We are very excited to announce that SCS has been awarded the prestigious ‘Solar Impulse Efficient Solution’ label. Since 2010, SCS aims at reducing electronic waste by performing retrofits of public infrastructure. Instead of always purchasing an entire new system, SCS’s services allow the upgrading and integration of new functions into an existing system, such as through new software and/or specific components, whilst retaining the majority of a system’s hardware. The solution has been applied to various city infrastructure, such as ticket vending machines, customer information systems and parking guidance systems.

Solar Impulse Foundation – Retrofit for electronic infrastructure

AI at the edge

(Unfortunately, this presentation is currently only available in German.)

In naher Zukunft wird KI zu unserem Alltag gehören. So werden selbstoptimierende Maschinen, Spracherkennung sowie diagnostizierende Medizingeräte uns täglich unterstützen. Die zugrunde liegenden Algorithmen sind extrem leistungsfähig aber auch leistungshungrig. Was steckt wirklich hinter der KI? Wie kann diese «at the edge», also eingebettet im Endgerät laufen, ohne Daten in der Cloud zu rechnen? In diesem Talk erklären David Gschwend und Florentin Marty, wie Ingenieure von SCS für Ihre Kunden erfolgreich KI in eingebettete Systeme packen.

Dieser Vortrag wurde am 9. Juni 2020 im Rahmen der Embedded Computing Conference 2020 mit dem “Audience Choice Award” ausgezeichnet.

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We are excited to announce that our next network event for women in engineering is upcoming. We feel honored to have been able to recruit as a keynote speaker Sandy Oppliger. She is a career changer in the tech industry and was CEO of Bauknecht until recently. In her keynote “From Borneo to CEO”, she will talk about her unconventional career path from a traveler to an active and enthusiastic leader in the tech industry. We are looking forward to many questions and a lively exchange of ideas, just like last time. Of course, there will be an aperitif and hopefully many good conversations.

We are addressing female students and professionals in computer science and electrical engineering, but we warmly welcome visitors from related fields, too.

 

The event is hosted by Supercomputing Sisters from Supercomputing Systems and will take place at Technopark Zürich, Trakt Edison, 5th floor, on April 7th 2020 from 5-7pm. See SCS Get together – Women in Engineering

 

Unfortunately, we had to cancel this event due to the current health situation.

In case you are interested in similar events, register at info@scs.ch  and we keep you updated.

 

Supercomputing Sisters

 

PS: The keynote will be held in English.

Together with our client, the Web3 Foundation, we’ve published a blog about our trusted off-chain computing platform SubstraTEE which improves confidentiality, scalability and interoperability of blockchain solutions:

Have a TEE with Polkadot

More technical detail and a live demo with private token transactions is given in the recording of our recent meetup:

This project is open source and the code is available on GitHub

“I had an offer for my dream job at that time, but in the end I decided not to take the job,” said Dr. Béatrice Conde-Petit at the SCS “Women in Engineering” event on November 5, 2019. She then took the opportunity to set up a new laboratory at Buhler Group as a Food Science & Technology expert.

In her keynote speech, Béatrice Conde-Petit talked about molecular mechanisms of pizza dough, improving the shelf life of foods (e.g. bread), food safety (e.g. salmonella in spices), and future food production. While revealing episodes from her career Conde-Petit told us that she had been asked about her toolbox from a person outside her area. Since she didn’t have one, she developed her toolbox and used it in all projects, especially state diagrams. She also insisted at the ETH that she be allowed to analyse her research object “pizza dough” with other instruments. It is worth being persistent and linking methods from different areas.

The transition from academia and research to the private sector had been a happy coincidence for her. She had already been a consultant with the Buhler Group and, after not responding to the call to Vienna as a professor, was asked whether she would set up a new laboratory at Buhler Group. This career step was a new challenge, which she took up with respect but also joy.

