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Box 7421 103 91 Stockholm Sweden Visiting address: Regeringsgatan 20, 9 fl phone. +46 8 588 90 000 fax. +46 8 588 90 001
Brunnsgatan 38784 35 BorlängeSweden
tel: +46 589 845 00
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Norra Hamngatan 22 411 06 GothenburgSweden
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Ideon Gateway, 12th fl.Scheelevägen 27223 70 Lund, Sweden
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Drottninggatan 28371 32 KarlskronaSweden
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CentralstationenJärnvägsgatan 1 582 22 LinköpingSverige
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Box 206732 24 ArbogaSweden
Visiting address: Gunnarsrovägen 2
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Amager Strandvej 3922770 Kastrup Denmark
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Stansargränd 4721 30 Västerås Sweden
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Vaisalantie 602130 Espoo Finland
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8th Tekstilschikov109129 Moscow Russia
phone: +7 495 987 4397fax: +7 495 987 4398
CONTACT INVESTOR RELATIONS
Fredrik MalmChief Financial Officer and Investor Relations ManagerTel: +46 (0) 8 588 90 000Mob: +46 (0) 704 200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Box 7421 SE-103 91 Stockholm Sweden Visiting address:Regeringsgatan 20, 9 fl
Peter Häggström LindecrantzHead of Corporate Communications
Tel: 08-588 90 000Mob: 0704-200 email@example.com
Box 7421SE-103 91 StockholmSweden
Visiting address: Regeringsgatan 20, 9 fl
Peter Häggström Head of Corporate Communications
Welcome to HiQ's page for financial information.
Here you will find information about the HiQ share, financial reports, the financial calendar etc. HiQ is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm’s midcap list. HiQ is a Nordic IT and management consultancy company focusing on high-tech solutions with clients in technology-intensive sectors. As a specialised consultancy company with expert skills in communications and software development, we develop both our clients’ technologies and their businesses. HiQ employs around 1 400 people at offices in the Nordic Region and Russia.
Annual Report 2014
The Annual General Meeting for 2014 took place on 24 March 2015 at 10.00 (CET) at the company's 9th floor office on Regeringsgatan 20 in Stockholm.
Annual General Meeting in HiQ International AB
HiQ Annual Report 2014
Documentation to be presented at the Annual General Meeting
Information regarding share split and share redemption
HiQ International AB is a Swedish, public limited liability company with its headquarters in Stockholm.
The company's governance is based on the Swedish Companies Act, articles of association, the obligations associated with its listing on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm, the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance and other applicable laws and regulations.
The following is information about the development of HiQ shares, the company's 15 largest shareholders and key ratios per share, as well as a list of analysts who monitor HiQ.
For information about HiQ's operations, assignments, press releases, Investor Relations activities or if you would like to subscribe for annual reports, interim reports or press releases, please contact Peter Häggström Lindecrantz.
For information about our financial position and key figures please contact Fredrik Malm.
The Annual General Meeting for 2014 took place on 24 March 2015 at 10.00 (CET) at the company's 9th floor office on Regeringsgatan 20 in Stockholm.
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 31 March 2014:- Split and redemption of SEK 2.60 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Authorisation for the Board to repurchase own shares - Election of members of the board
Documentation to the AGM
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 11 April 2013:- Split and redemption of SEK 2.40 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Authorisation for the Board to repurchase own shares - Election of members of the board
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 28 March 2012:- Split and redemption of SEK 2.20 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Authorisation for the Board to repurchase own shares - Election of members of the board
Documentation to be presented at the AGM
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 28 April 2011:- Split and redemption of SEK 1.80 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Authorisation for the Board to repurchase own shares - Election of members of the board
Documentation to be presented at the AGMStatement of the Nomination Committee
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 25 March 2010:- Split and redemption of SEK 1.10 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Authorisation for the Board to repurchase own shares - Election of members of the board
Annual General Meeting in HiQ International AB Statement of the Nomination Committee Information regarding share split and share redemption
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 29 April 2009:
- Split and redemption of SEK 1.40 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Authorisation for the Board to repurchase own shares - Election of members of the board
Annual General Meeting in HiQ International AB Information to shareholders regarding sharesplit and compulsory redemption
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 30 April 2008:
- Split and redemption of SEK 1.30 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Authorisation for the Board to repurchase own shares - Election of members of the board Annual General Meeting resolutions Information regarding share split and share redemption
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 23 March 2007:
- Dividend of SEK 2.10 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 5,000,000 new shares - Election of members of the board
Communiqué AGM 23 March 2007 (pdf)
Resolutions adopted at the AGM 27 April 2006:- Dividend of SEK 2.10 per share- New warrants programme for employees- Authorisation for the Board to issue a maximum of 4,900,000 new shares - Election of members of the board
Communiqué AGM 27 April 2006 (pdf)
Corporate governance includes a set of rules and a decision-making hierarchy designed to ensure the controlled and efficient management of the company's operations, in order to meet shareholders' requirements for return on invested capital. Increased openness and transparency provide good insight into the company's operations, which contributes to effective governance. Corporate governance in Sweden has traditionally been regulated by law. In addition, industry self-regulatory bodies regularly present various regulations relating to corporate governance.
Detailed information about the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance is available at www.bolagsstyrning.se. HiQ aims to achieve a high standard through the clarity and simplicity of its management system and governing documents. Governance, management and control of HiQ is divided between the shareholders at the AGM, the Board of Directors and the auditors in accordance with the Swedish Companies Act and the Articles of Association.
Bolagsstyrningsrapport 2012 (pdf)
Bolagsstyrningsrapport 2010 (pdf)
Bolagsstyrningsrapport 2009 (pdf)
Bolagsstyrningsrapport 2008 (pdf)
Bolagsordning för HiQ International AB (publ) (pdf)
The following guidelines concerning remuneration payable to officers of the company were accepted at the 2012 AGM:
The board of directors proposes that the guidelines accepted at the 2011 AGM should continue to apply unchanged. Remuneration paid to the CEO and others in the company's management shall consist of a fixed remuneration, possible variable compensation, pension and any other customary benefits. The total sum paid must reflect market levels of compensation and the terms and conditions of payment shall reward good performance as well as give equal incentive for both the shareholders and the individual.
Remuneration in the form of fixed compensation is to be paid in proportion to the officer's experience, responsibility and competence.
Variable compensation is to be paid in proportion to the officer's responsibility and competence. Additionally, compensation is to be both capped and based on the achievement of goals that correspond with shareholders' long-term interests. The variable compensation shall, whenever applicable, be based on quantitative and qualitative goals.
The company's cost for the variable compensation paid to the CEO and other company management is to amount to between zero and 100 per cent of the total sum of fixed remuneration paid, in line with goal-achievement.
The board proposes that the CEO and other company management in the same manner be given the right to participate in stock option plans as other staff and in accordance with the proposal the board submits at the AGM, as well as to receive any subsidised premium on the same terms as other HiQ employees.
HiQ offers its employees a premium-based pension scheme with the right to receive a pension payment from 65 years of age. Variable compensation paid is not pensionable. Retirement benefits are to be limited to 35 per cent of the amount of fixed compensation paid and to a maximum of approximately SEK 400,000 per annum and per employee.
