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Client case – Amundi Technologies (English)

2016-11-08
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Once again you will get some insight into what exciting projects we at Uppstuk have the privilege to work with, both trough the eyes of our clients and our consultants. This time we are excited to tell you about a project we work on together with Amundi Technologies.

Amundi Technologies AB is a system integration company specialized in IoT (Internet of Things). The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables them to collect and exchange data.

 

final-elkytags-logoTheir vision is to build an ecosystem where physical objects can stay connected and share their information with each other and with people, anywhere, anytime. Their mission is to simplify the usage of Radio Frequency technologies (RFID) for small enterprises, in order to make their objects intelligent, connected and uniquely identified. By connectivity they mean sharing Identity, online information, life cycle events, location, price and online payment.

Thanks to the standardization and low production costs, the RFID technology is today used in public transportation, access control, asset management and libraries management systems. Large corporations use RFID to track their assets and monitor the work in progress of their manufacturing facilities. The Near Field Communication -which is a derivative of RFID- is now available on smartphones for contactless payment such as Apple Pay, SEQR and Samsung Pay.

Every RFID system consists of the following: RFID tags, Reading terminals and Software solution to manage the data. RFID tags are small unpowered stickers with a unique identification number, a memory to store data and an antenna to communicate with readers.

Uppstuk helped Amundi technologies develop a mobile application for writing to NFC tags and a web service used by merchants to manage all their NFC tags. You can read more about the NFC-tags on Amundi technologies’ website; Amunditech.com

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Walid Rohaimi, CEO

How was it working with Uppstuk and our student consultants?
The successful collaboration between Uppstuk and Amundi Technologies AB can be summarized into one sentence: A deep understanding of our needs and a great commitment to the result.
As a startup that provides local IoT solutions with a global vision, we selected Uppstuk as a strategic consulting partner and it’s by far the best choice for us.

 

Two talented Uppstuk consultants worked on this project, Raymond Hammarling and Adib Abud. We asked them to answer some questions about their work.

Raymond Hammarling

What do you study?
I am currently studying for a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, at Uppsala University.

How would you describe the project?
I really did two things when working with Amundi: created an Android app from scratch, and implemented a proof-of-concept for easy payment via NFC tags using Swish. The project as a whole is an interesting take on payments, and could make purchasing things a simpler and quicker experience.

What has been the biggest challenge with the project?
The biggest challenge was figuring out how the inner workings of the payment creation should work, by using a backend that handles communicating with the Swish API. It was an interesting challenge.

Which of your personal trait do you think has helped you the most in this project?
I am persistent, I understand things very easily and I make sure I always know what to do, which means I can get things done quickly.

What have you learned from the project?
I have learned that sometimes, you have to work with tight deadlines and stay level-headed through it.

What have been the most fun, working as a consultant at Uppstuk?
Putting my skills to the test, and showing people what I’ve got.

 

Adib Abud

What do you study / what have you studied?
I have studied graphic design, usability in technology and now I’m doing a master in Human-computer interaction

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Adib Abud, Uppstuk consultant

How would you describe the project?
I would say the project is about developing a system that allows Elky tag (An NFC chip) owners to create an easy way for their clients to pay. A web application, when finished, will allow the customers to submit and administer their paying mechanisms and credentials (Klarna or Swish). On the other side, The Android App allows them to program the Elky tags to send a simple task to a smart phone. One of these predefined tasks is to send information about a particular payment and then, when the clients get their phone close to that already programmed Elky tag, will automatically get open the application on the phone with all the information needed already filled in. The user just need to touch on the ”pay” button.

 

What has been the biggest challenge with the project?
The project biggest challenges for me where developing for the back-end. The project was already started by another developer so the platform was already defined, NodeJS. I had little experience with the platform so I needed to go through the documentation. The system is handling very sensitive information so security is also a big issue.

Which of your personal trait do you think has helped you the most in this project?
I had previous experience with mobile app development same as with JavaScript and web development so maybe that is why I had less trouble working on those parts of the project. I had also some experience dealing with clients so I think it has helped me to explain to them the process of develop and design of the system

What have you learned from the project?
A great experience with Node.js and to integrate it with MySQL. Also I’ve learned about the opportunities that NFC chips bring.

What have been the most fun, working as a consultant at Uppstuk?
I like the way I can manage my own time. I also like to deal with real-life projects. But fun… It could be playing with the phones and sensors. They are just little computers.