TETRACOM's impact

TETRACOM applies a novel instrument (“TTP”) to boost European academia-to-industry technology transfer in all ICT domains. With special focus on SMEs, TETRACOM helped to generate a multitude of new jobs, new products, and new businesses via its 50 bilateral TTPs.

Industry testimonials

  • "The project has been very profitable for us. The optimization reduces the losses and it increases our competitiveness in the market. In gross numbers, we can save around 150,000€/year. In our opinion this kind of relationship and technology transfer should be encouraged."

    David Rueda, Ingeniería & Mantenimiento, AGC Flat Glass Ibérica
  • Through the COSMOS project a technology for implementation of the RFID capabilities in our MEMS sensors has transferred to AMG Technology Ltd by the European Polytechnic University.

    Thus, our products become contactlessly accessible, which opens new niches in the market of force-related monitoring equipment, such as: personalized weight measuring of humans and acceleration and stress monitoring of the commodities during the storage and transportation.

    Vladimir Stavrov, Managing Director and Founder, AMG Technology
  • “The partnership with the University of Pisa led to the integration of a flexible IP for sensor conditioning. It has enhanced our Company’s portfolio with a core tool enabling the development of future sensor solutions.”

    Paolo D’Abramo, Director Engineering, BL Mobility Sensors, AMS
  • "cTuning Foundation has completed a technology transfer of its Collective Knowledge IP with ARM to share an extensible framework for systematic and collaborative R&D combined with predictive analytics. Using Collective Knowledge, ARM was able to obtain valuable insights into performance of its products in a fraction of the time required by conventional analysis.  Designing next generation, high performance, energy efficient computer systems requires a deep understanding of current and emerging real world workloads.

    Ed Plowman, Director of performance analysis strategy, ARM
  • "The TETRACOM TTP gave us a good chance to improve our core product with new features enabling us to target new markets."

    Sebastian Wille, Co-founder, Asandoo GmbH
  • "Bluebee participated in a TETRACOM project to enable the transfer of IP from the Delft University of Technology and Imperial College London to the company. A couple of IP components developed within the two universities are needed in the field of genomics and are expected to improve the performance of genomics diagnostics pipelines. In particular, TETRACOM facilitated the transfer of hardware implementations needed to accelerate the BWA-MEM algorithm for DNA alignment on FPGAs developed by the Delft University of Technology.

    Dr. Ir. Zaid Al-Ars, Scientific Advisor, Bluebee
  • "The results of the GDO-NGS2 project enabled Bosch Sensortec to add gesture support to its new products which start shipping in 2016 and 2017. For the future, we expect that this novel technology will allow us to enable our customers to add their custom gestures to our sensor subsystems and, hence, build customized very low power solutions."

    Rainer Dorsch, Senior System Architect, Bosch Sensortec GmbH
  • When we considered starting the sub 1GHz radio module project, our main goal was to find a new solution for developing a more convenient product for the market stakeholders. The better features of the new radio are low powers consumption, longer distance communication, longer life term and a lower price. Increasing the advantages and decreasing the prices is the ideal scenario for all parties involved: producers and consumers. Our purpose is to increase the number of ISA100 wireless modules from 10k per year to at least 20-30k per year, which means increasing 2 or 3 times the sales volume.

    Ovidiu Ratiu, General Manager, Control Data Systems SRL
  • The TETRACOM project helped us to understand, evaluate and apply new techniques and optimisations for stream processing applications. These were integrated in our current product infrastructure, and will represent an intrinsic part of new products which will be key to addressing customer requirements

    Paul Grigoras, VP of Software, Corerain Technologies, Corerain Technologies
  • "The TETRACOM project is great opportunity for start-up companies for an easy and seamless technology transfer from the academic world. The program is a vital component for Creonic to stay ahead in technology."

    Timo Lehnigk-Emden, Managing Director, Creonic
  • The TETRACOM TTP has enabled Delphi Electronics and Safety to advance its validation and failure analysis engineering roadmap into new areas not previously possible without this research. The reliability data collected has helped inform through lifetime behaviour of electronics products, driving development of better modelling and design practices.

