Press Release

Garment field testing into the 21st century

PRESS RELEASE

Haltian Oy & Gore

For Immediate Release

Gore brings garment field testing into the 21st century with the help of Finnish IoT company Haltian

Garment field testing has been a process where people act as sensors,  writing notes on testing activities, weather conditions and other details including usage of garment, wash cycles and even dryer rounds. However, people have different perceptions of weather, can forget important details and a lot of important data is lost in the process.

W.L. Gore & Associates (Gore), known for waterproof-breathable GORE-TEX product technologies and a rigorous approach to sound science in research & development, has decided to remove all guesswork from field testing of their up and coming garments and textiles by using the internet and other advancements of modern technology. Gore started a collaboration with Finnish IoT Company Haltian, with the goal of creating  a new garment testing solution that gives accurate and comparable data of all field tests.

Haltian has created a complete solution that includes a new field test sensor called Thingsee Activity, a complete service of mobile and desktop applications to help meet the needs of Gore´s testing processes.  Thingsee Activity is a small button-like sensor that can be attached to clothing to measure various data during the field tests. The device measures and logs temperature, humidity and test person activity for a period of 140 days. In addition to common activities, the device can also identify wash cycles and dryer cycles. After the field test cycle is complete the data is uploaded to a mobile device and forwarded to Gore field test service for analysis. This gives Gore an accurate data set for analysis and removes human error from the test processes. Additionally, the test personnel are required to do less manual reporting as the data is being automatically captured.

“As a product leadership company, we invest time and energy into the testing of our products, not just in the lab but also in the field. We were looking for a way to collect data during GORE-TEX product field trials to be more objective, accurate and consistent. Haltian became the top choice when they showed that they understood our needs and gave early insights into what concrete solutions could look like. The Thingsee IoT platform was advanced enough that we did not have to start from scratch, yet flexible enough to accommodate all our unique needs. We have been using the finished system extensively in GORE-TEX product and technology development, with great results”, says Nicolas Poirette from Gore

”Gore is one of the pioneers and best known brands in the world of advanced textiles and membranes and anyone enjoying the outdoors or working with mobile devices R&D knows them. Thingsee Activity provided us an interesting challenge on how to make such a tiny device that provides high quality data and can measure and identify different activities. We are extremely happy to work with Gore to enable even better garments in the future”, says Pasi Leipälä, CEO of Haltian.

Gore Fabrics Division revolutionized the outerwear industry with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric 40 years ago and remains a leading innovator of performance apparel. Gore fabrics products provide comfort and protection in challenging environments and in everyday life, enabling wearers to safely and confidently achieve and experience more. From hiking in downpours to military operations and fighting fires, Gore’s deep understanding of consumer and industry needs drives development of products with meaningful performance advantages. www.goretex.com

About Gore

W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. The company is also known for its strong, team-oriented culture and global recognition from the Great Place to Work® Institute. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs 9,500 Associates and generates annual revenues of $3.5 billion. www.gore.com

Haltian

Haltian is a product development and IoT service company based in Oulu. Founded in 2012, Haltian currently employs more than 70 professionals in the fields of IoT and product development. Haltian is developing the perfect IoT platform and devices under its Thingsee brand, and has been nominated as a Cool Vendor by Gartner in 2018 in the area of IoT services

http://www.haltian.com

http://www.thingsee.com

More information:

Thingsee Activity – small activity sensor for fabric and garment testing

Pasi Leipälä, CEO & Co-Founder, Haltian Oy tel. +358405434579 pasi.leipala@haltian.com

Andreas Marmsoler, Global PR GORE-TEX brand, andreas_marmsoler@wlgore.com

Headquarters

Yrttipellontie 1D
90230 Oulu, Finland

Finland Capital area

Haltian Oy
Aalto University Campus
Metallimiehenkuja 10, 02150, Espoo

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