The Buhler Group is a Swiss company founded in 1860 that is active worldwide in the sustainable food and feed industry, new technologies, and mobility. As Food Safety Officer, Conde-Petit was significantly in the driver seat to realize new innovations in food production. One example is a new technology for testing the quality of spices (e.g., salmonella). Today she is responsible for the “Future of Food Programs”. We currently consume 1.8 planets of resources worldwide. In the industrialized countries, the number is even higher. 1/3 of the energy consumed worldwide goes into food production and 70% of the water consumed comes from agriculture. In addition, 1/3 of the food produced goes to waste. This results in a food shortage on our planet in the medium term. We can counteract this by systematically changing the menu plan; for example with insects, algae, smaller amounts of animal protein and larger amounts of plants in our menu plan. In order to solve the food shortage and the food durability, the fermentation of food is also promising.

Béatrice Conde-Petit filled the SCS Aula with a lot of energy and inspired the participants with her experience and with the exciting topic “Innovation for the food production of the future” and at the same time gave a personal insight into her career. She is a woman of action and continuously promotes young talents in her industry.

She concluded her keynote by quoting Remo Largo: “The grass doesn’t grow faster when you pull it”. But we must be prepared to grab the ball when it is thrown at us, just as she accepted the position at Buhler Group.

After a lively round of discussions, we had further inspiring discussions at an aperitif.

We are all already looking forward to the next “SCS get together – Women in Engineering” event of SCS in spring 2020.

We are happy to invite you to our next networking event:
On November 5th we welcome Dr. Béatrice Conde-Petit as Keynote Speaker. She is a food engineer and works as a food technology expert for the Bühler Group. Prior to that, she worked for 20 years as a researcher, lecturer, and industry consultant at ETH Zurich. In her keynote speech “From becoming an engineer to inspiring engineers,” she will talk about her inspiring career and, of course, we would be delighted if there were many questions and a lively exchange.

Details can be found in the invitation (Einladung_Frauen im Engineering_From Becoming an Engineer). Please register by November 1st at the latest, so that we can organize enough snacks and drinks.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Supercomputing Sisters
Claudia Lorenz, Sabine Proll, Jasmin Smula, Susanne Suter

Swiss Air-Ambluance Rega has introduced a complete new mission control system and thereby developed a new telecommunication infrastructure system with SCS AG as its partner. The system is Voice-over-IP (VoIP) based and features a custom-designed user frontend that perfectly fits the mission controller’s needs and includes two VoIP-telephones per workplace. The system also integrates communication through the Rega-proprietary Switzerland-wide radio system which was also developed mainly by Supercomputing Systems AG.

The communication system is seamlessly integrated to a mission control system delivered by Hexagon and ideally supports the operative processes of Rega mission controllers. In addition to the introduction of these new software solutions the entire mission control IT infrastructure of Rega has moved to external data centers. The telecommunication core systems run redundantly in two geographically separated locations. This ensures a high availability.

The development of the communication system including testing, deployment and go-live took SCS one year.

The Mico VoIP communication frontend for Rega mission controllers

Since 2012 it became apparent to public transport operators, that a concious decision is necessary between purchasing and installing a new generation of TVM (ticket vending machines) and retrofitting the current machines.  Every business case we prepared so far with a customer showed clearly: To keep the current machines, open the interfaces and source of the software (solving vendor-lock-in) with a retrofit is commercially and time wise always favorable.

With the successful conclusion of the first retrofit projects, from POS- (point of sale), passenger information-, to many other equipment it became apparent that the full potential of retrofit has by far not reached its limit.

In the meantime, many notable public transport operators have become customers of our retrofit solution, we are confident, that we can convince even more companies to go in this direction. For this, feasibility studies and solid cost estimation for hardware and integration into the customers systems are carried out. As soon as we are allowed to inform about the next concluded projects, we will do this here.

Some next projects are currently in preparation and in roll-out.

SCS has received a development grant from the web3 foundation in Zug for developing a privacy enhancement for blockchains that are based on  Parity Substrate, such as Polkadot and its parachains. SCS will leverage Trusted Execution Environments, namely Intel SGX, to enable use cases requiring enhanced confidentiality or integrity of decentralized computation.

This means that you will be able to transact cryptocurrency privately, that you will be able to swap cryptocurrency across different blockchains without a trusted intermediary or that you can vote privately and verifiably.

The project is open source from the start.

With Patrik Wernli, a very experienced project manager takes on the role of department head. From April 1st. Patrik takes over the department of Christian Bühlman who leaves SCS after 13 years. We wish Patrik a great start and thank Christian very much for the successful work over the years.