Contracted R&D

What are the services we can provide

We provide research & development services especially in following areas. On this page, you can find several references to our work.

Mobile and Web applications

We develop both web and mobile applications. We can deal with location-based services, IoT, augmented reality and other trends.

Data Analysis

Our researchers are skilled in image processing, natural language processing, machine learning and other technologies that create a basis for advanced applications.

User Interface Design

Any successful app must have a user-friendly interface. UI/UX design is an inevitable part of any of our projects. Or we can provide it as a separate service.

Mobile Geographical Information System

Some things just cannot be mapped by remote sensing. It is necessary to go to the field and carry out on-site measurements. For this purpose, we have developed the GISELLA mobile geographic information system for Envipartner company. Its goal is to be effective and user-friendly for anyone doing fieldwork.

Based on your requirements, we are able to design and implement mobile applications, including related server services, connectivity to any sensory or other related development. Our strong point is that we can combine knowledge from different disciplines, from designing user interfaces to designing the right hardware.

One of our successful applications is the GISELLA mobile geographic information system, developed for Envipartner, s.r.o. GISELLA is used to inventory assets in municipalities and cities. In addition to extensive mapping capabilities, GISELLA provides a user-friendly interface that makes mapping effective. You can import and export data using Google Drive. Share the map layers in common KML and ESRI ShapeFile formats etc.

GISELLA is available for Android platform from the Play store. For non-commertial usage, we can provide free unlimited licence. Further information on GISELLA pages.

Effective Collaborative Mapping Based on Mobile Devices

There are numerous situations when it is utmost important to share efficiently some spatial data among a group of people. Floods can be taken as an obvious example. Many stakeholders including mayor or rescue service workers must have actual information about the conditions in the terrain. And most importantly, all of these can contribute to the information. Among these situations involving the crisis management, we dare to mention especially the inventory process. Traffic signs, road lanes, trees, lights and many other different object must be regularly maintained. Most of the organizations use some kind of geographical information system to keep the information about the maintained property. Our article is focused on development of mobile application that allows to acquire spatial data that are later used in these information systems. Thanks to real-time data synchronization between multiple devices, field workers can cooperate and share data immediately to an operating center or with the other workers. We describe the design of our mobile mapping application, comparison with other existing solutions and problems of real-time synchronization between different devices. Finally, we provide details about application usage in different municipalities.

Pisařovic, Ivo — Procházka, David — Landa, Jaromír — Kolomazník, Jan — Zídek, Karel — Franěk, Lukáš
Effective collaborative mapping based on mobile devices. Acta Universitatis agriculturae et silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis. 2017. v. 65, no. 6, p. 2067–2072. ISSN 1211-8516.

Smart Migration: Digital Assistants

Research supported by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, European Commision, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Actions and Mendel University in Brno

Currently, we solve project called Smart Migration. This project has two basic objectives. The first is to provide effective support to immigrants in the Czech Republic who find themselves in difficult personal situations through the development and testing of new mobile and web applications “Smart Migration” with personalized support. User-friendly applications should help them in complex life situations (e.g. job loss, illness, work injury), but also facilitate their integration in the Czech Republic.

Key part of the application is also a chatbot that creates a more natural and straightforward interface to the required information.

The second objective of the project is the analysis of three key socio-demographic issues (migration current risks and challenges, policy coherence, the Canadian model of active migration policy), the results of which can be applied in the development of public policies, strategic materials, and other appropriate tools for their application. 

All details about the project can be found on Smart Migration portal.

Brno-North Smart City Application 

Even just a city district can easily start with “smart city” solutions. The Brno-North is proof of it. 

We designed and developed a mobile application for iOS and Android for the citizens of the Brno-North city district. The goal of the app is quite simple. To provide information about different properties (playgrounds, stadiums, etc.) and organizations that are available for the citizens. The users have advanced search and filtration options. They can e.g. search just for the playground that is wheelchair accessible and provides shade on sunny days. The citizens finally have some simple list of all different points of interest. They finally realized that many organizations are providing services for them.

