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Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Business Practices
Bittium operates as a responsible corporate citizen within the surrounding society. The company is a reliable local partner and employer. It engages in active and open dialogue with its stakeholders, acts in accordance with its harmonized operating principles, creates added value for its shareholders and seeks working methods and solutions that promote sustainable development.
Each year, Bittium participates in many different Finnish, European and international development projects. In 2021, Bittium was involved in significant development projects in the industry, including iMUGS and CyberFactory#1.
The iMUGS (integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System) project under the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) develops new capabilities for the defense forces of European countries based on autonomous systems.
In the project, Bittium is responsible for the execution of resilient and networked data transfer, including both tactical communications and data transfer over commercial 4G and 5G cellular networks. The iMUGS project began in 2021 and its duration will be approximately 30 months.
CyberFactory#1 (CF#1) aims to design, develop, integrate and demonstrate a set of key capabilities to promote the optimization and resilience of the Factory of the Future. The project involves 28 parties from seven countries, including pilot users and suppliers as well as research and academic organizations. It thereby covers various technical, financial, human and societal dimensions. Bittium´s role has been to develop cyber security architecture and capabilities in its products and manufacturing support systems, such as device management solutions.
There are constant changes in legislation and regulations in the industries that Bittium represents. For example, in 2021, regulations pertaining to medical devices entered into effect, such as the Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which has also affected Bittium´s operations. Regulatory developments pertaining to cyber security and the environment are also on the horizon.
As in the previous year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bittium was unable to arrange visits to educational institutions, which the company considers important under normal circumstances.