From June 21st– 23rd, 2018, the city of Ancona hosted “Innov-Aging”, the first Expo Meeting completely dedicated to Silver Market innovations, particularly focused on Economy & Finance, Health & Wellbeing, and Technology. The Silver Economy refers to economic activities dedicated to the needs of people over 50, which includes products, systems and services. Among the areas of Innov-Aging, MAC participated in the Laboratorio Abitare 4.0, dedicated to new digital technologies applied to the building and residential sector, an initiative organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Ancona and Fermo, as well as the Università Politecnica delle Marche. MAC’s ability to design, create and manage Smart Home systems, has allowed for the automatization, control and optimization of tasks in a domestic environment (like thermo-regulation, lighting scenarios, safety and entertainment), guaranteeing efficiency and reduction of costs. Furthermore, MAC’s commitment to research and development has resulted in promoting and improving the social, psychological and physical wellbeing of the Silver Generation.
On June 15th, Our CEO Luigi Mandolini received an award of merit for MAC’s 50th anniversary from the Mayor of Recanati Francesco Fiordomo. We are very proud to be celebrating this important milestone in our history and to be recognized as an example of excellence in the Marche region.
We are living in the Era of Energy Awareness, regulated by the Italian Law L.D. n°102 of 2014, which refers to energy saving and efficiency. Consequently MAC has created Chain2Gate a user-friendly device which uses Powerline Communication to connect with the second generation Open Meter by e-distribuzione, a worldwide leader for the supply of energy. Thanks to Wi-Fi, data is available through APP, so the user can constantly monitor, manage and plan energy consumption throughout the day. The Chain2Gate interface is very intuitive: a visual LED indicator shows the status of consumption, equipped with an acoustic signal to warn the user in advance of any imminent interruption. Its activation is immediate: just connect the device to the socket, and Chain2Gate will be ready to use. Chain2Gate has passed the required integration test (becoming compliant with TS CEI 13-82, 13-83 and 13-84) and the residential test phase proving to be ready for the IoT ecosystem. Moreover, the device guarantees total security of the consumer’s privacy regarding the data transmission. MAC created Chain2Gate by focusing its attention on people’s desires and needs. The device is functional, intuitive and helps families to find immediate solutions for energy saving and energy awareness.
MAC at MIT
Technology and Wellbeing, MAC and the University of Macerata (UNIMC) present their research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA. The project “Analysis of human behavior in everyday life contexts, to develop new technologies supporting quality of life and the development of “well-being”, was created by Luigi Mandolini (CEO of MAC) and has been under development for the past two and half years together with the University of Macerata, under its EUREKA program, co-funded by MAC. MAC and UNIMC have always shared an interest in the study of human behavior, particularly regarding the needs and desires of people. The study focuses on technology as an instrument to create wellbeing and comfort for the end users, in particular, users who are most vulnerable, for example non-self-sufficient elderly people. Imagining the end user as a sensor has been the principle guide of the project and the focus for the realization of smart objects. The goal of the project is to create systems able to provide personal comfort to people with different needs, including temperature, light, sound, etc. On March 8, 2018, Professor Paola Nicolini and PhD student Margherita Rampioni presented the project at the Media Lab of MIT, one of the most important, and esteemed Centers in the field of technological research. Dr. J. A. Paradiso, the director of the research group “Responsive Environments” welcomed our team, and has since outlined new meetings and potential future collaborations between MAC, UNIMC and MIT.
Enel, the main sponsor of the 101st “Giro d’Italia” race 2018, has chosen MAC as one of the companies to describe the excellence of the Marche Region in a video which talks about MAC, its history and its dedication to technology and innovation now and in the future. Click here for the video.
THE SINC PROJECT
The SINC (System Improvement for Neonatal Care) project has been ranked first place in the ROP ERDF 2014-2020 MARCHE Project. The objective is to promote innovative solutions to meet the challenges of local communities as part of the specialization “Health and Well-being. ” Conceived by Professor Carnielli (Neonatologist of international importance, and Head Physician of UTIN Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Salesi Hospital in Ancona (Marche), the goal of the SINC project is to turn newborn cribs into smart devices. An innovative device has been created with MAC which is based on non-contact measurement of physiological parameters inside of the crib. The system can interface with other devices already in use, creating a new model of web based medical documentation. The aim of the project is to standardize and support the process of diagnosis and care of preterm patients, and achieve the uniformity of treatment protocols that would allow less advanced neonatal centers to be able to other the same level of clinical care as an advanced specialized center.
EUROPEAN UTILITY WEEK
MAC took part of the European Utility Week 2016, hosted in Barcellona on November 15-17. European Utility Week is the reference event regarding Smart Grids. It is known for the presentation of the latest and most innovative Smart Grid products and systems on an international level. According to Manuel Jesús de Tellechea Suarez, Smart Meter Solutions, Global Infrastructure and Networks, Enel, “It is the best place to show your products, to look for providers/clients and to learn about the trends of the sector.” MAC has created a demo in collaboration with the association Meters and More, to show the construction activities regarding a domestic Smart Gateway connecting the Smart Home with the Smart Grid which allows the enabling of value-added services such as Energy Awareness and Energy Dynamic Demand and Response.
MAC LIVING LAB
The concept began in 2014. MAC wanted to realize its own vision of a Smart home and to experience firsthand Home Automation solutions that MAC was developing for its own clients. Hence, MAC has developed a laboratory called the Living Lab. The MAC Living Lab is a real home where integration and testing of technological solutions and products based on research and development activities take place. In the Living Lab Smart lighting solutions coexist with energy efficiency, Ambient Assisted Living, infotainment, as well as Smart home spa solutions, all of which have a common denominator which is invisible technology. The well-being and comfort of the end-user are the center of this experimental environment and the philosophy of wellness is the ultimate goal. During 2016, after having implemented and updated the systems with their latest technology, MAC has opened the doors of the Living Lab to everyday life experimentation in order to collect objective data regarding efficiency, functionality, and comfort of the various systems and products.