    Dr Derek Braden, European Validation and Hardware Operations Engineering Manager, Delphi Electronics and Safety
  • dividiti's customers are interested in rigorous and objective evaluation of emerging computing platforms for compute-intensive and safety-critical applications, such as autonomous driving. Thanks to our TTP with Imperial College London, we have acquired unique technology and know-how for assessing robustness of platforms, complementing our core expertise of assessing and optimising performance. This has increased the value of provided services to the current customers, as well as the company's competitiveness.

    Anton Lokhmotov, CEO, dividiti ltd.
  • "For our company, the TETRACOM project was a unique opportunity to experiment a cutting-edge technology in the field of structural health monitoring: this now has brought a tangible, high-added value in our company’s works. TETRACOM was a great opportunity to collaborate with a University and to establish a beneficial and fruitful exchange of ideas with talented Researchers."

    Roberto Leopizzi, CEO, EDIL GE.O.S. s.r.l.
  • The TETRACOM TTP was one of best cooperation with the research institutions I have experienced in my career. I see our partners as competent, focused and willing to provide right solution that meets our needs. The TETRACOM project was an opportunity to speed up implementation of the DTRi module and as such proved to be great opportunity for deep fruitful cooperation between the TSO and academia.

    Dr. Janko Kosmač, Head of process system department, ELES d.o.o.
  • "The collaboration with our academic partner (University Ljubljana) was excellent, the technology transfer very efficient, the personal engagement outstanding! Thanks a lot! Now we are looking forward to applying the results in our projects."

    Martin Mayer, Business Development, EVON GmbH
  • "The TETRACOM TTP together with the High-Performance Real-Time Lab of the University of Modena allowed us to deepen our knowledge of parallel hw/sw solutions to accelerate our main products, paving the way to the adoption of modern GPU accelerators for business-critical applications."

    Marcello Pellacani, VP Strategic Partnerships, Expert System S.p.A
  • "We have been working with RWTH Aachen and Silexica on power modeling analysis for some time now and are consistently happy with both the quality of the estimates produced by their tool and the professionalism of the team that is working with us. We hope to continue this partnership and make a significant impact on our SoC architecture exploration phase with this tool."

    Alan Gatherer, CTO Baseband SoC, Huawei USA
  • "The contact-less bioimpedance measurement device developed as a part of a PhD work at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School offers an innovative way to respiratory cycle monitoring of a patient. The support provided by TETRACOM allowed Hyb to invest resources in assessing the functionalities of a new medical device. Developed demonstrator prototype and supported activities implemented in the frame of TTP supported by TETRACOM are subject of the feasibility study required by Hyb policy of introducing a new medical device in production.

    Marko Pavlin, Project Manager, HYB d.o.o.
  • Tightly controlled diet in combination with insulin therapy is the key to successful management of Type 1 diabetes. Supervising one’s own diet is, unfortunately, very time consuming and is not always possible without food diversity even taken in the account.  The OPEN Platform For Clinical Nutrition, developed by JSI, offers a viable approach to address diet management in a consumer friendly way and at same time allows for integration with the latest generation of IPD med insulin patch pump.

    Tomaž Karčnik, Chief Executive Officer, IPD med Ltd.
  • Work done with the support of TETRACOM has been instrumental to maturing a standard parallel programming environment on the Kalray MPPA manycore platform. Not only we significantly improved our products, but also we contributed back code to the open-source projects we leverage for our toolchain.



    Benoît Dinechin, CTO, Kalray
  • Within the proiect 'Computer Vision Station Prototype for Biscuit Tiles Quality Control' there has been made a prototype of a computer vision station for detecting errors on raw ceramic tiles. Computer vision station prototype was made in collaboration with the partner Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology from Osijek. Visual detecting errors station is installed in Keramika Modus Ltd, factory at the end of the varnishing line, in front of the machine that fills the wagons for transport towards the oven where the ignition is performed.

    Zeljko Radek, Chairman of the Board Keramika Modus Ltd. , Keramika Modus d.o.o.
  • “The TTP allowed us to explore future directions for our L4Re operating system and enables us to converge research results into commercial deployments."

    Dr. Ing. Adam Lackorzynski, CTO, Kernkonzept GmbH
  • "Our work with Peter Yakimov and his team at DAEDALUS project reduced the time of the research processes and produced business qualified information. Also we came up with innovative vision for the Smart Street Lighting System. That was beyond our expectations in terms of cost, time saving, and the speed with which we accomplished our goal."

