Services immer mehr Nutzer.

Dazu zählen nicht nur Touristen und Besucher. Das Angebot wird ebenso von lokalen Unternehmen und Einwohnern von Städten genutzt. So haben auch Firmen Sharing und Pooling Services für sich entdeckt. Immer mehr Firmen bauen eigene Fahrzeugflotten auf, die sie für ihre Mitarbeiter bereitstellen oder es diesen freistellen, solche Angebote zu nutzen. Denn vielerorts stoßen Städte an ihre verkehrstechnischen Grenzen. Die Folgen sind Stau, Lärm und Luftverschmutzungen durch Emissionen. Doch es gibt technisch ausgereifte wirtschaftliche Lösungen, die in Form neuer Angebote und Services für Entlastung sorgen können.

Breites Spektrum neuer Mobilitätsdienste für den Personen- und Gütertransport

Von diesen Mobilitätsdiensten kann nicht nur der individuelle Personenverkehr profitieren. Es lassen sich ebenso Güter auf vielfältige Weise mit innovativen Transportmitteln transportieren. Ein großes Markt- und Anwendungspotenzial für Mobilitätsdienste stellt der Bereich Logistik und Transportwesen bereit. Denn gerade für die letzte Meile in Städten halten Sharing und Smart Mobility Angebote Möglichkeiten bereit, den Verkehr zu entlasten.

Nur wie sieht es mit den Anbietern aus? Wer sind Dienstleister? Welche Lösungen bieten sie an? Aus welchen Branchen kommen sie? Welche Geschäftschancen sehen sie und welche Geschäftsmodelle wenden sie an? Diese und weitere Fragen haben wir uns gestellt und gemeinsam mit dem energate Energiefachverlag, als einem führenden B2B-Kommunikationsdienstleister, den aktuellen Trend-Report „blue oceans“ mit Fokus auf das Thema „Smart Mobility Services“ erstellt.

Trendreport analysiert Wachstumschancen von Smart Mobility Services

Ihr erfahrt darin nicht nur, welche Trends von Startups aufgegriffen und weiterverfolgt werden oder welche Angebote Unternehmen aus dem Mobilitäts- und Energiebereich bereits etabliert haben. Denn gerade für Energieversorger (EVU) und Stadtwerke eröffnet der Markt für Mobilitätsdienstleistungen neue Geschäftschancen. Wie sie diese für sich nutzen und welche Markttrends sich abzeichnen, haben wir in einer Trendanalyse zusammengestellt.

In Interviews erzählen euch Insider ausgewählter Startups und Unternehmen aus dem Mobilitäts- und Energiesektor über ihre Projekterfahrungen und zeigen Hintergründe auf. In News und Calls erfahrt ihr über Kooperationschancen. Wir stellen euch zudem die gängigsten Geschäftsmodelle im Mobilitätssektor für Smart Mobility Services vor. Alle Informationen zu Unternehmensgründungen, Geschäftsmodellen und Investitionen basieren auf exklusiven Daten aus unserer Energieloft Datenbank.

Eine exklusiv für den Trend-Report erstellte Marktumfrage, die energate unter den Nutzern ihrer Informationsdienste durchgeführt hat, offenbart, wie Entscheider und Manager aus dem Energie- und Mobilitätsbereich den Mobilitätsmarkt und seine Entwicklungen einschätzen. Mehr als 80 Unternehmen aus Stadtwerken, Energieversorgern, Energie– und Mobilitätsdienstleistern, Automobil- und Beratungsunternehmen haben daran teilgenommen. Eine Zusammenfassung zentraler Ergebnisse der Umfrage hat euch energate zusammengestellt. Alle Details zu der Umfrage einschließlich Grafiken hält die Full-Version des Reports für euch bereit, den ihr auch auf Wunsch als Print-Version bestellen könnt.



