InPass Develops Communication Controller Prototype



Latvian innovation company InPass has developed a prototype of a communication controller as part of an international project to control ship emissions. The device is needed to ensure communication with other measuring devices installed in the system. The controller will collect data and store it on a server for subsequent analysis.

InPass manager Raivis Ekšteins says the communication controller is part of a continuous emissions measurement system. Such systems are already available, but they are stationary, heavy, and complex laboratory-type instruments that require extensive knowledge to use. In contrast, the InPass device will be portable and easy to use.

"Given that the European Union plans to reduce shipping emissions by 50% by 2050, there is expected to be significant demand for such equipment," Ekšteins predicts. InPass, a Liepaja Business Incubator company of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency, started working on the project in 2021, according to Labs of Latvia. At the time, it was expected that the entire project would be completed by the summer of 2023.

Developed in an international project

The measuring device was developed in the international project "Ultraportable Continuous Emission Monitoring System". The main partner of the project is the Danish environmental monitoring device manufacturer "Instrumatic Marine". In addition to "InPass", the project partners are the Faculty of Natural and Engineering Sciences of Liepaja University, which performed mathematical calculations and tests to ensure the accurate operation of the measuring device, as well as the Danish National Institute of Metrology.

The project is being implemented under the "Eurostars-2" program, which is a joint program of the European Commission's "Horizon 2020" program and the "Eureka" Secretariat, which supports the development of innovative products, services or technologies by small and medium-sized enterprises. The project is financed by the Latvian Science Council and the Danish Innovation Fund.

Automation is the future

In 2017, InPass was founded by Raivis Ekšteins and Kaspars Golts, according to Labs of Latvia. Their goal was to help modern and results-oriented businesses and individuals measure the productivity of various technological equipment, process the necessary data, and ensure continuous monitoring of systems.

The company develops various automation solutions, as well as time tracking systems. "We work in several directions, but overall we can say that we automate the data collection process. Managers no longer have to track Excel spreadsheets or make entries manually. All data can be easily collected with our application and cloud server," R. Ekšteins said earlier.

The company's clients are mainly manufacturers and institutions from various industries.