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Cambridge Consultants | Date: 2015-02-02
A monitoring apparatus provides vehicle telematics data. The monitoring apparatus includes a sensor for sensing vehicle and engine motion induced vibration in part of a vehicle and for generating vibration associated data. The sensor is coupled to part of the vehicle. Engine motion induced vibration associated data is processed to extract a characteristic of the vehicle or the engine.
Cambridge Consultants | Date: 2017-04-05
A spray apparatus comprises an outlet connected to a cyclone chamber (104) with at least one gas inlet (112, 113) to the chamber (104) connected to a pressurised source of gas, and at least one liquid inlet (112, 113) to the chamber for connection to a liquid source (108, 110). The cyclone chamber (104) has a cross section which decreases in a direction away from the outlet (106) and a closed base (105) such that in use at least one of the liquid and gas entering the chamber (104) forms a reverse flow cyclone, in which the liquid or gas travels in a first direction away from the inlet (112, 113) to the closed base (105) and thereafter reverses direction and travels towards the outlet (106).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2013.7.1 | Award Amount: 21.66M | Year: 2013
The importance of advanced simulation to the competitiveness of both large and small companies is well established. The principal objective of Fortissimo is to enable European manufacturing, particularly small to medium enterprises (SMEs), to benefit from the efficiency and competitive advantage inherent in the use of simulation. However, the simulation of, for example, high-pressure gas cylinders, the moulding of plastics or the thermodynamic properties of hazardous materials requires enormous computing power and specialised software tools and services. Generally, large companies, which have a greater pool of skills and resources, find access to advanced simulation easier than SMEs which can neither afford expensive High Performance Computing equipment nor the licensing cost for the relevant tools. This means that SMEs are not able to take advantage of advanced simulation, even though it can clearly make them more competitive. The goal of Fortissimo is to overcome this impasse through the provision of simulation services running on a cloud infrastructure making use of High Performance Computing systems also making appropriate skills and tools available in a distributed, internet-based environment.\n\nFortissimo will make advanced simulation more easily accessible, particularly to SMEs, through the realisation of a one-stop shop where hardware, expertise, applications, visualisation and tools will be easily available and affordable on a pay-per-use basis. In doing this it will create and demonstrate a sustainable commercial ecosystem where actors at all levels in the value chain can realise sufficient commercial benefit to enable that ecosystem to persist independently of EU funding and continue to provide affordable services to manufacturing industry, particularly SMEs.\n\nFortissimo will be driven by end-user requirements where (~50) business-relevant application experiments will be used to develop, test and demonstrate both the infrastructure and the one-stop pay-per-use shop. The project participants represent all actors in the value chain. Not only will Fortissimo contribute to the increased competitiveness of European manufacturing industry through the innovative infrastructure that it will develop and test, but it will create commercial opportunities for European Independent Software Vendors, as well as for service and High Performance Computing infrastructure providers, through the creation of a new market for their products and services. Fortissimo places considerable emphasis on the exploitation of opportunities at all levels of the value chain ranging from the end-user to the High Performance Computing infrastructure provider.\n\nFortissimo involves 1,132 months of effort, a total cost of 21.7m and EC funding of 16m over a duration of three years, commensurate with achieving its ambitious goals.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SPACE | Award Amount: 5.00M | Year: 2014
MACC-III is the last of the pre-operational stages in the development of the Copernicus Atmosphere Service. Its overall institutional objective is to function as the bridge between the developmental precursor projects - GEMS, PROMOTE, MACC and MACC-II- and the Atmosphere Service envisaged to form part of Copernicus Operations. MACC-III will provide continuity of the atmospheric services provided by MACC-II. Its continued provision of coherent atmospheric data and information, either directly or via value-adding downstream services, is for the benefit of European citizens and helps meet global needs as a key European contribution to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the encompassing Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Its services cover in particular: air quality, climate forcing, stratospheric ozone, UV radiation and solar-energy resources. MACC-IIIs services are freely and openly available to users throughout Europe and in the world. MACC-III and its downstream service sector will enable European citizens at home and abroad to benefit from improved warning, advisory and general information services and from improved formulation and implementation of regulatory policy. MACC-III, together with its scientific-user sector, also helps to improve the provision of science-based information for policy-makers and for decision-making at all levels. The most significant economic benefit by far identified in the ESA-sponsored Socio-Economic Benefits Analysis of Copernicus report published in July 2006 was the long-term benefit from international policy on climate change. Long-term benefit from air quality information ranked second among all Copernicus benefits in terms of present value. Immediate benefits can be achieved through efficiency gains in relation to current policies. The estimated benefits substantially outweigh the costs of developing and operating the proposed services.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2013.6.1-1 | Award Amount: 11.52M | Year: 2014
The ICE-ARC project aims to understand and quantify the multiple stresses involved in the change in the Arctic marine environment. Particular focus is on the rapid retreat and collapse of the Arctic sea ice cover and to assess the climatic (ice, ocean, atmosphere and ecosystem), economic and social impacts of these stresses on regional and global scales. It is not possible to look at one aspect of this system in isolation; a coupled atmosphere/cryosphere/ocean/ecosystem approach is needed. Our observations will focus on reducing the uncertainty in understanding of Arctic physical processes which are vital in climate and ecosystem change and which may not be adequately represented in present models. Results of the observational programme will be fed into an ice-ocean-atmosphere model which, after validation, will make projections - with reduced uncertainties - of the rate and nature of future changes in the ice cover, ocean structure and atmospheric temperature and circulation. In parallel with this an ecosystems model will perform the same role for marine living resources. The resulting projections of the two models will be fed into an economic impact model (PAGE-ICE) that is specially reconfigured for cryosphere-driven impacts. This will calculate the impacts of the projected physical changes upon the global economic and social system, including those of the Arctic region itself. This will be the first time that a leading global impact model has been coupled with a physical climate model to directly assess the economic impact of observed and projected climate change events. It is being applied to the oceanic region of greatest current concern to the global community because of the speed of visible change there. The outputs of the entire project, will undoubtedly lead to more effective policy and management options for societal responses to climate change, and because of this we have an extensive dissemination and engagement programme within ICE-ARC.
