LACROIX Group positions itself as European leader in Smart City technology with the acquisition of Belgian company Smartnodes

By Lacroix Group

LACROIX Group has just concluded a strategic deal by acquiring the Belgian start-up Smartnodes, a small company founded on inter-university research which has won numerous international awards for its innovations in Smart Lighting systems.

This start-up, with around fifteen employees, strengthens the European position of LACROIX Group in the Smart Cities market, complementing its offer related to the intelligent management of street lighting infrastructure.

With Smartnodes, the group is expanding its offer thanks to dynamic products at the cutting edge of technology, while also strengthening its highly skilled engineering teams. In doing so, it aims to accelerate its ability to implement new road-management use cases by harnessing street lighting infrastructure with dynamic technology. Smart Lighting regulates the zones, times and intensity of lighting for environmentally friendly cities, while retaining visual attractiveness and safety. Available in all public places, the street lighting network, fitted with new sensors, thus becomes the support base for the development of Smart City networks.

LACROIX Group strengthens its European position as a Smart City technology provider.

Already established in Spain, Germany and Italy, LACROIX Group is expanding its European footprint with the acquisition of Smartnodes.  After covering Belgium and the Netherlands, the priority targets for Smartnodes are France, the DACH countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and Northern Europe, drawing on an extensive and highly dynamic offer.

 “With a keen high-tech focus, the company Smartnodes, a spin-off of the University of Liège and the University of Louvain, is a pure start-up which, in a very short space of time, has successfully developed and marketed outside Belgium a range of detection and communication (IoT) products based on the implementation of a low-bandwidth mesh network and edge-computing systems. Smartnodes can rely on a very fine team of engineers and sales representatives committed to meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s cities,” emphasises Jean Beka, CEO of Smartnodes.

An acquisition in line with LACROIX Group’s Smart Cities growth strategy.

“The arrival of Smartnodes, following on from the group’s acquisition of Sogexi in 2016, strengthens our European leadership in the field of smart street lighting management. This is in line with the takeover of SAE IT-systems at the beginning of 2019 in support of our goal to become the technological equipment leader in the Smart Cities market,” says Vincent Bedouin, LACROIX Group’s Chairman and CEO.


LACROIX Group is an international technological equipment manufacturer, aiming to serve a connected and responsible world with its technical and industrial excellence. Registered as a family business, the Group is able to combine the agility necessary to innovate in a constantly changing technological world with the longterm vision to invest in and build the future.

LACROIX Group provides connected, secure equipment for the management of smart road infrastructure (street lighting, traffic management and regulation, signage, V2X) through LACROIX City and for the management of water and energy infrastructure through LACROIX Environment.

LACROIX Group also develops and produces electronic equipment for its automobile, home automation, aeronautics, industry and healthcare customers through LACROIX Electronics.

Far from having big futuristic plans which are totally unrealistic, the Group works with its customers and partners to link today’s world and tomorrow’s world. By helping them to build the industry of the future and to benefit from the innovation opportunities all around us, LACROIX Group provides the equipment for a smarter world.

The Group has its head office in Saint Herblain, and operates in France, Germany, Poland, Tunisia, Spain, Italy and Singapore. It has a turnover of €468 M. It is managed by Vincent Bedouin. 70% of its capital is family-owned and 30% is listed in Compartment C of Euronext. Further information:


Smartnodes is a company specialising in the development and marketing of communication modules fitted with sensors and edge-computing technology for Smart City solutions.  Smartnodes distributes its IOT products to public authorities, as well as to the private sector.

The company is based in Liège, Belgium.  Further information:

PRESS CONTACT: Giotto – Laure Desalins – +33 (0)6 66 27 21 62 –

Digital exams can contribute to a better quality of education

By Televic

Televic Education researched trends in and willingness to conducting digital exams in Flemish education.

Since a couple of years, digitalisation has been having a strong impact on our everyday lives. Not only can our children no longer be distracted from their loved screen, but digital tools and platforms are also omnipresent in the professional work context. Education cannot be left behind in this respect. This school and academic year, too, new digital steps are being taken to help improve the lives of teachers and pupils. In recent years, digital exams or e-assessments have become more and more important in education. In recent years, digital exams or eassessment have become more and more important in education.

Is it true that digital exams are on the rise? And what is the status of pen and paper exams in the Flemish classroom at the moment? Which issues can digital exams solve for schools and universities? And why is it that that e-assessment has only taken baby steps at various educational institutions? Software company Televic Education* searched for an answer to these questions. They published the results of their survey in a report.

