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Photo by Luís Pinto, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Respect. (from the lat. respectu) n. 1. respect; 2. consideration; high regard; 3. deference; compliance; veneration; 4. honour; worship; 5. relation; refererence...

We believe that everyone should be respected for their work, for their attitudes, opinions and options.

Photo by Mila Teshaieva, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Rigor. (from the lat. rigore) n. 1. harshness; strength; 2.fig., severity; punctuality; accuracy.

There is no "more or less levelled", "more or less upright”, "more or less clean" or "more or less safe", but rather “levelled”, "upright”, "clean” and “safe". The rigour is reflected in our procedures, in time and in the rules to follow. In the light of moral and principles, being severe means being rigorous.

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Passion. (from the lat. passione) n. 1. intense and usually violent feeling (affection, joy, hate, etc.) which hinders the exercise of impartial logic; 2. derived from a feeling; 3. great predilection; 4. partiality; 5. great grief; immense suffering...

Under the sign of passion – a text of the Portuguese poet Regina Guimarães – is our icon. Passion is to reveal great enthusiasm for something, favourable encouragement or opposite to something.
It is the sensibility transmitted by an architect or engineer through work.
Passion is the dedication to a project. Passion is a state of warm soul.

Photo by Jakub Karwowski, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Loyalty. (from the lat. legalitate) n. the quality of being loyal; fidelity; sincerity.

Respect for the principles and rules that guide the honour and probity. Faithfulness to commitments and agreements undertaken, staunch character.
To remain loyal to the business partners because we depend on them and they depend on us.
Being trustworthy for being loyal.

Photo by Ian Lieske, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Solidarity. (from the lat. solidare) n. 1. the quality of being solidary; 2. reciprocal responsibility among the members of a group, namely social, professional, etc.; 3. sense of sharing another’s suffering.

Being solidary is being a friend, offering our hand with genuine generosity and bringing joy and human warmth to those who, somehow, are marginalized. Being solidary is being more human. A solidary company is recognized as a fair and non-selfish company. A solidary company is a preferred choice in business. It is a more competitive company. Volunteering is a vehicle to solidarity. It is modern, fair, cultured, friend, it is a noble gesture of moral elevation.

Photo by Clarence Gorton, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Courage. (from the lat. coraticum) n. 1. bravery facing danger; intrepidity; to have audacity; 2. moral force before a suffering or setback; 3. [fig.] to input energy when performing a difficult task; perseverance...

Courage is essential in our life. Courage to face less pleasant situations when complex issues come up, not expecting random resolutions.
It is a value that we must highlight as opposed to the fearful, cowardly and laziness.
The courage to react to criticism not with an attitude of demotivation or sadness, but rather to search for the means and the action to overcome its own reason. This kind of courage, which is also an intellectual courage, is highly recommended.

Photo by Filipa Alves, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Ambition. (from the lat. ambitione) n. 1. vehement desire of wealth, honours or glories; 2. expectation about the future; aspiration; 3. lust; greed…

Vehement desire to achieve a particular goal. Ambition not to resign ourselves. Ambition to take the best potential from ourselves. Ambition to deserve ourselves. Ambition to be athletes in our top-level competitive jobs. Ambition to beat our brands. Ambition to get the best deals with the maximum value, due to the high levels of proficiency and efficiency.

Photo by Scarlett Coten, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Esthetics. ESTHETICS (from the Greek aisthetiké, "sensitive") n.f. 1. Philosophy branch of philosophy that studies the beauty and nature of artistic phenomena; 2. author's own style, time, etc.; 3. harmony of shapes and colors, beauty; 4. set of techniques and treatments that aim to beautify the body.

We decided to build the company's economic foundations under a cultured, cosmopolitan and cool image. Because it is a charming state of being. Good taste because we are sustainable and we respect the planet. Good taste because we are sensitive. Good taste just because.

Photo by Karl Erik Brondbo, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Responsibility. (from the lat respondere) n. the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; a form of trustworthiness.

We must be certain that, before a choice, we chose what is best for both of us and not just the best for each one. Each employee is responsible for his negotiated activity and co-responsible if the co-worker does not fulfil his own task, thus preventing the common goal. A team is a set of individuals - is a whole. In the business game, as in social or family contexts, everyone must comply with their own relative position and we shall not permit that one of ours fails to be in our team.

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Art delimits the area of Esposende in its transformation towards a “smart city”

Correio do Minho


Padrão do Mar (The Pattern of the Sea) is the second sculpture to form part of an urban art route which is in turn part of the “Esposende Smart City” project. The Local Authority has taken on the “political risk” of investing in the arts as a form of projecting its territory.

Esposende has a new padrão do mar, a granite sculpture delimiting the area of this “Smart City”, committed to combining urban and environmental intelligence with original artistic creation.

The work, by the German sculptor Volker Schnuttgen, was unveiled yesterday and is now part of an urban art route within the Esposende Smart City project which was inaugurated in September with another sculpture by Pedro Tudela and Miguel Carvalhais.

By the end of the year, its public space will be enriched with another work from Alexandre Farto (Vhils) and, next year, it will be the turn of the local artist Jorge Braga.

The mayor of Esposende, Benjamim Pereira, has no doubt that they are “works that delimit the territory” and believes that the “political risk” of investing in the arts, in this case sculpture, is worth it.

“When we try to design our territory, this also involves fostering a taste for art and culture and in this way leaving a legacy for those to come”, said the mayor, giving value to those individuals involved in the construction of Esposende Smart City.

Benjamim Pereira spoke at the inauguration of the padrão do mar, which included the presence of the chairperson of the DST Group's Board of Directors, José Teixeira, and also chairperson of the Institute for Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S) at Minho University, partner bodies of the Esposende Smart City project.

Benjamim Pereira took advantage of the inauguration of the sculpture to pay homage to all those who have ensured the transmission of the art of working in granite, arguing that “it is an art that should be valued”.

The sculptor, Volker Schnuttgen, explained that the work intends to express “the dialogue with the landscape - the river and the sea - which constitutes part of the patrimony of the municipality of Esposende.


Sensor network to measure air quality

Art is just one of the four pillars on which the Esposende Smart City project is based, which also focuses on sustainability, for the area and for people.

The head of the technological project at the DST Group, Raúl Junqueiro, yesterday reported the advances being made in the area of sustainability and territory, which has included setting up a sensor network.

Air quality is one of the parameters chosen by Esposende as a Smart City which enables indicators such as temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure and ultraviolet radiation to be assessed.


Given this, a sensor network will be set up at different points in the municipality so as to provide ongoing assessment of the different indicators.

Raúl Junqueiro announced that the objective was to have the sensor network set up within a month, with the various locations of terminals and antennas already established for the different indicators.

As regards ultraviolet radiation, each citizen will have access to an application with the data, explained the representative of the DST Group who stated that this involves “providing the municipality with a network for the future”, laying “the foundations for the municipality's digital transformation”.

As natural resources become scarcer and the population grows, the pressure on the infrastructures of cities increases, but other technological windows also open, noted Raúl Junqueiro, alluding to the “technological opportunity to respond to climate change”.

The representative of DST praised the work that Esposende has already been doing in the environmental field that has enabled it to accelerate the “Smart City” and was pleased to find “fertile ground” in this municipality for projects that value art, but also sustainability and individuals, with everything being linked by technology.