EU projects – Technology Scouting – Business Innovation

GDPR and EU research

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) entered into force in May 2016 and will apply across EU Member States as of 25 May 2018. It also applies to any type of scientific research that uses personal data, including studies in (bio)medicine, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. It affects EU researchers, who need to be able to collect, process, and re-process personal data and collaborate internationally. The Regulation includes exemptions from several general requirements for scientific research and when it comes to freedom of expression in an academic context. For more information about rules for the protection of personal data inside and outside EU click HERE.

SmartEEs 1st cut-off evaluation process ongoing

The 1st cut-off for submission of application experiment proposals expired on 19 March, and the evaluation process of submitted proposals is still ongoing. Stay tuned for more information about the results of the selection process which will soon be published here.

If you are a start-up, an SME or a Mid-cap and if you have an idea of how to integrate flexible electronics technologies provided by SmartEEs consortium into novel end-products, you can still apply until the expiry of the 2nd cut-off date20 July. Please note that SmartEEs will not support the development of your technologies or research activities, but the integration of existing technologies of involved research teams (RTOs), as described in the Marketplace, into your end-products.

Good luck!

Q-AIR project: leading European innovations for glass façades

 

Q-Air is a unique single skin glass façade that offers all the performance and benefits of an active double skin façade. A premium unitized glass curtain wall system, Q-Air uses an innovative, multi-chamber insulating core, which delivers exceptional energy efficiency, living and working comfort, aesthetics and economic benefits.

Q-Air represents one of the leading European innovations, which is underlined by being selected and supported by Horizon 2020 programme (GA No. 737757), a Fast Track to Innovation Pilot (FTIP) scheme. An innovation project Q-Air: Sustainable Prefabricated Glass Façade with Performance Exceeding State-of-the-art Glass Façades of five consortium partners Trimo, Kohlbecker Gesamtplan, ZAG, Cantori and Skandinaviska Glassystem is dealing with the innovative sustainable glass facade Q-Air and its broad positive impacts across architecture, building industry, environment and society.

More information about the Q-Air Transparent, Opaque and Combination Unit prototypes is available in the Façade category of the EffiBUILDING database.

AMIRES experienced printed electronics at LOPEC 2018 in Munich, Germany

Lopec is a meeting place for all the important players from printed electronics community. AMIRES team had a pleasure to exhibit at Lopec this year, presenting the latest results and funding opportunities of SmartEEs, InSCOPE and Lyteus, the three H2020 projects related to the flexible electronics technologies.

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Visitors to our booth could discover some remarkable solutions of printed electronics technologies and benefit from the conversation with lead partners present at the stand.

SmartEEs team presented their open call for the integration of flexible electronics technologies into novel products and encouraged potential applicants to apply for funding. For all those companies that already have a prototype, InSCOPE is a great choice providing scaling-up services for H-TOLAE-enabled new features. The greatest eye-catcher was Lyteus, specialized in promoting flexibility of OLED lighting and showcasing plastic integrated products.

Several interactive activities, such as a presentation from the Commission and a cocktail party were organized at our booth. Mr. Henri Hajbenbach, the EU Project officer, revealed that the EC supported Flexible and Large Area Electronics projects with more than 300M € of contribution over the past 13 years.

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During the two days of Lopec AMIRES had a chance to explore interesting new ways on how printed electronics and hybrid manufacturing of integrated smart systems are changing the future. Here are some of the takeaways from this world’s leading trade fair.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology exhibited glasses with organic solar cells integrated into the lenses. The glasses display temperature and sunlight intensity. From the most modern technologies, the thinnest and most flexible electronics, the LG caught our attention with a 4.5 mm thick OLED TV. CuteCircuit, a UK based company, showcased a handbag that was not only beautiful but also interactive and transformable. It is app-controlled with display text, Tweets, and animations.

LOPEC is, indeed, a one-stop – shop for creativity and turning interesting and daring ideas into reality. See you next time LOPEC.

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AMIplexus: a tool for innovation decisions, success and updates

Finding new cooperation or business partners? Scouting for new technology? Fast overview in any R&D domain? Those are the most performed searches in AMIplexus performed by AMIRES, but also by AMIPLEXUS subscribed clients, including among others: Max Planck Society (Germany), VTT (Finland), CSEM (Switzerland), EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium), Don Gnocchi Foundation (Italy), CYRIC – Business Innovation Center (Cyprus). Ask us what AMIplexus can do for you, get 15 min introduction and 24 hours access for free!

