Innovation

R&D Projects

CIC's development strategy is based on the non-stop innovation of all its products and services.

CIC's innovation activities are framed within a strategy of collaboration with its partners, taking into the account the current and future needs of its customers, and bringing all together in line with cutting-edge technology trends.

The ultimate goal is to offer software solutions of the highest quality, which maximize the efficiency of the management processes of companies, easing the digital transformation processes that result in an increase in competitiveness.

CIC participates as an ICT expert in national and international R&D projects, working on cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Software Architectures and Cybersecurity. CIC's R&D work is always focused on getting tangible outcomes applied to the improvement of products, as well as on the creation of novel solutions that fulfill the market needs.



Project

SIGIZA

Start date: 05/05/2022

End date: 05/04/2023

Comprehensive Fire and Affected Areas Management System

SIGIZA‘s main target is the design of an innovative system that allows the management of fires and affected areas in all its phases, from prevention, through the mapping of a model of risks and preventive tasks, through the coordination of emergency teams in the tasks of extinction, to the evaluation of costs and reforestation of the affected areas.

Main activities

The objective of the project will be addressed by the CIC research team by carrying out the following activities:

  • Design and development of a dynamic risk model that is updated based on meteorological factors and that considers the variables associated with combustion, propagation and fires in each application scenario.
  • Design and development of an information processing system for the management and coordination of extinguishing equipment, with a map of indicators that allows assessing the results achieved and the effectiveness and optimization of the resources used in its implementation.
  • Construction of an experimental prototype in a geographical area to be defined, which allows evaluating the results based on quantitative indicators such as the reduction of the area razed with the use of the system.

The characterization and design of an operating model will allow us to create a competitive product with an integrated set of functionalities for fire management and prevention, which can be adopted by different public administrations, taking advantage of its high degree of scalability and adaptation to the geographical and meteorological conditions of the geographical area where its implementation is carried out.

Funding

This project has received funding from SODERCAN (Cantabria Government), R&D on ICT projects, call 2021.

PIADOCS

Start date: 01/01/2022

End date: 30/09/2022

Artificial Intelligence system for document digitization

PIADOCS aims to design and develop an advanced document digitization system based on artificial intelligence models, neural networks and advanced data compression techniques. The final solution will allow the precise extraction of common working documents in the management of an organization, providing interoperability capabilities with third-party systems and a mechanism for measuring the quality of information capture.

Main activities

The objective of the project will be addressed by the CIC research team by carrying out the following activities:

  • Training of an algorithm based on AI techniques and neural networks for OCR recognition, covering all the typologies of documents common in the management of an organization.
  • Development of a system based on AI algorithms to compress the documents that are inserted into the system.
  • Adjustment of the algorithm by using machine learning techniques in a wide variety of document types.
  • Training to identify types of documents in scenarios in which an entry of information must be discriminated against before being processed.
  • Design and prototyping of interoperability elements that allow connecting the different components that are part of the process.
  • Development of a user interface capable of offering all the necessary actions for the personalized training process.

Funding

This project has received funding from SODERCAN (Cantabria Government), R&D on ICT projects, call 2021.

URBANAGE

Start date: 01/02/2021

End date: 31/01/2024

Project website

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Proyecto innovacion Urbanage

Enhanced URBAN planning for AGE-friendly cities through disruptive technologies

URBANAGE

is European initiative focused on helping urban planners and policy makers harness the power of new technologies for more inclusive, evidence based decisions. 

As Europe faces an oncoming demographic shift where its urban populations will consist of a higher proportion of older adults, the need for cities to offer better services for happy and healthy aging is crucial. 

URBANAGE supports the development of age-friendly cities through the roll-out of a new decision-support ecosystem, co-created by relevant stakeholders (public servants) and users (older adults).

The innovative ecosystem will bring together people´s needs and city data with new technologies including Big Data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence modelling and simulation algorithms, all accessed via Local Digital Twins with online Gamification features for enhanced engagement purposes.

Based on a thorough understanding of users’ needs, the ecosystem (tools, and co-creation) will be validated by piloting use-cases in three local planning systems in Europe (Helsinki, Santander, and Flanders).

CIC role

CIC participates in URBANAGE as an ICT expert contributing to the design of the data management layer and the definition of processes for collection, harmonisation, aggregation and integration of static and real time data from heterogeneous city sources. CIC will support Santander in the definition and data structure of the URBANAGE City Information Model (CIM) and will contribute to the implementation and technical validation of the URBANAGE Ecosystem in the pilot site of Santander.

Partners

The URBANAGE consortium is composed of 12 partners from 6 European countries (Finland, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Spain and United Kingdom) that will work on the different WPs and tasks assuring a successful achievement of URBANAGE results.

Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004590.

LUCA Enterprise

Start date: 01/07/2016

End date: 30/06/2017

Evolution to LUCA Enterprise

The objective of this project was the evolution of the operational intelligence product LUCA BASE to the new release (LUCA Enterprise) with advanced analytics functionalities, interoperability capabilities and improvement of the end user experience, with global access to information from all levels (data, processes and services).

