R & D

Founded in 1996, Kenus Informatica S. L. is an IT service company with over 17 years of experience in the field. We have a firm commitment to be the strategic and reliable partner for all our clients’ IT software and hardware needs.

To offer world class products and services we are part of certified partner programs with leading global players such as HP, Microsoft,  Wolters Kluwer and VMware.

Our client base consist of SMEs, the educational sector, as well as city councils and other governmental organizations to whom we successfully deliver services like IT consulting, installation and maintenance, server parks and Cloud processing solutions.

To give our services the competitive edge, we are investing heavily in the exploration, adaptation and incorporation of new technologies. For this purpose, we are – with the help of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness – maintaining our own R&D Department, through which we cultivate excellent links with universities and R&D centres around the globe. On local level we have signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Valencia and frequently take on student interns.

Looking ahead, the company is set on the road to move forward with a clear vision, a sound and consistent strategy, financial strength and an unwavering focus on serving the customers with pioneering beyond state-of-the-art solutions, by the fusion of stable technologies, with qualified experts, quality services and long term commitment.

Smart Grid R&D

Smart Grids, for many the next big technological revolution since the invention of the Internet, will play an important role in tomorrow’s societies. Governments around the world are pumping large sums of money into Smart Grid (SG) research, development and deployments, their aims being manifold. Smart Grids have the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the integration of distributed renewable energy resources, energy storage, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Moreover, they can increase the reliability of the electricity supply (reduced blackout rate) by real-time measurements, monitoring and control of the generation, transmission and distribution networks. Further, they can render the utilization of base load power plants and electricity transport infrastructure more efficient, deploying dynamic pricing and demand response strategies.

Besides achievements in power electronics, sensing, monitoring and control technology, a key Smart Grid enabler are the advances that in the last decade have been made in the area of telecommunications. There is a long list of complementary and sometimes competing wireless and wireline specifications and standards that can be used in Smart Grid deployments. Industry adoption and large scale customer roll-outs are still in their infancies and it is hard to make an accurate prediction of the “winners’’ and “losers’’. What seems clear, is that power line communications (PLC), i.e. communication over the existing electrical infrastructure, will have their part to play since they provide the natural upgrade from simple electricity conductors to hybrid and bidirectional electricity and data communication solutions.” [Hindawi13]

 

Smart Home/Smart Building R&D

Controlling lights, air-conditioning and heating equipment in a seamless manor using your smartphone or tablet is becoming a reality. Finally, you are in control of your home’s energy consumption and you can rest assured that your home is save even while you are way.

Further, a Smart Home is by many seen as the key extension to the Smart Grid, e.g. to allow the wide spread adoption of demand response schemes. “Demand Response (DR) can be viewed as an additional variable for control and management of the Smart Grid. Demand responsive loads can be adjusted or interrupted in order to provide load reduction during the hours of peak demand in the distribution grid. Introduction of low cost smart sensors that can be deployed across the distribution grid and the availability of two-way secure communication networks connecting the utility control center to the end users are some of the main technical drivers for incorporating DR in the Smart Grid paradigm.” [Wiley12]

We are investing in demand response as well as non-intrusive load monitoring research and have partnered up with key device manufactures to offer you a smart home/smart building experience tailored to your specific needs.

Apart from monitoring and control our Smart Home/Smart Building solution allows the set-up of a secure high speed network, remotely connecting for example printers and other USB devices, as well as the configuration of Media Servers and other network attached storage (NAS).

 

Multimedia R&D

HDTV was yesterday. Today it’s Smart TV, of course in High Definition or even in 3D. The role out of Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) is a reality in many EU member states and big companies like Google, Philips and Sony are launching Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) offers, bringing feature rich and tailor made content to the consumers. To allow satisfactory Smart TV consumer experience, stable high data rate downlink and medium data rate uplink connections are key. In conjunction, policy and regulatory objectives have been formulated in a number of countries around the world to support and secure investments in Next Generation Access (NGA) networks. Some of these policies are based on open access principles that seamlessly connect broadcast and broadband while enabling new business models.