But we don’t have crossed arms with this success, we are committed to continually improve and upgrade our AMIPLEXUS PLATFORM . Recently we have included the most up-to-date information for the Eurostars (March 15th 2018) and Eureka (April 15th 2018) funding programmes.

Users can visualize Eurostars data with inclusion of both the “Type of organization” and “Country” categories differentiated by differing colours, which was not available in previous versions. Currently for the Eureka program, this colour differentiation feature works for the “Country” category.

Moreover, for the Horizon 2020 dataset the users were able to search information relating to various Topics, Calls and even Funding Schemes. In a similar fashion, with the current updates on Eurostars and Eureka programmes, the users are able to filter their searches on either Technology areas and / or Market areas which are analogous to “Topics” and “Calls” found within the H2020 programme.

To demonstrate the applicability of AMIplexus platform we have been also publishing a series of reports and targeted analysis on various relevant technological areas. The technological analysis cover trending topics such as: Photovoltaics, Spectral Imaging, Autonomous Vehicles, Regenerative Medicine , Photonic Integrated Circuits, Collaborative Robots , Smart Factories and recently Flexible, Wearable and Organic Electronics.

MAKE YOUR INNOVATION DECISIONS WITH AMIPLEXUS!!

MEDILIGHT Smart System for Wound Therapy in EC Newsletter

 

The European project MEDILIGHT aspired to develop a medical device which uses proven therapeutic effects of visible light to enhance the self-healing process and to monitor the status and history of the wound during therapy. As the project is in its final months, finalizing validation of the prototype, the project’s success story was featured in European Commission’s Electronics newsletter.  Click HERE to find out more about what MEDILIGHT has achieved. AMIRES, being responsible for project management and dissemination, is proud to be a member of the MEDILIGHT success team.
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Flexible, Wearable and Organic Electronics projects within H2020

Flexible electronics also known as flex electronics as well as wearable electronics, printed electronics and organic electronics and/or organic semiconductors are emerging technologies driving markets in the areas that require flexibility and stretchability in the functionality of end products.
Previously, in Horizon 2020 programme around 56 projects have been funded in technological areas involving flexible, wearable, printed and/or organic electronics. Out of the 56 projects, eight are funded through Innovation Action scheme, six through Research and Innovation Action scheme, nineteen through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, seventeen via European Research Council, five through the SME schemes and one project was funded through Coordination and Support Actions. Even though most projects to date were commenced in the year 2016, more funding was dedicated to Flex electronics and organic electronics in the year 2015.
Private companies involved in more than one project are in this technological field are AMIRES s.r.o (Czech Republic), FlexEnable (UK), M-SOLV LTD (UK), Silvaco Europe Ltd (UK) and Siemens Healthcare (Germany). Among the RTOs, the main players are CEA (France), IMEC (Belgium) and Joanneum Research (Austria). Other key players in the field of flexible and wearable electronics are VTT (Finland), Max-Planck (Germany) and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

