Fischer launches Conextivity brand

Fischer launches Conextivity brand

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By Nick Flaherty

Fischer in Switzerland has set up a new branding to bring together its connector and wearables businesses.

The Conextivity Group says it aims to meet the connectivity challenge posed by locally interconnected devices and sensors to cloud-managed IoT platforms.

The family-owned technology group has two core businesses with Fischer Connectors and Wearin’. The connector business is expanding to include electronics and building a production site in Portugal. When it becomes operational in 2023, the site will employ approximately 100 people in its first phase.

Wearin’ is also expanding its IoT solution and signing technology partnerships to improve the safety and efficiency of the connected human. In May the group was at the heart of a European civil protection exercise to test technologies available to first responders in the event of large-scale disasters.

The artificial intelligence developed by Wearin’ made it possible to use data collected by biometric and gas detection sensors worn by first responders in the field to generate automatic alerts that complement real-time data displayed on the dashboards of the command centre coordinating the operations.

The goal is to meet the challenge posed by the ubiquitous rise of connected devices and sensors. These generate massive and exponential amounts of data and information to support decision making, especially in mission-critical applications as well as in the Internet of Things (IoT).

The first technology challenge is to integrate end-to-end connectivity that establishes the physical connection between sensors and communication devices but ensures their need to be interoperable in increasingly demanding environments. There is the challenge of optimizing and harmonizing power and data flows at increasingly high performance and speed, and transmitting these data to the cloud infrastructures that enable them to be processed.

This combination of requirements in terms of performance, reliability, robustness and interoperability applies in particular in the cross-functional and scalable ecosystems found in mission-critical industries such as defence and security, medical, high-precision test and measurement instrumentation, robotics, first responders and wearables for the connected human.

Fischer’s R&D department, which has doubled in size over the last five years, is now strengthening its teams with new expertise, especially in signal integrity engineering, embedded electronics, the cloud and the IoT.

The group has nearly 600 people worldwide, four R&D centres and six manufacturing sites and is aiming for a billion Swiss francs (US$1bn) in revenue within 10 years.

“Connectivity is of crucial importance in our hyper-connected world,” said Jonathan Brossard, CEO since 2016 and the third generation of the Fischer family (above). “When it is as efficient, reliable and innovative as ours, and when it is applicable to extremely demanding operating environments, connectivity plays a critical role. In this respect, our system-level engineering approach and our holistic vision for our industry expresses nothing less than our sense of responsibility: to reimagine connectivity that creates lasting value in the group’s traditional and new markets.”

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