Discrete and Process Automation

The Fischer family launches new technology group: Conextivity

01 June 2022

The Fischer family founded Conextivity Group to meet the connectivity challenge posed by the emergence of new cross-functional and scalable ecosystems, from locally interconnected devices and sensors to cloud-managed internet of things (IoT) platforms. The group's R&D department, which has doubled in size over the last five years, is strengthening its teams with new expertise, especially in signal integrity engineering, embedded electronics, the cloud and the IoT.

The family-owned technology group is accelerating the development of its two business activities, Fischer Connectors and Wearin’, toward the same entrepreneurial vision. The former is broadening its scope of activity to include electronics and building a production site in Portugal. Wearin' is expanding its IoT solution and signing technology partnerships to improve the safety and efficiency of the connected human; in May, it was at the heart of a European civil protection exercise to test technologies available to first responders in the event of large-scale disasters. With double-digit annual growth, Conextivity Group is aiming for a billion Swiss francs in revenue within 10 years.

The goal is to meet the challenge posed by the rise of ubiquitous connected devices and sensors. These generate massive and exponential amounts of data and information to support decision making, especially in mission-critical applications as well as in the IoT. The first technology challenge is to integrate end-to-end connectivity that not only establishes the physical connection between sensors and communication devices that need to be interoperable in increasingly demanding environments. In addition, there is the challenge of optimizing and harmonizing power and data flows at increasingly high performance and speed, and transmitting these data to the cloud infrastructures that enable them to be processed.



This combination of requirements in terms of performance, reliability, robustness and interoperability applies in particular in the cross-functional and scalable ecosystems found in mission-critical industries such as defense and security, medical, high-precision test and measurement instrumentation, robotics, first responders and wearables for the connected human.

Fischer Connectors is extending its traditional business of high-performance connectors and cable assemblies into electronics. The company behind the world's first hermetically sealed connector now offers tailored and pre-integrated electronic solutions as diverse as adapters, switches and tactical hubs. This expanded offering enables the seamless, end-to-end transfer and management of power and data flows in ecosystems operating locally under some of the industry's most demanding technical, environmental and regulatory constraints.

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