National interest in eSmart Systems’ technology and solutions
Friday 17th of March, national politicians from the Norwegian Labour Party, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy visited eSmart Systems.
Hadia Tajik represents the Norwegian Labour Party. The reason for her visit was the urge to learn more about eSmart Systems’ thoughts on the future and their associated solutions. She was also interested in collecting input on how the public sector can facilitate the creation of new and innovative services within the private sector. The municipalities need help to meet the growing and complex challenges within health care, and cutting edge technology can contribute to this.
At the meeting, Hogne Fevang, Elisabeth Karlsen and Hans Martin Hovengen presented eSmart Systems and how they design innovative solutions across sectors and domains through an open platform. A variety of the products Connected Grid, Health and Drone was presented to show how artificial intelligence and machine learning can form new and efficient services to both the public and private sector.
- These are existing solutions that are attractive in the market. However, the current sourcing regulations and the lack of open application interfaces slows down the digital innovation in the public sector, says Hans Martin Hovengen.
Hans Martin Hovengen explaining Hadia Tajik and other politicians the future solutions of eSmart Systems.
- This is very exciting, and shows us the potential within both new technology and the usage of data we already have. As politicians, we can contribute to positive change. I am eager to understand the potentials of these solutions and to know what we can do to help, Tajik says.
Smart Innovation Norway’s innovation platform and how targeted R&D in close relation with the educational institutions and the industries can fuel the innovation process was also a topic on the agenda, and the company was represented at the meeting in eSmart Systems’ premises.
Elisabeth Karlsen (from the left), Hogne Fevang and Hans Martin Hovengen from eSmart Systems, welcoming Hadia Tajik, Kirsti Brække Myrli and Ann-Cathrin Becken to their Halden-offices.
- It’s time for us to think differently
At the same time, just a few floors below Hadia Tajik, her political advisors and local fellow party colleague, eSmart Systems hosted representatives from the Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED).
In the Simulator centre, they were introduced to drones, Machine Learning and the possibility to use flexibility to reduce operating- and investment costs within their areas.
- We are working towards making companies think differently about digitalization. I recommended NVE to discuss digitalization with eSmart Systems and how their software can increase the utilization factor of the existing grid capacity, says Stein Dale, executive advisor at Qvartz.
OED heard news of the upcoming meeting and wanted to join. This Friday, they were all invited to a half day meeting in Halden, discussing the solutions of the future.
- There is a bombardment of information, but this is super exciting. I am working with the challenge of opposing the increasing power demand without expanding the power grid and this is straight down my lane, says Birger Bergesen, section chief for energy usage and technology at NVE.
He adds that the meeting with eSmart Systems opens up for new thinking and the understanding of changes in society.
- People are buying solar cells and electrical cars. It’s time for us to think differently, take our customers seriously and exploit the potential of new technology, Bergesen says.
eSmart Systems' Stig Ødegaard talking to members of The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate and the Ministry of Petroleum.