The Beacon accommodates all kinds of key IoT residents. We are a product development hub in the centre of Antwerp focused on the key IoT domains of industry, logistics and smart city.

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Unitron NV is a global electronic product development and manufacturing company. Specialized in robust, high-quality IoT and video equipment. Through +35 years of RF experience, Unitron provides a turnkey solution to connect sensor devices online, also in battery-powered applications. We provide optimized electronics design, components selection, casing and firmware development which can be produced in our facilities.

We have the needed experience and test facilities to obtain CE and FCC certification (EMC and electrical safety compliance).

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The University of Antwerp is a research university where pioneering, innovative research is conducted at an international level. Research and education are closely linked, with 20,000 students and 6000 staff spread across our nine faculties. As a driving force in the Antwerp innovation ecosystem, innovation is a constant focus.

The Beacon is the university’s pioneering pre-incubation structure for the domain of Metropolitanism, Smart City, Mobility & Logistics. It houses the IDLab research group and the Design Sciences Hub.

The IDLab research group of the University of Antwerp and imec performs fundamental and applied research on Wireless technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. IDLab, headed by prof. Steven Latré, targets the most daunting challenges industry is facing to deliver digital transformation, connecting everything and extracting high value from data. Bringing researchers and industrial partners together at the same location facilitates knowledge transfer and enables the cross-fertilization and co-creation insights on smart cities, IoT and AI towards the industrial partners in The Beacon.

The Design Sciences Hub of the Faculty of Design Sciences is an interdisciplinary innovation and valorization lab, headed by prof. Alexander D’Hooghe and prof. Sven Verbruggen. They offer design solutions for urban challenges and wicked problems in the triangle of urban planning, built environment, and urban health.

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Van Wellen Group manages, invests in and develops commercial and port-related real estate.

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Verhaert integrates technology development, business model design and user centered design in an integrated IR&D service (Innovation, research and development) for both leading companies and start-ups.

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Voxdale is an expert in hardware product development. They bring your idea into a succesfull product and guide you up till transfer to production. Their team are skilled engineers, product developpers and designers with skills in mechanical, mechatronical, electronical, IoT and cloud conectivity. Experienced in building startups ourself, Voxdale can also support you in giving advice and find funding. And for all hardware prototyping needs, Voxdale has a top notch workshop with all modern prototyping machines available. They work across sectors, from medtech over mobility, industry, energy, agro and foodtech.

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Zero Friction is an accessible, scalable and affordable cloud platform for heat suppliers and building managers. You can use the platform for both small and large projects. You can use the platform in no time without a large investment.

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