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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: GC.SST.2012.3-3. | Award Amount: 1.32M | Year: 2012

The LOGINN CSA aims at co-ordinating and supporting RTD projects in the logistics area to improve their capabilities to bridge the gap between pilot implementation and marketable solutions. To achieve this goal LOGINN will set up a collaborative platform (Virtual Arena) to allow the main stakeholders of the logistics domain (industry, SMEs, public authorities, investors and research organizations) to work together on promoting innovative transport logistics solutions aiming at increasing efficiency and with a particular focus on intermodal transport. Over the past decade, several research initiatives have researched and proposed innovative solutions for transport logistics, but the level of adoption in the transport industry has been low, in particular when comparing with other industry sectors. This is due on one side to the transport industry itself, facing issues like a fragmented market structure, price pressure and a high degree of outsourcing, and on the side to the lack of dissemination to relevant stakeholders that has characterized many innovation projects logistics. LOGINN will drive innovation adoption in transport logistics by taking a holistic approach that considers several mutually reinforcing aspects of innovation: business models, logistics practices and technologies. This approach will favour the customisation of RTD results towards industrial demand solutions, supporting the development of sustainable business plans for European RTD projects, exploiting synergies between European RTD projects to enable a seamless exchange between RTD projects and logistics stakeholders and finally enabling and supporting the access to Investors. The main results of LOGINN will be an Innovation Action Plan that will integrate the proposed initiatives for market uptake, an Innovation Accelerator and an Innovation toolbox, containing practical guidelines for transport logistics companies interested in innovations boosting intermodal transport and efficiency.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2011.7.4 | Award Amount: 12.56M | Year: 2011

What is clearly missing in the current ICT landscape for manufacturing is an integrated, holistic view on data across the full product lifecycle. Especially the design and engineering of products and manufacturing processes is decoupled from the actual process execution. As experiences of the past show, a tight integration of all tools used throughout a product lifetime is not feasible.\nLinkkME addresses these shortcomings by providing an integrated, holistic view on data, persons and processes across the product lifecycle as a vital resource for the outstanding competitive design of novel products and manufacturing processes. To achieve this goal the project will develop the Linked Engineering and mAnufacturing Platform (LEAP) as an integrated information system for manufacturing design. LEAP federates all product lifecycle information relevant to drive engineering and manufacturing processes, independent of its format, location, originator, and time of creation. Besides the unified access to the integrated information, LEAP will provide specific knowledge exploitation solutions like sentiment analysis and design decision support systems to analyse the integrated information.\nWithin LinkkME we aim for a user-centric lifecycle information management. LEAP will provide a context-driven access to federated information and knowledge and foster cross-discipline collaborations between users by novel approaches for collaborative engineering.\nFinally, LinkkME will provide tight feedback connections to existing engineering tools (e.g., CAx Systems) in order to push back formalised knowledge to enable the automated design of elementary product components.\nAll concepts and components developed within the LinkkME project will be evaluated using three application prototypes deployed at the application partners industry sites. Further, the project team will develop four show case demonstrators in the Living Labs associated to the consortium.\nIn terms of impact, partners estimate reductions of up to 50% in time spent for search and knowledge acquisition through the improved (collaborative) information access and reductions of over 20% in time to market through support and automation of product and manufacturing design provided by the engineering platform.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.2.1 | Award Amount: 7.61M | Year: 2011