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blue oceans Trend-Report Vol. #2: Smart Mobility Services

Energy & Environment, Mobility

What kind of business models are used to conquer the market of shared mobility? – Industry report analyses market trends

The range of shared mobility services available in cities is growing. In addition to the car, bike and ride sharing services that have been available for years, there is now an increase in e-scooters and electrically operated pedal scooters as well as pooling services. One of the reasons why these services are becoming more attractive is their easy access. Location and availability can be easily determined by app via the smartphone. Billing is usually automated when the user logs off. Prices are transparent and acceptable. As a result, Smart Mobility Services are attracting more and more users.

This does not only include tourists and visitors. The offer is also used by local companies and inhabitants of cities. Companies have also discovered sharing and pooling services. More and more companies are setting up their own vehicle fleets, which they make available to their employees or allow them to make use of such services. Because in many places cities reach their traffic limits. The consequences are traffic jams, noise and air pollution resulting from emissions. But there are technically mature economic solutions that can reduce the environmental burden through new offerings and services.

A broad spectrum of new mobility services for passenger and goods-transportation systems

Not only individual passenger transport can benefit from these mobility services. Goods can also be transported in a variety of ways using innovative vehicles. The logistics and transport sector offers great market and application potential for mobility services. Especially for the last mile in cities, Sharing and Smart Mobility services offer opportunities to reduce traffic congestion.

But who are service providers? What solutions do they offer? What industries do they come from? What business opportunities do they see and what business models do they apply? We asked ourselves these and other questions and, together with energate Energiefachverlag, a leading B2B communications service provider, produced the current trend report “blue oceans” focusing on “Smart Mobility Services”.

Trend report analyses growth opportunities for Smart Mobility Services

You will not only find out which trends have been taken up and followed up by start-ups or which offers have already been established by companies in the mobility and energy sectors. The market for mobility services opens up new business opportunities for energy suppliers (EVU) and municipal utilities in particular. We have compiled a trend analysis on how they use these for their own purposes and which market trends are emerging.

In interviews, insiders from selected start-ups and companies from the mobility and energy sector tell you about their project experiences and provide background information. In News and Calls you can find out about cooperation opportunities. We also introduce you to the most common business models in the mobility sector for Smart Mobility Services. All information on start-ups, business models and investments is based on exclusive data from our Energieloft database.

An exclusive market survey conducted by energate among the users of its information services for Trend-ReTrend report analyses growth opportunities for Smart Mobility Servicesport reveals how decision-makers and managers from the energy and mobility sectors assess the mobility market and its developments. More than 80 companies from municipal utilities, energy suppliers, energy and mobility service providers, automotive and consulting companies took part. energate has compiled a summary of key results of the survey for you. All details about the survey including graphics are available in the full version of the report, which you can also order as a print version.

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Stage clear for the new ENERGIELOFT presentation

Energy & Environment, Industry 4.0 & Logistics, IT & ICT, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

We have been working intensively on the relaunch of our portal for months. Now we are happy to officially announce it. But not only the frontend has changed, also our dashboard and backend has new features for you. So with the relaunch we give you numerous new tools, with which you can accelerate your innovations. What functions these are and how they fit inot our LOFT System, we would like to show you.

All new ENERGIELOFT functions at a glance

Since 2015 we have been accelerating innovations in the areas of energy, mobility and smart cities as well as in related areas such as IT, industry 4.0 and financing. The ENERGIELOFT database is the heart of our innovation ecosystem. It supports the screening of the market, scouting of applications, analysis of new product concepts as well as the development of business sectors on the basis of new technologies and business models.

Carefully structured according to individual technology segments, the database provides you access to relevant information. With the relaunch, content that is relevant to you will now be displayed in a personalized feed. We will inform you in real time about current solutions from startups, requests and news that interest you.

You can use the new request function to submit your own requests and thus find suitable investors or products and solutions. Our new Live Matching function simplifies the contact process. You get quick and easy access to matching contacts. In addition, we have integrated a variety of other intelligent support systems into our digital innovation ecosystem.

