The DEIB has spawned the first two spin-off companies of the Politecnico di Milano: the Tre in the year 2000 and Web Models (now WebRatio) in the year 2001. Out of the many companies participated by the Politecnico di Milano, 10 have been founded by DEIB members.
Established in March 2000, Tele- Rilevamento Europa - TRE http://www.treuropa.it - is the first spin-off company of the Politecnico di Milano. TRE is the commercial vehicle through which the application of the Permanent Scatterers (PS) Technique – patented by the Politecnico di Milano in 1999 – is marketed. The PS Technique is a unique tool that detects, measures and monitors different geophysical phenomena and verifies the stability of individual buildings. Its application is relevant in several fields, like landslides, subsidence, volcanic and seismic faults, infrastructure and public works, claim assessment for verifying the cause effect connection between construction and damage to neighbouring facilities, and the checking of the stability of buildings. The company now employs over 20 people and serves large public and private customers in Italy and Europe.
Web Models (http://www.webratio.com) was founded in October 2001 by three graduates and two Professors of Politecnico di Milano. The core business of the company is the development of innovative software tools: WebRatio, for creating and maintaining Web applications via a simple visual language and automatic code generators; and WebRatio BPM, for designing Business Process Models with the BPMN notation and automatically generating Web applications supporting the processes.
These products are the commercial and industrial outcome of an international patent on a visual language for modelling Web applications (called WebML), owned by the Politecnico di Milano and developed at DEI and at the Como Campus.
Today, Web Models works with national and international customers and is present in Europe and Latin America.
ARESYS (http://www.aresys.it), Advanced Remote Sensing Systems, operates since 2003 in the field of digital signal processing with particular focus on remote sensing and geophysics.
ARESYS inherits the 20-years experience of Politecnico di Milano in spaceborne synthetic aperture radars (SAR) and geophysical prospection systems.
Nowadays ARESYS is mainly active in the following areas:
Micro Photon Devices (http://www.microphotondevices.com) was founded in 2004 for transferring to industrial production the microelectronic and optoelectronic technology developed by DEI researchers for the detection, counting and picosecond timing of single photons, exploiting an expertise gained over more than 20 years. The mission of Micro Photon Devices is development and production of optoelectronic instrumentation and modules based on special microelectronic detectors (called SPAD Single Photon Avalanche Diode) and associated integrated circuits for detector operation (AQC Active Quenching Circuit). Silicon SPADs developed in CMOS compatible technology make possible to conjugate high detector performance with miniaturization, low power and development of integrated systems. SPADs in compound semiconductors extend photon counting applications to the near infrared spectral range (also to optical fiber wavelength). Micro Photon Devices can also engage itself in custom design for specific applications of photon counting and timing with picosecond resolution.
Binary Core (www.binarycore.it) offers FPGA embedded solutions for digital high-speed telecommunications, and has specific expertise on digital systems and algorithms for point to point microwave radio links and terrestrial digital video broadcasting. Binary Core, founded in 2006, derives its in-depth knowledge and experience from the cooperation, started in 2001, between the DEI Modem Lab and several leading telecom companies, and from the inside knowledge of the market of its co-founder, Compel Group, an experienced player in design, manufacture and integration of electronic systems.
Wisytech (http://www.wisytech.com) has been established in 2006 as spin-off of Politecnico di Milano and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) by two professors and Alfautomazione SpA The mission is to develop HW and SW products for testing and prototyping of advanced wireless communication systems. Based on the Software Defined Radio paradigm, the main focus is on reconfigurable DSP/FPGA architectures and software IPs for virtual instrumentation. Software-based products include generators, analyzers and IPs for baseband processing for WIMAX (IEEE802.16d/e), DAB, RDS and GPS systems. WIMAX (IEEE802.16j), LTE, DVB-S/H/T and Cognitive Radio Systems are currently being developed. Hardware-based products are focused on up/down RF/IF converters for MIMO systems (IEEE802.11n) and standardized optical interfaces (CPRI and OBSAI). Virtual instrumentation is currently being developed in cooperation with National Instruments.
