European Commission | Date: 2017-02-01
The invention provides an atmospheric monitoring and measurement system based on the processing of global navigation satellite system radio-frequency signals. The invention is characterized by an open-loop demodulation architecture to extract amplitude and phase information from the received satellite signals, and a signal processing technique which can provide statistics relating to the amplitude and phase variations induced by the atmosphere.
European Commission | Date: 2017-02-15
A radio navigation system (100; 400), comprising a plurality of satellite-borne transmitters (110, 114, 118, 122) and at least one ground-based receiver (104), the receiver (104) being adapted to receive radionavigation signals (112, 116, 120, 124; 412, 416, 420, 424) from each of a plurality of the transmitters (110, 114, 118, 122). Each of the transmitters (110, 114, 118, 122) and the receiver (104) being adapted to access a predetermined first key chain, the first key chain comprising a first encryption key (K; Kj) and one or more further encryption keys (K; j,1, Kj,2, Kj,3, Kj,4). The system may comprise a first group of transmitters from said plurality of transmitters (110, 114, 118, 122), each transmitter in the first group of transmitters being operable to transmit a first radio navigation signal (112, 116, 120, 124; 412, 416, 420, 424), the first radionavigation signals including, at a given instant or for a given subframe (k, k+1), radionavigation data, a MAC (MAC1, MAC2, MAC3, MAC4), and one of said one or more further encryption keys (K; j,1, Kj,2, Kj,3, Kj,4). The MAC code (MAC1, MAC2, MAC3, MAC 4) is unique to each transmitter (110, 114, 118, 122) and is generated using the first encryption key (K; Kj,) and the one of said one or more further encryption keys (K; j,1, Kj,2, Kj,3, Kj,4) is transmitted a predetermined time after transmission of the MAC. The receiver (104) is operable, upon receipt of all or part of the first radionavigation signal (112, 116, 120, 124; 412, 416, 420, 424) from one or more of the first group of transmitters (110, 114, 118, 122), to authenticate a first radionavigation signal received from one of the first group of transmitters based on one of said one or more further encryption keys (K; j,1, Kj,2, Kj,3, Kj,4) received from that transmitter or from any other transmitter in said first group of transmitters. The same key K may be used for all transmitters in the first group, or each transmitter may use different key from the key chain. The transmitters may be formed into a second group, in addition to the first, with the second group using its own key chain in a similar manner. An advantage is to increase the availability of an authenticated position even in degraded reception environments. Embodiments also relate to the optimal transmission of authentication information - though the use of unpredictable bits interleaved with predictable bits - so as to minimize the signal predictability time and the increase of robustness against replay attacks.
European Commission | Date: 2017-08-16
A tamper prevention system (90) for an article (2) to be protected. The tamper prevention system (90) comprises an enclosure (92) for receiving, in use, the article (2) to be protected. The enclosure (92) includes a sealable evacuation port (94) for applying a vacuum. The tamper prevention system (90) further comprises a monitoring and detection unit (50), contained within the enclosure 92. The monitoring and detection unit (50) includes a pressure sensor (80), the pressure sensor (80) being adapted to periodically or continuously sense the magnitude of the pressure inside the enclosure (92). The monitoring and detection unit (50) further includes a processor (54), coupled to the pressure sensor (80). The processor (54) is operable to determine that the enclosure (92) has been opened since sealing of the enclosure (92) under vacuum when it determines that a pressure detected by the pressure sensor (80) has undergone a predetermined change. The invention also relates to a method of tamper proofing an article (2) to be protected. The article (2) to be protected may be a sealing bolt for sealing nuclear containers, but it is not limited to such sealing bolts. Indeed, the use of such a tamper prevention system is not limited to the size of the article to be protected, nor to the industry in which the article may be used.
European Commission | Date: 2017-08-16
A sealing bolt (2) for sealing a container lid (4) to a container body (6). The sealing bolt (2) comprises a seal head (8) adapted to be mounted to said container lid (4), a seal stud (10) adapted to be mounted to said container body (6) and a pin (14) connecting said seal head (8) to said seal stud (10). The sealing bolt (2) further comprises a conductor (30) arranged through a transverse passage (24) in said pin (14). The sealing bolt (2) further comprises a resilient member (36) arranged for biasing the pin (14) into a first position, in which the conductor (30) is compressed. The pin (14) is movable against the biasing by the resilient member (36) into a second position by application to the seal head (8) of a predetermined torque. The sealing bolt (2) further comprises a monitoring and detection unit (50), the monitoring and detection unit (50) including a transmitter (70) and a detector (76) coupled to respective ends (68, 74) of the conductor (30), and a processor (54), coupled to the transmitter (70) and the detector (76), the processor (54) being operable to determine that the pin (14) has been moved into the second position for the first time when it determines that a signal detected by the detector (76) has undergone a predetermined change. A method of installing a sealing bolt (2) is also disclosed.
