Rabat - Engineers at SmartiLab, a Moroccan research and development laboratory located in Istanbul, won four awards at the Istanbul International Inventions Fair (ISIF) on Saturday.
Rabat – Engineers at SmartiLab, a Moroccan research and development laboratory located in Istanbul, won four awards at the Istanbul International Inventions Fair (ISIF) on Saturday.
The fair, held in Turkey’s capital from March 3 to March 6, is an annual show that features the commercialization of patents and inventions under the patronage of International Federation of Inventors’ Association (IFIA).
The Moroccan team received a total of four medals one gold, two silver, and one bronze for research conducted by the laboratory, which serves as an extension of the Moroccan School of Engineering sciences.
According to organizers, it is “unprecedented” for a single country “to win such a wide array of medals at one session of the annual competition,” Hespress reported.
The gold medal was awarded for the invention of an indoor positioning system that utilizes nano-satellites to maximize accuracy. A silver medal and a bronze medal was awarded in the electrical engineering and electronics category.
The team earned their final silver medal in the diagnostics and biotechnology category for the invention of a 3D electromagnetic scanner to assist in the electronic diagnosis of patients.
According to the director of SmartiLab, Hafid Griguer, the government of Morocco has tasked the laboratory with the development and management of Morocco’s intellectual property portfolio. The lab’s goal is to improve Morocco’s ranking in the Global Innovation Index published every year by the World Intellectual Property Association.
The index uses a number of criteria to gage the amount of scientific innovation occurring around the world. One of main criteria is the ratio of the number of patents filed by the country’s inventors to the size of the country’s population. The 2015 Global Innovation Index puts Morocco in the 45th percentile in terms of overall innovation in the social and scientific arenas.