World Wide Web Day: Meet 3 EIC-funded tech companies that are reshaping the web with innovation
You wouldn’t be able to read this article if one day, in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee hadn’t created the World Wide Web at the CERN center in Switzerland. To mark this world-changing achievement, every year on 1 August, it is celebrated the World Wide Web (WWW) Day. The democratisation of internet access improved immensely the opportunities for international cooperation and innovation. Here we have the perfect occasion to bring to light 3 EIC-funded companies that are taking action to enhance our online life and keep innovative minds sparkling together, no matter where they might be located.
Zapiens: AI technology to enhance human value
It is fair to say that one of the great benefits of having open internet access is the possibility of being connected to sources of knowledge all the time. Zapiens, a Spanish cutting-edge technology company, has built an online tool that provides us a cloud-based knowledge management tool.
Zapiens is an online tool for companies who’d like to train their employees remotely and share with them the organisation’s internal knowledge. Nowadays, organisations are seeking to acquire or create potentially useful knowledge and to make it easily available to achieve maximum effective usage to positively influence organisational performance. With Zapiens’s use of artificial intelligence, their product can connect people, facilitate new learning experiences and generate new knowledge in organisations.
As Daniel Suárez, CEO of Zapiens, highlights “We focus on a motivational, collaborative and easy use of the technology to share the most important value of a tribe, which is not the data in their clouds, but the knowledge in their brains.”. About the WWW Day, Daniel adds “The World Wide Web was an incredible step to move forward into the worldwide human cooperation net.”
Tanaza: build WiFi networks easy
The demand for wireless internet connectivity is rapidly increasing, leading companies, in most business environments, to need an upgrade in their Wi-Fi networking infrastructures. Such improvements require very large budgets, and the key players in computer networking tend to install lock-in barriers that make customers dependent on a vendor. To fight these constraints, Tanaza, a software company from Italy, offers a solution to manage cloud-based Wi-Fi networks and networking hardware, independent of the vendor, from a single platform delivering world-class operational efficiency in IT operations.
Sebastiano Bertani, CEO of Tanaza, explains: “We want to keep developing our software to provide an affordable solution for every IT professional with the ultimate goal of making the Internet available to all citizens.”. To acknowledge the WWW Day’s importance, Sebastiano says that “We encourage the community to keep designing platforms and products with privacy, diversity, security, and affordability as pillar concepts when developing new products to make the web a safer and accessible place for everybody.”.
ONEedge: affordable edge computing platform
Many companies are focusing their business strategies on being able to provide innovative services and capabilities where latency is the key factor for quality of the experience. However, it is still difficult for these companies to maintain viable and cost-effective platforms on which their low latency applications can become mainstream. ONEedge, created by the Spanish software SME OpenNebula Systems, provides an automated software-defined platform to build private edge computing platforms based on resources leased on demand in close proximity to the users and devices.
ONEedge is a distributed cloud management platform that aggregates on-demand infrastructure resources across multiple edge locations to enable innovative and low-latency next-generation services. Ignacio Llorente, CEO of OpenNebula, talked to us about the company’s strategy “We believe that the process of building Europe’s next-generation edge cloud can really contribute to strengthening the EU’s digital sovereignty, and that’s why we are exploring further integrations with other European open-source technologies.” Ignacio also underlined one key message for the WWW Day “In a cloud and data market dominated by a handful of Big Tech companies, we need a completely new approach that follows the openness and decentralization principles of the World Wide Web.”.