IoTize's TapNLink Wins NFC Forum 2020 Award for Innovation

Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, France, October 14, 2020 –(– IoTize SAS announced today that TapNLink has won the NFC Forum Award for the “Most Innovative Use of NFC.” The NFC Forum Innovation Awards recognize the development, deployment and use of state-of-the-art of NFC products, services and applications worldwide. For the 2020 awards, TapNLink was selected from a field of ninety entries from around the world, competing in five categories.

IoTize won the “Most Innovative” prize for its TapNLink modules that enable NFC 3-StrokeTM configuration of programmable features in HVAC equipment. Added to thermostats on heating appliances, the TapNLink modules allow users to configure usage schedules from apps on their mobiles. Users do this in three simple steps: 1) tap to connect and retrieve the actual configuration, 2) modify parameters on a mobile app, and 3) tap again to record the changes. This approach encourages users to program energy-saving features that were inconvenient and difficult to program using the LCD interfaces found on previous generations of appliances.

For manufacturers of these HVAC appliances, TapNLink also simplifies adding NFC to their products with its “integration-by-configuration” approach and automatic generation of apps for iOS and Android mobiles. By reducing expertise requirements and project complexity, TapNLink speeds deployment of NFC-equipped appliances and apps.

TapNLink NFC for 3-Stroke(TM) configuration is already being integrated in a controller solution from Cotherm, a leading European supplier for HVAC appliance manufacturers. Combined with the deep application knowledge of Cotherm, it provides unique user friendly benefits to OEMs, installers and final users. The first NFC-enabled heating products are expected to reach the European market in 2021.

“Even though NFC is commonly perceived as a payment technology, it plays a key role in our products for the industrial and consumer markets because of its intuitive and secure approach to device inter-connection,” explained Francis Lamotte, IoTize president. “Working with Cotherm, we’ve demonstrated how TapNLink NFC provides a pertinent solution to challenges in consumer appliances and industrial equipment,” stated Francis Lamotte.

TapNLink NFC modules (TnL-FIT203) are optimized to reduce power consumption. Based on an ST25DV dynamic NFC tag (Type 5) and STM32G0 processor, the TapNLink power optimization even allows it to function entirely on energy harvested from a mobile phone during connection and communication. IoTize is a member of the ST Partner Program.

The Innovation Awards are organized annually by the NFC Forum, the global standards-body for NFC technology. IoTize was recognized with the other grand prize winners at the NFC Forum online awards ceremony on September 30, 2020. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges. NXP Semiconductors is the Platinum Sponsor of the Innovation Awards as well as the sponsor of the Best NFC Application in the iOS Award Category.

For more information about TapNLink NFC 3-Stroke Configuration, visit

About IoTize SAS
IoTize is a French technology start-up based near Grenoble, a European hub for micro and nanotechnologies. In collaboration with industry-leading partners, IoTize designs and manufactures a range of wireless connectivity solutions for microcontroller-based embedded systems (TapNLink) and systems implementing an industry-standard fieldbus of Modbus (TapNPass).

To meet the demands of diverse use cases in the Internet of Things (IoT), IoTize solutions integrate a range of wireless technologies ranging from Near Field Communications (NFC), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to LPWAN technologies such as LoRA and SigFox. All IoTize solutions are designed for plug’n play integration into existing system designs thus reducing time-to-market and risks associated with migrating them to the IoT.

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Eduardo Trejos
Sales Director
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+33 (0)7 67 60 98 3

About Cotherm:
Cotherm is a French company with expertise in design and production of thermal control solutions for equipment manufacturers and distributors in a large range of sectors such as heating, ventilation, food service, industrial equipment, pool & spa or energy management.

With an international presence and a strong culture of partnership, Cotherm supports its customer with success for present and future needs for products offering comfort, performance, safety, energy savings that reduce environmental impact. Thanks to platform solutions with different levels of customization, Cotherm reduces time-to-market product introduction with optimized investment.

As a subsidiary of an international group, Cotherm has the ambition to accelerate its growth through synergies, innovations, services and industrial excellence.

Contact for more information:
Bertrand Buttin
Sales director
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+33 4 76 36 94 47

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Steve Gussenhoven
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Metaliquid and Minerva Networks Deliver AI-Driven Highlights Creator Solution

Milan, Italy, October 13, 2020 –(– Metaliquid, the EU leading video recognition and content intelligence company, announced today the development of a deep learning platform that automatically creates television highlights in real-time. Working with Minerva, a leading provider of management platforms for the delivery of next-generation television services, Metaliquid AI tools analyzed the 2020 Vice Presidential debate and fed metadata to Minerva’s Smart Highlights service, which was also announced today. Viewers then enjoyed custom highlight reels based on speaker, topics and desired playback time.

Smart Highlights technology gives a new level of control to television subscribers. The Metaliquid technology features a sophisticated set of AI, Deep Learning, and computer vision algorithms that analyze video streams and generate metadata with predefined timestamped descriptive tags.

The integration of Minerva’s platform with Metaliquid’s technology unlocks unprecedented hyper-personalized content consumption by enabling users to select highlight reels that fit within the time available, or focus on topics of interest. Moreover, this unique solution opens up possibilities for Television service providers, media companies and broadcasters worldwide to:

· Increase fan engagement
· Index media contents to enhance workflow efficiencies
· Unlock hidden revenue streams via advertising or subscriptions

“A tailored, adaptive customer experience is critical to building long-term, profitable relationships with subscribers. Unlock videos’ metadata, make it simple, and flexible for customers’ needs is the key to success. In partnership with Minerva, we have assembled a best-of-breed, turnkey solution to create customized highlights automatically,” Maria Lodolo, Head of Sales at Metaliquid stated. “Metaliquid technology has proven that AI-driven solutions are mature enough to disrupt the media and entertainment industry and to increase viewers’ enthusiasm, interaction, and social sharing.”

“Smart Highlights not only make content more valuable for operators and advertisers, but it also creates a more personalized and engaging experience for consumers,” said Fabrizio Capobianco, Chief Innovation Officer at Minerva. “Along with our partners at Metaliquid, we are redefining the way people will consume ‘appointment TV.’”

About Metaliquid
Metaliquid is a leading computer vision company that aims to unlock videos’ metadata and to disrupt the media industry by developing flexible AI solutions to automate content description and content generation. The innovative and patented AI algorithms underpinning the technology platform enables content owners to enhance fan engagement and monetize content more efficiently. Metaliquid has been named as a Cool Vendor in the “Cool Vendors in AI for Computer Vision: Creating Viable Technology Across Industries” [1] report by the world’s leading research and advisory company, Gartner Inc. For more information, please visit

Maria Lodolo D’Oria – Head of Sales
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About Minerva Networks
Minerva is the leading provider of management platforms for the delivery of next-generation television services. Over 300 operators worldwide have deployed Minerva’s solutions to power advanced entertainment services that delight millions of subscribers. Minerva enables operators and content providers to transform their video offerings and deliver unique experiences anywhere and on any device. For more information, please visit

[1] Gartner “Cool Vendors in AI for Computer Vision: Creating Viable Technology Across Industries,” Saniye Alaybeyi, et al, 24 September 2019.

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Minerva Networks
Matt Cuson
(408) 567-9400
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