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#StartupsForFuture Nachhaltigkeitslösungen für eine CO2-befreite Zukunft

Energy & Environment

Seit Herbst vergangenen Jahres gibt es die #FridaysForFuture Bewegung, die sich für mehr Klimaschutz, die Begrenzung der Erderwärmung auf 1,5 Grad und die Einhaltung des Pariser Klimaabkommens stark macht. In dessen Folge entstanden weitere Klimaschutzinitiativen, wie #ScienceForFuture oder #PoliticsForFuture.

Eine weitere dieser Initiativen ist #EntrepreneursForFuture. Sie geht auf das Engagement von Wirtschaftsakteuren zurück. Hierbei handelt es sich um einen Zusammenschluss von Unternehmen, die sich gemeinsam für Klimaschutz und Nachhaltigkeit in der Wirtschaft einsetzen. Ihre Forderungen und Anliegen haben sie in einer Stellungnahme ausgearbeitet, die bislang von mehr als 1.800 Unternehmen unterzeichnet wurde. Auch Energieloft (Innoloft) gehört zu den Unterzeichnern.

Mit unserer Anfang Mai 2019 gestarteten #StartupsForFuture Initiative im Rahmen von #EntrepreneursForFuture möchten wir die Initiativen unterstützen und Nachhaltigkeitslösungen von Startups in den Fokus stellen. Daher präsentieren wir jeden Freitag Startups aus dem Loft-System auf unseren Sozialen Kanälen, die innovative grüne Lösungen entwickeln und in den Markt einführen. Wer sich dafür interessiert, kann zum Wochenausklang einen Blick in unseren Twitter oder LinkedIn-Channel werfen. Nachfolgend möchten wir euch nun erstmal die bislang präsentierten #StartupsForFuture mit ihren nachhaltigen grünen Lösungen etwas ausführlicher vorstellen.

Acht Nachhaltigkeitslösungen aus dem Loft-System

Paptic – Paptic mustert Plastikverpackungen aus

Das finnische Startup Paptic Ltd. hat eine Lösung entwickelt, mit der sich Plastikmüll vermeiden lässt. Sie ersetzen Verpackungen aus Plastik durch Holzfasern, die aus einer nachhaltigen Forstwirtschaft stammen. Das Material ist mit dem etablierten FSC-Siegel zertifiziert. Ihre Produkte sind vollständig biologisch abbaubar, erneuerbar und recycelbar. Damit bieten sie eine umweltfreundliche, wirtschaftliche Lösung für Händler, Verpackungslieferanten und Markeninhaber zum schonenden Umgang mit Ressourcen.

Binando – Binando bringt smarte Mülleimer auf die Straße 

Den Füllstand von Müllcontainern ermitteln Sensoren, die das Stuttgarter Startup Binando GmbH entwickelt hat. Diese integriert Binando in Abfallbehälter. So kann der Füllstand in Echtzeit-Datenübertragung an eine Cloud weitergegeben werden, wo die Daten analysiert werden. Abfallentsorger können aus diesen Daten logistische Schlüsse ziehen und es müssen nur die Abfallbehälter angefahren werden, die über einen hohen Füllstand verfügen. Dadurch werden Kosten, Ressourcen und Emissionen gespart. Die Binando Lösung ist ein Plug & Play System mit dem Vorteil, dass es sich leicht und ohne großen technischen Aufwand installieren und nutzen lässt. Ihre Batterien und das Energiemanagement der Hardware sind auf Langlebigkeit ausgerichtet. Aus dem Grund kann das System wartungsarm betrieben werden.

