Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.6.1 | Award Amount: 4.90M | Year: 2012
Stability and cost-efficient operation of Power distribution grids are the main targets of novel information-rich demand, voltage, and generation control, while at the same time aiming to reduce costs for the grid infrastructure. However, adding intelligence to the power grid requires communication and computation infrastructure, with consequent requirements for additional investments. To be cost efficient, it is therefore essential to enable intelligent power grid operation leveraging existing communication infrastructures.\nGoal of SmartC2Net is to develop, implement, and validate robust solutions that enable smart grid operation on top of heterogeneous off-the-shelf communication infrastructures with varying properties. The resulting innovative middleware functions are: (1) adaptive network and grid monitoring, (2) strategies to control communication network configurations and QoS settings, and (3) extended information models and adaptive information management procedures. These middleware functions create awareness of the communication network properties and their impact on information quality, which is subsequently exploited by innovative flexible power control algorithms of SmartC2Net.\nThe effectiveness of project results will be validated in representative use-cases of the active operation of Distributed Energy Resources connected to medium and low voltage distribution networks. These use-cases are investigated in three complementary lab prototypes.\nThe SmartC2Net results will clearly show that intelligent distribution grid operation can be realized in a robust manner over existing communication infrastructures even despite the presence of accidental faults and malicious attacks.\nA consortium of seven partners (two large companies, one SME, two research centres and two universities) from five European countries provides the required expertise combination in the three central disciplines: communication technologies, control methods, and energy technology.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2009-3.4-1 | Award Amount: 8.89M | Year: 2010
In the last two decades, a precise management of agricultural land has been made possible due to the availability of new technologies, including global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), sensors, automation of agricultural machinery, and high resolution image sensing. As a result, the concept of Precision Agriculture has emerged as the management strategy that uses information technologies to collect and process data from multiple sources in order to facilitate decisions associated with crop production. Moreover, the EUs sixth environmental action programme addresses the need to encourage farmers to change their use of plant protection products . RHEA is focused on the design, development, and testing of a new generation of automatic and robotic systems for both chemical and physical mechanical and thermal effective weed management focused on both agriculture and forestry, and covering a large variety of European products including agriculture wide row crops (processing tomato, maize, strawberry, sunflower and cotton), close row crops (winter wheat and winter barley) and forestry woody perennials (walnut trees, almond trees, olive groves and multipurpose open woodland). RHEA aims at diminishing the use of agricultural chemical inputs in a 75%, improving crop quality, health and safety for humans, and reducing production costs by means of sustainable crop management using a fleet of small, heterogeneous robots ground and aerial equipped with advanced sensors, enhanced end-effectors and improved decision control algorithms. RHEA can be considered as a cooperative robotic system, falling within an emerging area of research and technology with a large number of applications as reported by the FP6 Network of Excellence EURON, Special Interest Group on Cooperative Robotics, funded by the European Commission. RHEA will be a unique opportunity to gather a very large number of multidisciplinary research groups with adequate funds to accomplish an authentic step forward in applying precision agriculture techniques in a massive way. This consortium joints a number of multidisciplinary, experienced researchers capable of improving individual scientific knowledge, but a large cooperation project is demanded to sum up the individual efforts in a holistic manner. The success of RHEA could bring a new means of applying automatic systems to agriculture and forestry crops with an important impact in improving the economy and environment as well as in maintaining the sustainability of rural areas by launching new technological jobs.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-ARTEMIS | Phase: SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2011-6;SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2011-1 | Award Amount: 12.01M | Year: 2012
