Research and innovation projects

Since 1991, the Icare Institute has put its skills at the service of companies, private or public organisations, through research and innovation projects based on computer sciences. Thanks to cantonal (The Ark) and federal (Innosuisse, Innotour, OFEN, etc.) innovation support mechanisms, the Icare research institute facilitates the emergence of new products, services or innovative processes in a wide range of activities.

We have excellent knowledge in the fields of computer science, mathematics and algorithms. Our research projects may consist of one or more of the following elements: feasibility study, proof of concept, technology transfer, competence transfer and technology watch. The research projects and innovation mandates carried out by the Icare Institute are generally based on technologies such as computer vision, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile/cross-platform development and connected objects. The Icare Institute aims to be the bridge between technology and end users.

Optimisation of algorithms from research projects and industrialisation

The mission of the Icare Institute is to bring functional solutions to real conditions. This transition is far from trivial, as the constraints and particularities of the industries are numerous (speed of execution, memory cost, quantity/quality of data, robustness of integration with third-party systems, etc.). During an industrialisation phase, these elements are taken into account in order to guarantee the development of solutions that can be used in their field of application.

This is the case, for example, with real-time software, embedded on devices that impose major hardware constraints; in this case, we have developed skills in the field of C++ programming, particularly on smartphones, and low-level optimisation of algorithms. These skills are put at the service of companies and public services, which wish to go from a prototype resulting from a research project to a functional, optimised, industrialisable and deployable code on a multitude of platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS).

With more than 30 years of experience, Icare stands out for its ability to port optimised programs to industry on resource-constrained hardware, particularly mobile and embedded devices.

Customisation of optical decoders

Since 2009, the Icare Institute has been implementing and maintaining a framework of optical decoders for reading : one-dimensional barcodes (EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-128, Code 39, DataBar RSS), two-dimensional barcodes (QR Code, DataMatrix, Aztec), Swiss and European car license plates, identity documents (ID card 9303 IACO, Passport 9303 IACO, driving licence) and payment slips (BVR or QR-Facture).

Our decoders, dedicated to mobile devices (iOS and Android) are among the fastest on the market. They are easy to integrate into your mobile applications to give them the ability to decode and process different standards. With the experience accumulated in this field, the Icare Institute is able to produce adapted, customised decoders that can meet your specific requirements. Do not hesitate to contact us.