Business Leaders Changing Digital Croatia

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At the very end of the Digital Takeover Conference, the Business Leaders awards were present to companies and startups which the 24sata daily has recognised as leaders in digital transformation. These are companies that define the digital market and determine how it will look tomorrow, reports on March 13, 2019.

The award for the most substantial investment in the development of the gigabit network was given to Croatian Telecom, represented by Boris Drilo, a member of the board of directors and head of IT. “With this modernisation drive, we have upgraded 800 of the 2000 base stations, and we already offer the 5G functionality. If you have the latest generation of mobile phones, you can surf twice as fast as with our closest rivals in Croatia,” Drilo said. This is a project worth more than one billion kuna, which will prepare the infrastructure for the introduction of 5G throughout Croatia by the end of 2019. The project is also the most significant investment in the development of the gigabit network in Croatia.

Head of corporate communications of the Croatian Post, Jo Kempen, has received the award presented to the Croatian Post for its contribution to employee development as the core of digital transformation. After a series of technological investments last year, the Post has continued to succeed this year, turning its focus actively towards the further development of its employees. The Croatian Post has launched the Academy, has held a series of training sessions to enable workers to operate new machines, and it has provided workers with many additional benefits, such as a closed voluntary pension fund. All postmen have also completed training for the Digital Postman project and are therefore fully ready to begin using new technologies. “In addition to investing in processes and progress, we are investing in people. I am glad our postmen will be even better in the future,” Kempen said.

The Business Leaders award for digital services focused on users was presented to Zagrebačka Banka, represented by Andrea Tiberi, customer experience manager, Iva Barbarić, marketing director, and Estera Ivanišević, card business director. Zaba said that the opinions of professionals and consumers are critical to them since everybody wants to shop in a fast, easy and safe way, which can be done by using a digital card in their m-wallet. The m-wallet is a modern and safe m-zaba functionality (no additional app, no extra download, no extra charges) that allows cell phone payments at contactless POS devices that accept Mastercard and Maestro cards. The service can be used to pay without the physical use of a card and without accessing the m-zaba app. All you have to do is unlock your cell phone display and put it on a POS device.

The award for innovators in the field of virtual reality was presented to the Orqa FPV startup from Osijek, represented by CEO Srđan Kovačević. “We are honoured to be in such a company as a small startup, and I hope we will fulfil the expectations,” Kovačević said. Orqa was also the winner of the Idea Knockout competition and won a place at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Orqa FPV.One are goggles for driving racing drones and other professional (industrial and civil) aircraft and remote-controlled vehicles. The FPV in the name stands for the first-person view, providing a particularly exciting experience to anyone who uses them. Osijek is thus on the verge of becoming the centre of production of googles for one of the most exciting sports of the future, and if everything goes as it should, this year drone pilots all over the world will see their experience improved. The only question is how the competition will react. At the CES fair in Las Vegas, the company has launched global sales of the googles.

The award for a socially responsible project was given to Locastic and OmoLab for the development of the OmoReader app. This is the first Croatian mobile app that facilitates, improves and encourages reading. The app is primarily intended for people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties, as well as for other reading fans. The app uses a specially designed OmoType font system with high readability and customisation options to individual user needs. OmoReader also offers a host of other features that facilitate reading and learning. This idea was developed at OmoLab – Visual Communication Laboratory and realised in partnership with Locastic, which has developed the mobile app. “I would like to thank 24sata for the award given to the team which worked on a project whose goal is not just making money,” said Antonio Perić Mažar from Locastic.

Translated from (reported by Ivan Hruškovec).

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