Research and Development
We try today to design and build services you will see tomorrow on the Internet, so we constantly invest in research and development projects. We were and are partner in important research and development projects (ASSO, ASSIST, SUNRISE, SHARE) that will be shown later on.
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R&D Experiences - Main projects
CERTED PROJECT 2006 - 2007
A certification system for electronic data transaction is an integrated hardware and software system that enables a non-repudiable data exchange transaction between two systems. It also offers other systems and external applications a repository for critical information related to data transactions carried out, recording and certifying them as unchangeable and non-repudiable, also ensuring archiving security in terms of redundancy of data.
This process, put simply, can be seen as the interposing of a component between two electronic systems, acting in a similar way to a cash register (tax system, locked down, subject to approval), between the two subjects of a commercial transaction, certifying it both electronically (electronic cash book) and on paper (receipt).
In 2008, as part of the research and development programs undertaken by PlaNet, we implemented a prototype system, CerTED, which is also a conceptual framework prototype for the design and development of certification systems for electronic data transactions.
VIRGOAL 2 PROJECT 2008 – 2009
The aim of the Virgoal 2 project was to provide companies with an innovative IT platform, furnishing complete solutions ranging from CMS and CRM applications to VOIP systems. PlaNet created an interface for the management of VOIP pbxs based on Asterisk.
ASSIST PROJECT 2008 – 2011
ASSIST, which stands for “Distributed Architecture for the Protection of Health and Innovation of Therapy Management System”, is a project promoted and implemented by a consortium of six companies (TOGNOZZI BUILDING spa, CAEN RFID S.r.l., Explora srl, Project Srl, PlaNet S.r.l. Information Systems and Boehringer Ingelheim Italia) working in the healthcare sector and/or information technology sector. It was co-financed by the Tuscan Regional Authority within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for Regional and Occupational Competitiveness 2007-2013 (POR - CReO 2007-2013), which aims to innovate management processes in the healthcare environment.
Project Assist is aimed at creating and implementing a computerized system for the innovation of technological solutions enabling the tracking of the life-cycle of drugs (from arrival in the institutional structure to administration or disposal) and for the 24-hour monitoring of patient conditions. As part of the Assist project, PlaNet has made available its expertise in the implementation of systems that certify data transactions, focusing on the goal of ensuring non-repudiation of critical events. → For more information, see http://www.progetto-assist.it/
ASSO PROJECT 2012 – 2014
ASSO stands for “An integrated e-health environment in support of continuity of care and comprehensive risk management and for the promotion of patient empowerment”. PlaNet is a partner in the ASSO project, a research and development project in the healthcare sector. ASSO was among top-ranked projects in the Tuscan Regional Authority’s 2012 R&D Rankings.
The ASSO project uses the expertise of companies involved in the healthcare IT sector, including research organizations with expertise in engineering, health sciences and healthcare sector management, to build, test and deliver a set of technological and innovative solutions in support of continuity of care and comprehensive risk management and for the promotion of patient empowerment. As part of the ASSO project, PlaNet deals with problems of non-repudiation and the certifiability of data interchange operations taking place between the various subsystems. It also deals with the accessibility and usability of tools to support patient empowerment and clinical risk management. → For more information see http://www.progetto-asso.eu/
SUNRISE PROJECT 2015 – 2018
SUNRISE is our latest R&D project. It was awarded excellent scores in the Bando Unico 2015. Like the ASSO project, SUNRISE is among the top-ranked projects in the Tuscan Regional Authority’s 2015 R&D Rankings. The mission of the project is: analysis of the state-of-the-art technological components in the mobile Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors, and the design of a modular open hardware and software environment for value-added, integrated proximity and location-based services (Seamless Mobility, Indoor and Outdoor Routing, Mobile Payment, Mobile Booking and Ticketing and Access Control Systems).
Within the scope of this project, PlaNet is able to provide innovative booking and ticketing solutions (also in the form of “machine to machine” services), thanks to the expertise gained over years of work in this field.
During the final review, the project received excellent scores from the experts engaged by the Region of Tuscany: “… we take note of the considerable economic potential of the product, the use of which could act as a significant driver of Industry 4.0 philosophy to enter new territorial, and not just vertical, application areas.” → For more information see http://www.progetto-sunrise.it/
SHARE PROJECT 2018 – 2020 (in progress)
The SHARE project (an integrated blockchain and big data/big analytics platform supporting smart factories) is the brainchild of collaboration between a group of companies and an IT research institution specialised in sensors and predictive analysis (UniFI), cooperating systems security and transaction data certification applied to various sectors (PlaNet), the automation of management, administrative and documentary processes and procedures (Project) and business intelligence and DSS (Data Pos), with the collaboration of a major local manufacturer (B. & C. Speakers).
The goal of the SHARE project is to create fundamental base applications and services for a distributed manufacturing environment focused on digitalization and datafication concepts such as security, smart contracts, cloud manufacturing and industrial data analytics, including predictive maintenance systems and solutions for devices and systems. → For more information see https://www.progetto-share.it/
- Accessibility and Usability – “mobile” and “responsive” projects.
The World Wide Web is definitely the technology that has spread most rapidly in the last few years, our company is constantly engaged in the study of issues, technologies and relevant regulations that aim to make web content usable and accessible to as many users as possible.
