Press Releases • Sep 18, 2017 07:21 CEST
Snart byggs det igen i Science Park Mjärdevi. Nästa sommar planerar Senzum att flytta in i de nybyggda lokalerna i Science Park Mjärdevi med dryga 100 anställda. Idag är platsen för deras kommande kontor ett tomt fält, men inom kort tas det första spadtaget.
Press Releases • Sep 14, 2017 06:47 CEST
Den 14 september kl 17.00 startar runt 130 lag i Collegiumparken i Science Park Mjärdevi årets upplag av Mjärdevistafetten – Linköpings största och äldsta stafettlopp. De snabbaste lagen tävlar om banrekord och 3d-printade medaljer från Mjärdeviföretaget WeMatter. Alla som har nummerlapp är med om tävlar om mängder med fina priser – bland annat flygresor till valfri plats i världen med KLM.
News • Jun 27, 2017 08:45 CEST
Close co-operation with other actors, especially Linköping University and its students, plays a critical role in this relationship.
It is no accident that one of Ericsson’s most innovative and exciting business units is based in Science Park Mjärdevi. The company moved to the area back in 1987 with some 20 employees, into a shed on Teknikringen 6. Then, at the end of the 80s, focus was on developing the first generation of mobile communication solutions, 1G. Today, 30 years on, one of Ericsson’s three global ICT centres is located here at the heart of the Science Park, and the research and development centre is pioneering and leading the world in the development of 5G.
“When we won the tender to build a global ICT centre here in 2014, we invested wholeheartedly,” says Ulrika Unell, Ericsson’s site manager in Linköping. Today, the data centre is fully operational around the clock, with some 9,000 Ericsson developers (globally) logged into the centre at any given moment. The centre has a surface area of two football pitches, and to cool all the equipment housed in the centre requires two cubic metres of water every minute, that’s the equivalent to 56 baths.
Excellent symbiosis between actors
Through a committee structure, Ericsson in Linköping has the ability to influence the content and direction of courses taught at Linköping University, and can search for specific skill sets that the company might need in students, explains Ulrika enthusiastically. Trainees and students on placements come to Ericsson: frequently young people with great potential to become future mobile communication stars. Ericsson has also created an excellent research platform, and it is easy to see how innovations and new companies are born and develop in an environment of co-operation.
“The players that are active and are involved in life at Mjärdevi live in excellent symbiosis with one another. And there’s fertile ground here for ideas, experiences to inform and rotate between organisations and companies in Mjärdevi,” says Ulrika.
Anders Lindström, development manager and head of Ericsson’s successful 4- and 5G technologies, completes the image of the innovative corporate culture:
“We’re good at creating new arenas and platforms for innovation, and we have the competences and resources to realise ideas. The key is curiosity in future technologies and how these can harnessed,” he says.
Location is increasingly unimportant – cloud services are the future
Ericsson has a clear vision about influencing, developing and changing society and life for individuals. Technology and mobile communication are first and foremost tools to disrupt old structures and build new ones in their place. The buzz term Internet of Things typifies this approach for Ulrika and Anders. They talk passionately about breakthroughs, technological progress, and other changes that increasingly reduce the significance of place: in the past, people were tied to places where we could call, play or complete mobile transactions. With the continuous development of contemporary mobile communication, location is becoming meaningless and cloud computing increasingly important.
Cloud operations with the ICT centre as their global hub are a part of Ericsson’s R&D activities in Linköping, and function as a platform for testing and developing digital communication services and creating innovative solutions.
Creactive: an indispensible meeting place
Ericsson employees are often found at Creactive:
“It’s an unbelievably important place, I often go to Creactive for face-to-face meetings, to speak to students or interact with companies and incubators,” says Ulrika.