Blacksquared GmbH– Changers motiviert Mitarbeiter spielerisch zu mehr Bewegung und Radfahren

Hinter Changers steht die Blacksquared GmbH. Mit ihrem spielerischen Ansatz motivieren sie Mitarbeiter in Unternehmen etwas Gutes für sich und die Umwelt zu tun. Anstelle des Pkws einfach mal zu Fuß gehen oder mit dem Rad fahren. Davon profitiert nicht nur die Gesundheit. Es hilft ebenso den Verkehr zu reduzieren, Staus zu vermeiden und selbstverständlich auch dem Klima. Die App erfasst jeden nachhaltig zurückgelegten Kilometer und belohnt mit auf einem Marktplatz einlösbaren Bonuspunkten, Baumpflanzaktionen oder Spendenprojekten. Unternehmen können die Changers CO2 fit App für ihr betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement als Whitelabel-Lösung einsetzen.

360report GmbH GmbH – 360report erstellt automatisiert Nachhaltigkeitsberichte 

Mit ihren Software-Lösungen ist die 360report GmbH auf die automatisierte Erstellung von Nachhaltigkeitsberichten für Unternehmen spezialisiert. Seit 2017 sind große Unternehmen per CSR-Richtlinie-Umsetzungsgesetz dazu verpflichtet jährlich einen Nachhaltigkeitsbericht zu erstellen. Die Software-Tools sind auf etablierte Richtlinien, beispielsweise der Global Reporting Initiative (GRI 4), dem Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitskodex (DNK) oder dem UN Global Compact ISO 26000 ausgelegt. Weitere Standards lassen sich ebenfalls integrieren. So können auch Umweltberichte nach EMAS, Fortschrittsberichte für die ISO 14001-Zertifizierung oder Berichte nach weiteren umweltrelevanten Normen erstellt werden. Eine Erstellung von Energieaudit-Berichten ist ebenfalls möglich. Die Software-Tools reduzieren den Aufwand für die Berichterstellung. Damit nützen sie auch Unternehmen, die sich verstärkt für Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltschutz im Unternehmen einsetzen wollen.

envuco UG – envucos Softwarelösung macht Gebäude auf nachhaltigem Wege smart 

Die Gründer von envuco sind überzeugt, dass smarte Technologie weder teuer noch umweltschädlich sein darf. Aus diesem Grund haben sie eine grüne funkbasierte Komplettlösung für smarte Gebäude entwickelt, die komplett ohne Batterie, Kabel und Wartung auskommt. Indem sie ihre Produkte mit einer Harvesting-Technologie ausstatten und nachhaltige Materialien für Sensoren und Aktoren verwenden, sollen auf dem Weg nicht nur CO2-Emissionen in Wohn- und Nichtwohngebäuden eingespart, sondern auch Energiekosten und Ressourceneinsatz deutlich reduziert werden. Zudem verbinden sie Gebäudeautomation mit Smart Metering, wodurch sich Energieverbräuche darstellen und Einsparungen realisieren lassen. Ihre Komplettlösung ist für Unternehmen kostenfrei, wobei sie an den erzielten Einsparungen für die Dauer von 5 Jahren partizipieren wollen.

GREENbimlabs GmbH – GREENbimlabs schließt Stoffkreisläufe in Gebäuden

Eine weitere nachhaltige Gebäudelösung hat das Startup GREENbimlabs aus Aachen entwickelt. Kern der Lösung ist Aikana – eine Softwareplattform. Sie ermittelt Materialsicherheit, Stoffkreisläufe und Recycelbarkeit von Materialien. Auf Basis der Daten werden Bewertungen erstellt und Empfehlungen für die Optimierung gegeben. Mit ihr lassen sich alle Instandhaltungs- und Lebenszyklenkosten von Bauvorhaben simulieren. Bauunternehmen, Architekten und Behörden erhalten so Unterstützung bei ihrer nachhaltigen Gebäudeplanung, bei der von Anfang an Wiederverwendbarkeit und Recyclingfähigkeit von Baumaterialien in den Blick genommen werden.