The various mature technologies within the projects that were previously funded via RIA and IA schemes are as outlined below:
  • Development of lED displays for advertisement manufacturing process combining Roll-to-Sheet and Roll-to-Roll of flexible electronics with In-mould hybrid integration of TOLAE (Thin Organic and Large Area Electronics) and photonics components – Optintegral project (IA)
  • demonstrate the influence of different surface enhancing and modification techniques on Carbon fibre -based materials for high value and high-performance applications including CNF-based structures for flexible electronics applications- MODCOMP project (IA)
  • Improving the specificity and sensitivity of flat panel X-ray detectors and more importantly advancing the safety of environment and health by establishment of a new solvent-free manufacturing process for large area hybrid-organic electronics – DiCoMo project (RIA)
  • Leveraging the large area and organic electronics to turn classical ceramic tile into a “multifunctional electronic luminous tile” – LUMENTILE project (RIA)
  • Developing a pilot line for the manufacture and system-level integration of flexible organic electronics OLEDs into products by creating an open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain with individual product designs, validation of upscaling concepts, and system-level flexible OLED integration – PI-SCALE project (IA)
  • Taking advantage of wearable electronics and Big Data to collect data and quantify behavioral community patterns on child and adolescent obesity. The collected data will be used to reshape policies at a regional. national and European level on obesity by having in place data-driven effectiveness predictions about specific policies on a community and the real-time monitoring of the population response – BigO project (RIA)
  • Moving beyond current TOLAE demonstration through a major technology jump that drives scalability towards nanoscale resolution and high-definition cost-effective printing. This will be achieved by engineering and scaling up to industrial lines, some new multifunctional high-performing inks and high-resolution roll-to-roll (R2R) process or sheet-to-sheet (S2S) processes of electronic printing of including nano-imprinting and gravure printing – ATLASS project (IA)
  • Acknowledging the potential of printed electronics as revolutionary to electronics industry with an annual growth rate of 32.5% and ability to regain the market share of Europe in electronics, there is need to ensure there is sufficient industrial supply of nanomaterials which are low cost, high performance., environmentally friendly and tailored for high throughput systems. Therefore, better collaboration will be enhanced and encouraged between supply chain partners to ensure nanomaterial production and nanomaterial formulations are tailored for end use applications to meet this need – INSPIRED project (IA)
  • Applying the concept of nanomaterials for printing application to flexible printed electronics and more specifically to printed batteries and provision of new sources of nanomaterials (for example metallic particle (Ni. Cu. Al) and layered positive active material such as LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 (NMC) and olivine LiFePO4) for the formulation of conductive and electrochemical inks to be used in flexible electronics – BASMATI project (IA)
  • Providing an open access pilot line service for Hybrid Thin Organic and Large Area Electronics (H-TOLAE) technologies capable of sampling products at industrially relevant environment (TRL6) and system prototype demonstration in operational environment (TRL 7) – InSCOPE project (IA)
  • Bringing flexible electronics from lab to market through the development of extremely thin, flexible and durable electronics and establishing the supply chain that allows for standardized manufacturing at the lowest cost and highest volumes of Near Field Communication (NFC) tags and cards and their printable substrates (paper, cardboard, plastic, …) for the advancement of Internet of Things and the ‘internet of games’ – PING project (RIA)
  • Create a technology acceleration hub dedicated to help innovative companies to access new markets and grow their business in adopting OLAE (Organic Light Advanced Electronics) technologies in new products lines. The hub is essentially an organized European innovation network dedicated to OLAE. This network seeks to advise startups, small and medium companies interested in OLAE to be more competitive through innovation and new business models- SmartEEs project (IA)
  • development of optoelectronic materials and devices (organic solar cells, photodetectors and image sensors as well as organic light-emitting diodes) which operate in the near infrared (NIR) region. OSNIRO –(MSCA)
  • reduction of the time to market of OLEDS and organic thin film transistors and circuits with fast operation. Reduction of the production costs of organic devices by enabling a fully solution processed technology coupled with reduction of design costs at circuit level through an integrated model linking molecular design to circuit operation- EXTMOS (RIA)
  • Modelling stability of organic phosphorescent light-emitting diodes so as to integrate various levels of theoretical materials characterization into a single software package, to streamline the research workflows in order for the calculations to be truly usable by materials engineers, complementary to experimental measurements- MOSTOPHOS (RIA)
  • Development of a smart, wearable system, which will provide a personalized therapy for treatment of chronic wounds using the effect of blue light – MEDILIGHT (RIA)

Aiming for new horizons in manufacturing through “smart factories”

 

In the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), the integration of Internet of things (IoT), cloud computing and cognitive computing in manufacturing processes gave rise to smart factories and smart manufacturing. Smart factories comprise of fully connected and flexible systems that rely on data streaming from operation and production stream to learn and predict and consequently adjust and adapt to new demands and/or changing situations. The results are higher efficiency, increased production and decreased downtimes in manufacturing processes.
In the Horizon 2020 funding programme there is a relatively small number (12) of projects related to “smart factory”, “smart manufacturing”, “intelligent factory”, “smart production” and so on. The funding schemes supporting the twelve projects are distributed as follows: five projects were funded through the Innovation Action scheme (IA), five under the Research and Innovation Action (RIA) while one project each, was funded through Marie Curie Actions (MSCA) and SME schemes. Among the projects, the SILENSE project is the major effort within H2020 in the field of smart factories. With a budget of over 29 million euro, the SILENSE project has 30 participants in its consortium.