Additional benefits provided by HiQ consist of conventional benefits given in accordance with local custom.
Termination of Employment and Severance Payment
With regard to the CEO, a mutual period of notice of six months will apply should either the company or the CEO choose to terminate the CEO's employment. Should the company choose to terminate the CEO's employment, a severance payment equivalent to ten month's salary is to be paid. Should the CEO choose to terminate his/her employment, then salary payable and other benefits are to be paid for a period of four months after employment ceases, during which time a non-compete clause will apply. In the case of the termination of the employment of other management, a mutual period of notice of three to six months will ordinarily apply.
The CEO determines the amount of remuneration payable to management. The amount of remuneration payable to the CEO is to be determined by the board.
The board may deviate from these guidelines in isolated cases if special reasons for doing so exist.
From 1998 to 2009 HiQ implemented a number of share programmes for its employees for the purpose of attracting, retaining and motivating staff members. The programmes are all based on subordinated debentures with detachable warrants. The programmes were divided into sub-programmes in order to allow warrants to be offered to new employees on an ongoing basis. The terms of the outstanding programmes are two and three years.
The following employees and members of the board are registered with Finansinspektionen, the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority:Board: Anders Ljungh, Gunnel Duveblad, Ulrika Hagdahl, Erik Hallberg, Raimo Lind, Lars Stugemo, Ken Gerhardsen and Johanna Fagrell Köhler.
CEO and other executives: Stefan Haag, Patrik Holm, Peter Häggström, Magnus Gudéhn, Anders Karén, Anna Kleine, Jerker Lindstén, Fredrik Malm, Anders Nilsson, Klas Nyström, Jukka Rautio, Lars Stugemo and Mikael Teng.
Auditors: Nicklas Kullberg.
The total number of outstanding shares in HiQ is 52 751 523 per 30 September 2014.
1) 2013 share split and distribution to shareholders of approx SEK 132 million (SEK 2.60/share)
2) 2012 share split and distribution to shareholders of approx SEK 127 million (SEK 2.40/share)
3) 2011 share split and distribution to shareholders of approx SEK 116 million (SEK 2.20/share)
4) 2010 share split and distribution to shareholders of approx SEK 94 million (SEK 1.80/share)
5) 2009 share split and distribution to shareholders of approx SEK 57 million (SEK 1.10/share)
Fredrik MalmChief Financial Officer (CFO) and Investor Relations
Tel: +468-588 90 000Mob: +46704 200 firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. 7421S-103 91 StockholmSwedenVisiting address:Regeringssgatan 20, 9tr
CONTACT CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Peter Häggström LindecrantzHead of Corporate Communications
P.O. 7421S-103 91 StockholmSverigeVisiting address:Regeringsgatan 20, 9tr
HiQ HELPS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY MAKING PEOPLE'S LIVES SIMPLER AND BETTER.
We are the perfect partner for everyone eager to achieve results that make a difference in a digital world.
In a world that is spinning faster and faster, HiQ has the know-how and the experience to help our clients all the way from idea to implementation. We see technology as part of a larger context, and as a tool for making a difference in people’s everyday lives. Our creation of innovative services such as the Swish and S-mobiili apps for the banking industry, and our development of active safety systems for the automotive industry – systems that save lives – are just two examples of how we help our customers to do this.
HiQ was established in 1995 and is today listed on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm MidCap. With the Nordic countries as our base, and 1,400 specialists, we work with global brands that share our desire to make the world a little simpler. And a lot more fun.
"Mobility, digitisation and the Internet of Things affect all of our clients in all market segments"
Lars Stugemo, President and CEO, HiQ
HiQ SIMPLIFIES EVERYDAY LIFE
It's easy to talk about simplicity, the difficult thing is simplifying. Our industry has been living with this challenge for a long time. Simplicity is a keyword at HiQ, as we create services to improve and simplify people's lives. Just think of how easy it is to submit your income tax return or transfer money using your smartphone. We believe that IT that simplifies equates with quality. Simplicity is the innovation of our time.
We live in a world in which innovative IT-based services and products have improved the everyday lives of people. We see for example how social media help to bring about the downfall of dictatorships, how communication channels evolve and how very valuable IT has become for individuals, companies and organisations.
We take on the challenges with enthusiasm and expertise. We listen to our clients. We are the specialists who can get to grips with the intricacies of technology and the clients requirements and there to propose the simple solution. As a result, we create services and products that improve and simplify people's lives right in the midst of the adventure that we call IT.
HiQ'S OPERATIONS ARE CONDUCTED THROUGH OUR VARIOUS SUBSIDIARIES.
We have offices in the Nordic region and Eastern Europe – from the Öresund Region in the south, to Stockholm and Helsinki in the north and to Moscow in the east.
From our offices in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Russia, we offer specialised services within communications, software development and business-critical IT.
HiQ Stockholm is located in the heart of the Swedish capital and has some of the best views of the city available. With more than 400 employees, we create results and simplify for clients from other parts of the country, the region and around the world.
We help customers in segments such as telecom, defence and security, finance and insurance, industry and retail, gaming, entertainment and media and the public sector. We offer everything from strategy consulting, business development and software development to testing.
Our customers are not looking primarily for our resources and a few extra hands, but for our minds and innovative abilities. Although we work across many industries and supply a wide range of services, we are specialists with an in-depth understanding of the fields and domains in which we work. We understand the need to place technology within a context and how technology affects the people who work with it and our customers' business in general.
Simplicity is difficult to achieve, but for us it is a necessary way of approaching assignments to ensure we deliver useful and efficient solutions to difficult problems. It takes courage to step away from conventional thinking in order to seek better solutions to our customers' challenges. Employees at HiQ Stockholm are daring and creative team players. Could you be one of us?
HiQ Göteborg has been active in the heart of the technology-intensive Gothenburg region since 1998.
HiQ Gothenburg has over 300 specialists with expertise in fields such as software development (from start to finished product), quality management (especially testing and verification), qualified project management and business development, mobility and web development.
We are very flexible when it comes to forms of cooperation with our customers – we can work either at your location or at our own offices. We can participate in our customers' projects, or run an entire project either at your premises or at our offices.
Approximately two-thirds of our business is conducted on-site with our customers and the remainder at our offices, often in the form of project assignments. We have successfully carried out numerous projects at our offices and have extensive experience, expertise and structural investment in this form of working.
We are located in Arboga, Västerås and Örebro and work with advanced IT development throughout the western Mälardalen region.
HiQ Mälardalen is one of the largest IT consulting companies in the western Mälardalen region, with about 100 consultants. We work with systems development and project management in both product development and operations and we have successfully conducted complex development projects on our own premises for over 16 years. We are also a leader in quality assurance. We work both on site, at the customer and with larger project commitments on our own premises.
We operate in the region around Örebro-Västerås-Eskilstuna and some of our world leading clients are ABB, Atlas Copco, BAE Systems Bofors / Hägglund, Bombardier, FMV, FM, Partex, SEB, Transportation Board, Volvo and Westinghouse.
Today we see a strong demand for our services and are therefore on the look-out for new talented consultants who want to work with system development or project management in the IT field, preferably with experience from one or more of the automative, defense or industrial segments.
