Research and development

Research and development

Lance ICT Group pays great attention to research and development with innovation as a top priority. With Protecs the Lance ICT Group particularly focusses on chemical safety in case of the presence of hazardous substances and machine safety.

The developments in microchips are fast, pushing the thought of the Internet of Things closer. The ‘Internet of Things”, the communication between instrumented systems, high tech sensors, and social media, creates enormous amounts of data. The unexpected hidden patterns in data provide us with new insights. Combined data lead to causal relations, enabling predictive powers, supporting the decision making process. The value of rough “big data” is hidden, but by smart analysis it can lead to conclusions applicable to all domains of our society. Handling big data requires innovative breakthroughs in advanced ICT-science and technology, including machine learning, data mining, visualisation, semantics, databases, software engineering and data security.

Since the smart phone has been adopted in the chain of information, it turns out that security and safe use are not up to par. Modern cars for instance are equipped with electronics, enabling the car to communicate through internet with the dealer or owner. The connection to the internet allowing to influence the cars’ electronic settings from a distance with smart phone, tablet or PC. These provisions are rendered unsafe, because unauthorised access and manipulation is possible.

Therefore, security as well as privacy and transparency are important conditions for users to share information on the Internet.

Lance ICT Group has a 20-year experience in the field of functional safety in its 25-year existence. Our experience focusses on chemical and machine safety issues. The analysis of data gained from security loops, containing sensors, logic and actuators, playing a major role. Safety provisions mostly consist of these security loops. Protecs enables safety provision management en supplies the user with information about the current safety of the system.

One of the first research projects under "Research and Development" was commissioned by the European Organization for Testing and Certification (EOTC), including ITC The Hague, to develop a "Reliability Data Collection System" (RDCS). After acceptance of the RDCS system, obtaining fail data from the industry turned out to be a bottleneck. Making such data available was not possible because of doubt about safe usage of the data. Alternative being to turn to the suppliers of these instrumented systems for obtaining the needed fail data.

Lance ICT Group collaborates with the Eindhoven University of Technology in the valorisation project THECS Healthcare of COMMIT. Goal is finding solutions to various problems by working together and channelling knowledge and experience. Especially issues concerning data reliability, obtained through the internet, through sensors, logic and executive devices. The cancellation of the Dutch national Electronic Patient Dossier teaches us that safety is indispensable to successfully applying these high-tech sensors. The technical side focusses on using API’s (Application Programming Interface) and container technology ensuring a safer use of these techniques.