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A new Estonian startup launches an AI tool for commercial negotiations

A new Estonian startup, Pactum, has launched an artificial intelligence tool for commercial negotiations – namely, a system that helps companies autonomously offer personalised, commercial negotiations. According to the company, referencing research by KPMG, inefficient contracting has been estimated to cause firms to lose between 17% to 40% of the …

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Estonian IT visionary Linnar Viik elected chairman of a European innovation cluster

Estonian IT visionary Linnar Viik has been elected the chairman of the Brussels-based EIT Digital Council, one of Europe’s most influential digital development and innovation clusters. Viik was elected by the general assembly of EIT Digital on 11 September. Founded in 2010, EIT Digital is one of Europe’s most influential …

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Estonian companies present digital solutions for the energy industry in Abu Dhabi

Estonian companies Enefit, Nortal, Datel and Smagrinet will present innovative digital solutions at the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi on 9-12 September; the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, will also attend. With over 150 countries represented, the World Energy Congress is the world’s largest and most influential energy event, covering …

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Gallery: A self-driving bus starts operating in Tallinn

A driverless bus is now connecting the end-of-the-line tram stop and the Kumu Art Museum in Kadriorg, one of the most picturesque areas in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The Tallinn Transport Authority and Tallinn University of Technology are piloting a self-driving bus within the project Sohjoa Baltic, with Estonia, Finland, …

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Estonia a leader in innovation among the former communist bloc countries

Estonia has been ranked 24th in this year’s Global Innovation Index, compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Cornell University and INSEAD, leading among the former communist-controlled countries. Estonia keeps its 2018 spot in the ranking and leads among the countries formerly occupied or controlled by the Soviet Union. Estonia …

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Estonia to lead the development of the next generation unmanned ground system

Seven countries – Estonia, Belgium, Spain, Latvia, France, Germany and Finland signed an agreement for the development of modular unmanned ground systems; Estonia is to be the lead country for the project. The director general of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments, Kusti Salm, signed the agreement on 23 August. …

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Estonian-founded Skeleton Technologies to power Škoda trams in Germany

The Estonian-founded company, Skeleton Technologies, is to supply ultracapacitor systems to Škoda Electric for 114 trams that will be used in the towns of Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen in Germany. The ultracapacitor system recuperates the braking energy of the trams, made by the Czech manufacturer, Škoda, and uses it for …

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Estonian logistics startup Cleveron launches a robot with two temperature zones

The Estonian logistics startup, Cleveron, has introduced a grocery robot with two temperature zones that, according to the company, would make grocery delivery cheaper and more convenient. According to the company, the standard model of the robot is a single temperature unit with an adjustable internal temperature between +2 °C …

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An Estonian student company launches a home composting pilot project

A former Estonian student company, Wastefox, is launching a home composting pilot project in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, saying it’s the largest of its kind in Europe. The project, called Rohering (“the Green Circle” in Estonian), involves 150 fast composters to be distributed to the residents of Tallinn. The project …

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Estonian technology to be part of the European Space Agency’s mission for the first time

Researchers from the University of Tartu are participating in an international space mission with the European Space Agency to intercept a comet; it’s the first time Estonian technology is to be part of the ESA’s mission, the university said in a statement. The objective of the mission, named Comet Interceptor, …

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