One week into my new challenge at Holst Centre ...

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The digital transformation

It took us over 100 years to evolve from the first telephone to the first website. But just 16 years to bring the first smartphone in our daily life. The rate of innovation acceleration will only increase in the coming years and it's clear that the digital transformation is exponential, not linear.


A new phase

I recently joined imec in the Netherlands from Cisco where I drove the Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions space. During my Cisco days I learned quickly that the growth of the IoT depends hugely on the available sensing endpoints and platforms and the real-time data they can deliver to improve lives, streamline business processes and create new outcomes.


A week into my new job, I can honestly say I am blown away by the innovations we are working on here at imec. At Holst Centre on the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, we are truly focused on creating the future; answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle and sustainability by embracing the Internet of Things.


Our latest innovations

Let me give you a couple of examples that we recently brought to market. At the start of the summer, Holst Centre, imec and Wi-Fi® IP provider Methods2Business introduced a complete Wi-Fi HaLow™ radio solution. This novel long-range radio uses 10 times less power than state-of-the-art orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) alternatives currently on the market. It complies with the latest Wi-Fi wireless networking protocol – the IoT-optimized IEEE 802.11ah – and can be used for a broad range of IoT-related applications. The solution acts as a building block for our Intuitive IoT innovation program, which is open to research partners and features licensing programs for further development.


In the healthcare sector, we presented the latest version of our health patch  at electronica in Munich earlier this month. Small, comfortable and energy efficient, it is the first patch of its kind to track physical and cardiac activity while also monitoring bioelectrical impedance to measure body composition, respiratory activity and the distribution of body fluids. All the technologies involved have been fully validated and the patch itself has been tested in a controlled environment. It is now available for licensing by companies looking to initiate their own medical applications.



The path forward

As our innovations are maturing, we will continue to validate them in real life applications. Both in healthcare, collaborating with clinical experts, and in other solution areas for a safer, more energy efficient and more comfortable way of life. We will also continue to drive economic impact by planting new seeds and exploring new fields as they emerge.  Our main goal is to help drive the digital transformation. Combined with mostly new business models and go-to-market strategies, they will transform the way people live their lives and manage their health. For me, it is very exciting to be at the forefront of that revolution, actually actively shaping it.


As part of my new role, I will be sharing that excitement with you on a regular basis via similar blog updates. Let us know your thoughts on our innovations and on my blog in general.


John Baekelmans

John Baekelmans

John Baekelmans is Managing Director and VP of imec the Netherlands / Holst Centre.

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  • André De Vleeschouwer
    18 November 2016 - 19:41

    Goede keuze, John. Technologie is er om gebruikt te worden, in functie van de mens, en van daaruit moet dan ook de drive komen.
    • Jo Abbeloos
      19 November 2016 - 01:50

      Super to see your motivation and belief in technology. This motivation in combination with your team spirit can an will result in great achievements for you and more important for your team. Keep us posted
      • Hilde Vandermotten
        23 November 2016 - 11:23

        Veel succes met je nieuwe functie als Managing Director and VP van imec NL.
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