MobiMESH (www.mobimesh.it) is a spin-off company of Politecnico di Milano founded in 2008 by a group of researchers and professors together with Voismart , an industrial and commercial partner. The innovative solutions of MobiMESH are the result of the research carried out at the Advanced Network Technologies Laboratory (ANTLab) of DEI.
MobiMESH srl develops innovative products and solutions for wireless mesh networking. Wireless mesh networks are all-wireless networks that are devised to free WiFi networks from the cables interconnecting access points. They can be used in all scenarios where deploying a wired infrastructure is not possible or cost effective like municipal wireless networks (big and small cities, as well as areas not reached by the broadband infrastructure), temporary networks, historical building and protected areas. Many applications can be enabled by wireless mesh networks: domestic Internet access, nomadic access, video surveillance, public and private VOIP services, environmental monitoring, information services for tourist, and many others.
XGLab (www.xglab.it) is a spin-off company of the Politecnico di Milano, born in 2009 by a research group of Politecnico di Milano with an excellent knowhow in nuclear electronics. The company operates in the field of the detectors and electronics instrumentation for X-ray spectroscopic analysis and for Gamma imaging and it deals with the design and realization of advanced ionizing radiation systems, with the support of the industrial partner GNR s.r.l., leader in the field of analytical instrumentation for material analyses.
The XGLab’s product is made of hardware (radiation detector modules based on silicon drift detectors and other kinds of high performance radiation detectors, integrated and hybrid electronics circuits for acquisition and processing of signals coming from detectors, complete instrumentation for measurement and analysis of X and Gamma radiation) and of “custom” design of complete systems for scientific, biomedical, industrial and civil applications.
Some of the main applications and sectors involved are bio-medicine (diagnostic imaging, cellular biology), environmental monitoring (pollution, waste recycling), industrial analyses (chemical composition of matrerials), study and conservation of artistic and cultural heritage (restoration preliminary analyses, authenticity check), homeland security (anti-terrorism, nuclear plants), research in physics and astronomy fields (atomic and nuclear physics, spatial missions).
Restech srl (www.resmon.com) is a spinoff company of Politecnico di Milano born from a research team belonging to the Biomedical Technology Laboratory (TBMLab) of the former Bioengineering Department (now part of the DEIB); its research activity regards the respiratory field and in the general bioengineering applied to the respiratory system.
Restech’s mission is the development of innovative products and services for the diagnosis, monitoring and management of patients affected by respiratory diseases, from research, to product engineering, to the production and commercialization of devices.
Restech’s vision is to become an international player in the development of innovative biomedical devices.
Zehus (Zero Emission HUman Synergy - www.zehus.it) is an innovative Politecnico di Milano spin off company. The mission of this company, is to push the human engine as the center of the Energy management, creating an optimal synergy between the man himself and the electrical powertrain of the vehicle.
Today zeHus unveils a vehicle that will be crucial in the bicycle evolution. Its name is Bike+.
Bike+ opens up a new market segment right in between the traditional bycicle and the modern e-bike. That’s because Bike+ is the first real mid hybrid electric bike; the operating principle is the same as the one which moves the famous Toyota Prius Indeed, Bike+ has a small battery pack that helps the cyclist reducing the fatigue when he is facing difficulties, has hard slopes or intense start/stop maneuvers. On the other hand, when the cyclist is “efficient”, the bike automatically recharges the batteries with a ridiculous effort from the man’s perspective. Thanks to the sophisticated control system, Bike+ battery pack does not need a plug-in recharge!
In order to realize Bike+ the engineers studied the human body as an “engine”. Based on the results achieved with scientific methods they developed sophisticated control algorithms that allow the cyclist to save up to 30% of the oxygen consumption within an urban contest (measured data). The result of these studies is a Electric Pedal Assisted Cycle, but as light as a normal bike and frees the user from plug-in “duty”.
Bike+ the revolutionary human electric hybrid bike. No need to charge the batteries.