Verkotan team has been leading and participating in many interesting research projects during its years in the industry. Our special methods such as new RF wireless performance testing systems were developed thanks to our past R&D projects. Here are brief introductions of a few of the projects. 

5G Test Network

“5G Test Network facilities located in the northern Finland at the city of Oulu, offer unique possibilities for testing 5G technology, its’ components or new services in real time. 5GTN is the world’s widest 5G Test Network with open access and it consists of several sites and is well-connected with national and worldwide test environments.”

To be part of 5GTN community is a valuable asset for Verkotan and all the associates. With cooperation of the local technology leaders we can learn from each other and together create joint added value for everyone in the community. For Verkotan operating in the wireless industry this cooperation means more opportunities to help us to verify performance in a highly realistic radio environment. 

ELY Project 2018-2020

ELY Centre (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides development grants for SME companies’ investments and development measures. These aids are granted for companies that are just starting new business, that want to renew their operations and invest on growth especially on a global scale.”

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Verkotan applied for funding for a project called “Providing New Testing Services for 4G and 5G IoT Devices”. This consists searching business opportunities for testing 4G and 5G IoT devices globally as well as investments on needed equipment for this type of testing. The goal is to learn about the market and enable new testing services for us. This project ended September, 2019.

ELY Project 2016-2018

ELY Centre (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides development grants for SME companies’ investments and development measures. These aids are granted for companies that are just starting new business, that want to renew their operations and invest on growth especially on a global scale.”

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Verkotan applied for a grant from ELY Centre and ERDF. The granted project was called “Providing Testing Services for Wearables Globally”. The project was started in 2016 and it ended in October, 2018. During this time Verkotan searched for global business opportunities for testing services for wearables and the project also included equipment investments. Due to the funding, we were able to expand our testing services to wearables among other wireless devices.

WERME – Wearable Cellular Extension

Hilla ETR-project WERME was targeted to identify and solve fundamental problems relating to multi-radio product implementation. With the experiences and platform of WePe projects, there was a solid base for further research. The target was to create the best wearable device performance and quality in Oulu.”

Wearmark project

Verkotan aims to become the leading test house in the world for wearable devices. We identified this as a business opportunity to expand into performance measurement services of future wearable products which utilize low energy, long range real-time communications. This project succeeded in utilizing new radio systems on the next generation of wearables. In addition, WERME project continued expanding the WePe project on the area of GPS. 

WePe – Wearables’ Performance (2015-2016)

“The WePe project was started for developing Over-the-Air testing system for wearables. It supported wearable device wireless performance standardization work, system architecture development and also managing pilot cases for novel end-to-end use cases in the laboratory. The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) has granted financing for WePe R&D project.”

This project improved the quality and reliability of wireless performance in wearable devices. Also, standardized wireless performance testing in laboratory environment gave competitiveness to companies on this market.

As a result for this project, Verkotan got it’s first patent, granted on 14.12.2018. Link to the patent here: «Testing Method and Arrangement for GPS Positioning Measurements»

WearMark – SME-1 (2015)

Verkotan performed a study to find business opportunities for a lab testing environment for wearables that can successfully replace and outperform field testing by simulating real life field scenario, e.g. multipath environment, body and arm movement and testing without cables. This project has received funding from the [European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme] [Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018] under grant agreement No [717350].

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Verkotan created a Business plan to define the best strategy for the commercialization of the method and technical feasibility assessment of the OTA test environment on Healthcare & Medical, Sports, and Industrial Smart Clothing wearables categories.

ReICOvAir – (2016-2018)

“A necessary rating system for wireless communication systems for Industrial Internet of Things was developed, standardized and integrated into a single comprehensive software and hardware testbed solution in the ReICOvAir project .

The consortium consists of Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer HHI, GHMT, Qosmotec and ifak from Germany, Centre for Wireless Communications, Verkotan, Sapotech, and Kaltio Technologies from Finland, and Software Quality Systems S.A., Trimek S.A., HOP Ubiquitous S.L., Engine Power Components Group Europe from Spain. The project received a Celtic Plus label and TEKES approved financing for the Finnish partners.”

This multinational Celtic project contributed for modelling the radio channel for the industrial environment. Verkotan gained valuable knowledge of hardware test system design and validation.

CoMoXX – The Hilla Project Consortium (2017)

“The aim of the project was to build a best in class communication module for poor network conditions of vehicle manufacturers by 2017. The data must be stamped with precision position information, also in conditions where satellite positioning is not available. The consortium consists of Lewel Group, Antcore, Verkotan and a team from University of Oulu (CWC).

This novel and versatile Communication Module for poor network conditions was meant to enable the position stamping based on location sensors. Verkotan gained a lot of valuable information from this research.

DiCo – Digital Contacting for Boosted Customer Value (2016)

“DiCo project was started for digitalizing Verkotan’s marketing and creating better user experience as well as added value to our customers with digital customer service solutions. Verkotan wanted to represent a novel test laboratory in yet conservative industry. During DiCo project Verkotan intended to improve it’s digital tools and thus, improve it’s competitiveness. TEKES (now Business Finland) funded this project.”

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Verkotan improved its internal and external communication during DiCo project. As a concrete example we added a digital marketing concept and an Online Chat to our websites for better and faster user experience and a real virtual contact with our customers. Also by following data we could understand our website visitors better and now offer them the best value with our content. In addition, our marketing processes were automated and synchronized with effective digital tools. 

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