Technological Research and Development Projects2016-12-12T23:27:56+00:00

Application to SI I&DT – Individual Projects no. 33976
NUP: CENTRO-07-0202-FEDER-033976

Name of the project: HiperWireless – Microwave communication, point to multi-point on the free hiperlan band (17HHz)

Duration of the project: The initially time period set for the implementation of this project went from 1 July 2013 to 31 March 2015. However, the termination date has been changed to 30 June 2015.

Expected investment and granted incentive: Within the application presented to SI I&DT, a global investment of 383.631,92 euros has been approved, having been considered as eligible costs the amount of 342.117,50 euros. The incentive granted to the application takes the form of a non-refundable incentive, up to an amount of 213.322,61 euros.

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Description of the project: the “HiperWireless” project’s main goal is the development of a point-multipoint communication solution, 17GHz band, which enables the use of business Wi-Fi radio letters, taking advantage of a new hardware to be developed that shall enable the operation of these Wi-Fi radio letters in that frequency band and the operation in full-duplex mode. The proposed solution shall be flexible and enable reliable, safe and highly efficient communications, and shall not be limited to a specific Wi-Fi radio.

The strategy to adopt in the development included the use of a OpenWRT communication equipment with two business Wi-Fi and the setting of a new access protocol which uses both radios for reliable and efficient communication purposes. On the other hand, given that there are no hardware solutions in the market compatible with business Wi-Fi radios and that meet the necessary frequency and two-way requirements, an hardware subsystem shall also be developed to enable frequency conversion between the 2,4 GHz or 5,8GHz conventional band and the free band of 17GHz, as well as a polarisation diplexer with an insulation level which is adequate to the application, in order to take advantage of communications in full-duplex mode.

Application to SI I&DT – Individual Projects no. 34146
NUP: CENTRO-07-0202-FEDER-034146

Designation of the project: Radio_VoIP – Communications for offshore

Project duration: The initially time period set for the implementation of this project went from 1 July 2013 to 31 March 2015. However, the termination date has been changed to 30 June 2015.

Expected investment and granted incentive: Within the application presented to SI I&DT, a global investment of 337.754,04 euros has been approved, having been considered as eligible costs the amount of 336.353,94 euros. The incentive granted to the application takes the form of a non-refundable incentive, up to an amount of 243.106,31 euros.

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Description of the project: Internet has become an omnipresent part of our lives, it is the information window of the world. However, its access is not easily available everywhere. This becomes evident specially when we are out of the cellular coverage. Cellular networks with 3G and 4G services can offer an internet connection, however its coverage is usually reduced throughout the coast and the see.

The communications available for see vessels are reduced and expensive given that the access is, in these cases, made through satellite systems, typically Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT).

With this project we aim to develop a product that will enable, not only voice and video communications in vessels, but also an application to collect the georeferenced information on the vessel. These applications are based on the radio communication infrastructure developed in this project.

Thus, the project is divided in three modules: communication infrastructure, communication system and georeferenced information system.

Application to SI Qualificação PME – Individual Projects no. 35656
NUP: CENTRO-07-0201-FEDER-035656

Designation of the project: INTER WAVECOM – Strengthening of internationalisation

Project duration: The time period set for the implementation of this project starts on 1 August 2013 and ends on 30 June 2015.

Expected investment and granted incentive: Within the application presented to SI Qualificação PME (SMEs Qualification), a global investment of 347.729,17 euros has been approved, having been considered as eligible costs the amount of 302.175,86 euros. The incentive granted to the application takes the form of a non-refundable incentive, up to an amount of 146.796,26 euros.

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Description of the project: The strategic reflection of the performed action plan has enabled a business understanding that clearly shows that Wavecom’s business success will go far beyond national borders, being necessary, in order to achieve the goals proposed by the company’s directors, to perform several actions that will enrich crucial competitive factors, fundamental to the business sustainability and performance.

In this context, there is the need to strengthen Wavecom, domestically providing it with the means that will enable it to respond to the marker to be able to focus on its strategy at a wider level of action. Thus, this plan aims at a strong gamble on the international market, diversifying this way its operation focus (national and international markets) and enhancing the company and its products with their internationalisation.

This project also intends to promote the permanent innovation of the company at the products’ level, aiming at the dissemination of the most recent products developed by Wavecom, within the unified communication and radio communication areas. These new products, namely Wavesys-Box (destined mainly to the wind sector), result from the constant R&D projects developed by the company.

Application to SI I&DT – Individual Projects no. 38995
NUP: CENTRO-07-0202-FEDER-038985

Designation of the project: WMAN_NG – Next Generation of Wireless Metropolitan Area Network

Project duration: The time period set for the implementation of this project starts on 1 September 2013 and ends on 30 June 2015.

Expected investment and granted incentive: Within the application presented to SI I&DT, a global investment of 181.475,24 euros has been approved, having been considered as eligible costs the amount of 180.766,91 euros. The incentive granted to the application takes the form of a non-refundable incentive, up to an amount of 135.387,42 euros.