On the Swedish side of the technology and innovation-intensive Öresund Region, HiQ Skåne has been active since 2002.
We are a stable and expanding service company with about a hundred employees and have established ourselves as a leading partner both for highly specialised and innovative companies and for global industries. Successful turnkey projects completed for our local customers have allowed us to establish ourselves as an international player with clients in commerce, telecom, electronics, media, finance and medicin in both the European continent and in North America.
Our expertise extends from product development (e.g. embedded system for controlling electronics) to business support (complete systems for e-commerce). Accepting full responsibility for projects is just as common for us as providing expert consultants to work on-site with our clients. At our offices in Lund, we have centres for mobile application development, web services development and quality assurance.
At HiQ Karlskrona we have extensive know-how and experts on software development, quality assurance and leadership.
The company was established in 2004 when HiQ began operations at its own premises in Blekinge. The region is home to some of HiQ's most important contracted customers, like Telenor and Ericsson.
We work closely with our customers, developing their business, technology and operations. Some of our areas of expertise are:
IT and Business Solutions. We offer specialist competence within IT management, project management, system development, quality assurance, testing, web solutions, strategies and digital communication.
Mobile Solutions. The mobile trend has only just started and mobile devices and platforms are taking an increased role in our everyday life as well as in companies and organizations. At HiQ Karlskrona we offer mobile solutions to streamline your business and meet the needs of your customers.
Please contact us and let us tell you more over a cup of coffee!
HiQ Ace is located in Sweden's bustling, fourth-largest metropolitan region in Östergötland County.
We have provided software development expertise for the automotive, defence and telecom industries for a number of years, working together with world-leading clients from the region. HiQ Ace is now adding business-critical IT to our offering and helping our customers develop processes and IT support.
HiQ Ace is an entrepreneur-driven company that is growing fast. Our consultants are skilled at solving the most difficult of technical problems. On the other hand, it's in our nature to try not to complicate things unnecessarily, but to help each other and our customers to see what possibilities are available. Oh, and having fun is a fringe benefit when you work with HiQ!
HiQ's Russian office is located in central Moscow and has been running successful nearshore projects since 1999.
We specialise in all open mobile platforms, finance, gaming, entertainment and media. Our colleagues in Moscow have many years of experience handling development work for international clients and, needless to say, all our staff here speak English. We possess the same high level of quality awareness here at our nearshore centre as at all our other HiQ offices.
With our nearshore model, HiQ offers cost-effective solutions without compromising quality, budget or deadlines. HiQ's model offers a flexible solution in that we can assume full responsibility for projects with the help of a project coordinator from one of our local offices. We like to work using the agile Scrum method, but, naturally, are also happy to adapt and use whatever methods our customers prefer. This is outsourcing 2.0!
Located in Espoo, in the heart of Finland's high-tech area just outside Helsinki, HiQ Finland specialises in challenging systems development projects, quality assurance, project management and consultancy.
The company is one of the oldest within the Finnish IT sector and consists of a highly experienced team of experts. Our core expertise lies in areas such as e-commerce solutions using mobile and web-based portals, business-critical systems, interactive gaming platforms, telecommunications systems, network services within telecom, and mobile applications.
With our unique understanding of business process integration and management, we help our customers get maximum value out of their existing IT environments. We have created innovative systems and solutions for a number of Finnish and international organisations. HiQ Finland also holds a strong position within quality assurance – with a complete offering that covers the entire process from strategy, methodology and management to implementation.
Address for HiQ Stockholm
Regeringsgatan 20 Box 7421103 91 Stockholm Sweden
tel: +46 (0) 8 588 90 000
Address for HiQ Göteborg
Norra Hamngatan 22 411 06 Göteborg Sweden
tel: +46 (0) 31 743 91 00
Address to the Arboga office
Gunnarsrovägen 2Box 206732 24 Arboga Sweden
tel: +46 (0) 589 845 00
Address to the Västerås office
Stansargränd 4721 30 Västerås Swedentel: +46 (0) 589 845 00
Address to the Örebro office
Fabriksgatan 20702 23 ÖrebroSweden
Address for HiQ Skåne
Ideon Gateway, 12th fl. Scheelevägen 27223 70 Lund
tel: +46 (0) 46 540 55 50
Address for HiQ Karlskrona
Drottninggatan 28371 32 Karlskrona Sweden
tel: +46 (0) 455 617 627
Address for HiQ Ace
CentralstationenJärnvägsgatan 1582 22 Linköping
tel: + 46 (0) 13 21 04 60
Address to the Stockholm office
Regeringsgatan 20Box 7421103 91 Stockholm Sweden
Address to the Moscow office
8th Tekstilschikov str, 11/2 109129 Moscow Russia
tel: +7 495 987 4397
OUR JOB IS TO MAKE BOTH THE INTEGRATION OF BUSINESS PROCESSES AND MANAGEMENT SIMPLE.
As specialists in challenging integration projects, we understand our clients' businesses and how we can create flexible solutions to help support them every step of the way.
Frends Technology was founded in 1988 in Helsinki, Finland, and is now part of the HiQ Group.
Our customer portfolio includes Neste Oil, YIT, Sanoma Uitgevers and Aktia. Our specialised team working for the energy sector assists a number of energy and power companies by providing industry-specific solutions, including business process consulting.
We have been moulded by twenty years of developing reliable software and providing inspiring innovation. Frends is the creator of the FRENDS integration tools used to facilitate the development, monitoring and management of integration solutions based on Microsoft technology.
Address for HiQ Finland
Vaisalantie 602130 EspooFinland
tel: +358 9 4355 860
Management of HiQ.
Jerker Lindstén, born 1971. Managing Director of HiQ Göteborg AB. M.Sc. Automation Technology, Chalmers Institute of Technology. Lars Stugemo, born 1961. President and CEO of HiQ International AB since 2 February 2000. M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Anders Nilsson, born 1970. Managing Director of HiQ Mälardalen AB. Electronics engineer. Patrik Holm, born 1966. Managing Director HiQ ACE AB. M.Sc. Industrial Economics, Institute of Technology, Linköping. Jukka Rautio, born 1974. Managing Director HiQ Finland Oy. B.Sc in Computer Science, University of Oulu. Magnus Gudéhn, born 1962. Managing Director of HiQ Stockholm AB. Bachelor of Science, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
BOTTOM ROW FROM THE LEFT: Fredrik Malm, born 1974. CFO HiQ International AB. M.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics, Stockholm School of Economics. Peter Häggström Lindecrantz, born 1976. Marketing and Information Manager, HiQ International AB. Pedagogics and Journalism, University of Gothenburg and University of Houston. Mikael Teng, born 1964. Business Development Manager, HiQ International. M.Sc. Computer Science, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Anna Kleine, born 1973. Managing Director of HiQ Skåne AB. Bachelor of Science, Lunds Universitet. Klas Nyström, born 1955. Managing Director HiQ Karlskrona AB. Naval officer, Military Academy, Stockholm.
HiQ's Board consists of eight members with no deputies. The company's auditor is PwC and the auditor in charge is Nicklas Kullberg.