Usability and Accessibility are essential quality parameters in building a website and, more generally in software development; for all web based applications we use tools that guarantee these results, since the accessibility of the solutions should not stop at the level of use of content, but must also involve tools developed for its production.
The great growth of mobile devices and the use of mobile internet has unified the usability and accessibility issues with a broader concept, briefly called “responsive”, that broadens these studies by examining the variability of devices used by user.
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization), SEM (Search Engine Marketing), SMM (Social Media Marketing) and Web Marketing solutions.
Methodologies aimed at Search Engine Optimization, are characterized by an incredible rate of evolution equal at least to the extraordinary ability of GOOGLE to produce increasingly sophisticated and clever algorithms. The study of these algorithms (when known), and in some cases of the ideas that underlie them, is a work of constant research and study.
For solutions we mean: in the matter of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) the development of support tools for the creation, maintenance and management of websites and their content, tools and methods in line with the state of art of criteria of ranking and positioning of pages in the major search engines. As regard SEM (Search Engine Marketing) the management of problems connected to the exploitation, in terms of results, of a good ranking (conversions), also through the use and implementation of specific tools. In the matter of SMM (Social Media Marketing) the management of various social channels, “engagement” mechanisms, communication and conversion strategies. In the matter of Web Marketing, the provision (and related technical support) of tools for contacts management, mailing, monitoring and tracking of results, calculation and analysis of the ROI (Return On Investment).
Automated cash-taking and payment systems
Thanks to years of experience working with a leading nationwide chain of Italian real estate agents, PlaNet has fully developed the methodology and technology necessary for automated on-line cash-taking and payment, making it possible to perform automatic EPP (Electronic Payment Procedures) even on a large scale.
The systems developed offer both clients and providers the following services: asset management; the management of accounts receivable and accounts payable; on-line access to all contractual and accounting information; on-line transactions between clients, providers and banks; on-line access to a trouble-shooting service, and much more.
The experience we have gained over the years makes it possible for us to help companies set up research and development programmes relating to the technological aspects of the various projects, helping them to make the most of regional, national and European funding.
- Automated ticketing (Italian Ministerial Decree of 13 July 2000 and later)
Automated ticketing, generally known as SIAE ticketing, has been introduced in 2000 within the entertainment industry, and has been mandatory since 2003 for most operators.
In this context PlaNet, which had already developed an automated ticketing system in compliance with the previous law, designed and approved the automated ticketing system Ticka that allows the issuance of tickets in accordance with current regulations.
The product currently offers numerous variations and extensions which also suit it for use outside the entertainment industry, in particular for museums, parks, exhibitions, conference registration and access, etc.
Tick@ MF, the core of the application, is a .NET web service-based application (using NHibernate as persistence layer) with several Web Interfaces that share the same “engine”: the interfaces (backend, shop online, kiosks, mobile devices, etc.) have been developed on a WPAP (Windows – PostgreSQL - Apache – PHP) application server.
For more information see: website of Ticka SIAE ticketing -->>
- Black Box Framework - Blockchain technologies
A Black Box is a certification system for electronic transaction of data; it is an integrated hardware and software system that facilitates a non-repudiable data exchange transaction between two systems.
It also offers to other systems and external applications a repository for critical information related to data transactions carried out, recording and certifying them as unchangeable and non-repudiable, also ensuring the archiving security in terms of redundancy of data.
This process, put simply, can be seen as the interposing of a component between two electronic systems, acting in a similar way to a cash register (tax system, locked down, subject to approval), interposed between the two subjects of a commercial transaction, certifying it both electronically (electronic cash book) and on paper (receipt).
Our framework, CerTED, is also a conceptual framework prototype for the design and development of certification systems for electronic data transactions.
CerTED is a .NET web service-based application with a “case-like” software development tool based on NHibernate (http://nhibernate.info/).
The methods adopted in the CerTED framework implement “blockchain-style” architecture, which we began to use even before blockchain became a standard.
CerTED is currently being migrated (as part of the research and development project SHARE) towards a new version, CerTED 4.0, developed using next-generation technologies (blockchain, .NET Core, Entity Framework) and designed for IoT and Industry 4.0 applications.
- VOIP (Voice Over IP) and AIP (All over IP) solutions
With the development of Voice and Multimedia solutions over IP network, traditional telephony became an essential component of networking systems.
Our idea is to provide a centralized solution for corporate messaging, based on Linux and Open Source products such as Postfix for mail and Asterisk for VOIP and equipped with configuration and management tools that relieve the user (the client company) or the IT consultant, of the complex processes of installation and first configuration.
- ICT Consulting Services
The company not only deals with the planning and production stages of the software products, but also takes care of training, technical help, trouble-shooting and the maintenance and up-dating of the products.
Furthermore, the company undertakes the design and implementation of in-company IT management systems, offering constant, hands-on support, following a new system from its creation and throughout its life-cycle, developing the roadmaps and design solutions for the integration of new technologies and optimization of the IT environment.
The following are further examples of work and services performed in this sector:
• system design (hardware, software and web infrastructure);
• design, implementation, configuration and management of physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures;
• installation, customization and technical support in the use of open-source products (i.e. Joomla, Wordpress and other CMS, Sugar RM, Postfix, Hylafax, Asterisk, Mysql, PostgreSQL, Nagios, Open Vpn);
• investment optimization based on the client’s rate of growth;
• system maintenance and up-dating to guarantee services and solutions suited to in-company management needs.