Paper is still omnipresent

This survey shows that digital examination has already made its appearance in most educational institutions, but is rather limited in use. In general, digital exams remain subsidiary to ‘traditional’ paper exams. It is remarkable that no less than 20% of all surveyed educational institutions still exclusively conducts their exams on paper, and therefore has not yet taken any steps towards digital examinations.

In the remaining 80%, a limited form of digital examination has already been introduced, but not a single school entrusts its examinations to a digital platform to maximum extent. Paper therefore remains omnipresent.

E-assessment and digital exams contribute to a better quality of education

Yet there is some movement in the educational landscape when it comes to exams. At no less than 76% of the surveyed educational institutions, digital exams are one of the topics included in the strategic policy. These schools and universities mainly stress the advantage of saving time while creating and marking exams, and assume that the time freed up can then be invested in the quality of education. Joris Vanholme, Business Development Manager at Televic Education, confirms that this assumption is correct: “The time and insights that digital exams provide can be put to good use in the search for solutions to the challenges in education. After all, teachers, lecturers or professors cannot use the time they spend improving their course or their teaching approach, or enter entering into a dialogue with their students, … . I therefore strongly believe that, with the introduction of digital examination, the teacher will not have to work longer or more, but will be able to fill in their time more efficiently.”

“A unique opportunity to benchmark educational institutions”

Through numerous conversations in the context of, but also outside of this research, Televic Education gained more insight into the needs, wishes, practices and perceptions concerning digital exams in Flemish education. General Manager Stijn De Vleesschouwer: “Televic Educations can only make the right decisions in the further development of its e-assessment platform if it knows the needs and wishes of educational institutions. Our experience shows that the co-creation process, in which we involve our customers as much as possible in design decisions before we develop a feature, always leads to great added value for our customers. This research fits in perfectly with that process and offers educational institutions a unique opportunity to benchmark themselves.” For example, the study shows that as many as 70.4% of the surveyed educational institutions wants to invest in (new) e-assessment software in the future. One third of these schools and universities will already do so in 2019-2020.

The full report can be found in Dutch on the Televic Education website.

More information:
Stijn De Vleeschhouwer – General Manager, Televic Education – +32 495 58 48 54
Joris Vanholme – Business Development Manager, Televic Education – +32 476 86 47 35

More information about our digital exam solution at VIVES University of Applied Sciences (EN):

*Televic Education
Televic Education, owned by Lieven Danneels and Thomas Verstraeten and headquartered in Izegem, was founded in 1956 as part of the Televic Group. Televic Education is a world leader in the development and implementation of science-based educational solutions. More information on

The Business Advantages of Microsoft Azure

By Thaumatec

Microsoft Azure on a daily basis keeps on making strides, according to the publicly available earnings (revenue generated) reveal that “The seven biggest enterprise-cloud vendors are Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Salesforce, Oracle, SAP, and Google.” Given the importance of Microsoft Azure in the world, what exactly are we dealing with here? Azure in simple words, is a cloud computing platform that supports operating systems, tools, databases programming languages and devices. Azure has proven to be a powerful platform that has brought revenues and benefits from the smallest of companies to multinational corporations.

What is the deal with Microsoft Azure?

The number of companies using Azure is constantly increasing, cloud based models are without a doubt practical business solutions. The reason for this high buzz is due to quantifiable services provided e. g. analytics, computing, mobile apps, networking, storage and more. Tools like this provide knowledge and power, meaning it determines the company’s weaknesses and strengths and the power to decide what will be the next move. A tool that is indeed powerful and does not want your competitor to catch you without it.

What Benefits will it bring to any company?

Speed is an asset that nobody can live without these days and that’s exactly one of the biggest benefits of Azure. Speed is crucial in terms of deployment, operation, and scalability. Being up-to-date with cloud technology for sure gives you a competitive advantage. Azure is known for its capacity for storing data, facilitating faster content delivery and sharing reliable data across virtual machines. Additionally, Azure can be deployed anywhere, it provides end-to-end solutions and software updates are automated. Rarely one size fits all, Azure is perfect for small or big companies; meaning that it is designed to meet your IT demands and it operates according to your business budget. Security, compliance and disaster recovery are Azure’s finest. It protects your data because both the platform and end-users are protected, it also provides recovery abilities that can restore information in a matter of hours.

