Camnexus


Overview

Camnexus is a technology transfer platform that responds to the technological needs of key productive sectors in developing regions looking for sustainable development through digitalisation and smart transformation in key productive sectors. The start up aims to achieve this through:

1.Expert Advice and Capability Building Programmes in Innovation and Tech Transfer: by bringing together the expertise of the UK’s leading research and innovation ecosystem to provide specialised advice and training tailored to universities, governments, companies and research centres that pursue sustainable growth through scientific knowledge and development adapted to their local ecosystems.

2. Technology development as enabling infrastructure in digital transformation: Based on an early stage prototype, Camnexus has developed Camnexus-IoT©, an end-to-end dedicated sensors network based on low power technologies and machine learning processes designed to support real-time decision-making process in remote and long-distance operations.

With our mission to develop innovation and technology transfer capabilities for local and sustainable development, we are increasing the engagement of the UK partners from research and industry, with international challenges, particularly by enhancing expertise and focusing on the challenges faced by developing countries.

By leveraging on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), particularly by the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT), Camnexus endeavors to enhance decision-making capabilities, which can offer a wide-range of improvements and efficiencies to urban living (smart cities) as well as industries and key productive sectors (Industrial IoT) worldwide. However, the increasing number of sensors and connected devices driven by the deployment of IoT, requires both connectivity and data processing capabilities. Today only 53% of the global population has internet and reliable connectivity . Wi-Fi and mobile networks (eg. 3G and 4G) are both traditional communication solutions, proven and widely developed, but they present challenges in a scenario of increased sensors deployment, especially in developing countries, where connectivity averages 30%. The limitations involve high scalability costs, low distance range coverage (100m in Wi-Fi) and high energy consumption (decreasing battery life and autonomy of sensors).

Under these conditions, connecting the digital world, allowing smart cities and IoT, whose potential has been widely recognised, poses risks if the enabling infrastructures are not in place. Such risks include increasing the inequality gap between developing and developed countries. In view of these technological challenges, Camnexus has developed Camnexus-IoT© to enhance digital communications and decision-making process in key industrial and productive sectors with operations on developing countries, where they have important economic impact. This solution is based on the integration of cutting-edge low power technologies, including sensors, connectivity and data processing capabilities. Camnexus-IoT© aims to overcome challenges of integration, connectivity and battery autonomy present in scenarios of increasing devices connected, either in operation sites and communities with specialised hardware for heavy-duty operations. Camnexus aims to create local capacity in technology and innovation, improve connectivity networks in areas that adjoin with the industrial sites, normally industrial poles that act as important drivers for city growth in developing countries. This solution has been developed as response to challenges in improving productivity and data democratisation and accessibility for industries, governments and communities.

The team

Dr Jessica Ocampos: Jessica obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and has Master and Bachelor’s degrees in biotechnology engineering at the University of Chile. She counts with a vast international experience in the biotech, pharma, oil & gas and mining industry, managing the commercialisation of R&D results and projects between Europe, USA and Latin America. Her experience of 15 years includes translational research, R&D results management, new product development, project management and business market development in multinational companies such as Bayer Corporation in USA, 3M Latin America, Procter & Gamble Latin America, Air Liquide Germany and France. In France she led the electronics engineering team of Air Liquide ALES, Grenoble, in the design, fabrication and deployment of the first automated filling plant for remote areas. Jessica is a fellow at the Cambridge Centre of Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). She advises policy makers in innovation and tech transfer, and manages several capability building programmes in innovation internationally, including Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Serbia, Polonia, Turkey and China.

Dr Pablo Salas: PhD in Land Economy and co-founder of Camnexus. Pablo obtained his degrees in Electrical Engineer specialty in telecommunication, MSc. in Economics of the University of Hamburg and PhD in Land Economy of the University of Cambridge. Pablo currently holds a Research Fellowship at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG), where he lectures the MPhil Programme on Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge. Pablo has a track record of engineering management, and innovation engagement projects. He currently leads the ‘Innovation, Diffusion and Technology Transfer’ work package of the project BRIDGE: Building Resilience In a Dynamic Global Economy – Complexity across scales in Brazil. Pablo’s professional experience includes more than 8 years as project engineer and business manager of ICT solutions in Chile. He led the development and implementation of broadband communication system in forestry industry based on renewable energy (photovoltaic arrays), radio communication system for subway lines, and fire detection system based in image analysis.

Juan Carlos Ocampos: Electrical Engineer from the University of Chile, with a vast international experience as manager engineer in telecommunications. Juan Carlos counts with more than 20 years of professional experience in the major Telecommunication Companies in the Americas, including AT&T LA, TELMEX, ENTEL Chile, ENTEL PCS and CNT Ecuador. Juan Carlos has led multinational projects and developing commercial solutions from new ICT technologies in all the Americas. He is currently leading the development of the LoRaWAN network including hardware, Lora and application server for Latin America. Juan Carlos is leading the development of the first Camnexus’ LoRaWAN gateway for mining sites, partially funded by Chilean Innovation Agency.

Media

  • GCRF funding award (UK, Dec 2018)
  • Meeting in Antofagasta, Chile with CEIM Centre for Capability building programme in innovation supporting adoption of energy efficient technologies through ICT – piloting Camnexus-IoT© partner (Chile, Dec 2018)
  • Participation in UN Environment – GEF – Fundacion Chile – Ministry of Energy Chile: Smart Energy Fest (Chile, Dec 2018)
  • Awarded Entrepreneur UK Empowering UK-Arg World Economic Forum Global Shapers: Participation in Capability Building Programme UK (Argentina, Nov 2018):

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