Kenus not only integrates third party multimedia products and services but also brings forward its own solutions especially with respect to high end, high data rate home networking and media content storage.

eHealth and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) R&D

Through the Europe 2020 strategy framework and its “Innovation Union” flagship initiative, the European Commission has committed to overcome the barriers to innovation, especially for addressing the major societal challenges. It put forward the novel concept of European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs). Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) was chosen as one of the main hot pilot areas.

The long-term landscape of ageing in Europe is really worrying. Ageing societies are an emerging and seemingly irrevocable trend in Europe. According to recent projections, the number of Europeans aged 65+ will almost double over the next 50 years, from 85 million in 2008 to 151 million in 2060. Progress in health care, an increase in levels of wealth, improvements in standards of living, and better nutrition, combined with reduced fertility rates, have contributed to an increase in the number of older people. This trend represents a huge challenge for public authorities, policy makers, businesses and the non-profit sector. The impact of these changes is already being felt today and is particularly acute at a time of increased pressure on public budgets, a steady decline in the number of health personnel, higher incidence of chronic diseases and growing demands and expectations from citizens for higher quality services and social care. New solutions and approaches are needed and innovation can play a key role in rethinking and changing the way we design and organise our society and environment, and manage, finance and deliver Health and Social care services. Deep-rooted structural reforms are needed to ensure the sustainability of the health systems while securing access to services for all citizens.

Keeping abreast with changing technologies and innovations, our Healthcare & Information Technology business unit caters to the technological needs of the healthcare industry. Combining our expertise and embracing industry best practices with comprehensive tools and methodologies, we deliver high impact and sustainable solutions.

As such Kenus is participating in the EU funded IN3CA project “INclusive INtroduction of INtegrated CAre” (www.in3ca.eu). The aim of INCA is to Validate and to start a pragmatic Initial Deployment in Europe, of inclusive friendly and engaging multi-channel “patient-centric” communication care NETWORKS of integrated socio-sanitary care e-Services (integration of the whole personalised care chain provision of health care, social care, long-term and self-care in any kind of health/living conditions) among Public, Private and Third sector stakeholders and served from “the cloud”.

Through valued partnerships, with leading companies, we are able to offer customized premium as well as low-end solutions that cater to the needs of our customers and facilitate operations in hospitals and medical institutions. Each customer demand requires a unique operational framework. Kenus provides turnkey solutions encompassing various technology areas to its customers. Continuously evolving by venturing into diversified fields in the most dynamic markets, Kenus has transformed itself to be a highly influential technology based business solution/service provider meeting the strategic objectives of the clients. Kenus believes nurtures and takes pride in building strategic long-term client relationships.

 

Publications

Our R&D results have been contributed to the following publications:

[CRC17]

9781466557529 Smart eHealth and eCare Technologies Handbook, Lars Torsten Berger, Sari Merilampi, Andrew Sirkka (Editors), CRC Press, ISBN 9781498745659, January 2017
 

[IEEE14]

9781466557529 MIMO Power Line Communications, Lars Torsten Berger, Andreas Schwager, Pascal Pagani, Daniel M. Schneider, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, July 2014
 

[CRC14]

9781466557529 MIMO Power Line Communications: Narrow and Broadband Standards, EMC, and Advanced Processing, Lars Torsten Berger, Andreas Schwager; Pascal Pagani; Daniel Schneider (Editors), CRC Press, ISBN 9781466557529, February 18, 2014

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[Hindawi13]

Libro Kenus13Power Line Communications for Smart Grid Applications, Lars Torsten Berger, Andreas Schwager, and J. Joaquín Escudero-Garzás, Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol. 2013, Article ID 712376, 16 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/712376

 

 

[Wiley12]

9781118004395.pdfSmart Grid – Applications, Communications and Security, Lars T. Berger, Krzysztof Iniewski (Editors), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-1-1180-0439-5, April 2012

 

 

 

R&D Funding

Kenus is managing several national R&D projects partly co-funded under the program Línea InncorporaTorres Quevedo 2011 by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN)/Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), and the European Social Fund (ESF). Further funding is received by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Operational Programme of the Valencian Community. Support is also coming from the Valencian Institute of Industrial Competitiveness (Institut Valencià de Competivitat Empresarial, IVACE). Further, Kenus’ activities in the European IN3CA project are partially funded by the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP).

We gratefully acknowledge this widespread institutional
support for our R&D activities – Kenus R&D

 

 

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