Future of Azure

It’s unlikely to compete with your competitors nowadays without having Azure in your company. Azure has positioned itself as one of the top cloud companies, it’s market share increases and the majority of businesses are trying to stay updated in the non-stop growing market of the cloud. Azure, besides being one of the top leading cloud platform companies of the world, it also brings to the table, top-notch performances to your business. Speed, agility, world-known reputation, reliability, end to end solutions, fast recovery, enterprise security, flexibility, and adaptability are a few words to describe all the benefits Azure can bring to your company. Do not try to be caught off guard without Azure in any business or else the competition will lead the pathway. IT companies such as Thaumatec, with expertise on Microsoft Azure, invite you to implement this cloud computing platform or simply upgrade it to your business. It is time for you to stay ahead of your competition and Thaumatec will help you deliver that.

Check us out at our website.

Sigasi Presents a new Educational Program: everybody can be an XPRT now!

by Sigasi

Sigasi believes that students should get the best start in digital design and use the best tools during their education. Therefore, we decided to upgrade our Educational Program. As from September 2019, Sigasi provides Sigasi Studio XPRT to all students and teachers who join our Educational Program, free of charge. We are confident this will help students aim higher and become our next generation of technological inventors.

Why shouldn’t students and teachers have the best tools?

Sigasi Studio is the best tool for teaching and learning VHDL, Verilog and SystemVerilog. Students and teachers have been telling us this for years now.

Sigasi Studio shortens the feedback cycle, students learn faster, trivial errors are avoided and educators can focus on teaching the concepts of hardware design while Sigasi Studio assists to write correct syntax and code.

We too, at Sigasi, have been students not that longtime ago. That is why, since our start in 2008, we have always offered our educational licenses free of charge. We helped 1200+ educational institutions and sent out 5000+ educational licenses. Sigasi Studio is a must-have tool for all modern-day digital designers.

All that functionality at your fingertips

Individual students, professors and classrooms will now have all the features of Sigasi Studio XPRT available to them on PC, Mac or Linux. All you have to do is apply for your educational license.

Everybody knows the basic functions such as error checking, autocomplete and fast navigation, and will now also be able to work with:

  • Mixed language projects
  • Advanced linting
  • Net search
  • Integration with external tools Powerful visual feedback tools
  • Visualisation of your HDL code

 Let us learn from you

For educational licenses, talkback will be enabled. This is a Sigasi Studio service that automatically collects metadata about how Sigasi Studio is used. This metadata is sent to Sigasi through a secure connection. This will let us determine which features are heavily used and helps in planning which kind of features are valuable for you as Sigasi Studio user, so that we can adjust our product roadmap. We collect performance statistics, that we can relate to the project sizes. Together with our in-house performance tests, this helps us keep the Sigasi Studio compiler and user interface fast. We reduce software errors by collecting incident reports from a wide range of use cases.

Sigasi uses the information transmitted by Talkback for product planning and development. We use it for deciding which features to focus on and improve, for finding and fixing bugs and for finding and fixing performance issues. The end result is that you can use an ever-improving Sigasi Studio.

Request your educational license

You can visit this​ page to directly access the request form. Students will receive a 6 month node-locked license, teachers will receive a 1 year node-locked license. For classrooms, you will receive a floating license for 1 year. After your license expires and if you’re still learning or teaching, you’re welcome to request a new license.

Please complete all fields and use an email that is linked to an educational institution. One of our colleagues will be happy to approve your request.

Our educational program is for learning and teaching only. For academic research, we have a special pricing, contact us​ for more information.​

Introducing AimOS Family

DSP Valley member AimValley introduces the AimOS Family



AimOS is a collection of software assets and tools to develop carrier grade telecom and datacom systems. It is a field proven solution with a first deployment in 2003 and has been used in more than 100,000 deployed systems. Some of these systems are developed by AimValley as OEM and ODM systems, others are developed jointly with customers of AimValley. All users benefit from the key advantages of the AimOS being:

  • An advanced and flexible software stack
  • Support for carrier grade systems
  • Field proven solutions

AimOS can be customized for different application areas. Ranging from a high end carrier class Ethernet switch supporting SNMP to a cost optimized industrial Ethernet switch with an embedded web GUI and from a SDH multiplexer to a WDM mobile front-haul system. A key part of the AimOS is a flexible hardware abstraction layer which allows the use of different hardware architectures, for example an architecture based on Broadcom® switching silicon or on Xilinx FPGAs.

AimOS versions

AimOS is available in different flavors, each tailored for a specific application. Each version has key features required for any carrier grade solution such as support for fail-safe software upgrades, hitless recovery and file system robustness. The software supports a modular hardware abstraction layer and contains components for fault correlation, performance monitoring, database handling, configuration, XML driven management interface code generation, SNMP management, web interface generation, command line interface, etc.  Code quality is ensured by using state of the art tooling, such as static code analyzers.