The most active Private entities within the “smart factories” projects are FINN-POWER OY (Finland), TTS Technology Transfer Systems Srl (Italy), and Continental Automotive GmbH (Germany). Other key organisations are TNO (Netherlands), TU Chemnitz (Germany), TU Eindhoven (Netherlands), IMEC (Belgium) and CEA (France).The insights on the various mature technological efforts from projects funded through the Innovation Action and Research and Innovation Action schemes are as follows:
  • Development of new generation Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for detecting and thwarting threats targeting industrial installations. This system holistically combines multiple layers comprising of a monitoring layer for traffic probes, a control and coordination layer for gathering and consolidating heterogeneous data from different and remote probes, a decision and analysis layer and finally a human-machine layer that present system behavior to the human end user in a simplistic manner – SCISSOR project (RIA)
  • Development and demonstration of workplace solutions that support the inclusion of increasing elements of knowledge work on the factory floor by empowering workers on the shop floor with smart factory ICT infrastructure – FACTS4WORKERS (IA)
  • Technology fostering for SMEs by creating a methodological and technical framework to allow adaptation of robotic solutions and putting in place infrastructures and environments that will act as clustering points for selected application areas in manufacturing and for product lifecycle management – HORSE (IA).
  • Provision of technology and infrastructure to enable Reconfiguration as a Service for dynamic smart factory systems and manufactured smart products that take advantage of cloud-based services and computing power to continually optimise the performance of manufacturing systems and products with respect to key performance characteristics including throughput, power consumption, utilization, maintenance and other factors – SAFIRE (RIA)
  • Developing simulation methodologies and multidisciplinary tools for the design. engineering and management of CPS-based (Cyber-Physical Systems) Factories. These efforts are aimed at strategically supporting production-related activities during all the phases of the factory life-cycle, from the integrated design of the product-process- production system, through the optimization of the running factory, and finally through to the dismissal/reconfiguration phase – MAYA (RIA)
  • Supporting the development of increased automation and increased customization in smart factories by encouraging flexible and adaptive work organization is crucial both for productivity and work satisfaction. This will be achieved by developing adaptation solutions with which people with different skills. capabilities and preferences can be engaged. motivated and productive members of the work community in manufacturing industries – Factory2Fit (RIA)
  • With smart homes and smart factories in mind, develop smart acoustic technologies and ultrasound intended for Human to Machine and Machine to Machine Interfaces by applying acoustics a touchless activation and control mechanism and developing different smart acoustic technology blocks (hardware, software and system level) and integrating these blocks at system level – SILENSE (RIA)
  • Laser-based Additive Manufacturing (LBAM) lacks competitiveness in terms of (i) lack of integration with production planning systems which hinders process traceability and resource optimisation and (ii) the need for human intervention, especially in post-processing operations. Thus, a multiprocess production cell will be developed which integrates cutting-edge LBAM machines and ICT innovations produce a fully finished product from the incoming raw material – HyproCell (IA)
  • Demonstrate a set of integrated tools for the rapid and autonomous reconfiguration of agile production systems, both at operational as well as managerial levels, integrated with the existing production planning and scheduling tools. These next-generation flexible production systems and the proposed set of enabling ICT tools will allow a rapid and cost-efficient reaction to dynamic market changes, also in small-lot production contexts, reducing the efforts needed to switch between product types and production quantities – ReCaM (IA)

ULTRAPLACAD Newsletter n. 3

The ULTRAPLACAD Newsletter n.3 contains the description of the ULTRAPLACAD industrial prototype and of the methods developed in the project for the chip mass production. ULTRAPLACAD partners describe in the Newsletter the achievements obtained for the microRNA detection, the DNA recognition, and the surface functionalization.

The ULTRAPLACAD Newsletters aim at maintaining the visibility of the project, create awareness and expectations regarding the final results and inform the target audience about advances made in the project. Please, for more information visit www.ultraplacad.eu!

Cybersecurity Projects within H2020

Cyber-attacks and cybercrimes are rising threats to a diverse infrastructure including government, financial, industrial and technological. To counter this trend, focus on cybersecurity has also been enhanced, and various technologies have been proposed, developed and deployed within Horizon 2020 funded projects. The following insights are an overview of projects funded within H2020 and are related to cyber-attacks, cybercrime, cyber surveillance, cyber risks, cyber security, cyber terrorism and identity theft.