Carbon Analytics – Carbon Analytics optimiert den CO2-Fußabdruck für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen

Das Startup Carbon Analytics hat eine Webplattform entwickelt. Sie erstellt für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen CO2-Bilanzen. Dem CO2-Fußabdruck zugrunde gelegt werden die Einkaufsdaten der Unternehmen. Im Anschluss daran gibt das Programm Verbesserungsvorschläge. Setzt das Unternehmen diese um, können die Verbesserungen über die Benutzeroberfläche visualisiert werden. Diese wiederum können in Form von Berichten und Zertifikaten für Präsentationszwecke genutzt werden.

carbonauten GmbH– carbonauten veredeln Biomassereste zu Biokohle durch CO2 Entzug aus der Atmosphäre 

Mit ihrem carbonauten-System hat die carbonauten GmbH ein Verfahren entwickelt, aus dem aus Biomasse-Resten, beispielsweise aus der Holz-, Land-, Forst- und Lebensmittelindustrie Biokohlenstoffe erzeugt werden können. Diese können den CO2-Gehalt senken oder sind CO2-neutral produziert. Sie können erdölbasierte Produkte am Markt ersetzen. Ganz nebenbei erzeugen sie auch noch erneuerbare Energie, die sich für die Wärme- und Stromversorgung nutzen lässt. Ihre dezentral gewonnenen Biokohlenstoffe lassen sich zu Produkten wie Bioaktivkohle, Biofutterkohle, Biogrillkohle oder Hilfsstoffe für Biogasanlagen oder Böden weiterverarbeiten. Die carbonauten GmbH arbeitet darüber hinaus an weiteren innovativen Produkten, wie zum Beispiel Biokoks aus Altholz oder Dämm- und Verpackungsmaterialien.

#StartupsForFuture sustainability solutions for a CO2-free future

Energy & Environment

The #FridaysForFuture movement, which has been in existence since last autumn, is committed to more climate protection, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement. As a result, further climate protection initiatives were launched, such as #ScienceForFuture or #PoliticsForFurture.
Another of these initiatives is #EntrepreneursForFuture. It is based on the commitment of economic players. This is an association of companies that work together for climate protection and sustainability in business. They have elaborated their demands and concerns in a statement that has so far been signed by more than 1,800 companies. Energieloft (Innoloft) is also one of the signatories.

With our #StartupsForFuture initiative, launched at the beginning of May 2019 as part of #EntrepreneursForFuture, we want to support the initiatives and focus on sustainability solutions for start-ups. That’s why every Friday we present startups from the loft system on our social channels that develop innovative green solutions and bring them to market. If you are interested, you can take a look at our Twitter or LinkedIn channel at the end of the week. In the following we would like to introduce you to the #StartupsForFuture with their sustainable green solutions.
Eight sustainability solutions from the Loft System

Paptic – Paptic inspects plastic packaging from 

The Finnish startup Paptic Ltd. has developed a solution to avoid plastic waste. They replace plastic packaging with wood fibres from sustainable forestry. The material is certified with the established FSC seal. Their products are fully biodegradable, renewable and recyclable. They thus offer an environmentally friendly, economical solution for retailers, packaging suppliers and brand owners to conserve resources.

Binando – Binando puts smart trash cans on the street 

Sensors developed by Stuttgart-based start-up Binando GmbH determine the fill level of refuse containers. Binando integrates these sensors into waste containers. In this way, the fill level can be transmitted in real time to a cloud where the data can be analysed. Waste disposers can draw logistical conclusions from this data and only those waste bins need to be approached that have a high filling level. This saves costs, resources and emissions. The Binando solution is a plug & play system with the advantage that it can be installed and used easily and without great technical effort. Your batteries and the energy management of the hardware are designed for longevity. For this reason, the system can be operated with low maintenance.