Main activities

The objective of the project was addressed by CIC’s research and development team through the development of the following features:

  • Improvement of data access and adding of new connectors.
  • Dashboard with advanced display.
  • Module for detecting desynchronizations between systems.
  • Process monitoring.
  • Generation of alarms and business events.
  • Reports generation.
  • Evolution of the service layer for third-party systems.
  • Development of the mobile APP.

Funding

This project has received funding from SODERCAN (Cantabria Government), ICT R&D projects, call 2016.

IDboxRT SaaS

Start date: 01/07/2016

End date: 30/06/2017

IDboxRT SaaS

The project target was the enabling of the IDboxRT Saas product, to allow access to its functionalities through SaaS, without the need for an “in-house” implementation. To this end, the system was provided with a secured multi-client structure, a provisioning system and an accounting system for the management of pay-per-use.

Main activities

The objective of the project was addressed by the CIC development team by executing the following SaaS features:

  • The software of the solution will be hosted outside the premises of the SME client, in the location determined by CIC. This location can be CIC’s own hosting infrastructure or a commercial cloud platform (such as Azure or Amazon).
  • The customer’s data will also be hosted in the infrastructure of the solution, not requiring installation of equipment in the SME.
  • Access to the solution will be through the Internet, not being necessary a specific access from the facilities of the client SME. This will make it easier for SMBs to manage their information from anywhere and on any device.
  • CIC will take care of the maintenance, support and operation of the solution offered.
  • Solution updates will be made centrally by CIC.

Funding

This project has received funding from the public entity Red.es

SPADI

Start date: 01/07/2015

End date: 31/03/2018

Predictive Dynamic Ampacity System in Aero-underground Lines

SPADI aimed to evolve towards the achievement of a safe, clean and efficient electricity system, through the development of Smart Grids. The project addressed 5 fundamental challenges for the achievement of a comprehensive predictive system of dynamic calibration in complex electricity distribution networks:

  • Analysis of the applicability of the concept of dynamic calibration to underground wires, current ‘bottlenecks’ and limiting elements for the dynamic exploitation of distribution networks with aero-underground sections.
  • Research in modeling and simulation (electrical and thermal) of underground distribution cables, which allow to determine the behavior of the asset in different environmental and operating conditions and, therefore, to set new ampacity limits against the conservative static limits imposed by the standard.
  • Study and implementation of weather forecasting algorithms that allow short-term ampacity estimates, enabling an optimized operation of the network and circulated energy with maximum renewable integration.
  • Development and piloting of new equipment and sensors that allow the models to be fed with the necessary information for an accurate representation of reality, as well as to supervise the impact of the new operating techniques on the insulating properties of the cables.
  • Analysis, development and implementation of an information system capable of collecting all the variables and boundary conditions that determine the state and operating limits of the distribution network, for real-time decision making with the greatest knowledge of both the current and future state.

CIC role

CIC participated in this project as ICT expert, taking advantage of its long experience in providing applications development for utilities, knowing first-hand the critical points related to large volumes of information, requirement to update data and need for integrity and traceability of the same. CIC collaborated in the definition of the different sources of information and was in charge of the development of the computer platform for the dynamic supervision of assets.

Partners

The SPADI consortium was composed of 3 partners, VIESGO DISTRIBUCIÓN, acting as coordinator, LUMIKER, University of Cantabria and TECNALIA.

Funding

This project received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Call RETOS COLABORACIÓN 2015, Research, Development and Innovation Oriented to the Challenges of Society Program.

SMOGOV

Start date: 01/06/2012

End date: 31/12/2013

Smart Mobile Government

SMOGOV aimed to create a technological and functional framework to bring the technologies of the so-called mobile channel to any Public Administration, without the need for large investments or highly complex projects. Support in cloud computing and in the concept of access to technology as a service were the central axes of the project and the guarantee of diffusion of SMOGOV technology both nationally and internationally.

Funding

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, within the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2008-2011. Strategic Action of Telecommunications and Information Society. R&D Competitiveness Subprogram, Year 2012.

Proyecto SMOGOV - Smart Mobile Government - CIC Consulting Informático

EADMON

Start date: 01/10/2008

End date: 31/03/2010

Innovation project in technologies and procedures in the field of e-Administration

EADMON aimed to achieve the packaging of a set of applications in a unified solution in order to improve the operational processes in Public Administrations.

It was intended to get a general-purpose development able to be used in different administrations regardless of their size or location and without any further change in its internal organization.

Main activities

The project target was addressed by the CIC research team by carrying out the following activities:

  • SW development for online files processing.
  • Creation of a wide accessibility portal.
  • Addition of Municipal Mobile Assistant.
  • Connection and integration with the electronic signature.
  • Integration with GIS (Geographic Information System).