The SESAMO project addresses the root causes of problems arising with convergence of safety and security in embedded systems at architectural level, where subtle and poorly understood interactions between functional safety and security mechanisms impede system definition, development, certification, and accreditation procedures and standards. Intense market innovation is being held back by this root cause: the absence of a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of safety and security feature interaction. The proposed solution is to develop a component-oriented design methodology based upon model-driven technology, jointly addressing safety and security aspects and their interrelation for networked embedded systems in multiple domains (e.g., avionics, transportation, industry control). Key elements of the SESAMO approach are: a methodology to reduce interdependencies between safety and security mechanisms and to jointly ensure their properties constructive elements for the implementation of safe and secure systems procedures for integrated analysis of safety and security an overall design methodology and tool-chain utilizing the constructive elements and integrated analysis procedures to ensure that safety and security are intrinsic characteristics of the system. The relevance of the SESAMO results is guaranteed by the involvement of large partners with significant economic interests in safety and security critical systems in the use case domains: automotive, aerospace, energy, mobile medical, and metropolitan rail transport; a sound group of technology providers (including SMEs); and prestigious research entities (academia and institutes) with deep and complementary multi-domain expertise. SESAMO will enable cost-efficient and systematic design, analysis, development, and assessment of distributed safety and security critical embedded systems. The results will have broad, cross-domain applicability in numerous strategic sectors of European industry. Approved by ARTEMIS-JU on 22/02/2012, Amendment 1 approved by ARTEMIS-JU on 27/02/2014, Amendment 2 approved by ECSEL-JU on 18/02/2015.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-ARTEMIS | Phase: SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2013-ASP3 | Award Amount: 39.61M | Year: 2014
DEWI (dependable embedded wireless infrastructure) envisions to significantly foster Europes leading position in embedded wireless systems and smart (mobile) environments such as vehicles, railway cars, airplanes and buildings. These environments comprise wireless sensor networks and wireless applications for citizens and professional users. Therefore the consortium introduces the concept of a sensor & communication bubble featuring: - locally confined wireless internal and external access - secure and dependable wireless communication and safe operation - fast, easy and stress-free access to smart environments - flexible self-organization, re-configuration, resiliency and adaptability - open solutions and standards for cross-domain reusability and interoperability DEWI identifies and implements an integrated dependable communication architecture using wireless technology capable of replacing the traditional heavy wiring between computers / devices / sensors, and therefore makes possible less expensive and more flexible maintenance and re-configuration. Citizens will gain easier, more comfortable, more transparent and safer access to information provided by the sensor &communication bubble. DEWI will provide a platform and toolset containing methods, algorithms, prototypes, and living labs solutions for cross-domain reusability, scalability and open interface standards, and will contribute to the ARTEMIS repository by connecting to other ASP and AIPP initiatives to ensure long-term sustainability and impact towards society. Key results of DEWI will be demonstrated in exemplary show cases, displaying high relevance to societal issues and cross-domain applicability. Regarding interoperability, DEWI will also contribute to establishing a standard for wireless systems engineering in a certification and security context, which entails conformity to both domain-specific standards and international domain-independent standards. TA approved by ARTEMIS-JU on 17/12/2013 Amendment 1 changes approved by ECSEL-JU on 18/03/2015 Note: SPICER OFF- HIGHWAY appears with short name DANA after its mother company DANA BELBIUM NV in anticipation of a follow-up amendment for UTRO
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.1 | Award Amount: 12.61M | Year: 2010
ETICS aims at creating a new ecosystem of innovative QoS-enabled interconnection models between Network Service Providers allowing for a fair distribution of revenue shares among all the actors of the service delivery value-chain. To this end, we will propose and analyze new business and regulatory models for converged infrastructures, taking into account applications QoS constraints and incentives for carriers to invest and collaborate to the deployment of advanced high quality network interconnections. This will provide new market and revenue opportunities enabling innovative blended services and new high performance demanding applications.\nTo achieve these objectives, ETICS will analyse, specify and implement new network control, management and service plane technologies for the automated end-to-end QoS-enabled service delivery across heterogeneous carrier networks. ETICS includes a large number of partners that, participating to several key projects, have matured strong expertises. ETICS prototypes on control, management, and service planes will also leverage an important background on implementations and performance assessment. They will allow demonstrating and testing the effectiveness of new business models as well as how agile network service creation, activation, monitoring and billing for interconnected fixed and mobile operators will improve time to market of new services and reduce operational costs and complexity. Therefore, increasing the economic efficiency of access and transport infrastructures, the transition to new generation equipments will be incentivized.