UPPER ROW FROM THE LEFT:
Lars Stugemo, born 1961. M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. President and CEO of HiQ International AB since 2000. Employed since March 1995. Other assignments: Chairman of the board Kambi Group Plc and member of Avd VI in The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Ulrika Hagdahl, born 1962. M.Sc. in Engineering Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Board member since 2012. Other assignments: Member of the Board of IFS AB and Beijer Electronics AB. Anders Ljungh, born 1942. Ph.D. in Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. M.Sc. Business and Economics, Stockholm School of Economics. Chairman of the Board and Board member since 2003. Other assignments: Chairman of the Board of Axiomatics, Living Capital Management, Reformed Spirits Co and Mobilize Systems. Ken Gerhardsen, born 1952. M.Sc. Engineering Physics, Linköping Institute of Technology. Board member since 1995. President and CEO of HiQ International AB until February 2000. Other assignments: Member of the boards of Ymer Technologies and Stockholm Text.
BOTTOM ROW FROM THE LEFT:
Johanna Fagrell Köhler, born 1966. M. Sc. International Economic and French, Lund University. Board member since 2011. Other assignments: Member of the board of Ekelöw Info Security AB. Raimo Lind, born 1953. M. Sc. in Economics, Helsinki School of Economics. Board member since 2013. CFO Wärtsilä Oyj 1998-2013, deputy MD since 2005. Other assignments: Chairman of the board of Elisa Oy and member of the board & chairman of the audit committee Nokian Tyres.Erik Hallberg, born 1956. Engineer in Mechanical Engineering. Member since 2012. Executive Vice President TeliaSonera and Managing Director TeliaSonera Eurasia, various management positions at TeliaSonera i.e. Market Area Baltic Countries, Head of Broadband Sweden and Mobility Sweden. Other assignments: Member of the board Cygate AB, Tetab Försäljning AB and boards in Eurasian countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Georgia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Azerbaijan) and Turkey and TeliaSonera International Carrier AB. Gunnel Duveblad, born 1955, Computer Science, Umeå Universitet. Board member since 2007. Other assignments: Chairman of the boards of Team Olivia AB, Global Scanning AS and Stiftelsen Ruter Dam and member of the boards of i.e. Sweo and PostNord. Auditors selected by the AGMPwC, auditor in charge Nicklas Kullberg, born 1970. Authorised public accountant. Auditor of HiQ since 2010.
WHO DOES HiQ COLLABORATE WITH?
HiQ actively works with different collaborations and unique activities. We want to be seen in contexts which, like us, are synonymous with speed, teamwork, high technology, openness, joy and the will to win. Our collaborations also serve as a good platform for activities with customers and employees.
Rock star & entrepreneur
Today, digital solutions are a business critical part in all industries, and the music industry has received great attention for the challenges in finding new ways to distribute music and earn money. HiQ works with many companies in this area and is also digital partner to Dregen – Sweden’s biggest rock star.
HiQ and Dregen have collaborated for several years and as a digital partner HiQ works with developing Dregen’s digital platforms to help him reach out to his fans. In the beginning of 2014 Dregen launched his new modern website, created by HiQ. Dregen is also a familiar face at HiQ’s many events, such as our rock school and the Knowledge Bar, where he spreads energy and inspiration and plays with the HiQ band HEO. When the music video for "Just like that" was to be made, Dregen chose HiQ's offices as the location - below is a video behind the scenes of the shoot!
HiQ’s own motor sports star.
As a specialised IT consultancy firm, HiQ works with leading customers in the automotive industry in areas such as Infotainment and Active Safety. Motorsport is a technology-intensive team sport, with IT increasingly playing a part in performance, safety and contacts with fans and the media. Richard Göransson's career started at the age of ten with go-cart and through hard work he has since established himself in the elite of racing and rally.
HiQ supports Richard both on the race track and by together creating thrilling activities to share with our clients and employees.
Maths is the first step.
At HiQ we believe that it is important that young men and women discover and learn to understand mathematics at an early age. Both for their own sake as well as to secure competence for the future. Therefore, we work with the non-profit organisation Mattecentrum ("The Maths Centre").
At no charge Mattecentrum helps over 120 000 children and youths to improve their skills in maths. This is done partly through open workshops, where HiQ employees are among the volunteers, but foremost by the online study tool www.matteboken.se (matteboken is the Swedish word for "The maths book"). Matteboken offers theory, video lessons, and excercises, with complete maths books from the Swedish A-E maths courses. Matteboken also contains a forum where users can ask questions.
Who knows, one of the thousands of young people getting help from Mattecentrum might work for HiQ one day?
2002-2008 HiQ had a very successful collaboration with the sailing project HiQ Sailing Team. HiQ Sailing Team, the well-known 60-foot trimaran and one of the fastest sailing boats in the world, has broken a number of records through the years. Among the most spectacular were the events of December 2006, when HiQ Sailing Team sailed around Gotland in a new record time of 17 hours 39 minutes – at an average speed of nearly 21 knots!
The trimaran has given us amazing experiences with both customers and staff, a great deal of pride and attention. It has been a true journey writing record history together.
ONE OF THE FASTEST SAILING BOATS IN THE WORLD.
HiQ is one of the fastest sailing boats in the world. In good conditions the boat can sail faster than 40 knots – last year’s speed record was 41,6 knots. The boat is 60 feet long, 20 meters wide and weighs around 5 tonnes. The sail area is very large compared with the size of the boat, making the vessel quick and light on the rudder, but an advanced craft to sail – the Formula 1 of sailing. The new trimaran HiQ is one of the fastest sailing vessels in the world and has successfully sailed in competitions such as the ORMA, Jaques Vabre and Route du Rhum.
The project had backing from HiQ and co-partners Klabbe Nylöf, Andreas Andersén and Pelle Norberg. Together they form a very strong team who have accumulated many merits in the Whitbread, Volvo Ocean Race and other major international competitions.
2008Winner of Gotland Runt, setting a new race recordBroke every Scandinavian and Nordic recordLine honor, i.e. first boat to the finish in all competitions in which the boat sailed
2007Winner of Gotland RuntSpeed record Helsinki-TallinSpeed record Tjörn Runt
2006Winner of Nokia Oops CupWinner of Færder RaceRunner-up Gotland Runt
20053rd place Nokia Oops Cup3rd place Gotland RuntRunner-up Færder RaceRunner-up Sjælland RundtNew speed record in Lidingö Runt
2004Runner-up Nokia Oops CupRunner-up Gotland RuntRunner-up Færder RaceRunner-up Sjælland RundtNew speed record in Gotland Runt
2003 Winner of Nokia Oops CupWinner of Gotland RuntWinner of Færder RaceWinner of Sjælland RundtNew speed record in Færder RaceNew speed record in Sjælland Rundt
INSPIRATION, KNOWLEDGE AND AN EVENING WITH GREAT PEOPLE AND MUSIC. THAT'S WHAT THE KNOWLEDGE BAR IS ALL ABOUT.
Every year, HiQ gathers around 4,000 clients, employees and other fun people when the Knowledge Bar is arranged at the locations where we operate. The Knowledge Bar is one of our highlights of the year, and it's an opportunity for us to share our know-how and have fun together. We start off with inspiring and exciting lectures and then continue the evening with food, drinks, great company and live music.