The following versions of AimOS are currently available:

AimOS generic

The generic version can be customized for different hardware platforms. This version supports features like a modular hardware abstraction layer, components for e.g. a POSIX compliant operating system abstraction, an XML driven management interface, support for SNMP, web interface, CLI and handling of hitless and fail-safe software upgrades.

AimOS Ethernet

This version of AimOS is customized for Ethernet switches based on the switch silicon SDK, for example the Broadcom® Robo, StrataConnect and StrataXGS switches. AimOS Ethernet has been tailored specifically for integration with Broadcom® SDK, enabling seamless Ethernet switch design. A license free binary version is available for evaluation.

AimOS Robo

AimValley has hardened and integrated RoboOS into AimOS resulting in a new version called AimOs Robo. Hardening was done by adding features like file system robustness and persistent logging. As a result AimOS Robo can now be used as a field grade switch management application for the Broadcom® Robo2 series switches without the need for an external CPU. A license free binary version is available for evaluation.

  • The file system robustness has been rigorously tested and proven to work: more than 20 000 cycles of power loss during file system writes were tested.
  • In 12% of the recoveries the additional hardening feature of AimValley prevented file system corruption resulting in 100% error free recoveries.
  • Without the hardening feature the system would not have recovered in more than 1 200 power losses.

AimOS services

Based on years of experience in developing telecom and datacom systems AimValley can help you with development based on the AimOS. Services range from consultancy during your architecture phase, porting the AimOS to your own hardware, designing your hardware up to full system development including production up until maintenance & support.

AimValley is a reliable partner with a strong track record in delivering as planned and within budget.

AimValley helps with evaluation and jump-start product development using various hardware platforms that are supported by the AimOS. As an example some of the Broadcom® Ethernet switch evaluation boards can be used with a license free binary evaluation version of the AimOS to quickly evaluate the AimOS and Broadcom® devices.

Our experienced engineering team with expertise in systems engineering, software, hardware and FPGA design  can support you with all steps in your product development. The Broadcom® experience of our teams is well known in the industry.

MathWorks Announces Release 2019b with MATLAB and Simulink

by MathWorks

Natick, Massachusetts, United States – (17 Sep 2019)

MathWorks today introduced Release 2019b with a range of new capabilities in MATLAB and Simulink, including those in support of artificial intelligence, deep learning and the automotive industry. In addition, R2019b introduces new products in support of robotics, new training resources for event-based modeling, and updates and bug fixes across the MATLAB and Simulink product families. Release highlights include:


Among the MATLAB highlights in R2019b is the introduction of Live Editor Tasks, which enables users to interactively explore parameters, preprocess data, and generate MATLAB code that becomes part of the live script. Now, MATLAB users can focus on the task instead of the syntax or complex code, and automatically run generated code to quickly iterate on parameters through visualization.


R2019b highlights of Simulink include the new Simulink Toolstrip, which helps users access and discover capabilities as they are needed. In the Simulink Toolstrip tabs are arranged according to workflow and sorted by frequency of use, saving navigation and search time.

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

In R2019b, Deep Learning Toolbox builds on the flexible training loops and networks introduced earlier this year. New capabilities enable users to train advanced network architectures using custom training loops, automatic differentiation, shared weights, and custom loss functions. In addition, users can now build generative adversarial networks (GANs), Siamese networks, variational autoencoders, and attention networks. Deep Learning Toolbox also can now export to ONNX format networks that combine CNN and LSTM layers and networks that include 3D CNN layers


R2019b also introduces significant capabilities in support of the automotive industry across multiple products, including:

  • Automated Driving Toolbox: Support for 3D simulation, including the ability to develop, test, and verify driving algorithms in a 3D environment, and a block that enables users to generate the velocity profile of a driving patch given kinematic constraints.
  • Powertrain Blockset: Ability to generate a deep learning SI engine model for algorithm design and performance, fuel economy, and emissions analysis. Also new are HEV P0, P1, P3, and P4 Reference Applications, fully assembled models for HIL testing, tradeoff analysis, and control parameter optimization of hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox: Ability to perform track-to-track fusion and architect decentralized tracking systems.
  • Polyspace Bug Finder: increased support of AUTOSAR C++14 coding guidelines to check for misuse of lambda expressions, potential problems with enumerations, and other issues


In addition to new features in Robotics System Toolbox, R2019b introduces two new products:

  • Navigation Toolbox (new) for designing, simulating, and deploying algorithms for planning and navigation. It includes algorithms and tools for designing and simulating systems that map, localize, plan, and move within physical or virtual environments.
  • ROS Toolbox (new) for designing, simulating, and deploying ROS-based applications. The toolbox provides an interface between MATLAB and Simulink and the Robot Operating System (ROS and ROS2) that enables users to compose a network of nodes, model and simulate the ROS network, and generate embedded system software for ROS nodes.