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Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing | Year: 2011
This paper presents an overview of the surgical robotics field, highlighting significant milestones and grouping the various propositions into cohorts. The review does not aim to be exhaustive but rather to highlight how surgical robotics is acting as an enabling technology for minimally invasive surgery. As such, there is a focus on robotic surgical solutions which are commercially available; research efforts which have not gained regulatory approval or entered clinical use are mostly omitted. The practice of robotic surgery is currently largely dominated by the da Vinci system of Intuitive Surgical (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) but other commercial players have now entered the market with surgical robotic products or are appearing in the horizon with medium and long term propositions. Surgical robotics is currently a vibrant research topic and new research directions may lead to the development of very different robotic surgical devices in the futuresmall, special purpose, lower cost, possibly disposable robots rather than the current large, versatile and capital expensive systems. As the trend towards minimally invasive surgery (MIS) increases, surgery becomes more technically demanding for surgeons and more challenging for medical device technologists and it is clear that surgical robotics has now an established foothold in medicine as an enabling technology of MIS. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Cambridge Consultants | Date: 2014-10-03
A spray apparatus includes an outlet connected to a cyclone chamber with at least one gas inlet to the chamber connected to a pressurized source of gas, and at least one liquid inlet to the chamber for connection to a liquid source. The cyclone chamber has a cross section that decreases in a direction away from the outlet and a closed base such that in use at least one of the liquid and gas entering the chamber forms a reverse flow cyclone, in which the liquid or gas travels in a first direction away from the inlet to the closed base and thereafter reverses direction and travels towards the outlet.
Cambridge Consultants | Date: 2014-01-31
A monitoring device for monitoring treatment of the item that includes a sensor for sensing a condition relating to the treatment of the item, a memory arranged to store sensor data, and a communication interface for generating a wireless signal for transmitting the data. The device also includes a detector for detecting a predetermined event relating to the condition. The device is triggered to switch from a low power mode to a high power mode for a finite time period following detection of the predetermined event, and to switch from the high power mode to the low power mode upon expiry of the time period. In the high power mode the device is configured so as to read sensor data at an increased rate in order to gather sensor data or to send a communication signal at an increased rate for establishing a connection for transmitting data.
Cambridge Consultants | Date: 2014-02-03
A dispenser for producing a foam without requiring the use of liquefied gas, from an outlet. The dispenser includes a receptacle for holding a surfactant solution, means for supplying a gas, means for conveying the surfactant solution in the receptacle and said gas along a flow path towards the outlet. The conveying means includes a conduit having a foaming section for generating the foam from the surfactant solution and said gas; and wherein the foaming section has internal dimensions adapted to provide a foam having a quality characterized by predefined limits.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 137.49K | Year: 2015
Decision-making and planning in rapidly growing urban centres require integrated assessment tools to determine impacts on environmental exposure, health and inequalities. However, there is a lack of integrated tools with which to determine current and future health risks and to evaluate policy options. Furthermore, despite the increasing availability of data, key datasets for such tools often have limited spatial detail since environmental monitoring is limited to a few urban sites and health microdata has restricted access, and methods for linking exposure to health have not been exploited. In the context of Glasgow with its wealth of data, this project builds on the successful QCumber system with state-of-the-art research and end-user participation, to create a unique data platform: “QCumber-envHealth” for health policy and inequality related decision-making. Innovations include: incorporating new health related behaviour data; integration of crowd sourcing and monitoring, creation of accessible synthetic health data and its integration; end-user led health risk modelling and policy scenarios.