Projects. Public Calls

SIGUE-TU project amis to develop a Smart Signalling System for managing emergency situations in tunnels. The problem of emergency management in tunnels is vital and is being managed with limited systems and with little technological capacity. The project proposes going a step further than the state of the art, by developing and applying the concept of “Smart Signaling” (currently nonexistent) in improving emergency management, for achieving a system integrated into current management applications, defining new safety standards and within the market reality.

The main objective of this project is to develop a Smart City System which manages the traffic and parking places more efficiently. This system is based on a Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network (WSAN), embedded in the environment, which will enable the municipalities, citizens and traffic control centres to access enhanced information, thus optimizing the use of vehicles (decreasing traffic jams, optimizing routes, times and information). Additionally, it may suggest alternatives to the use of particular vehicles according to current traffic conditions.

European project (Concerto) with 3 countries involved and 19 partners. The project gains new understanding regarding community perception of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES) measures and to improve the measurement of acceptance and adaptation to changes in energy use habits through its research actions. It is built upon best practice eco-building solutions by researching and applying innovation, addressing all phases of the build process from planning, building design, construction and life time operation. The project also undertakes research and development work to establish innovative commercial and fiscal mechanisms to underpin the creation of local energy services and thus provide a flexible and sustainable approach to the local provision and distribution of electricity, heating and cooling. Also research aims to develop an Energy Services Company (ESCO) model based on existing research and feasibility assessments carried out in Zaragoza and Lyon, and models of successful ESCO development drawn from across Europe.

European project (IP) with 7 countries involved and 15 partners. The main objective of the Project is to analyze the usefulness and viability of the services which promote the autonomous life of elderly people or people with disabilities in their daily lives. The project divides services into existing and available (ready to be implemented), others which will be proposed with little modifications and others brand new. HOWLab researchers work on the development and integration of the technology and on the validation of the new services in the two apartments in Zaragoza (ceded by the City Council), two demonstrators (ceded by end users associations: Disminuidos Físicos de Aragón and ATADES) and in one shelter home (offered by the Government of Aragon).

European Project, led by the University of Zaragoza, in which 4 countries and 7 partners take part. Easy Line+ aims to give support to the autonomous life of elderly people specifically in the kitchen. HOWLab works on the development of RFID technology, ZigBee communication, artificial intelligence (Neuronal Networks to adapt to the user) and accessible and intuitive interfaces. Also, HOWLab researchers were in charge of the prototype validation in the same facilities as those of the MonAMI project.

Strategic and singular project framed under the subprogram Avanza R&D, funded by The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain.Cisvi project proposes a new research methodology to satisfy the needs of social communities and disabled people through ICT solutions based on “future internet”. This new methodology is called as Social Spaces for Research and Innovation (SSRI).(www.esdizaragoza.es) The methodology used on the research is oriented to detect necessities and complex technological solutions, make prototypes out of them, validate and refine them always away from laboratories and close to real life environments where they are to be implemented. CISVI focuses on three scenarios: Work integration of people with cognitive disabilities, healthcare assistance at home for elderly people and support and learning of activities of daily living to promote independent life (led by the University of Zaragoza)

R&D project based on ICTs which aims to generate a system of network intelligence to integrate agent communities around cognitive illnesses. It also seeks the continuous improvement of attention processes, service and on-going support.

  • Tasisto2: Development of a platform of interactive services for social telecare through Digital Terrestrial Television (Date start: 01/10/2009, Date end: 31/03/2011)

The main objective of this Project is the design, development and implementation of an interactive service platform for social telecare through digital terrestrial television. plus digital content on a range of services around the home to people with disabilities or in need of assistance. The aim is to create technological tools that encourage communication assisted themselves with each other and with family / friends / social assistance agency to allow better support people who are dependent.

  • Amivital: Digital and Personal Environment for Health and Welfare(Date start: 01/01/2007, Date end: 31/12/2010)

AmIVital project aims creating an integral and consistent approach for the provision of AmI services to citizens, from both a social and health care perspective.Thus, the project tackles the development of an innovative technological platform which will enable the creation of new applications and services within a personal environment, for the care, monitoring and support of citizens with special needs in relation to their health and welfare status. AmIVital will merge concepts from the AmI paradigm and the current framework for health assistance into a more general and integral model of services, by means of adapting and integrating the most useful and suitable technologies to optimally meet current user needs.

  • GAD: Active Demand Side Management Project (Date start: 01/01/2007, Date end: 31/12/2010)

Comprised by 15 companies and 14 research centres, this project aims to solve the problem of domestic demand management and will also help to lessen the environmental impact of electricity infrastructures, as it supposes a reduction in the need for new generation capacity and transmission and distribution networks and will optimise the integration of distributed generation, among which it worth mentioning renewable sourcesThe development of GAD, will allow sufficient knowledge to be created to optimise domestic consumption and that of small and medium sized companies and to send to users and electrical appliances signals that allow the former to take decisions freely on the basis of price, energy origin, environmental impact, comfort etc. and latter to be located at the most appropriate consumption level as long as the users themselves have accepted it. The active participation of users and appliances in the demand management mechanisms and in publicising supply costs in real time, including environmental costs of generation, will contribute to user awareness and the subsequent modification in their patterns of energy consumption, thus encouraging the necessary energy sustainability.

“Tratamiento 2.0” is a Strategic and singular project framed under the subprogram Avanza R&D, funded by  The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain lead by the enterprise INDRA which objectives are: Create a generic middleware platform, reduce dependence of people always always directed by the user.Main technology areas are Ambient Intelligence, Ubiquitous Computing, Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence, New Human Machine Interfaces and Augmented Reality.

  • AIVI Intelligent Environments for Independent Living (Date start: 01/01/2006, Date end: 31/12/2008 )

AIVI is a TRACTOR project funded by The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain whose main objective is to promote a qualitative advance on the arrival of Ambient Intelligence services to home, targeting dependent people (elderly and disabled), aiming to increase the amount of time that persons can remain on their homes, performing usual daily activities autonomously or assisted by relatives or carers, in such a case ambient intelligence is a valuable support.This project covers several knowledge areas related to the design and deployment of Ambient Intelligence systems on their homes: architectural issues, building and equipment techniques, sensor networks, telecare services, etc. Moreover, there was collaboration with user associations and dependent people supporting organizations that prioritize research lines, validate services and applications developed, and give advice on ethical issues raised on the project.