She stresses that innovation occurs when people meet – supported by technology – and that there is a considerable benefit and competitive advantage in being in the innovation melting pot of Creactive and Science Park Mjärdevi.[NC2]
Part of a global ecosystem
Ericsson’s services affect society for billions of people around the world. During the 30 years that Ericsson has been at Mjärdevi, developments have been nothing short of revolutionary, from nobody knowing what a mobile phone was, to today when there are more mobile phones than toothbrushes. Today’s generational shift is even more extreme, and Ericsson is committed to continuing to lead development in the area. The company intends to recruit 100 engineers in Linköping during 2017. Virtually all the new positions will be on the 5G-side of the business, and the company’s vision is entirely focused on the future and on global, cloud-based ease-of-use. From Mjärdevi to outer space?
“We’re part of Linköping,” says Ulrika. “And we bring Sweden to the world, via Science Park Mjärdevi.”
Ericsson is part of the Swedish psyche like few other companies. It is also part of Linköping’s – and Mjärdevi’s – industrial history. Over the past 30 years, Ericsson’s presence in Science Park Mjärdevi has created the conditions for the company to become a driving force in the development of the community.
News • Jun 27, 2017 08:43 CEST
Its digital image systems are used by radiology clinics worldwide, and its medical image management platform improves the efficiency of healthcare delivery. And saves lives.
Sectra is one of Mjärdevi’s, Linköping’s, and Sweden’s leading tech companies. With world-leading encryption systems, data security, and medical image management, the company has achieved a turnover of more than SEK 1 billion. Sectra is also one of the few modern companies that has succeeded in growing organically. At the same time, the company stands out with its sky-high ranking in international quality ratings and praise for its customer satisfaction levels. Perhaps it is rather telling that Torbjörn Kronander, CEO and co-owner, says that their success is, in fact, primarily a consequence of a good company culture, soft values, and above all sound recruitment.
A point blank “corporate no”
In the same humble tone of that comment, Torbjörn tells the story of how one of Mjärdevi’s largest companies actually got started by chance. About when cash machines were introduced in 1978, how the banking sector was crying out for encryption technologies that basically did not exist, or at least there were very few people who knew anything about encryption. The exception was researcher Ingemar Ingemarsson and his PhD students at the new university in Linköping. Ingemarsson was studying data security and digital encryption. It was not possible for banks to fund wide-ranging research, and the reply to a request from the research group to work for the banks was a point blank no, explains Torbjörn. But this was not the end of the story. To clinch this exciting project, Ingemarsson and his colleagues instead formed a consultancy. The company was named Secure Transmission – shortened, of course, to Sectra.
A revolutionary digital solution
Jan-Olof Brüer, a newly qualified doctor in Information Theory, became CEO of the fledgling consultancy in the early 80s. At about that time, Torbjörn was recruited as a consultant. Jan-Olof is determined to turn Sectra into a “real company”, with employees and with product and system sales. Sectra expands and develops successful products, including encryption equipment for defence forces. With Torbjörn’s appointment to a full-time position in 1989, the company enters a new area – medical technology. Torbjörn has a doctorate in image transfer and Sectra’s first project in the new field is to develop technologies for sending X-rays over communications networks.
“At the time, X-rays were driven miles by taxi to radiologists. Most computers didn’t even display images, but we were good at compressing images and managed to construct an image transfer system. The next step was to create Sweden’s first digital X-ray archive. And this we also achieved. The place is Mjölby healthcare centre, the year 1993, recalls,” Torbjörn.
The importance of home advantage
The groundbreaking technology was developed in Linköping right from the start. Sectra was one of the very first companies to move to Mjärdevi, with a couple of offices on Teknikringen 2. In time they needed the entire building and today, Sectra has some 400 employees based there. Proximity to Linköping University, research and skills has played a decisive role over the years. Sectra is marking 30 years in the park, and represents an excellent role model for Science Park Mjärdevi’s vision, “Enabling [NC1] groundbreaking solutions for modern society”.
The region in general has been important for Sectra’s development and having Linköping and Mjärdevi as a base, has been advantageous in many ways.
