Areas and criteria of cooperation
Areas of cooperation
Alfabeat supports research and development works within the ICT sector, focusing on those projects which are connected with big data, AI (artificial intelligence), IoT (Internet of things) or VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).
big data + AI
Digitalization that took place in many areas of life has produced large amounts of available data waiting to be processed. What stands behind the idea of “big data” is projects which assume collecting and analyzing various data. Very often this area is linked to AI, i.e. artificial intelligence. Currently its most popular domain is machine learning which deals with systems that learn whenever new data is being supplied.
IoT (within the Telco sector)
IoT, i.e. Internet of Things, is the fastest developing concept within the Telco sector (telecommunication) which postulates the possibility of connecting various physical items in order to collect and process data with the use of e.g. a computer network. The most popular example of using this concept seems to be the so-called intelligent houses in which various appliances and devices are connected to a network which allows the user to control them via e.g. a smart phone. Thanks to this while we are still on our way back from work, we can make sure that on our arrival the house is e.g. adequately cooled/warmed up. This way every device or item which used to work offline can be made intelligent.
VR, i.e. virtual reality, is a domain which includes technologies that make it possible to create an illusion of being in a different, virtual environment. We can find ourselves transferred to such a type of space e.g. by wearing goggles which take us to a virtual world (e.g. an airplane cockpit) while we are still in a physical location (e.g. our house). Additionally by wearing special gloves it is also possible to interact with the surroundings (e.g. moving the instruments which control the plane).
AR, i.e. augmented reality, means the solutions which use various appliances and devices with an in-built camera (e.g. smart phones) to enhance the processed image with the use of additional elements that are not there in reality. One of the most popular examples of using this technology is the Pokemon Go game which based on an image from a camera and a GPS signal enables to catch virtual pets hidden in various corners. There are not really there. They are only visible on the displays of our phones.
Criteria of cooperation
Each applying project must meet a number of criteria that are fundamental for the cooperation to be continued. The criteria have been divided into four categories: technological requirements, business requirements, team requirements and formal requirements.
The market is an area which should be thoroughly verified by the team members who are realizing a given project. Preparing answers to the following basic questions will be helpful: what (is the aim of the project)? who (will use the solution introduced as a result of realizing the product)? why (the project is worth working on)? It is equally necessary to estimate the costs and time needed for realizing the project.
Carrying research and development works which will result in creating an innovative product or process that falls within the scope of National Intelligent Specializations is the responsibility of every team which realizes a project. It is also important how advanced the works are, since the operation of the technology which is being developed should be confirmed at least in laboratory conditions.
A good team who is able to communicate and find agreement even in moments of crisis is fundamental to a successful realization of any project. Whenever R&D works are carried the diversified competences of particular team members are very important as they should complement each other. Not only competence related to technology, but also to business is desirable.
Meeting formal requirements is a pre-requisite to cooperation. These include, among other things, the presence of the so-called “Polish element”, which means an element that connects the project to Poland. The company which realizes the project must have its office and must run its operations in Poland. Another essential issue is the intellectual property rights. It is the people involved in realizing the project who should hold the right to the idea of a product, process or service which is being developed.
Not all activities carried in the IT sector are treated as R&D works. These do not include the following: creating applications and IT systems based on known methods and existing IT tools, conversing computer languages or adapting existing software.