High-tech innovations that transform lives


May 23, 2022


High-tech innovations that transform lives


May 23, 2022


We may not always be aware of it, but a revolution is taking place in our lifetime. High-tech solutions are often out of sight, but they are finding their way into our daily lives. Take semiconductors, few of us know exactly what they are, but already they are actually part of 70% of consumer appliances.

Today, we cannot imagine our lives without smart phones, cloud computing and 4G/5G communication networks. Soon the same will apply to the Internet of Things (IoT). It will be in everything from washing machines and fridges to self-driving electric vehicles and wearables. High tech has the potential to add greater value to our lives.


With a growing global population, rapid urbanisation and climate change, high tech solutions can solve many of the global challenges we face. As they make things faster, smaller and more energy efficient. That way we can reduce our carbon footprint and build things better. From logistics to construction to healthcare. Watch this series of 1-minute videos to see how innovative high-tech solutions are transforming lives. Starting with OpenRemote. We invite you to find out more and contact our network of innovators.

Open Remote open source data

OpenRemote is an IoT open source platform. By allowing users access to their data, it can be applied to various kinds of devices and applications which communicate via a single asset management platform. This optimises networks, for example, enabling logistic systems to streamline supply chains in a smart city setting.

OpenRemote's app relieves congestion on the Beatrix Canal in Eindhoven, making it possible to supply the city safely via its canals. Last-mile freight delivery by water also lowers CO2 emissions and reduces the carbon footprint  especially if carried out by electric boats.

Freight by water already has the lowest carbon emission per unit per kilometre. As we switch to zero-emission shipping on Dutch waterways, we can make freight delivery safer and more sustainable.

Team CASA's circular-build homes

The construction industry accounts for almost 40 percent of carbon emissions and total waste in the Netherlands. As the global population increases rapidly, we would need 3 and a half planets if we continued to build using traditional methods. Together with their partners, Eindhoven University of Technology student team CASA has designed a circular-build, pre-fabricated, modular house to help solve this problem.

CASA stands for comfortable, affordable, sustainable alternative for houses.
The buildings do not use glue or concrete, which reduces the amount of construction waste. They are energy-independent and sustainable. In the summer, an inner core transports warmth via a heat pump into the ground. This heat is released to warm the house during the winter. The houses are also well ventilated, making them as sustainable and low on emissions.

PhotonFirst makes keyhole surgery safer

Cardiovascular disease kills up to 18 million people a year. The Netherlands wants to increase life expectancy by 5 healthy years by 2040 for all. 

PhotonFirst's high-precision surgical tools make cardiac interventions safer and speed up patient recovery. Up to now, heart rhythm measurements relied on electricity, but by taking cardiology light measurements instead, readings can be calculated more accurately. As a result, patient outcomes improve and patients can get back to normal more quickly.

Nemo's foetal monitoring system helps prevent complications

Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age worldwide. The Netherlands wants every child to have the best chance of a healthy start in life.

High-tech semicon solutions are causing a paradigm shift in technology, where once expensive, complex, centralised processes could only be operated by experts. Today those processes can be done simply and remotely at home by consumers.

Nemo's foetal monitoring system means a baby's heart and activity can be checked by pregnant mother's in their own home. This is not only more efficient and convenient for expectant parents, it can also help achieve SDG3 and SDG5 universal access to reproductive health.


Stay tuned for more videos about innovations that transform lives.

If you involved in any of the above high-tech fields or any other field and are interested in partnering up with innovative Dutch entrepreneurs, contact your local Netherlands Innovation Network. They will put you in touch with the right contacts to increase your international reach.