    Radko Jordanov, Chief Information Officer, LeaderLight Bulgaria Ltd.
  • We participated in a TETRACOM project with University of Lübeck to build a software capability for continuous monitoring and analysis of battery systems in the field. We are very pleased with the results of the project. The technology transfer helped us expand into the market of stationary energy storage systems (several thousand installations planned next year), and progress our portfolio from electronic hardware towards innovative cloud and data services. The academic cooperation created new profitable business opportunities that our small company could probably not have seized alone.

    Dr. Martin Sachenbacher, Head of Data Analytics & AI, LION Smart GmbH
  • "The traceability of food from producers to consumers is crucial for all players of the supply chain. In this context, the adoption of the RFID technology guarantees wide margins of success.

    Tatiana Martinucci, CEO, Martinucci srl
  • Our cooperation with FER, a premier Croatian research and applied technology research institution, enabled through TETRACOM, allowed us to develop a potentially life-changing technology and integrate it seamlessly into everyday life of the patients.We are extremely optimistic about the market potential of the project in particular and the usefulness of TETRACOM in general, as we've experienced it ourselves.

    Vedran Grcic, Chief Technical Officer & Strategic Program Manager, MCS grupa d.o.o
  • "The cooperation between MediTECH and the Institute of Microelectronic Systems at the Leibniz University in the course of the TETRACOM Project was very beneficial for us.  It provided new insights into the development of highly integrated inertial measurement units.  The result of this close and productive partnership has provided us with a new basis for future generations of biofeedback systems that make up the core of our product base.  TETRACOM provides an excellent platform for small and medium enterprises to benefit from cooperation with Universities."

    Ralph Warnke, Director, MediTECH Electronic GmbH
  • "There is often an awkward fit between university research results and company product development, sometimes even blocking transfer. TETRACOM has been the perfect enabler for us to absorb important university research results into our product line-up. Without it significant results that really improve our product and by extension society would have been left on the shelf."

    Harman Hunjan, Manager, Renesas Electronics Europe Ltd.
  • The TTP allowed us to obtain valuable insights into the real-world potential of native code obfuscation technologies to be deployed on core software components of many of our consumer products.

    Parashuram Chawan, Samsung Research and Development Institute UK
  • "Through the TTP we got the possibility to transfer knowledge from excellent research partner and we got a special knowledge  as a company in the area of medical  informatics. At the same time I would like to expose that the research activities on mobile ECG sensor started in Ljubljana 40 years or more ago. One of the most prosperous group on the mentioned problem  is a gorup at Jozef Stefan Institute. Researchers at SAVVNG Company active on telemedical projects recognised, that the project of the wearable body ECG sensor is the appropriate phase for industrialisation.

    Prof. Dr. Jurij F. Tasič, Strategic Development Management, Saving d.o.o.
  • "For a start-up company like Silexica, TETRACOM has acted as a perfect platform to experiment with high-risk tasks with talented university researchers, while transferring the results quickly into business opportunities. With the joint collaboration with RWTH Aachen, we were able to roll out our roadmap on power-aware multicore mapping much faster than expected. Our customers enjoy the cutting-edge research achievements within a commercial software tool environment."

    Weihua Sheng, CTO, Silexica
  • "The TETRACOM TTP has enabled Sonoscan to investigate novel 3D image processing to help find details in acoustic micro-imaging scans. This post-processing of the captured highfrequency acoustic echoes assists users by selectively imaging internal features of samples so as to highlight their presence.

    Richard Carr, Sales Director EMEA, Sonoscan (Europe) Ltd
  • "Tetracom has been a great help to put the very good research done by DAMA-UPC into a product that will help Sparsity to open new markets in a very promising area, that of Knowledge Base exploitation. Without Tetracom we would not have had the chance to productize that important bit of research."

    Josep Lluis Larriba-Pey, CEO, Sparsity Technologies
  • Internet of Things is the new frontier and the future of the global communication. In that context, making buildings more and more “smart” is an important task for a semiconductor industry like ST and its related business. The cooperation with Electromagnetic lab of University of Salento under the roof of TETRACOM Project has been very important for the feasibility study and the development of new innovative RFID-based solutions in that framework.