Globalization causes an increasing transport of goods. Nowadays, most goods are shipped in containers and are transferred onto trucks for further transport. The containers are unloaded manually since they are nearly always packed chaotically, the variety of transported goods is high, and time requirements are strict. Unloading of containers is a strenuous task as goods have a weight up to 70 kg that poses health risks, which include the effects of pesticides and poisonous gases as well as injuries through unexpectedly falling objects. Human labor is hence a high cost factor combined with unhealthy working conditions, making automated solutions highly desirable. Existing systems for automated unloading are restricted to specific scenarios and still have drawbacks in their flexibility, adaptability and robustness. A robotic system suited for any unloading task of containers requires a high amount of cognitive capabilities. RobLog aims at developing appropriate methods and technologies meeting the requirements to automate logistics processes.The RobLog system has to be capable of 3D perception in a challenging scenario (high variability of objects, dynamic scene, deformable objects). The perceived environment has to be integrated into a 3D model in real-time. Grasping hypotheses, decisions and path-plans have to be generated and executed in an adaptive manner including obstacle avoidance and re-planning, if necessary. The actions must be grounded in a physical set-up capable of handling a large variety of potentially deformable items. Finally, there is the need to provide an interface suited for a human operator to provide high-level instructions to a multitude of systems operating at several unloading docks in parallel. All these advances are demonstrated within the project in close cooperation with an industrial end-user in a realistic application scenario; thus opening the potential to reach a completely new level of automation in the logistics chain.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-30-2015 | Award Amount: 9.13M | Year: 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) brings opportunities for creating new services and products, reducing costs for societies, increasing the service level for the citizens in a number of areas, and changing how services are sold and consumed. Despite these opportunities, current information system architectures create obstacles that must be addressed for leveraging the full potential of IoT. One of the most critical obstacles are the vertical silos that shape todays IoT because they constitute a serious impediment to the creation of cross-domain, cross-platform and cross-organisational applications and services. Those silos also hamper developers from producing new added value across multiple platforms due to the lack of interoperability and openness. bIoTope provides the necessary Standardized Open APIs for enabling horizontal interoperability between silos. Such horizontal interoperability makes it possible to develop Systems of Systems where cross-domain information from platforms, devices and other information sources can be accessed when and as needed. bIoTope-enabled Systems can seamlessly exploit all available information, which makes them smart in the sense that they can take or propose the most appropriate actions depending on the current Users or Objects Context/Situation, and even learn from experience. bIoTope capabilities lay the foundation for open innovation ecosystems where companies can innovate both by the creation of new software components for IoT ecosystems, as well as create new Platforms for Connected Smart Objects with minimal investment. Large-scale pilots implemented in smart cities will provide both social, technical and business proofs-of-concept for such IoT ecosystems. This is feasible because the bIoTope consortium combines unique IoT experience, commercial solution providers and end-users, thus ensuring the high quality and efficiency of the results and implementations.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FoF-05-2014 | Award Amount: 5.10M | Year: 2015

The undergoing transformation in our current socio-economic models, led by the advent of emerging technologies, has changed the relation of customers to products and services. Customers play no longer a passive role in the product and service development process as they express their product and service experiences and opinions through several channels such as discussion forums, blogs, chat, idea voting, and more. In addition, sensor systems in combination with products incorporated in the Internet of Things (IoT), are becoming increasingly common. The potential endless amounts of available information offer a rich ground for value creation in the product-service innovation chain. In this context FALCON envisions to provide a framework to enable the realization of new products and value-adding services, resulting from user-experiences and product and related services usage; undertaken with the principles of sustainability and social responsibility. FALCON will create impact through the following objectives: First the project will address product-service information collection through collaborative intelligence and Product Embedded Information Devices. Second, it will enable new mechanisms for product-service knowledge representation, exploitation, openness and diffusion. Third, it will strengthen collaboration and new product-service development through new feedback and feed forward mechanisms in the product life-cycle. Fourth, FALCON will explore manufacturing intelligence to support innovative product-services design and finally FALCON will improve product-service lifecycle assessment approaches through the real-time collection of product-service usage information and related experiences. The project is driven by a consortium of highly recognized researchers (BIBA, EPFL, TU Delft ), experienced solution providers (UBITECH, Holonix, Softeco, i-Deal) and industrial companies (Arcelik, Philipps, Dena Cashmere, DATAPIXEL, Vinci Consulting).

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