European Commission | Date: 2016-12-28
A device for identifying genuine and counterfeited goods using reconfigurable challenge-response pairs (CRP) based on physical unclonable function (PUF), said device comprising one or more antennae for emitting a number of first electromagnetic signals as challenges to a good and for receiving a number of second electromagnetic signals as responses from the good, both challenge and response forming a challenge-response pair for said good, wherein at least one of the antennae is a wideband antenna, a software defined radio (SDR) unit arranged for emitting said first electromagnetic signal(s) as challenge(s) and arranged for receiving said second electromagnetic signal(s) as response(s), a challenge- response pair evaluation unit for analysing said challenge-response pair(s) and to provide a result acknowledging if the good is genuine or counterfeit.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: GV-02-2016 | Award Amount: 12.06M | Year: 2016
PaREGEn addresses the short term scope of the GV-02 call via research into and the innovation of gasoline engines for light duty vehicles. Specifically, engines used in mid to premium passenger cars will be addressed. With the electrification smaller vehicles, focusing on larger cars is especially important: the need for clean, efficient & economic engines for inter-urban transport is more urgent and effective to resolve the challenges of air quality, decarbonisation & cost-effective mobility. Through using state of the art techniques, like optical engines, modelling & simulation tools (for new control strategies or understanding particle formation) and applying new engine componentry, the optimal trade-off between efficiency & emissions will be found. Of attention will be the control of particle numbers between 10 to 23nm. This learning will be used in two, manufacturer lead vehicle demonstrations. These demonstrators will use downsized engines not yet on the market. The two approaches will use different combustion, dilution, fuel injection, boosting and aftertreatment systems. Completion of the project will show the way forward to a 15% CO2 reduction along with real driving emissions limits. If adopted across all light vehicles these short term engine innovations will reduce the EU vehicle parc emissions by ~2MtCO2 in 2025, <10MtCO2 & ~10% PN>10nm in 2030. As well as improving EU competitiveness, a valuable contribution from PaREGEn will be new tools: to benefit engine design, development & control in general, long after project completion. PaREGEn has partners from EUCAR, CLEPA & EARPA; it is organized so learning from other projects in GV02 can be integrated. Experience from the PMP project and those proposed on particle measurement systems will be included via the partners & suppliers of PN-PEMS. PaREGEns partners give a global link to other nationally funded activities and, specifically, specialists in advisory roles will bring expertise from USA & Japan.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INFRAIA-01-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 10.00M | Year: 2016
The SeaDataNet pan-European infrastructure has been developed by NODCs and major research institutes from 34 countries. Over 100 marine data centres are connected and provide discovery and access to data resources for all European researchers. Moreover, SeaDataNet is a key infrastructure driving several portals of the European Marine Observation and Data network (EMODnet), initiated by EU DG-MARE for Marine Knowledge, MSFD, and Blue Growth. SeaDataNet complements the Copernicus Marine Environmental Monitoring Service (CMEMS), coordinated by EU DG-GROW. However, more effective and convenient access is needed to better support European researchers. The standards, tools and services developed must be reviewed and upgraded to keep pace with demand, such as developments of new sensors, and international and IT standards. Also EMODnet and Copernicus pose extra challenges to boost performance and foster INSPIRE compliance. More data from more data providers must be made available, from European and international research projects and observing programmes. SeaDataCloud aims at considerably advancing SeaDataNet services and increasing their usage, adopting cloud and HPC technology for better performance. More users will be engaged and for longer sessions by including advanced services in a Virtual Research Environment. Researchers will be empowered with a collection of services and tools, tailored to their specific needs, supporting marine research and enabling generation of added-value products. Data concern the wide range of in situ observations and remote sensing data. To have access to the latest cloud technology and facilities, SeaDataNet will cooperate with EUDAT, a network of computing infrastructures that develop and operate a common framework for managing scientific data across Europe. SeaDataCloud will improve services to users and data providers, optimise connecting data centres and streams, and interoperate with other European and international networks.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: DRS-01-2015 | Award Amount: 14.54M | Year: 2016
