Research and Innovation: The Open Day for Konica Minolta Co-Creation in Rome

Rome, Italy | 28 September 2022

On 22nd September, Konica Minolta Digital Services R&D welcomed partners and clients in the Rome Co-Creation space: a place to meet and co-develop new artificial intelligence solutions and products. The Open Day has seen the participation of more than 35 prospects which will be soon working on new pilots and use cases with Konica Minolta’s researchers.

The continuous evolution of Konica Minolta
Taking the lead from Osaka Innovation Garden in Japan, and in anticipation of its 150th anniversary, Konica Minolta continues to innovate and find new ways to bring value to society using physical locations and remote services. Konica Minolta’s co-creation spaces are a stepping-stone for building new ways to collaborate and engage with partners and clients. With a focus on emerging technologies such as Imaging AI, IoT, and hybrid edge to cloud computing, Konica Minolta brings to life services specifically for customer engagement to deepen relationships and trust, earn revenue from pilots and create long-term partnerships. The space in Rome, which follow the Prague site launched earlier this year, is powered by Konica Minolta Digital Services R&D, the European research and development department of Konica Minolta.
Customer centric at the heart

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In this space our customers and partners will be able to see what we are developing in our labs, meet our researchers, engage with them and shape new ideas. Underlying the concepts of co-creation and co-innovation is the idea that different companies can share space, resources and expertise to bring new solutions and business opportunities to life.

Olaf Lorenz

Head of International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

The invitees had the chance to walk around the brand-new space to meet Konica Minolta’s experts and to experience as an exclusive preview some pre-commercial demos of Video Solutions Services (VSS), Cognitive Services and other innovative solutions which contribute to Konica Minolta Innovation ecosystem.
AI Studio: a Konica Minolta tool to decrease costs of Artificial Intelligence
Konica Minolta Digital Services R&D has been working for years on new AI solutions that help automate work tasks and improve efficiency and security levels in digital manufacturing, document management and in intelligent and connected workplaces.
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Our specialty lies in applying AI algorithms to solve specific problems for our customers, providing them with customised system. And the VSS package include the AI Studio tool. With which anyone, even someone with no skills in coding, can build a Machine Learning solution for automated inspection for manufacturing and warehouse sites.

Dennis Curry

Deputy CTO of Konica Minolta Digital Services R&D

The space
Konica Minolta's co-creation site is a modern and welcoming space where people can meet, work together and network. It is an 800 sqm top floor with a 360-degree perimeter terrace. 

Located inside are: two reception areas to welcome guests; a laboratory dedicated to Konica Minolta's research and development team; two spaces dedicated to guests and clients with meeting rooms, meeting tables, and numerous stations for working in collaboration with others; a kitchen and a relaxation area with an executive area with a suite meeting room.

"In a world shaped by pandemic, we wanted to create safe, calm spaces for people to meet face to face, but not crammed into some tiny meeting room.  Here we have plenty of space to conduct workshops at relatively small scale which complements the auditorium approach which has developed over the past decades.  And, of course, we can take a hybrid approach, mixing physical and virtual ways of working" concludes Dennis Curry.

Our Co-Creation process: book a visit and meet our experts
During the evening, more than 35 prospects took part in the lab tour to preview some of the exclusive solutions powered by Konica Minolta Digital Services R&D's for Video Analytics, Information and Document Management, Environmental and Sustainable Services, Cybersecurity and our portal for APIs and microservices.  

The Rome Co-Creation Open Day enables Konica Minolta to launch a network of partners and clients which are going to meet again with developers and experts from the different European laboratories. After the initial sharing of details about technological solutions, the Co-Creation process will continue to identify new use cases and business applications in those contexts which are more relevant for partners, with a focus which ranges from digital manufacturing, logistics and retails, to document and information management, cognitive services and IT security or sustainability services. Follow up meetings have already been booked by many of the participants, and for those who have not reserved a one-to-one meeting, an online form is available.

More information
About Konica Minolta Digital Services R&D

Since its establishment in 1873, Konica Minolta has had a long history of innovation. Konica Minolta Global R&D is a worldwide, connected and adaptable group, operating across research laboratories and development teams in Japan, Europe and United States. Global R&D has the singular objective to anticipate ever-changing market requirements in order to empower existing and future customers with AI and IoT platforms that include hybrid cloud computing, data-centric applications and digital services.
Dedicated to supporting Konica Minolta’s evolution into a leading-edge solutions provider of platforms, Digital Services R&D creates end-to-end pipelines for innovation in the contexts of the Intelligent and Connected workplace and in Digital Industry. From concept design, through research, agile development and testing, to pilots and initial stages of pre productization – Digital Services R&D drives an iterative process starting from customers’ understanding and targeting the creation of meaningful values for people and society.
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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society. 
As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.
Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).
For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals. 
The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta is listed among “2022 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received the highest level in EcoVadis Sustainability Ratings. 
For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ from Keypoint Intelligence. 
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 8,700 employees (as of April 2022), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 1.9 billion in financial year 2021/2022.
Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.
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Elisabetta Delponte

R&D Communications Manager

Konica Minolta Digital Services R&D

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