Funding

This project has received funding from the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, within the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2008-2011.

Proyecto de innovación en tecnologías y procedimientos del ámbito de la e-Administración
Proyecto de innovación en tecnologías y procedimientos del ámbito de la e-Administración

GRID_ATR

Start date: 01/06/2008

End date: 31/08/2009

High-performance distributed computing for calculation processes and ATR invoices

GRID ATR aimed to develop a pilot to test the feasibility of managing very high volumes of load curves, in accordance with the requirements arising from the operating procedures published by operators in the national electricity market. This would facilitate the Ministry of Industry’s strategy of shifting energy consumption from peak to off-peak hours.

The final outcome was to have a set of tools that, through their integration into the commercial systems of electricity companies, would ease the design of energy products based on hourly prices and not on periods (night / day / holiday), allowing companies to take advantage of the timeslots in which the price of energy is cheaper.

Main activities

The project target was addressed by the CIC research team by carrying out the following activities:

  • Design and implementation of the database model for the high voltage circuit.
  • Design and implementation of business processes of the high voltage circuit.
  • Deployment in the development environment for distributed processes
  • Functional testing of high voltage circuit modules.
  • Performance tests of the distributed high-voltage circuit in a general-purpose network.
  • Performance testing of high and low voltage circuits distributed in a general-purpose network.
  • High-performance grid installation of distributed low and high voltage circuits.
  • Performance testing of high and low voltage circuits distributed in a high-performance grid.

Partners

The project counted on the collaboration of the Institute of Physics of Cantabria, Joint Center Higher Council for Scientific Research – University of Cantabria.

Funding

This project received funding from the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), R&D&i Projects, 2008.

PAUL

Start date: 08/05/2011

End date: 08/05/2013

Prototype of renewable energy distribution management and simulation tool

PAUL aimed to develop a tool for managing and simulating the operation of the distribution network, which took into account the behavioral changes related to the provision of energy from the renewable field.

A modular system was proposed, with the capacity to scale and provide relevant information from the heterogeneous sources available (measurement, meteorology, historical) and enable the creation of training scenarios to simulate grid behaviors in practical circumstances that derive from the supply from renewable energies.

CIC role

CIC was the project coordinator and was responsible for collecting the functional requirements, and the design, development and validation of the prototype, focusing on data processing, and providing its expertise both in the field of management systems and systems integration.

The work consisted of the analysis, development and implementation of an information system that is capable of:

  • Collect all variables related to the state of the network.
  • Consolidate them into a centralized database.
  • Define a model of the current network that can be simulated based on real behavior patterns.
  • Enable to show valuable information to help in the real-time decision making of operators.

Partners

The PAUL consortium was composed of 3 partners, CIC, acting as coordinator, E.ON DISTRIBUCIÓN and THUNDER SIMULACIÓN.

Funding

This project has received funding from SODERCAN (Cantabria Government), R&D on renewable energies program, call 2010.

TRANSFERLITE

Start date: 01/05/2008

End date: 31/07/2009

Mobility for Navision

TRANSFERLITE aimed to develop a tool that improves significantly the competitiveness of organizations, optimizing their internal processes from several points of view: Production processes, Management (warehouses, assets), Customer relationship.

Main activities

The project target was addressed through the development of an application that allowed to automate all the management associated to the technical service of a company belonging to the machinery rental sector, although its design could be replicated to other sectors of activity.

Once the application was developed, it was subsequently implemented in a group of participating SMEs. This implementation had both the technological deployment and the necessary training sessions, to ensure a correct use of the tool by the users of SMEs.

Funding

This project received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, National Plan for Scientific Research Development and Technological Innovation 2008-2011, call AVANZA PYME 2008.

VHCE

Start date: 01/03/2006

End date: 30/06/2007

Electronic Medical Record Viewer

VHCE aimed to offer health centers a centralized management tool of their business processes, focusing on the design, construction and implementation of a software (Electronic Medical Record Viewer) to allow communication between health centers and hospitals. The experimental pilot was developed between Sierrallana Hospital of Torrelavega and the primary care centers of Torrelavega and Potes.

Main activities

The project target was addressed from the CIC research team by carrying out the following activities:

  • The design and creation of a corporate database in which the information selected for exchange is stored, allowing a bidirectional transfer of data between Primary Care and Specialized Care.
  • Implementation of the ability to visualize and share the primary care information of the Health Centers of Torrelavega and Liébana (whose main source is OMI-AP), and specialized care (whose main source is HIS).
  • The study and definition of a data model, as well as the selection and loading operations necessary for the requested information to be structured and accessible to the corresponding application or applications.
  • The development of a user interface (Information System) that allows access in a structured way to the available clinical information of the selected patient, as well as the identification and authentication of the user.
  • The development of an interface for the inserting of Emergency Reports.

Funding

Self-funded project.

This project was certified as Technological Innovation Project according to the ISO UNE 166.002 standard.