The ultimate purpose of ANYWHERE is to empower exposed responder institutions and citizens to enhance their anticipation and pro-active capacity of response to face extreme and high-impact weather and climate events. This will be achieved through the operational implementation of cutting-edge innovative technology as the best way to enhance citizens protection and saving lives. ANYWHERE proposes to implement a Pan-European multi-hazard platform providing a better identification of the expected weather-induced impacts and their location in time and space before they occur. This platform will support a faster analysis and anticipation of risks prior the event occurrence, an improved coordination of emergency reactions in the field and help to raise the self-preparedness of the population at risk. This significant step-ahead in the improvement of the pro-active capacity to provide adequate emergency responses is achievable capitalizing on the advanced forecasting methodologies and impact models made available by previous RTD projects, maximizing the uptake of their innovative potential not fully exploited up to now. The consortium is build upon a strong group of Coordinators of previous key EC projects in the related fields, together with 12 operational authorities and first responders institutions and 6 leading enterprises of the sector. The platform will be adapted to provide early warning products and locally customizable decision support services proactively targeted to the needs and requirements of the regional and local authorities, as well as public and private operators of critical infrastructures and networks. It will be implemented and demonstrated in 4 selected pilot sites to validate the prototype that will be transferred to the real operation. The market uptake will be ensured by the cooperation with a SME and Industry Collaborative Network, covering a wide range of sectors and stakeholders in Europe, and ultimately worldwide.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMBP-26-2016 | Award Amount: 10.76M | Year: 2016
An increasing number of nanomaterials (NMs) are entering the market in every day products spanning from health care and leisure to electronics, cosmetics and foodstuff. Nanotechnology is a truly enabling technology, with unlimited potential for innovation. However, the novelty in properties and forms of NMs makes the development of a well-founded and robust legislative framework to ensure safe development of nano-enabled products particularly challenging. At the heart of the challenge lies the difficulty in the reliable and reproducible characterisation of NMs given their extreme diversity and dynamic nature, particularly in complex environments, such as within different biological, environmental and technological compartments. Two key steps can resolve this: 1) the development of a holistic framework for reproducible NM characterisation, spanning from initial needs assessment through method selection to data interpretation and storage; and 2) the embedding of this framework in an operational, linked-up ontological regime to allow identification of causal relationships between NMs properties, be they intrinsic, extrinsic or calculated, and biological, (eco)toxicological and health impacts fully embedded in a mechanistic risk assessment framework. ACEnano was conceived in response to the NMBP 26 call with the aim to comprehensively address these two steps. More specifically ACEnano will introduce confidence, adaptability and clarity into NM risk assessment by developing a widely implementable and robust tiered approach to NM physico-chemical characterisation that will simplify and facilitate contextual (hazard or exposure) description and its transcription into a reliable NMs grouping framework. This will be achieved by the creation of a conceptual toolbox that will facilitate decision-making in choice of techniques and SOPs, linked to a characterisation ontology framework for grouping and risk assessment and a supporting data management system.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SFS-02b-2015 | Award Amount: 7.63M | Year: 2016
European crop production is to remain competitive while reducing environmental impacts, requiring development and uptake of effective soil improving cropping systems. The overall aim of SOILCARE is to identify and evaluate promising soil-improving cropping systems and agronomic techniques increasing profitability and sustainability across scales in Europe. A trans-disciplinary approach will be used to evaluate benefits and drawbacks of a new generation of soil improving cropping systems, incorporating all relevant bio-physical, socio-economic and political aspects. Existing information from literature and long term experiments will be analysed to develop a comprehensive methodology for assessing performance of cropping systems at multiple levels. A multi-actor approach will be used to select promising soil-improving cropping systems for scientific evaluation in 16 study sites across Europe covering different pedo-climatic and socio-economic conditions. Implemented cropping systems will be monitored with stakeholder involvement, and will be assessed jointly with scientists. Specific attention will be paid to adoption of soil-improving cropping systems and agronomic techniques within and beyond the study sites. Results from study sites will be up-scaled to the European level to draw general lessons about applicability potentials of soil-improving cropping systems and related profitability and sustainability impacts, including assessing barriers for adoption at that scale. An interactive tool will be developed for end-users to identify and prioritize suitable soil-improving cropping systems anywhere in Europe. Current policies and incentives will be assessed and targeted policy recommendations will be provided. SOILCARE will take an active dissemination approach to achieve impact from local to European level, addressing multiple audiences, to enhance crop production in Europe to remain competitive and sustainable through dedicated soil care.