Blacksquared GmbH – Changers motivates coworkers spielerisch to more movement and Radfahren

Behind Changers is Blacksquared GmbH. With their playful approach they motivate employees in companies to do something good for themselves and the environment. Instead of a car, they simply walk or cycle. Not only health benefits from this. It also helps to reduce traffic, avoid traffic jams and, of course, the climate. The app records every sustainable kilometre covered and rewards you with bonus points redeemable at a marketplace, tree planting campaigns or donation projects. Companies can use the Changers CO2 fit App as a white label solution for their corporate health management.

envuco UG – envucos software solution makes buildings smart in a sustainable way 

The founders of envuco are convinced that smart technology must neither be expensive nor harmful to the environment. For this reason, they have developed a green radio-based complete solution for smart buildings that does not require batteries, cables or maintenance. By equipping their products with harvesting technology and using sustainable materials for sensors and actuators, they not only want to save CO2 emissions in residential and non-residential buildings, but also significantly reduce energy costs and the use of resources. In addition, they combine building automation with smart metering, which represents energy consumption and allows savings to be made. Their complete solution is free of charge for companies, who want to participate in the savings achieved for a period of 5 years.

GREENbimlabs GmbH – GREENbimlabs closes material cycles in buildings 

The start-up company GREENbimlabs from Aachen has developed another sustainable building solution. The core of the solution is Aikana – a software platform. It determines material safety, material cycles and recyclability of materials. On the basis of the data, evaluations are made and recommendations for optimisation are given. It can be used to simulate all maintenance and lifecycle costs of construction projects. Construction companies, architects and authorities thus receive support in their sustainable building planning, in which the reusability and recyclability of building materials are considered from the outset.

Carbon Analytics – Carbon Analytics optimizes the CO2 footprint for small and medium-sized enterprises 

The startup Carbon Analytics has developed a web platform. It prepares CO2 balances for small and medium-sized companies. The CO2 footprint is based on the purchasing data of the companies. Subsequently, the program gives suggestions for improvement. If the company implements these, the improvements can be visualized via the user interface. These in turn can be used in the form of reports and certificates for presentation purposes.

carbonauten GmbH– carbonauten refine biomass residues to biochar by removing CO2 from the atmosphere 

With its carbonauten system, carbonauten GmbH has developed a process from which biocarbons can be produced from biomass residues, for example from the wood, agricultural, forestry and food industries. These can reduce the CO2 content or are produced CO2-neutrally. They can replace petroleum-based products on the market. In addition, they also generate renewable energy, which can be used for heat and electricity supply. Their decentrally produced biocarbons can be further processed into products such as bioactivated carbon, biofeed coal, biogrill coal or auxiliary materials for biogas plants or soils. Carbonauten GmbH is also working on other innovative products, such as bio coke from waste wood or insulation and packaging materials.

How startups are using digital solutions to build bridges between the energy and housing industries.

Smart City & Buildings

How start-ups use digital solutions to build bridges between the energy and housing industries.

40 percent of our total energy consumption is accounted for by residential and commercial buildings. But the new EU directive on the energy efficiency of buildings must be implemented by 2050. By then, all buildings in Europe will be low-energy buildings. There is still a lot to be done by then. Because to achieve this, not only insulation and more energy efficiency in buildings are needed. It also requires the use of renewable energy for energy supply, the installation of charging points for electric cars and the use of digital building and energy management solutions for combined use.

All this can be combined in one “Smart Building”. However, smart building solutions are also bringing the energy and housing industries closer together. In networked buildings, for example, data can be generated, analyzed and evaluated using built-in sensors. The data allows information to be obtained and processed more quickly. They map energy consumption, occupant behaviour and the operating status of technical equipment and systems in buildings. With the integration of additional data, analyses and forecasts are possible that help to maintain buildings. In addition to energy services, this results in new business and service options for the real estate and housing industry.

8 smart solutions for Smart Buildings

Smart networked solutions for smart buildings address both the energy and housing industries. They are the starting point for new digitalized business models. Startups are dealing with such innovative energy, data and building management solutions. They develop the infrastructure for smart buildings on the basis of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), digital twins and other technical solutions. The following eight selected case studies show you which solutions Startups use to build hinges for the energy and housing industries.