However, another important aspect of this project was a thorough inventory of the city property. Even the city district had all the information in many different databases and some of the information was out of date. The inventory (made by the students of the course Geographical Information Systems) harmonized information into a single database. This substantially simplifies the maintenance of the city property.

Development of a Location‑Based Service for a Brno City District

There are many different types of places in any city. These places include playgrounds, dog runs, cultural heritage sites and many more. A city usually wants to provide information about location and equipment of these places. The common way is via a city website. However, nowadays a much more common source of information are mobile applications. This article deals with a development of a mobile application for the Brno‑North district of Brno city. The application is designed to inform the citizens of the city district about interesting places in their vicinity. The central element of the application is a map which shows where all the interesting places are located. The application is focused primarily on families; however, it can be useful for any citizen of the district.

Landa, Jaromír — Pisařovic, Ivo — Kolomazník, Jan — Švehla, Ondřej — Procházka, David
Development of a location-based service for a Brno City District. Acta Universitatis agriculturae et silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis. 2018. v. 66, no. 5, p. 1295–1299. ISSN 1211-8516.

Augmented Reality

For the Média Efekt company, we are developing an augmented reality service that can provide information about the state of the production machines in the production hall. 

The solution is based on augmented reality glasses that are connected to a service providing information about the machines. The interface of the glasses must be readable even in complex lighting conditions of the production hall and certainly, it must not interfere with the worker’s vision. The project is supported by the European Union.

We are interested in augmented reality for over a decade. Among academic research, we cooperated on the development of AR application for media4future company focused on the presentation of historical data. We have Microsoft HoloLens, Google Glass 2 Enterprise Edition as well as several other AR glasses prepaired for the development.

User Interface Design and Testing

For our clients, we offer a long-term test of existing user interfaces for individual products. We are able to perform client-side testing at the campus of the university, at the client or directly at his customers. Based on qualitative or quantitative tests, we are able to provide a list of problematic factors of prodicts and, if need be, to propose the necessary changes.

Certainly, we can design even completely new applications according to the client’s requirements. We are also able to work with non-traditional types of user interfaces such as location-based services, augmented or virtual reality. Our added value is that we are “outsiders” that lack the company blindness about the product. Therefore we can address issues that are hard to identify for long time employees.

We are also ready to create training tailored to your needs. We will train your own staff in the field of user design or testing them in a short time. Of course, they will not become great designers at once, but they will be able to avoid frequent problems and, in particular, will learn to think in customer development.

For many years, we sucessfully work with our partner QI Group that is developer of widely used complex information system QI.

How to start collaboration with the university

Maybe you are not sure about the collaboration with the university. It will take time and effort… Maybe you even tried it, had some lectures and it was without any reasonable results. Here are some tips of what can be done (better).

1. Lectures and seminars

If you want to promote your company, you can start with a lecture. You must find a suitable course and convince the lecturer that you capable to deliver some interesting topics. Certainly, you mention your company or research, however, remember that you do not have a headhunting speech! The lecture must be about the promised topic. Such a lecture can advertise other forms of cooperation (thesis, praxis, joint project…).

2. Final thesis and/or praxis

Another way to promote your company is to offer a praxis for the bachelor or master level students. Paxis is free for your company and it is a good way how to test your future employees. You can offer praxis on your invited lecture and for the good students, you can later offer a thesis topic.

But beware, the students choose their thesis twice a year. The period for the solution is between 6 to 12 months. Therefore, you should not propose a topic you need to solve fast. The thesis is useful for R&D topics you want to explore in the future. Frankly, we hate when the company loses interest in a student because it takes too much time.

3. Joint research and development

Do you need some larger support from the university personnel or do you need some special equipment/labs? That’s the moment when you should think about some joint projects.

It’s really simple. We have a draft of the agreement that can be extended to your needs. Then we are just another company that makes some work for you. Even more, the R&D spendings are deductible from the taxes.

With the long term partners, we even have joined Ph.D. thesis topics.

Thinking about contracted R&D? 
Let us know!

Work with the university is quite simple. Contract agreement can be adjusted according to your needs (NDA etc.). After that, we can communicate as any other company. Moreover, money spend on R&D with university are deductible from the taxes.