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Description of the project: Creation of a communication infrastructure at the metropolitan level, of very low energy consumption, low debit and general use (to be available to urban services, typically M2M, that require a high network coverage).

The requirements on which the creation of this infrastructure is based are:

(1) Universal coverage in metropolitan areas – the coverage shall cover the entire territory, without exceptions.

(2) Reduced energy consumption – the sensors and endpoints of each service shall include an efficient and reduced energy consumption, and must be energetically autonomous.

(3) Low communication debit – the network shall, preferentially, serve applications that have low requirements at the broad band level.

(4) Full interoperability – the infrastructure shall be fully interoperable, that is, it shall enable a standard interconnection to different Internet access services (made available by operators or through opportunistic networks) and an interconnection to different suppliers of sensors and endpoints, such as third party developers that wish to make applications and services available.

The main challenge and research of this project is to determine the commitment level which is adequate in terms of capillarity of the network’s infrastructure that will enable the universal coverage and a reduced energy consumption of the endpoints.

This commitment is not currently ensured:

(1) by the access networks usually made available by telecommunication operators, due to the high consumption that is required by the endpoint (GSM/GPRS, UMTS, WiFi, WiMAX,…).

(2) by the access networks that solve the problem of the reduced energy consumption through an extreme capillarity of the network (that is, that require a high density of access points), because their installation and maintenance are not economically viable.

Application to SI Qualificação PME – Individual Projects no. 35656
NUP: CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-003460

Designation of the project: WideMonitor – Spectrum Monitoring System

Project duration: The time period set for the implementation of this project starts on 1 November 2015 and ends on 24 October 2017.

Expected investment and granted incentive: Within the application presented to SI Qualificação PME (SMEs Qualification), a global investment of 821.357,53 euros has been approved.

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Description of the project: This project aims at the development of a radio electric spectrum monitoring system, in a wide range of frequencies, covering 90% of the wireless communications.

The need for greater space resolution in spectrum monitoring, which results from the fact that communications, namely, high frequency area coverage communications, are constantly reusing the spectrum and channel, with a high density of radio senders, requires that any monitoring system has spectrum probes, that must be installed in great quantities in a narrow space matrix, in order to maintain the system costs (price per probe) compatible with the regulatory and supervisory authorities.

The collected measurements must be stored in a high availability multi-tenant centralised system, that can process a statistically high number of data, enabling: research, graphics, statistics and warnings. The regulator/supervisor shall have an effective intelligence on the collected data. The communication of parameters/measurements to the centralised database must be ease, economic and safe, using Internet and ensuring the safety of the sent data.

The remote operational management of devices, for support and maintenance purposes, must be simple and fluid. The measurement band shall be the broadest as possible, including bands from 30MHz to 6GHz (UHF and micro waves), more relevant in wireless emissions, and on which the monitoring network with high space resolution has the advantage (on the highest bands) when identifying and measuring emissions that mitigate very much with the distance, making impossible its monitoring in any other way, unless when close. The probes must be easy to install in a wide range of scenarios: urban, semi-urban or rural; in a monolithic installation logic, which does not depend on energy from the mains and with features that reduce the risks of vandalism or theft.

Application to SI I&DT – Individual Projects no. 38995
NUP: CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-003468

Designation of the project: MareCom – Community See Networks and Services

Project duration: The time period set for the implementation of this project starts on 1 March 2016 and ends on 31 August 2018.

Expected investment and granted incentive: Within the application presented to SI I&DT, a global investment of 191.336,21 euros has been approved.

 

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Description of the project: The main goal of MareCom project is the development of a high availability, broad band and low cost see communication solution, based on the IP Protocol and in off-the-shelf hardware that enables:

(1) to offer the communities that operate in the see – for instance, fisherman, see transportation, recreational crafts and national navies – reliable broad band connections and

(2) the convergence with the land communication scenario, increasing the digital inclusion of those communities. The solution shall be based on the community network model, shall address the problems in a holistic perspective, from the physical layer to the application layer, and shall include:

1) a new MIMO communication architecture, that shall consider specific settings of multiple antennae adequate to the radio propagation conditions in the maritime environment;

2) the project and implementation of multi-band MIMO antennae, enabling the setting of a radiation diagram adequate to the maritime environment requirements;

3) the development of a new access protocol adapted to the waves and to radio propagation conditions, to ensure reliable and highly available wireless connections;

4) the development of a new routing protocol that enables the creation of multi-hop floating networks formed by fixed or mobile platforms (for instance, offshore wind generators and vessels), for a greater reach, availability and extension of the access to land networks;

5) the development of innovative applications for the support the business of effective see communities – for instance, fisherman and navies.

The proposed solution shall consider (1) the usage of business Wi-Fi radios, combined with new technologies to be developed within the project and (2) the support of multiple access technologies – for instance, GPRS/3G/LTE, Satellite and the new access technology based on Wi-Fi, to be developed, in order to maximise the connection availability of land networks.