KUGU Home GmbH – Business opener for new business fields in the housing industry 

The Berlin-based start-up KUGU is developing a digital toolbox for real estate. With their solutions, building technology and services can be digitized. For the housing industry, KUGU opens up new business fields and gives the opportunity to offer independent services such as heating and water cost accounting. On the way, residents gain transparent insights into their energy consumption and are encouraged to save energy.

Lemonbeat GmbH – Platform generalist for IoT applications

The Dortmund-based start-up Lemonbeat is creating a communications infrastructure for IoT applications that can be used both for industry and for the energy and real estate sectors. Your IoT Communication Backbone is the backbone for various IoT communication solutions. With the IoT operating system Lemonbeat OS™, Lemonbeat provides all software modules (services) required for the desired application. Thus Lemonbeat enables lean building automation in the area of Smart Building, as well as energy efficiency, security and comfort, which is also worthwhile for use in existing properties. As technology providers, they are anxious to reduce system development costs through standardization.

Rockethome GmbH – Provider of a digital service platform for networked living

“Everything from one source and on one service platform” is the promise of the Cologne-based start-up Rockethome. With their IoT platform, they create use cases in a wide variety of areas. Rockethome specializes in integrated IoT solutions for device control and automation, but also for monitoring and optimizing energy flows in buildings through decentralized energy management, real-time monitoring for security systems, tenant portals, tenant flows or intelligent charging management for electric vehicles.

Rysta GmbH – Protects building fabric and creates a good indoor climate

Sensor technology combined with intelligent algorithms involving users, with this hardware and software solution, the Berlin start-up Rysta supports the housing industry. With the Rysta Schimmel Guard solution, Rysta has developed a tool that analyzes indoor air, prepares data and makes it available via a portal. This helps to improve the indoor climate and to avoid mould growth in both new and existing buildings. Thus they protect the health of the inhabitants just like the building fabric of buildings.

ESENTA GmbH – Digitalized key for building access

Esenta, a start-up company based in Kappelrodeck in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, uses its digital solution to give visitors access to buildings via smartphone. Visitors can use an authentication procedure to enter a building for a certain period of time. Control is possible from a distance. Esentas access and communication solution is a smart home application that can be used for various applications.

METR GmbH – IoT infrastructure for the management of residential real estate

With its multifunctional gateway, the Berlin-based start-up METR provides the basis for a manufacturer-independent, secure and universally applicable IoT infrastructure in networked buildings. METR focuses on the housing industry and prepares applications for housing associations and administrators based on digital solutions. These include, for example, networked smoke detectors, submetering, intelligent heating control and other services. With its hardware platform, METR creates the prerequisites for interconnectivity and the bundling of the various digital products and services.

vilisto – Self-learning radiator thermostats for smart non-residential buildings

The KI-based, self-learning and fully automatic radiator thermostat of the Hamburg start-up vilisto ensures a demand-oriented and efficient heat supply in office and commercial buildings. It uses room and presence sensors, integrates weather data and decodes the usage behaviour as well as various building parameters individually for each room. This has been proven to achieve energy savings of up to 32 percent. Vilisto’s self-learning system consists of the radiator thermostat ovis and an intelligent gateway shepherd.

Solarimo GmbH – Tenant flow from solar systems for rental properties

As a full-service provider, the Berlin start-up Solarimo plans and implements tenant power projects on the roofs of rental properties. But the start-up is not only active as a planner and project planner of PV systems. In fact, Solarimo takes care of all aspects of operation, maintenance and service. They sell the generated electricity to the tenants of residential buildings who draw their electricity directly from the roof of the residential building. Investors and property owners also benefit from the increased attractiveness of the buildings and from participation options. Solarimo is thus bringing about the energy revolution in cities by exploiting the potential of roof areas for solar power generation.