2018-04-20 | 06:00Technologies
The Polish transport sector underfunded. Local businesses spend much less on technology innovations compared to Western Europe
Polish companies continue to rely on traditional paper binders and Excel sheets to store their data, a study by TomTom Telematics finds. Traditional analogue tools are used by 40% of businesses. Only one in eight companies use telemetric systems to reduce their costs, ensure more efficient vehicle use and improve drivers’ safety. Polish companies spend much less on these measures than their counterparts in France and Germany. This problem is particularly pressing in the transport sector, where returns on investments show the quickest.
2018-04-17 | 06:00Technologies
Fintech solutions are revolutionising the banking sector and online shopping. In two years they will be used by more than half of all people in Poland
The Polish fintech market, which includes companies providing financial services with the application of technological solutions, is one of the largest among Central and Eastern European countries. Its value is estimated at almost EUR 860 million. Every fifth Polish citizen is already using fintech solutions, and by 2020 the share is to rise to almost 50%. The dynamic development of fintech solutions enforces changes in the banking sector, taking the form of, e.g., instant online payment or instant borrowing instruments. Innovative solutions also have an impact on the development of online trade.
2018-04-16 | 06:00Trade
Poles are reluctant to file complaints against fraudulent e-sellers. They are either discouraged by lengthy procedures or don’t know where to look for help
Most consumers won’t file a complaint against a fraudulent e-seller unless they lose more than PLN 300. Afraid of lengthy procedures, they ignore minor frauds. According to the Consumer Federation, while internet fraud is generally on the decline, fraud involving non-delivery of paid-for goods is still commonplace.
2018-04-04 | 06:00Technologies
The computer software industry contributes to the EU economy nearly one trillion euros annually. It directly accounts for three million jobs
EUR 910 bn – this is the contribution of the computer software industry to the EU economy. This is 7.4 percent of the EU’s GDP. The companies developing software directly create over 3 million jobs, and a total of nearly 12 million individuals were employed by companies indirectly associated with that sector – according to BSA data. Software and its development are also one of the most important drivers of research and efficiency growth in all sectors of the economy.
2018-03-28 | 06:00Technologies
President of Orange Polska: 5G is going to revolutionise mobile market. Field tests of this technology to be launched by Orange next year
Data transmission using 5G technology is to be ten times faster than in 4G, and in the future the technology is expected to power efficient communication between tens of billions of devices. First tests of this next-gen mobile network will be carried out by Orange Polska as early as in 2019. This is also when the first 4G and 5G smartphones will land in shops. Technology roll-out has been planned for 2020–2021. The development of 5G networks will be based on such milestones as securing appropriate wavebands and building new infrastructure.
2018-03-28 | 06:00Energy
PGNiG plans to use drones to search for oil and gas and to monitor gas pipes. The company can save millions
Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo is investigating the possibilities of using unmanned aircraft systems to, i.a., detect gas leaks and monitor gas pipes. The systems are already used for geodetic measurements. The objective of using drones is not only to streamline the company’s operations but also to save millions. Currently PGNiG is cooperating with a start-up on using a new type of UAS for the company's purposes.
2018-03-27 | 06:00Technologies
A centre for materials of the future is being established in Poland. The centre can help our country become a leader in gas-cooled reactors
Poland has a chance of becoming a leader in the development of materials of the future. Soon, the NOMATEN Centre of Excellence will be established in Świerk to develop new materials for chemicals, radiopharmaceuticals, or the nuclear industry. The Centre will carry out research into materials resistant to extreme operating conditions using computer simulations, among other tools. At the same time, these materials could make the HTR technology a Polish specialty. Additionally, nuclear power would allow Poland to cut its gas imports and create an extra supply of power and heat.