"Happy people perform better"
- simpler, safer driving
Challenge While driving a car you are constantly exposed to hazards in the form of, for example, other road users and wild animals. Remaining alert to all of these hazards unaided is not always an easy task.
AssignmentHelping the client Volvo Cars to make use of advanced technology to create solutions that mean that the vehicle itself is able to detect the hazards that can occur in traffic and on the road. These solutions are to contribute to the vision that by the year 2020 there will be no fatalities or serious injuries to anyone travelling in a Volvo car.
Solution As part of the four-year “Non-Hit Car” project, HiQ is playing its part as principal partner in developing technology that will provide a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings. The car is now equipped with cameras and radar sensors around its entire body in order to detect possible dangers.
Result An all-round view of the car’s immediate surroundings is a key component in efforts to realise Volvo Cars’ commitment to a zero vision in terms of serious accidents. The ability to identify and detect hazards in good time will enable drivers to avoid accidents and make driving a Volvo both simpler and safer.
Video about Non-Hit Car & Truck: Youtube
Assignment Helping Natur & Kultur to make learning interactive and fun for school children aged 7 to 10, and for their teachers.
Challenge When the access and comprehension of digital communication becomes a question of democracy and a critical tool to be a part of society, our school system is one of the first places where children can be given this understanding. Our challenge was to create an interactive educational tool that could work practically in a school environment and cater to different styles of learning.
Solution The solution presented was "The Isle of Qnodds” (Qnoddarnas Värld) – a learning aid with a sense of gamification, developed directly for the iPad. In "The Isle of Qnodds" each pupil has its own login and can furnish their own ”stump”, which is their own home in the program. When the pupils log in they see new exciting tasks that their teacher has activated, everything from exercises with letters to narrative texts or geometry – all in an inspiring and educational setting.
Result Today "The Isle of Qnodds" is used in many schools all over Sweden. HiQ's client Natur & Kultur has received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding the solution.
- a solution for mobile payments
Attn. The video above is only available in Swedish.
Assignment To create a mobile solution for simple real-time financial transactions between private individuals for Sweden’s six largest banks in cooperation with Bankgirot.
Challenge To free users from bank card readers and the hassle of entering the recipient’s account number by pioneering a new way of carrying out transactions in real time. The innovative solution also had to work as a common service for Sweden’s six largest banks, all of which have their own unique security systems and basic processes.
Solution In a project that expanded as it progressed, HiQ created the Swish mobile app – a shared service for SEB, Handelsbanken, Nordea, Danske Bank, Länsförsäkringar Bank, and the various branches of Swedbank and Sparbank. Using this service, it is possible to transfer money to individuals with an account in a Swish-affiliated bank in real time. All that is needed for the transaction is the recipient’s mobile phone number – no card reader or long account numbers are necessary. Payments are approved with the help of a mobile Bank ID, which ensures that the solution is as safe as the banks’ own individual internet services.
Result Millions of Swedes can now easily transfer money in real time via their mobile phones. Swish is a huge success - in its first 2 years it has reached over 2 million users who now use the service to manage various everyday situations, such as paying someone back for a lunch or collecting money to buy someone a joint birthday present. Swish was awarded as "Mobile Payment of the Year" at the Swedish Mobile Gala 2013.
AssignmentSimplifying the delivery of goods to private individuals together with Volvo Cars.
ChallengeMany of us have experienced how tricky it can be to have ordered goods delivered, not least since many couriers’ delivery times don’t fit people’s day-to-day lives. Often, one might not be home when the delivery arrives, and having to fetch the goods at the post office is time consuming.
SolutionHiQ has helped Volvo Cars to develop the technology for the globally acknowledged service ”Roam Delivery”, which allows consumers to have goods delivered straight to the trunk of their connected car. To use the service, the driver of a Volvo simply chooses their car as a delivery address. The delivery company gets access to the car’s location, colour and registration number, and to a digital disposable key that is connected to Volvo On Call. With a mobile device, the courier simply unlocks the car on site and leaves the goods in the trunk. The car is then immediately locked and the owner receives a message confirming the delivery.
ResultVolvo Roam Delivery is both timesaving and hassle-free, for the recipient as well as for the vendor and the courier. Pilot tests of the service showed that 86 per cent experienced the service as timesaving. 92 per cent stated that they would rather have their goods delivered to their cars than to their homes.
Assignment Helping the Swedish Post & Telecom Authority to make Facebook accessible for everyone, including people suffering from deafblindness and people who are visually impaired.
ChallengeNot being able to communicate on equal terms leads to people being isolated from society and excluded from social contexts. Today, a lot of our conversations take place online, but for people suffering from deafblindness or who are visually impaired, navigating and communicating on the internet can be difficult. The problem with Facebook is that the interface and the huge amount of information are not compatible with tools such as screen readers and braille displays. The challenge was therefore to create a simpler and more slimmed Facebook, which still presents the user with the most common functionality.
Solution Together with PTS, HiQ has developed the service ”Fejjan för alla”, that works just as well on a computer as in a smartphone or tablet. The user-friendly interface connects well with aids such as screen readers, braille displays and magnification software. The service has been developed in close collaboration with the target group and deafblind people, as well as visually impaired, have been testing the service throughout the development project. ”Fejjan för alla” is a clean and slimmed-down version of Facebook in which the most common actions, such as status updates, friends and messages, have been simplified.
ResultWith the service, deafblind people and those who are visually impaired can communicate with family, new acquaintances and others with disabilities on equal terms. Feedback after the launch has been positive, not least for the simplicity of the service. Possible users are the 2,500 individuals who suffer from deafblindness in Sweden, as well as the country’s approximately 100,000 visually impaired.
AssignmentHelping the S Group in Finland simplify for their customers, by developing and offering the next generation of mobile banking services.
Challenge The S Group’s in-store bank S-Pankki has over 2,6 million customers in Finland, and service sports in more than 700 of the S Group outlets. S-Pankki’s services are foremost aimed at the users of the S Groups customer loyalty card. The challenge was to create an innovative mobile solution that connects all of the S Groups services – customer loyalty bonus, the internet bank as well as other services and benefits, in order to simplify and improve for the customers.
SolutionHiQ developed a solution called S-mobiili (S Mobile), which is the first mobile bank in the world to be integrated with a retailers customer loyalty program. With the service, S Group customers can manage their bank errands and their loyalty bonus balance at the same time. S-mobiili also offers personalized benefits and discounts as well as an adapted feature for finding service spots. For a complete list of the many smart features, please visit http://www.s-mobiili.fi
ResultS-mobiili simplifies and improves the customers’ everyday lives, and it received a fantastic welcoming from both experts and users when it was launched. As an example, the service received an honorary mention for ”Best User Experience” in the GrandOne competition. S-mobiili was launched in November 2013 and it was downloaded to nearly 200,000 mobile devices in the first five months alone. S-mobiili has really succeeded in meeting the users’ expectations and demands, which is proven by an average score of 4 out of 5 stars in reviews of the service.
Assignment HiQ is digital partner to Stena Match Cup Sweden, one of Sweden’s biggest sports events with more than 100,000 visitors yearly. HiQ has a multiannual assignment to help Stena Match Cup Sweden to boost the visitors’ experience before, during and after the event. This is done by improving and simplifying the digital communication.