\nETICS validated new business models, architectures and protocols will be demonstrated and disseminated at key scientific and industrial workshops, conferences and standard bodies on technical, business, regulatory and socioeconomic aspects, providing a clear opportunity for Europe to take the lead on future converged infrastructures based on Internet/NGN evolutions.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SST.2008.4.1.2. | Award Amount: 3.94M | Year: 2010
The objective of the ALARP project is therefore to study, design and develop an innovative more efficient Automatic Track Warning System (ATWS) to improve the safety of railway trackside workers. ALARP ATWS will able to selectively inform the trackside workers about approaching trains on the track, maintenance events on power lines and/or safety equipment in the concerned tracks that may put at risk workers safety (e.g. being hit by a train or by an electric shock) emergencies on tracks and tunnels nearby the workers (e.g. fires in a tunnel, toxic smoke, etc.), escape routes in case of emergencies; keep track of the status and localisation of the workers (and especially those at risk, not responding) and of the operating conditions of devices; The proposed ALARP concept) will be based on the following main components: the track-side train presence alert device (TPAD), able to sense an approaching train on the interested track without interfering with the signalling system; a set of distributed, low-cost, wearable, context-aware, robust, trustable and highly reliable, wireless Mobile Terminals (MTs) to inform the workers about possible approaching trains and/or other events that could put at risk their safety.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.1.1 | Award Amount: 11.29M | Year: 2012
The ubiquity of Internet access, and the wide variety of Internet-enabled devices and applications, have made the Internet a principal pillar of the Information Society. Decentralized and diverse, the Internet is resilient and universal. However, its distributed nature leads to operational brittleness and difficulty in identifying and tracking the root causes of performance and availability issues. The first step to improve this situation is measurement: illuminating the currently obscure dynamics of the Internet. To address this, we advocate a measurement plane, or mPlane alongside the Internets data and control planes.mPlane consists of a Distributed Measurement Infrastructure to perform active, passive and hybrid measurements; it operates at a wide variety of scales and dynamically supports new functionality. A Repository and Analysis layer collects, stores, and analyses the collected data via parallel processing and data mining. Finally, an Intelligent Reasoner iteratively drills down into the cause of an evidence, determining the conditions leading to given issues, and supporting the understanding of problem origins.By enabling pervasive measurement throughout the Internet, mPlane benefits everyone: ISPs get a fine-grained picture of the network status, empowering effective management and operation. Application providers gain powerful tools for handling performance issues of their application. Regulators and end-users can verify adherence to SLAs, even when these involve many parties. Customers of all kinds can objectively compare network performance, improving competition in the market.mPlane will significantly advance the state of the art in Internet measurement, from innovative probe technology to intelligent algorithms for distributed data analysis. The development of the Reasoner is a key result that will allow structured, iterative, automated analysis. An emphasis on open, standard interfaces will speed adoption and increase the impact of the project.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.5 | Award Amount: 4.54M | Year: 2010
IPTV provides telecommunication operators the opportunity to better serve the video market and better compete with the industry transition to HD (High Definition) and unicast video (e.g. Video on Demand), both creating challenges to the existing CATV (Cable TV) and SAT (Satellite) providers. One of the main challenges in IPTV is the line rate of the access lines, which is predominantly ADSL.\n\nOptiBand will focus on optimizing the bandwidth of IPTV for the delivery of multiple HD streams over a single ADSL line, and by that enabling multiple HD channels per household.\n\nOptiBand will conduct in-depth research and development regarding the efficient distribution of video content using smart data drop algorithm within the telecommunication aggregation networks, while preserving quality of experience according to both objective and subjective metrics.\n\nWhile preserving existing IPTV networks models and leaving existing infrastructures intact, OptiBand will introduce innovative technology of encoding, streaming and transporting of video content from head-end sites, through the entire IPTV network, down to the home networks.