As Novac/Bernard Ivezic writes, after Greece, Italy, Romania, the Netherlands and Lithuania, Croatia, like all other EU member states, will have to introduce the EU-Alert system in the next year. So far, sirens have been informing drivers on the country’s motorways about sudden dangers and issues, and now they will send out SMS/text messages.
The Zagreb software company BISS, which also develops solutions for predicting motorway congestion and advanced mobile identification, has already developed its own IT solution for EU-Alert.
Aleksander Radovan, the development director of the aforementioned Zagreb software company, says that by developing technology that could be used in the fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they came up with a solution they call “SMS alerts”.
”This is a service by which people in a certain area, if there are problems, are sent out a targeted SMS/text message notification that something is going on, and this will soon become an obligation at the European Union level,” explained Radovan.
He added that those who haven’t heard the sirens for whatever reason will also receive the SMS notification. Such a notification, we learn, doesn’t necessarily have to arrive via SMS, but other widespread communication systems can be used to send it, such as sending a message via messaging/calling apps like WhatsApp and Viber. Radovan stated that thanks to their own development of new products, they have further accelerated revenue growth. He estimated that last year, this Zagreb software company increased its revenue by 40 percent compared to what they earned back in pre-pandemic 2019, and in 2021, he expects the same dynamics of revenue growth.
”We work mainly for foreign clients and we have software products that make delivery and crisis management more efficient, and that’s what is currently most in demand,” explained Radovan.
As a result, this Zagreb sofrware company increased its staff from 15 to 40 last year despite economic woes and entered the artificial intelligence (AI) segment. The new project they’re working on is the development of advanced mobile device identification, which would confirm a user’s identity on their mobile phone and then allow them to use it as the ultimate identification device. BISS is developing this technology together with Hrvatski Telekom (Croatian Telecom) and Sedam IT.
This Zagreb software company is already testing another, its own, new product on Croatia’s motorways. It is software that predicts downtime and accidents. It does this by collecting data on the road conditions, weather forecasts, information from road management companies and monitoring the movement of mobile phones and vehicles connected to the internet. Based on this, it can reduce crowds in the peak tourist season when things become very busy.
”Currently, the majority of our income comes from a solution for the anonymisation of data in accordance with GDPR and a system that provides accurate addresses on shipments,” concluded Radovan.
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