Challenge Today’s connected society creates endless possibilities but also challenges and new needs, thanks to new visitor behaviours and technical platforms. Based on this, the client needs help to develop the event and create new solutions for communication and information – solutions that help visitors to follow the sailing competition and everything else that is happening in connection with the event.
Solution Today, mobile and digital solutions are key factors in all sorts of events in the sporting and entertainment worlds. Therefore HiQ has created a new digital platform and external website for the Stena Match Cup, helping the organisation to interact with the visitors and to spread information. This is a step in improving the event’s digital communication.
Result The new digital platform simplifies communications for the event organisation and it also contributes to creating an even better event for Stena Match Cup Sweden’s 100 000 visitors. The new solution helps the visitors to smoothly access the information that they need.
Assignment To help the UK TV station, Channel 4, to create an IPTV service with a new player and portal for YouView – a shared platform for UK public service broadcasters.
Challenge The way we watch TV has changed. Today’s viewers are used to being able to choose when and how they watch TV. To meet viewers’ needs, the UK’s public service broadcasters and two broadband companies agreed to work together to create YouView – a subscription-free, easy-to-use TV service with more than 70 digital channels, a 7-day catch-up function and a wide variety of TV programmes, films and radio shows on demand. Channel 4 needed to create a completely new player and portal that could be synchronised with this shared solution.
Solution HiQ played a key role in the team that created the Channel 4 player and portal for YouView. A critical element of the work was the development of a completely new on-demand player for the new platform, complete with content protection, dynamic advertising and detailed reporting. HiQ also helped Channel 4 to develop a logging system, which is essential for diagnosis and error detection when problems occur.
Result With Channel 4’s new IPTV service, all the channel’s viewers can see their favourite programmes when they want to – both live and on-demand on their normal TVs.
Assignment To help popular Swedish rock star Dregen to reach out to his fans and media in a way that suits his rock’n’roll image.
Challenge In today’s digital world an artist is so much more than someone who writes songs and performs on stage. When the channels are endless, a strategic communication is essential to break through the buzz. Dregen spends much on his time stuck on tour buses all over the world and therefore the solution needs to be simple and easy to use. It’s also important with a direct link to the fans so that Dregen can speak to them in person.
Solution We created a website and a digital platform which with its raw rock’n’roll attitude fits the artist’s image perfectly. The website, based on a flexible, fast, easy-to-use solution, brings Dregen’s communication to a whole new level and makes it easy for him to work while on the run. Because Dregen takes a very active role in social media this was a given component. Much attention was given to usability and the site as a mobile channel.
Result Dregen’s new website enjoys a great number of visitors and the traffic coming in through mobile channels has increased steadily. The site increases the artist’s visibility and enables contact with fans and media. Thanks to his new digital platform, Dregen can spend more of his time on song writing and touring the world.
Attn. The video above is only available in Finnish.
Assignment To create a new and modern mobile service for Fintoto Oy, the group that markets and organizes horse race betting in Finland.
Challenge To bring the excitement and drama of horse and harness racing to mobile users. Harness racing is Finland’s second-most popular sport in terms of spectator numbers. Annually, some 730,000 spectators attend the Finnish racetracks. In 2012, Tote betting amounted to nearly 250 million euros, half of which comes from online gaming. In step with a growing interest and the arrival of new technology, Fintoto discovered a significant demand for a mobile solution, especially among new players. The service needed to be both modern and easy to use.
Solution HiQ developed ”Toto-mobiili”, a service that moves Toto betting and live broadcasts into the smartphones in the players’ pockets, enabling them to gamble and follow the races anytime and anywhere. The service focuses on the user, combining cutting-edge technology with the joy and excitement of betting.
Result Fintoto’s customers can now easily bet on horse racing and follow live broadcasts in their smartphones. The service simplifies for the users and strengthens Fintoto’s offer.
Assignment Back in the mid-1990s, HiQ was commissioned to develop, manage and support flight simulator training for the JAS39 Gripen multirole fighter aircraft. The simulator was used to train pilots to fly the plane, handle the tactical systems and deal with various emergency situations.
Challenge To develop simulators that reflect the advances made and to offer pilots a virtual environment as close to reality as possible, so that on-the-ground training genuinely does resemble the real thing. The aircraft is one of the most technically advanced in the world and the result of one of Sweden’s biggest ever industrial projects. In many respects, the environment in a simulator is even more complex than that in the plane itself; not only the aircraft and its controls, but also the surroundings, operator positions, tactical environment, etc. have to be authentically reproduced. And, of course, the simulators have to be simple for users to operate.
Solution We worked on the project using agile methodology, continually taking responsibility for what was most important to the customer and users at every point in time. The assignment included everything from project management to configuration management, safety work, the preparation and specification of requirements, design/architecture, development, testing, delivery, training and support for users (both technicians and pilots).
Result Since the project began, more than 300 pilots have been trained in simulators developed by HiQ. Training in a simulator is very cost-effective and has considerably less impact on the environment.
Assignment To optimise the experience for visitors to the European Athletics indoor championships at Scandinavium in Gothenburg.
Challenge When you are watching an athletics competition where several events are taking place at the same time, it can be difficult to follow everything that is happening. It can also be difficult to find your way around the stadium and to make sure you are aware of all the offers that are available.
Solution As most people today are online 24/7, HiQ created an efficient, easy-to-navigate website and the official app for Android and iPhone for the 2013 championships in Gothenburg. These digital platforms made it easier for spectators to follow the competitions by providing background information, live updates and details of other events in connection with the competitions.
Result 50,000 unique visitors to the website every day during the championships and 5,200 app downloads during the weekend showed that the digital platform interested and reached a large portion of those attending the event. It was easier to follow the competitions on site and for media, sponsors and competitors to communicate with the event’s target groups.
Assignment To carry out the first ever live broadcast of Sweden’s biggest event – the Stockholm Pride Festival – and to involve participants in the parade with the help of mobile units.
Challenge To cope with the huge strain on the internet when more than five hundred thousand people out on the streets of Stockholm are encouraged during an intensive four-hour period to stream pictures for a live TV broadcast. We also wanted to set new records for live streaming during the course of one single day. “Openness” was the theme of this year’s Pride Festival, and we wanted to show that technical solutions, such as Channel Q, can contribute to a more open society.
Solution We created a four-hour live broadcast with presenter Roger Nordin. Guests on the programme included Danny Saucedo, Babsan and Sweden’s Minister for European Union Affairs, Birgitta Olsson. By integrating Bambuser with our website it was possible to follow thousands of live pictures from the parade. The camera team worked hard to create a wi-fi “carpet” to cover the entire the parade route so that everyone could contribute to the fantastic show. The event was broadcast on hiq.se, expressen.se, qx.se and on the large screen in Kungsträdgården Park in Central Stockholm.
Result We pioneered the first ever live broadcast of the Stockholm Pride Parade. We set a new Nordic record for the number of live streams in a day. We set a new visitor record to our website, and tens of thousands of people watched the TV broadcast online. We also succeeded in showing how technology can create a more open society.
Together with innovative and driven clients, HiQ works with simplifying and improving people’s lives using IT.
HiQ’s clients come from a variety of different industries, and they all have something in common - that they want to be at the forefront, developing their businesses and operations through simple and user friendly solutions.