\n\nThe consortium will conduct design, development, integration and demonstration of the video content data dropping algorithm. The video content data dropping algorithm technology will be introduced through simulations, lab integration and trial by real IPTV users in Telecom Italy.\n\nIn the global economy environment, cost optimization and investment protection are mandatory requirements for any business decision. Therefore, leveraging the European and worldwide existing ADSL deployments and providing seamless integration to existing solutions and encryption schemes are keys to the success of OptiBand.\n\nOptiBand consortium gathers leading operator, vendors and research entities in order to consider the entire IPTV network, including economical aspects, of delivering premium video content over existing installed base.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.4 | Award Amount: 8.24M | Year: 2010
The Internet is not run by a single organization; indeed, this is a key characteristic of the Internet architecture, and a key reason behind its success as a platform for innovation in communications. Instead, the management, safety, and trustworthiness of each domain of the network are the responsibility of that domain; cooperation among these domains is largely done on a personal, and somewhat informal, basis.\nHowever, the growing complexity of the network leads to complex, emergent threats that challenge the ability of current cooperative efforts to respond. Large-scale network accidents, such as routing failures or software faults on widely distributed endpoints, are not confined within a single domain, and therefore difficult to react to. More troubling, organized criminal enterprises leverage vulnerabilities within the network across multiple domains to build botnets, which are essentially large-scale coordinated infrastructures applied to a range of nefarious activities, from sending spam, to extortion scams through denial of service attacks, to the theft of personal financial information. There are societal challenges, as well, as growing awareness of privacy issues leads to unease with the traditional measurement approach of centralized storage and analysis of traffic information.\nAttempts to further centralize the response to these threats will simply not work. Therefore, network traffic monitoring and measurement must be made effective across domain boundaries in order to meet the challenges of this environment. Cooperative threats and distributed failures call for a distributed, cooperative detection and mitigation infrastructure. Specifically, DEMONS aims to design and demonstrate the operation of a network for cooperative monitoring. We will apply innovative measurement, analysis and data protection techniques across a network of flexible monitoring nodes in multiple domains to accomplish cooperation, resiliency, and scalability in measurement, and confidentiality of measured traffic.\nDEMONS will significantly advance the ability to detect and respond to large-scale threats while preserving citizens right to privacy, thus increasing societal acceptance of the need for being monitored. The project will demonstrate the trustworthiness of the proposed network monitoring and management infrastructure in a cooperative operational environment across several major network operators.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.3.2 | Award Amount: 5.09M | Year: 2010
The driving idea behind DRAGON is to research and use new design methodologies and architectural innovation based on reconfigurability and state-of-the-art digital CMOS technology to break the barriers imposed by the lacking scaling properties of analog components. Radio transceivers serve as an exemplary case with high impact value. With this concept we seek to achieve distinct reductions in cost, size and energy consumption for multi-standard cellular handsets, and other products employing similar technology, while meeting higher demands on data rate.\nIncreased data rates require the energy consumption per transmitted or received data bit to be reduced, both to save energy and to avoid thermal problems. When successful, wireless data services become an attractive low-cost alternative for novel applications. Always connected should be an option for everyone. With increased integration levels and with a low thermal and energy budget, both system-in-a-package and system-on-a-chip become reality and, SMEs and other non-wireless European industries will be able to develop radio-based products and services.\nIn DRAGON we will develop a design platform comprising multi-standard (EDGE, WCDMA, LTE, and, 4G) transceiver specifications and novel flexible architectures as a tool to meet them. The number of required external components, like analog filters, will be reduced by the use of reconfigurable digital CMOS circuitry; and critical building-blocks will be implemented to demonstrate proof of concept, both of the architecture and design methodology, including: a highly linear combined channel filter and receive ADC, RF digitisation receiver, a transmitter DAC, a switched-mode PA with adaptive digital predistortion and adaptive matching networks. All critical building-blocks will be fabricated, tested, and demonstrated in state-of-the-art CMOS technology. The project results will also be provided to standardisation bodies to allow alignment of requirements to technology limits.