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Innovations to combat COVID-19 developed by start-ups and spin-offs linked to UC3M


Start-ups and spin-offs linked to Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) through the Business Incubation and Acceleration Program, are working in different lines of activity to help manage and combat COVID-19. 3D Printing, subtitling to facilitate remote work for persons with hearing disabilities, and smart devices installed in hospital beds for making video calls, are some of the lines in which they are now working.

SENSIA Solutions, a spin-off of the UC3M LIR InfraRed LAB (Laboratorio de Sensores Teledetección e Imagen en el Infrarrojo), is manufacturing and installing infrared cameras and temperature detection systems in access areas of crucial sites and facilities. This system has already been installed in Repsol to detect employees’ temperature at a distance. In addition, adapted parts manufactured through 3d printing for use in snorkel masks donated by Decathlon are being validated. At SENSIA they are producing twelve units a day and they are coordinating work with other entities with similar printers.

Along these same lines, the companies AEON-T and Luz WaveLabs, from the UC3M Science Park, are working with 3D printing to supply parts, mainly protective visors for healthcare personnel. Distribution is being managed through their own channels.

At the same time, the start-up ionIDE Telematics, has installed its smart devices, called ionPad, in several hospitals in Spain, so that hospitalized patients can communicate with their families through video calls and telephone calls. The tablet also has an extensive catalogue of audiovisual and entertainment content

Finally, APTENT Soluciones, a UC3M spin-off linked to the Spanish Center for Subtitling and Audio Description (CESYA), has made its services available to facilitate remote work for individuals with hearing disabilities through subtitling and interpreting with sign language in real time, for online meetings and video