Stateflow Training

R2019b offers Stateflow Onramp, an interactive tutorial to help users learn the basics of how to create, edit, and simulate Stateflow models. Like the existing Onramps for MATLAB, Simulink and deep learning, this self-paced learning course includes video tutorials and hands-on exercises with automated assessments and feedback.

R2019b is available immediately worldwide. For information on all new products, enhancements, and bug fixes to the MATLAB and Simulink product families, watch the R2019b Highlights video.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 4500 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Silex Insight and Wave Computing Collaborate to Deliver Security-Conscious Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platforms Across Enterprise and Automotive Markets

from Silex Insight and Wave Comuting Press Release, 5 September 2019

Silex Insight, a leading provider for flexible security IP cores, and Wave Computing®, the Silicon Valley company that is accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) from the data center to the edge, announce their collaboration in delivering a co mbined solution for security-conscious semiconductor designers incorporating IP from both Wave (MIPS) and Silex Insight.

AI systems require a safe and secure platform for updating AI algorithms, AI models and securing data that has privacy concerns. These proliferating security-conscious applications are especially important to the enterprise and automotive markets, which include all devices that are network connected.

Silex Insight is committed to developing solutions that combat the constantly accelerating threats to data security. Collaborating with Wave allows us to make headway in areas that most affect the enterprise

The partnership provides a combined platform comprised of Wave’s MIPS Open IP (or MIPS commercial CPU IP) platforms, along with Silex Insight’s automotive-grade security eSecure IP platform.

  • eSecure acts as a programmable Root-of-Trust. At its center is a secure controller that takes full control over all security functions, especially those that shield the system’s secrets such as encryption keys from the main applications running on the product. The module also contains a scalable cryptographic engine supporting symmetric and asymmetric operations, secure debugging capability, authentication of components, firmware and application software, advanced anti-tampering features, protection against side-channel attacks, a secure storage interface, and much more.
  • MIPS Open is the first free, silicon-proven architecture available for open use without license fees. It offers a unified approach and is based on mature MIPS CPU technology. SoC designers can also easily upgrade from MIPS Open IP to the full-featured, high-performance, commercial MIPS processor IP platform, which is automotive- qualified. Billions of devices have been shipped based on proven MIPS IP.

Data security is at the forefront today, and we are excited to collaborate with Silex Insight to develop integrated platforms that solve security issues for our collective users, as the need for AI, enterprise and automotive applications and use cases evolve,” said Steve Brightfield, Senior Director, Strategic AI IP Marketing at Wave Computing. “Silex Insight’s eSecure IP platform brings great value to this integrated solution.”

“Silex Insight is committed to developing solutions that combat the constantly accelerating threats to data security. Collaborating with Wave allows us to make headway in areas that most affect the enterprise,” commented Janssen Liston, Vice President of Sales and GM North America of Silex Insight. “We are thrilled that our eSecure IP module in conjunction with and Wave Computing’s MIPS Open and MIPS platforms deliver a security solution which is available now.

Both Wave (MIPS) and Silex Insight lead the industry with vision and value for secure dataflow, with a large installed base of applications, especially in the enterprise and automotive markets. Both companies support ISO 26262, and have notable automotive customer engagements.

Silex Insight logo

About Silex Insight

Silex Insight is a recognized market-leading independent supplier of security IP solutions for embedded systems. The security platforms and solutions from Silex Insight include flexible and high-performance crypto-engines which are easy to integrate and an eSecure IP module which provides a complete security solution for all platforms. Development and manufacturing take place at the headquarters near Brussels, Belgium. Local sales and support are handled by worldwide branch offices. For more information, visit


Wave Computing logoAbout Wave Computing

Wave Computing, Inc. is revolutionizing artificial intelligence (AI) with its dataflow-based systems and solutions. The company’s vision is to bring deep learning to customers’ data wherever it may be—from the datacenter to the edge—helping accelerate time-to-insight. Wave Computing is powering the next generation of AI by combining its dataflow architecture with its MIPS embedded RISC multithreaded CPU cores and IP. Wave Computing received Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 “Machine Learning Industry Technology Innovation Leader” award and recognized as one of the “Top 25 Artificial Intelligence Providers” by CIO Applications magazine. More information about Wave Computing can be found at


Silex Insight:
Jon Jacobsen
Marketing Manager
M: +32 475 50 30 37

Wave Computing:
Neal LeavittLeavitt Communications
M: +1 (760) 639-2900