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  • June 16, 2017

Hermès Innovation Prizes for Japan and Switzerland

Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), the company Fujifilm and the City of Kyoto have been awarded three of the five Hermès Innovation Prizes in the year 2017. At the service of industry for over 30 years, CSEM has been rewarded the prize for its technological excellence. Fujifilm was lauded for its strategic redeployment and growth through innovation. The City of Kyoto received the Hermès prize for the improvements of the life in the city by renewal, high technology and tradition as well as monozukuri. This award is given every year since 2009 by the Club de Paris des Directeurs de l’Innovation and the European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation. This distinction recognizes those companies and organizations that have succeeded in integrating the best state-of-the-art knowledge in products and services, increasing the satisfaction of individuals and society.

Clean room at CSEM

Honoring humanistic innovations

This Swiss research and development center is based on public-private partnerships and specializes in microtechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, system engineering, photovoltaics and communications technologies. The headquarters is in Neuchâtel. CSEM also has centers in the cities of Muttenz, Zurich, Alpnach and Landquart in Switzerland.  

The harmonious cohabitation of man and technology is at the heart of CSEM’s mission. As a recipient of the Hermès prize, CSEM joins other prestigious research centers such as the Fraunhofer Institute or CERN in the technological hall of fame. Companies such as Novartis or Actelion have also been recognized in the past for programs or developments of a humanist nature.  

Created in 2009, the “Hermès Awards for Innovation” are inspired by the Renaissance humanists, for whom man is the measure of all things. It is a time when mankind is the essence of all innovations. Progress and human development are the objectives. The “Hermès Awards” for Innovation are a distinction of excellence. They result from a rigorous multi-criteria assessment process.

Exploded view of tiny standalone CSEM camera (click to enlarge)

Exploded view of tiny standalone CSEM camera (click to enlarge)

Intelligent camera as example

A biometric security bracelet developed for the Swiss company Biowave; a new generation of ultra-light solar sensors for satellites; a leading-edge process for calibrating watch movements – these are just a few examples of innovation realized by CSEM and its industrial partners in 2016.

The security bracelet is an adoption of CSEM's recently developed intelligent camera. To be able to detect and in particular to identify a person thanks to a tiny, completely standalone vision system – this is the technological feat made possible by the solution developed by CSEM for its VIP (Vision-In-Package system) camera.  

This concept won over the jury of Vision System Design magazine, which awarded it one of the gold medals in its competition dedicated to vision technologies in April 2017. This competition rewards the most innovative products and services from the vision and image-processing industry.  

Small, intelligent and standalone

With a volume of only 6 cubic centimeters, the camera today remains the smallest completely standalone intelligent vision system in the world. CSEM’s scientists have developed a powerful detection and facial-recognition algorithm which is adapted to its very small size.

It was the combination of these two features that persuaded the Vision System Design jury. This makes the product a very interesting option for areas such as security, industrial production and transport.  

This gold medal once more establishes CSEM’s expertise in the development of intelligent, low-energy- consumption miniaturized systems. There are particularly interesting perspectives in the domain of vision systems, especially as the technology used for the VIP camera is adaptable and customizable. 


Text: SCCIJ partly with material of CSEM; Photos: CSEM

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