“The will and courage of Region Östergötland, the former county council, to invest in us and allow us to develop new products has been crucial for our development. The public sector and various medical facilities have been involved in requirement setting and quality assurance of our products, without them we couldn’t have grown in the way that we have. It’s also fantastically inspiring that today there are so many top figures in medical technology right here in [NC2] Science Park Mjärdevi,” says Torbjörn.
Small consultancy agency becomes niche product developer
After the Mjölby health centre, the radiology unit at Visby Lasarett was digitalised. Soon, all radiology units in Sweden were digitalised. Rumours about Sectra’s technology spreads throughout Europe, and in the coming decade a number of international co-operation agreements are established. At the same time, product and service offerings are continually developed. In 1999, Sectra is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange. With the exception of a pronounced drop around 2005 due to a hastily abandoned co-operation with Philips, Sectra has grown steadily, purposefully and reliably. Today, the company is present in 15 countries, and its technologies and products are used in many more. Every year, some 80 million X-rays, at 1,800 hospitals worldwide, are handled with the help of Sectra systems. The latest addition are microscopic images of digital pathology, something that has the potential to speed cancer diagnoses. Medical technology now accounts for the lion’s share of operations, but exciting new investments are also being made in data security, including advanced analysis and monitoring systems.
A winning company culture
Kronander sees steady growth and excellent customer relationships as the most important factors behind Sectra’s success. He describes a fantastic company culture, one in which he says most issues are resolved if finances are sound and people are happy.
“We have made sure that we are self-financing and have chosen not to grow using venture capital. We work long-term and prefer to progress steadily rather than racing ahead – something that I believe is important. We compete on customer satisfaction, an area where we are currently acknowledged to be best in the world, and this applies to 100 per cent of our employees – they are our greatest asset. Some of our competitors have more lawyers than we have employees and larger marketing budgets than our turnover – but when our employees meet customers: that’s when they engage and create business. That makes me proud.”
Pictures from Sectra: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sectramedicalsystems/albums/with/72157621467698767
Again and again, Sectra develops technologies that the world adopts. The company’s unique encryption technologies give governments and defence forces the ability to monitor secure mobile phone calls. Its data security solutions protect society’s critical infrastructure.
Press Releases • Jan 12, 2017 07:05 CET
Det bedrivs forskning av världsklass i vår region och via Lunchklubben erbjuds en exklusiv inblick i vad forskningen kommer att betyda för mänskligheten och våra verksamheter i framtiden. Den framgångsrika mötesplatsen Lunchklubben som verkat många år i Norrköping startar nu även i Linköping. Ett nätverk för både näringsliv, samhälle och universitetet.
Press Releases • Nov 11, 2016 08:31 CET
Tekniska verken har tillsammans med Ericsson initierat projektet ”Hot Remote” i syfte att optimera fjärrvärmesystemet för att kunna planera för effektivare energianvändning i både enskilda fastigheter och hela kvarter.
Press Releases • Nov 07, 2016 16:19 CET
Tisdagen den 8 november sjuder Mjärdevi av spännande föreläsningar, coola innovationer, banbrytande forskning och framtidens fika.
Press Releases • Oct 04, 2016 09:04 CEST
Mjärdevi Science Park är en av Sveriges äldsta Science Park, och grundades redan 1984. Sedan dess har många innovationer sett dagens ljus i vår tillväxtmiljö. Nu startar Science Park ett arbete för att identifiera och synliggöra alla innovationer som är sprungna ur främst Mjärdevi Science Park, men även Linköping.
Press Releases • Sep 08, 2016 10:54 CEST
Regeringens mål är att Sverige ska vara ”bäst i världen på att använda digitaliseringens möjligheter”. I början på sommaren fick därför Riksarkivet uppdraget att främja arbetet med att tillgängliggöra information och öppna data från statliga myndigheter. För att bli bäst krävs mer än så. Vi behöver en nationell samordning som förenklar hanteringen, höjer kompetensen och främjar utvecklingen.
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