    Dr. Gianmarino Colleoni, STMicroelectronics
  • "There is often an awkward fit between university research results and company product development, sometimes even blocking transfer. TETRACOM has been the perfect enabler for us to absorb important university research results into our product line-up. Without it significant results that really improve our product and by extension society would have been left on the shelf."

    Willem Fontijn, Managing Director, Symbio Therapy
  • The TETRACOM TTP has given us the opportunity to enhance the features that our Decision Support System for agriculture (BLULEAF, ) offers. The new distributed sensor to measure soil water content will help to improve and ensure optimal management of water resources and irrigation processes. The collaboration with the Department of Engineering for Innovation at Università del Salento was a pleasure and a new and substantial chance of growth.

    Erminio Efisio Riezzo, Software Technical Manager, Sysman Progetti & Servizi s.r.l.
  • "Through the TTP we have developed a great collaboration experience with an excellent academic partner and we have acquired an unexpected knowledge essential in our future as a company into the bioinformatics area."

    Antonio Vicente, Chief Executive Officer, AI Talentum
  • "The TTP titled “eGPU accelerated HEVC/H.265 video decoder” enabled us to understand the requirements for accelerating HEVC video decoding in our embedded GPUs. The result was to modify the internal architecture of our GPUs by inserting a new special functional unit (SFU) dedicated for video acceleration. This is an on-going effort with many challenging open issues (technical and marketing)."

    Dr. Georgios Keramidas, CSO, Think Silicon S.A.
  • The cooperation with DTU within the framework of the TETRACOM has yielded significant results in moving forward with a particular technology within the company. It would have been hard for us to obtain similar results considering industrialization of academic research results without the close cooperation that we have established with DTU. The TTP has provided us valuable benefits in a very close but well regulated environment.

    Mafijul Islam, Manager Embedded Software, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
  • The collaboration with TU Dresden was an excellent opportunity to add additional features to our tools that will further improve our customer journey by latest technology and hands on problem solving methodologies. 

    Johannes Emigholz, COO , Silexica
  • For us this TTP is highly interesting and beneficial, since we were involved in latest research topics that could be transferred directly into a real application. We are now able to benefit from the flexibility of Intel  i7-Core platforms in conjunction with a specialized but still flexible FPGA solution for high throughputs of products, that have to be scanned for various parameters and defects in a few milliseconds.


    Dr. Michael Siegrist, R&D Manager X-ray Technology , Wipotec GmbH
  • Xsensio and the Nanolab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology successfully collaborated on a TETRACOM project to transfer an academic nanofluidics proof-of-concept into a reproducible and manufacturable solution that will become a key part of Xsensio's "Lab-on-SkinTM" wearable solution. Thanks to TETRACOM, the transfer of knowledge was simple, fast and highly efficient.





    Esmeralda Megally, CEO and Co-Founder of Xsensio, Xsensio

TETRACOM statistics

TETRACOM currently runs, or has completed, 50 individual Technology Transfer Projects (TTPs). The three open calls for TTPs received 107 TTP proposals, with a total acceptance rate of 36%. The average co-funding of TTPs by TETRACOM is around 25,000 Euros.

TETRACOMS project reports

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Project outcomes

  • 29 publications in international journals and conferences.
  • 40 TTP-specific presentations at workshops, trade shows and regional forums took place.
  • 12 TTPs contributed their results as open source software or services based on open source platforms.
  • 12 TTP-related patent applications have been filed.
  • Most TTPs delivered new professional or educational training activities and materials.
  • There were already 17 very concrete cases of TTP-related technology adoption by the partner company in the form of  new products or new features and services. 12 company partners reported internal process improvements.
  • 19 TTPs reported an immediate impact on sales projections and VC investment acquisition.
  • 21 additional jobs have been created with the TTPs´ company partners.
  • All TTPs reported improved opportunities for sustainable academia-industry partnerships, e.g. in the form of follow-up TTP proposals or other grant applications.
  • Most TTPs traced back their project to a previous or ongoing publicly funded research grant.
  • Most TTPs reported a TRL elevation by 2 levels, TRL 7 being the typical target.