We divide our customers, who have primarily Nordic but also global presence, into eight market segments.
Mobility and improvements in capacity are becoming ever more important for all clients in all industries.
Since 1995, HiQ has a very strong standing in this segment and works with global and market-leading clients. We have extensive technical expertise as well as commercial competence within telecommunications systems.
For almost 20 years we have been working closely with suppliers, operators, users and legislative authorities. Our know-how and understanding of the industry creates great value for clients and projects in other lines of business, as almost everyone are dependent on telecom technology and mobility.
For example, HiQ helps Microsoft Devices with an efficient and cloud based ‘‘Internet of Things’’ solution for analytics. The data gathered with the solution aims to improve quality of the mobile devices as well as the end- user experience. The solution makes it possible to forecast trends and modify functionality.
Some of our clients in this segment are Ascom Wireless Solutions, Com Hem, Doro, Ericsson, Microsoft Devices, Nokia, Telenor, TDC and Tele2.
Vehicles and their components are increasingly becoming connected and able to communicate with each other.
This simplifies for people and increases safety on our roads. The technology used in the automotive industry is constantly evolving and there is a great deal of pressure to introduce shorter and more efficient development cycles.
Together with innovative clients we are developing active safety systems, such as road trains. Several vehicles travel in a semi-autonomous convoy, which contributes to enhanced safety and reduced fuel consumption. We are also developing a 360-degree field of vision around vehicles. This enables the vehicle to identify hazards and thereby avoid accidents.
HiQ is also increasingly involved in projects aimed at developing eco-friendlier vehicles. Technology plays a crucial part in finding effective solutions to reduce emissions and minimise fuel consumption.
Some of our clients in this segment are BorgWarner, Scania, Volvo Cars and the Volvo Group.
More and more companies are completely dependent on, and open to the possibilites of, mobility and IT.
HiQ creates new business offers and solutions that simplify operations. There are a great number of IT-dependent products and support systems that require development capacity and services for testing and quality assurance. ‘‘The cloud’’ is actively used for the streamlining of processes.
HiQ has a strong position in this segment and works with several global players with the aim to simplify and improve. For example, HiQ is strategic partner to Finnair and SAS, with the responsibility to help the airline companies with development, support and operation of business critical crew management systems.
Some of our clients in this segment are ABB, Assa Abloy, Atlas Copco, Bombardier, Dekra, Electrolux, Empower, Finnair, Jeppesen Systems, Kuusakoski, Kerava Energy, SAS, SKF and Svevia.
The public sector is continually striving to increase service levels and make people’s lives simpler.
To do so, the sector is developing IT environments that streamline and strengthen its operations.
HiQ has more than ten years’ experience of working with the development of business-critical IT solutions for public authorities and organizations. The IT development in this segment simplifies for us as citizens, in our contacts and dealings with various authorities.
HiQ grows within the healthcare segment and has a number of framework agreements with different municipalities and county councils. Through strategy and technology, we simplify for both healthcare providers and patients - before, during, and after the appointment. We see great possibilities to streamline within this important segment.
Some of our clients in this segment are the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the city of Gothenburg, the Traffic Assurance Association, the Swedish Public Employment Service, the Government of Sweden, Region Västra Götaland, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, the Swedish Tax Agency, the Stockholm County Council and the Finnish customs.
Today, we want to manage our bank errands simply, quickly and securely - willingly with a mobile device.
Because of this, the finance and insurance segment is undergoing great changes. At HiQ, we combine our financial insights with our expertise in mobility to create a very competitive offering within mobile payments and banking services. This is an area in which we continue winning assignments in the Nordic region.
Swish, that HiQ developed together with Bankgirot for Sweden’s six largest banks, is a success with more than two million users. Swish enables people to transfer money in real time, without bank card readers or account numbers.
In Finland, the field of mobile banking services is also a large and recognised area of expertise for HiQ. We have, for example, developed the world’s first mobile bank that is connected to a retail chain’s customer bonus system.
Some of our clients in this segment are Bankgirot, Collector, Handelsbanken, Nordea, OP Pohjola Group, the S Group, SEB, Skandiabanken, Swedbank, Varma and Wasa Kredit.
Thanks to today’s technology, this industry is changing rapidly.
Today, we can play games or stream high-quality media content almost regardless of where we are. At HiQ we use our know-how and experience from other segments as we help both the experienced players and the start-ups to create the solutions of tomorrow.
As an example, online-based TV is growing at a fast pace. HiQ is part of developing a number of services for various TV channels in the Nordic region and elsewhere in Europe. The viewers of today can decide for themselves where, when and how they want to watch TV, for example by using the IPTV service that HiQ has assisted British Channel 4 to develop.
In addition, HiQ is involved in developing online gaming. This, too, is a constantly evolving industry, and the Nordic companies are successful on the global gaming market.
Some of our clients in this segment are Channel 4, DICE, Fintoto, GTECH, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, King, MTG Radio, MTV 3 Finland, Natur & Kultur, Rovio, SBS TV, Spotify, Utbildningsradion and Veikkaus.
We live in a time in which defence and security are becoming more and more important.
The view of the world is uncertain and the question of defence is put higher on the agenda - not least is IT security becoming even more important for both companies and authorities. HiQ’s experience in this area is extensive, as it has been since the start 20 years ago.
With our expert know-how, HiQ has been developing training simulators for the JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft since the early 1990s. Hundreds of fighter pilots worldwide have been trained in simulators that HiQ helps to develop.
HiQ helps the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to simplify tracking of their material using RFID technology - a high-tech collaboration that has won international recognition.
Some of our clients in this segment are BAE, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the Swedish Armed Forces and SAAB.
Today, our shopping behaviour is completely different than it was only a few years back.
Shopping online is convenient and simple, and online and mobile shopping is constantly breaking new records.
HiQ has a thorough understanding of the industry gained over many years, and we supply leading international retail chains with services ranging from concept and design to quality assurance. HiQ works within a broad range that includes e-commerce, mobile commerce, procurement and logistics systems, and tools for marketing and sales.
Some of our clients in this segment are ICA, Lähikauppa, Stockmann, and Volvohandelns Utvecklings AB.
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Regardless of where we are, we have become used to being in constant contact with the outside world via mobile phones, laptops and tablets – when at work, on holiday and in our free time.
We take it for granted that we have constant access to the services that we feel are important. These might be e-mail, social networking sites, weather reports, mobile banking, or our favourite music, to name just a few. Whatever it might be, the requirements we place on the service with regard to accessibility, privacy, content and usability are great.
HiQ provides expertise within mobility and mobile solutions to customers in all market segments and we are highly competent with regard to various technical platforms. We provide consultancy services and work with strategies, applications, usability and quality assurance linked to business benefits in our customers' operations. Some examples include a mobile banking application for handling banking errands and a mobile e-commerce platform that allows users to buy goods straight from their mobile phones.
Telecommunications involves communication between people and between people and systems.
It can also include systems communicating with each other without human involvement. Today, this means that your computer, video game console, mobile, sound system, TV and other devices are able to interact and communicate with the world around them.