In this area of cyber security and for collaborative projects, the key players with more than one project involvement are KU Leuven (Belgium) and ISCOM (Italy). The projects within this technological domain are funded under innovation and action (7 projects), research and innovation action (5 projects), Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (2 projects), Coordination and Support Actions (one project), European Research Council (one project) and a majority of them are funded under the SME funding scheme (11 projects).

The following insights will focus mainly on IA and RIA funded projects that provide mature technology:

The SCISSOR project (funded within RIA scheme) aims to develop new generation Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for detecting and thwarting threats targeting industrial installations. This system holistically combines multiple layers comprising of a monitoring layer for traffic probes, a control, and coordination layer for gathering and consolidating heterogeneous data from different and remote probes, a decision and analysis layer and finally a human-machine layer that present system behavior to the human end user in a simplistic manner. Project PROTECTIVE (funded through IA scheme) focuses on increasing awareness among European organizations on the threats posed to their operations by enhancing the computer security incident response team’s (CSIRT) threat awareness through improved security monitoring and increased sharing of threat intelligence between organizations and ranking critical threat alerts based on the potential damage the attack can inflict on the organizations. Another IA funded project, C3ISP, based on a paradigm of collect, analyze, inform and react, will leverage on information sharing through a flexible and controllable manner inside a collaborative multi-domain environment to improve detection of cyber threats and response capabilities.

As mentioned, cyber-attacks do target transportation infrastructure and systems, and rail is as prone to these attacks as any other installation. In the project X2Rail-1 (RIA funded), one of the goals is to develop new cybersecurity systems dedicated to railways to ensure security among all connected signaling and control systems. With small businesses in mind, project FORTIKA (IA funded) is tailored towards minimizing exposure of small businesses to attacks and empower them to respond appropriately to cyber risks. This would be achieved by creating a resilient overall cyber security solution that can be easily tailored and adjusted to the versatile and dynamically changing needs of small businesses. Project COMPCAT, also IA funded, addresses the needs of public administrators (PAs) faced with a growing risk of cyber threats but hampered by technological, organizational and structural issues to efficiently improve their cybersecurity level. The project will provide the PAs with tools that are characterized by a high degree of usability by non-IT experts and automation and intended for risk assessment, education, monitoring and knowledge sharing.

Project WISER funded under IA has provided SMEs with pre-packaged risk management solution for SMEs, and Risk Management Platform as a Service (RMPaaS). These SMEs often lack the resources and expertise to make security a top priority and establish a strong IT security posture and thus the WISER’s analytical tools are simple and easy to use, facilitating security managers in understanding complex systems. Project ARIES, a RIA project, will leverage virtual and mobile IDs cryptographically derived from strong eID documents in order to prevent identity-theft and related crimes in the physical (e.g. an airport) and virtual (e.g eCommerce) domains. The project will provide a global approach for ID Ecosystem in Europe to address European-specific concerns to improve identity, trust and security, and better support the law enforcement to address the new threats to cybersecurity. By innovatively integrating social and computational sciences, project PROTON (RIA funded) aims at improving existing knowledge on the processes of recruitment to organized crime and terrorist networks and provide a support tool for policymakers at the international, national and local levels. Realizing the need for efficient and effective protective measures against ever-evolving cyber threats and by taking advantage of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) technologies, project SHIELD (IA funded), seeks to provide a universal solution for dynamically establishing and deploying virtual security infrastructures into ISP and corporate networks.

The SMESEC consortium (IA funded) proposes the development of a cost-effective framework composed of specific cyber-security tool-kit to support SMEs in managing network information security risks and threats, as well as in identifying opportunities for implementing secure innovative technology in the digital market. In order to improve levels of collaboration between cooperative and regulatory approaches to information sharing SAINT project that is RIA funded proposes to advance measurement approaches and methodologies of the metrics of cybercrime. This would be achieved through constructing a framework of a new empirical science that challenges traditional approaches and fuses evidence-based practices with more established disciplines. Specifically, novel and experimental economics will aid SAINT in designing new methodologies for the development of an ongoing and searchable public database of cybersecurity indicators and open source intelligence.

The relevant forthcoming H2020 calls in cybersecurity are as follows:

  1. SU-ICT-01-2018: Dynamic countering of cyber-attacks
  2. SU-ICT-02-2020: Building blocks for resilience in evolving ICT systems
  3. SU-ICT-03-2018: Establishing and operating a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network to develop and implement a common Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap
  4. SU-ICT-04-2019: Quantum Key Distribution testbed