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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IAPP | Award Amount: 991.15K | Year: 2010

Symbiotic Wireless Autonomous Powered system (SWAP) combines the energy-efficient paradigm of wireless sensor networks with the self-sustainable capabilities of harvesting systems. SWAP aims at providing a novel sensor board consisting of 1) a high efficiency RF transceiver 2) a low power micro controller 3) an energy accumulator 4) modular harvesting systems. To this aim SWAP will study advanced solution for RF circuits and antennas, will use state of the art micro controllers, will implement highly efficient accumulator and will investigate on harvesting techniques. In particular, the different harvesting modules will be applied to standard sensor networks scenarios: for instance, environmental monitoring networks are more likely to use photo voltaic cells, while urban sensor networks can use instead vibrations, and harvest the available ambient electromagnetic (EM) energy. SWAP will also study communication protocol from the physical to the network layer in order to implement the techniques offering the highest efficiency as well as taking into consideration the temporary availability of energy sources. Also, the SWAP system will be realized and tested on the field; applications will be developed in order to provide the basic services for the new platform. As a final result, SWAP aims at obtaining a new wireless sensor paradigm totally independent from batteries and, instead, having as little an impact on the environment as possible.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN | Award Amount: 3.65M | Year: 2016

Energy sustainability is key to future mobile networks due to their foreseen capacity upsurge. The objective of the ETN SCAVENGE (Sustainable CellulAr networks harVEstiNG ambient Energy) is to create a training network for early-stage researchers (ESRs) who will contribute to the design and implementation of eco-friendly and sustainable next-generation (5G) networks and become leaders in the related scientific, technological, and industrial initiatives. Sustainable networks are based on the premise that environmental energy can be scavenged through dedicated harvesting hardware so as to power 5G base stations (BSs) and the end devices (mobile terminals, sensors and machines). To realise this vision, the project will take a complete approach, encompassing the characterisation of intermittent and/or erratic energy sources, the development of theoretical models, and the design, optimisation and proof-of-concept implementation of core network, BS and mobile elements as well as their integration with the smart electrical grid. The consortium is composed of world-class research centres and companies that are in the forefront of mobile communication and renewable energy research and technology development. The attitude of the industrial partners towards the strong investment in R&D and their strategic vision are fully aligned with the mission of this project, making them perfectly fit for this consortium. This grants a well-balanced project with genuine and strong technical interactions. The ESRs will have a unique opportunity towards professional growth in light of dedicated cross-partner training activities and through the interaction with the Partner Organisations, which also include relevant stakeholders in the envisioned market. All of this will ensure that the trained researchers will be successfully employed at the end of the research program.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: IT-1-2015-1 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2015

Smart on-street parking systems aims to reduce CO2 emissions by the reduction of traffic in cities, improving user experience and improving parking areas management. However, current commercial solutions achieve these benefits only in a limited way, and in most of the cases are far away of being attractive for the decision makers (local authorities), which prefer to invest in other proven/mature solutions to reduce CO2 emissions and regulate traffic. Market penetration of on-street smart parking solutions until 2020 is estimated at 1% for a market of around 18 million regulated parking spaces all around Europe, but the potential market is huge if we take into account that 190 million on-street parked spaces could be potentially regulated. Current solutions available in the market have a parking space accuracy detection of up to 95%, and do not have vehicle identification capabilities. These two features makes impossible to deploy specific solutions for on-street parking spaces that permits a reliable urban traffic management, like occupancy forecasting, fraud control (automatic enforcement), variable pricing, driver guidance, and improved user experience (recommendations and automatic billing). FASTPRK-2 will overcome these limitations by delivering a cost affordable robust and reliable 100% accuracy detection with vehicle identification, as well as demanding advance tools and services for on-street parking space management. The development of the solution will rely on the results of a feasibility study that will analyse its technical, legal, economic, market and quality viability in the current and future competitive ecosystem.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-04-2015 | Award Amount: 4.82M | Year: 2016

The projects principal aim is the development of UniServer: a universal system architecture and software ecosystem for servers. UniServer will facilitate the evolution of the Internet from an infrastructure where data is aggregated to centralized data-centres to an infrastructure where data are handled in a distributed and localized manner close to the data sources. UniServer will realize its bold goal by greatly improving the energy efficiency, performance, dependability and security of the current state-of-the-art micro-servers, while reinforcing the supported system software. UniServer will develop effective means to expose the intrinsic hardware heterogeneity caused by process variations, harness it and use it to its advantage for improving energy efficiency or performance. Lightweight, only software, mechanisms will be embedded for exposing to the system software the pessimistic voltage/frequency margins currently adopted in commercial processor and memory, which will be enhanced with new margin/fault-aware runtime and resource management policies. The UniServer technology will be ported on the world-first 64-bit ARM based Server-on-Chip and evaluated using smart emerging applications deployed in classical cloud business data-centres as well as in new environments closer to the data sources. UniServer aspires to deliver a unique fully working prototype that will turn the opportunities in the emerging Big Data and IoT markets into real, smarter products that can improve the everyday life and lead to a substantial financial and employment growth. The unique blend of expertise of UniServers consortium consisting of world leading low-power processor and Server-on-Chip suppliers (ARM, APM) as well as system software developer (IBM), and a set of emerging application drivers and established research organisations guarantees the successful realization of the ambitious goals, while reinforcing Europes strong position in traditional and new multi-billion euro market.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.1.6 | Award Amount: 2.01M | Year: 2012

By embracing vast quantities of wireless sensors and actuators, the Future Internet will reach into the real world and provide online access to the state of things and places. The resulting Internet of Things (IoT) is deemed to enable applications of utmost societal value including smart cities, smart grids, and smart healthcare. However, most of these applications pose strict dependability requirements on IoT performance: sensor data and actuation commands must be delivered reliably and timely while batteries powering devices must last for a given time in the order of years. Failure to meet these requirements may result in risks for humans and infrastructures, insufficient user satisfaction, and high costs. Existing IoT solutions do not provide dependable performance. A major reason for this is that embedded wireless sensors and actuators are deeply affected by their often hostile environment. Radio interference from other wireless equipment and electrical appliances impairs communication, temperature and humidity variations affect battery capacity and electronics. RELYonIT will close this gap by providing a systematic framework and toolchain to enable dependable IoT applications by taking into account all relevant environmental properties and their impact on IoT platforms and protocols. Environment-aware IoT protocols will be developed and automatically configured to meet application-specific dependability requirements. Analyzing and modeling environmental properties and their impact on IoT platforms and protocols requires experimentation on a large number of different platforms under widely varying environmental conditions. To this end, RELYonIT will not only exploit the scale and diversity of the existing FIRE IoT facilities WISEBED and SmartSantander, but will extend them to allow repetition of an experiment under identical environmental conditions to enable a systematic study of how IoT performance is affected by relevant parameters.

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