HiQ has long held a strong position within telecommunications and cooperates with the majority of systems suppliers, mobile phone manufacturers, operators and users in the Nordic region. We are currently witnessing a continued, strong convergence between the Internet, media, entertainment and mobility. Telecom technology is playing a central role here as increasing amounts of information are transmitted with the help of IP. HiQ is active at the very heart of this convergence.
One example of this is our development of Dreampark's next-generation IPTV portal. TV distribution over IP networks using a new kind of hybrid box will give viewers access to a broad range of TV channels, the Internet, movie rental services, Facebook and Twitter. In the future, it will even be possible to record programmes directly on mobile phones and tablets.
One of the specialist areas in which HiQ has a long-running history of expertise is simulation technology. We are leaders in the Nordic region in software development for simulated environments and work together with many different customers in the field.
Ever since the JAS Gripen fighter jet first came into service, HiQ has developed simulators for training pilots. HiQ continues its work on this project as the aircraft and technology continue to be developed. An interesting detail about the JAS Gripen project is that the simulator uses the same system software as the actual fighter jet.
HiQ also develops simulators used in the development and testing of new mobile phones and IT solutions for vehicles. Another example is when we helped Forsslund Systems, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institutet to develop an oral surgery simulator. The system is used by dentistry students to practice surgical procedures.
In just a few short years the way in which we communicate has been totally transformed. To meet the new challenges that this presents and the needs it creates, HiQ has assembled a talented team in the form of a digital agency that helps our customers to make their digital communication even more powerful.
Today’s communication increasingly takes place online and across numerous different platforms. This creates business for HiQ, which is winning more and more assignments as a strategic digital partner. Our expertise in technology, communication and business together with our extensive experience in many market segments and specialist areas means that HiQ is gaining ground in the digital market. The team of art directors, creative directors, copywriters, interaction designers and usability experts in HiQ's digital agency frequently works on projects that demand the highest levels of innovation, creativity and technical know-how.
The partnership is tailor-made to support the client´s business in the best way. In this way HiQ becomes a long-term partner to organisations that regard IT and communication as business critical functions for success. Other collaboration takes the form of a more limited participation in projects, where we interact closely with advertising agencies, etc.
IT offers a wealth of opportunities for businesses and the public sector to both improve and simplify what they do.
Many companies are highly dependent on their IT systems. Banks and insurance companies are totally dependent on the reliability of the IT systems that manage payments and other transactions, for example. Public sector institutions require support systems to help them keep their operations well organised and to ensure that the services they provide to the public function well.
In the case of the Swedish National Tax Board, for example, IT has made it possible to offer better, simpler, more user-friendly services by providing forms, tax declarations and applications online.
HiQ develops systems able to meet high demands on accessibility and reliability and that are business-critical for the customer's entire operation. Often, these are systems that are required to operate 24-7, such as systems for share trading and case management systems for public authorities. This might also include things like logistical solutions for transport or trading companies. Whatever the case may be, they are always business-critical parts of our customers' operations.
Today there is a veritable ocean of interactive online games. Scratchcards are now available on mobile phones, poker is a success on tablets and there are many new ideas in the pipeline.
HiQ works to produce interactive games for betting and sporting games for state-regulated companies. The demand for interactive gaming alternatives is increasing, especially within sports games.
We are Nordic leaders in the area and develop and implement platforms for both gaming and the games themselves. HiQ also develops advanced solutions for managing security, accessibility and performance. Our customers include established, well-known Nordic gaming companies and betting agencies, as well as GTECH – the world-leading supplier of IT solutions and services for the gaming and lottery industry.
Within finance, HiQ is a specialist in securities trading services.
We have successfully managed a very large number of projects and commissions in this area – from strategy and systems to projects and administration. Efficiency is often the most important issue for our customers, e.g. how to make the process faster, how to monitor it better or how to reduce risk. Thanks to HiQ's understanding of the flows of the securities industry, we are able to find solutions to these issues. We possess expertise on the entire process – from orders and transactions to clearing and settlement.
We provide our customers with insight into the complete process. The finance industry is complex, so it is often possible to focus on and understand only one section of the market. At HiQ, we understand all aspects of the industry. Our comprehensive knowledge allows us to quickly find effective, secure solutions that meet all existing standards and legal requirements, from the time the order is placed to the time the transaction is made and registered. This over-arching capability saves our customers both time and money, allowing them to get up and running quickly and to get to work on new business opportunities.
New vehicles launched onto the market today are packed with IT and technological solutions.
This might include an information system for the driver that indicates how the vehicle is performing, a navigation system or an entertainment system for passengers. One area that continues to expand is active safety. Examples of active safety solutions include systems that cause cars to brake automatically when someone or something gets too close and functions that improve driver vision in poor lighting.
HiQ helps vehicle manufacturers and sub-suppliers to the automotive industry to develop platforms, systems and services for vehicles. These facilitate communication between different devices within a vehicle and communication to and from a vehicle. We are well positioned within fields like infotainment, active safety, telematics and usability.
Another growing area in which HiQ has a long record of experience is mobility and digital channels. In this field, we help Saab Automobile AB with its development of technical platforms for marketing via digital channels and mobile applications, for example. We also develop engine management systems, production systems and diagnostics solutions and have delivered a new production system for a leading global car manufacturer to Brazil and Asia. Through our broad-ranging offerings to the automotive industry, HiQ's work saves both money and lives.
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EXCITING PROJECTS, FUN AT WORK
At HiQ we work every day to make people’s lives simpler with the help of IT, while we ourselves develop as individuals and have fun at work. We see technology as a tool for solving complex challenges and making a difference in people’s everyday lives; for example, through innovations such as our Swish app for the banking industry and our development of active safety systems for the automotive industry – systems that save lives.
At HiQ you work with fascinating assignments for clients across a broad spectrum of industries as part of a network of Sweden’s brightest and friendliest IT consultants – people who will become your friends, act as a sounding board for your ideas, join your rock band and work out with you in the gym. HiQ gives you the opportunity to constantly develop your skills and learn more about state-of-the-art technology.
We have a strong corporate culture at HiQ and work hard to make sure co-workers are healthy, happy and feel that they are developing. We are proud to be ranked among the best employers, and HiQ has been named as Sweden’s best IT consultant by the business weekly Veckans Affärer on several occasions.
If you share our passion for making things simpler and achieving results that help make the world better and more fun, you’re most welcome to join us! To apply for jobs, please go to hiq.se or hiq.fi.
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AT HiQ, WE PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH
HiQ's values - results, responsibility, simplicity & joy - are our core in every project, every day. Our values create a competitive advantage and a more amusing everyday life for our clients and ourselves.
Our task is to deliver what our customers need. Creating results and making our clients satisfied is vital and we follow up our results in order to ensure continued improvement.
To serve as a good example and take personal responsibility, both for their team and for the overall result, is a given for our employees. This means delivering the right services at the right time and always aiming to create added value for our clients.
We love to tackle difficult challenges and to use advanced technology to simplify people’s everyday life. Simplicity is a guiding principle that makes us creative. For HiQ clients, simplicity means that we are available, quick to respond and not hesitant to proposing improvements. Simplicity is the innovation of our time.
At HiQ, we believe in joy and diversity. When having fun at work and being yourself, we believe that you perform better. We have fun working together with our clients, and this shows in the results we create together.