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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2012.4.2-1 | Award Amount: 4.61M | Year: 2013

Motivated by the opportunity to develop industry pull applications and services for the European EGNOS and GALILEO satellite systems, SPARTACUS will design, realise, test and validate in simulated and real world scenarios GALILEO-ready tracking/positioning solutions for critical asset tracking and crisis management. Integrating, adapting, and improving hardware, software, communication, and tracking algorithm areas of expertise from consortium members strategically committed to GNSS business expansion, SPARTACUS will develop services dedicated to three application areas. They are 1) to track, trace, and localise critical transport assets especially in times of crisis and in case of major failure of existing networks, 2) to track the flow of relief support goods from the sending side to the receiving/end place, and 3) to support and ensure the safety of first responders in crisis management operations. The project will employ a deliberate methodology that leads progression through Identification, Development, Implementation and Exploitation. SPARTACUS innovation areas include hardware adaptations, algorithms for precision improvement, integration of the receivers with inertial platforms to provide dead reckoning functionalities, and communication availability in emergency by restoring local existing network over satellite backhauling. In addition, modular and scalable platforms will be made appropriate for each application area. Consortium networks, marketing channels, and end users from the rail, disaster relief, and first responder sectors will prepare these new EU-specific services for market uptake.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2012.6.3-1 | Award Amount: 3.78M | Year: 2012

myEcoCost is a foundational methodology that defines a global collaborative network of resource accounting nodes. It provides a means of accounting for and expressing usage of natural resources for products, services and technologies, to inform all economic actors including SMEs (Small and Medium size Enterprise) and consumers, on environmentally relevant information. It is a novel, bottom up approach to measure resource efficiency, the results of which are applicable in corporate, industry and society wide contexts. It is an asynchronous, recursive, non-centralised data gathering and dissemination technique for a large scale stakeholder network. myEcoCost aims to support various environmental accounting and assessment practices applicable to various national and international environment policy objectives. It links business added value to a measurement of aggregated resource usage as accepted environmental pressure indicator which goes beyond single issue indicators such as carbon footprint. Using an Internet-based service-oriented architecture (SOA) relevant and timely data is passed from supplier to customer recursively through the whole value chain to produce ecoCosts for each product or service. The project will demonstrate how it is technically possible to provide timely and accurate resource efficiency statements. For this to happen a series of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure components will be arranged: A resource accounting framework to determine ecoCosts, an ICT delivery mechanism to transfer the measurement from supplier to customer, benchmark figures for companies and consumers linking to macro level policy objectives, and interfaces for industry and consumers to interpret the measurement to assist decision making. The project aims at researching and developing all key ICT and software elements to trial and to demonstrate the resource accounting framework and infrastructure in a proof-of-concept prototype, involving various value chain actors, users, environmental data processors and policy makers.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.1.1 | Award Amount: 11.44M | Year: 2012

Recent history has shown that in the aftermath of an emergency, disaster or related unexpected events, telecommunication infrastructures play a key role in recovery operations. In most cases, the legacy terrestrial infrastructure is seriously compromised and cannot guarantee reliable services for citizens and rescue teams. It is also well accepted that current public safety networks cannot provide sufficient capacity for broadband applications.The main goal of ABSOLUTE is to design and validate a holistic and rapidly deployable mobile network to provide broadband services based on a flexible, scalable, resilient and secure network design.The most important elements that ABSOLUTE will pioneer are i) LTE-A base station embedded in Low Altitude Platform enabling a large coverage for broadband services ii) Portable land mobile base stations interoperable with conventional public safety networks, iii) Advanced multi-service professional terminals for first responders. The usage of satellite communications for both broadband backhauling as well as narrowband ubiquitous messaging services is another essential enabler.ABSOLUTE objectives will be achieved by developing innovative concepts out of promising ideas, namely cognitive mechanisms for dynamic spectrum management enabling a seamless network reconfiguration as well as opportunistic and cooperative networking mechanisms ensuring maximum system availability and dependability. Proof of concept implementations and realistic demonstrations are also envisaged.Thus ABSOLUTE will greatly impact the next generation public safety communication systems in Europe, enabling operators, manufacturers and other relevant stakeholders to exploit new market opportunities for LTE-A and satellite communications. The ABSOLUTE project aims also to greatly impact CEPT initiatives for frequency allocation in Europe and ETSI/3GPP standardization for public safety applications.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: AAT.2012.3.5-2. | Award Amount: 30.50M | Year: 2013

Outstanding safety level of air transport is partly due to the two pilots standard. However situations where difficult flight conditions, system failures or cockpit crew incapacitation lead to peak workload conditions.The amount of information and actions to process may then exceed the crew capacity. Systems alleviating crew workload would improve safety. ACROSS Advanced Cockpit for Reduction of StreSs and workload - will develop new applications and HMI in a cockpit concept for all crew duties from gate to gate. Human factors, safety and certification will drive this approach. The new system will balance the crew capacity and the demand on crew resource. ACROSS workload gains will be assessed by pilots and experts. A Crew Monitoring environment will monitor physiological and behavioural parameters to assess workload and stress levels of pilots. A new indicator will consolidate flight situation and aircraft status into an indicator of the need for crew resource. If this need becomes higher than available crew resource, cockpit applications and systems will adapt to the new situation : a) Decision support: cockpit interfaces will adapt to focus crew on needed actions, b) Prioritisation: non-critical applications/information will be muted in favor of critical elements, c) Progressive automation: crew actions not directly relevant with the situation will be automated, d) Decision sharing: in case of persistent crisis situation, an automatic information link with the ground will be established to further assist the crew. In extreme situation where both pilots are incapacitated, further steps will be: a) Full automation: measures to maintain the aircraft on a safe trajectory, then reroute to nearest airport and autoland. b) Decision handling: mechanisms allowing ground crew to remotely fly the aircraft. ACROSS groups a large team of key European stakeholders. They are committed to deliver innovation in the field of air transport safety.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: AAT.2008.4.4.2 | Award Amount: 23.94M | Year: 2009

Air traffic in Europe is expected to double by 2025 according to the last forecast of Eurocontrol. Future passenger and freight fleets will bring better efficiency and improved environmental performance, and will allow people to benefit from the connections that only air transport can deliver. In this context, an integrated aircraft communication system is of paramount importance to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness by ensuring flexibility, scalability, modularity and reconfigurability. The SANDRA project will design, implement and validate through in-flight trials an integrated aeronautical communications system based on an open architecture, a common set of interfaces and on well-proven industry standards. Integration will be addressed at four different levels, namely: integration at service level, through a Service Oriented architectural approach integration at network level through addressing interoperability to ensure transition integration of existing radio technologies into an Integrated Modular Radio platform (Software Defined) integration at antenna and RF level by a L/KU satellite array antenna prototype The integration of different service domains with heterogeneous requirements through a cost-effective and flexible avionic architecture is thus one of the main challenges addressed by SANDRA. In this light, the SANDRA communication system will represent a key enabler for meeting the high market demand for broadband passenger and enhanced cabin communication services. The SANDRA concept is fully inline with SESAR activity and future deployment plans ATM modernisation as well as with the final recommendations of Eurocontrol/FAA Future Communications Study. SANDRA addresses many of the enablers identified by SESAR for the medium and long term implementation packages, although the proposed integrated approach for the global provision of distributed services covers a much broader set of applications and service domains.

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