EUREKA project usually starts with a business idea. This idea has to be
transformed into a concrete project description -generally split into a
definition phase and an implementation phase- which highlights adequate market
prospects and clear objectives. It details the involvement of sound partners
from different EUREKA member states and outlines proper project management,
including a realistic budget, the availability of sufficient resources and a
solid cooperation agreement.
an international project successfully means dealing effectively with different
cultures and different languages. This is best achieved by ensuring a clear
objective, appropriate structure and effective management during the entire
project timeframe. Successful projects need good planning and hard work.
main advantages of EUREKA projects are:
· Projects can be launched in virtually all technological areas. They must have a civilian nature.
· Projects are bottom-up: the partners are totally free in their choice of topic, partner(s) and timeframe, provided there is market potential for their idea. They are never bound to a strict research programme and there are no centralised calls for proposals.
· Project participants retain
complete ownership of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
· EUREKA projects can be of
any size, ranging from several hundred thousands of euro to tens of millions.
However they should involve a minimum of 2 independent partners from 2
different EUREKA Member States.
· EUREKA is very flexible:
projects are approved approximately four times per year and the EUREKA label
(EUREKA’s seal of approval) is awarded once a year, at the end of the current
Chair’s term of office (this is usually in June).
· There are only limited
reporting obligations. EUREKA tries to be as non-bureaucratic as possible.
APPS in EUREKA
Clusters are strategic initiatives proposed and led by industry, developing
generic technologies of key importance for European competitiveness. Clusters
facilitate R&D and innovation projects on the basis of a broad industrial
participation spanning large industry and SMEs as well as research institutions
and other public or private organisation. EUREKA
Clusters clearly reflect synergies where European industry, research and
collaboration interests, innovation capacity and national funding opportunities
are part of EUREKA and contribute to its major objective: to coordinate and
foster private and public investment in cooperative industrial R&D&I in
Europe, towards a sustainable European competitiveness. APPS project belongs to
ITEA3, which is part of EUREKA cluster.
Advancing Plug & Play Smart Surveillance
present, surveillance systems in the maritime domain consist of radar and
visual sensors. Whereas radar is used to detect and track vessels, the visual
sensors are used for securing borders in and around large infrastructures as
e.g. along a coast or in a harbour. These sensors are never used in conjunction
in their full capacity and have severe limitations. Radar is only capable of
detecting large vessels without getting details about the type and identity,
whereas visual sensors are too static and hamper 3D capabilities. Therefore,
future surveillance systems will differ significantly from today’s systems in
several important ways by exploiting the benefits of different sensor
modalities. They will integrate high-quality (HD and 3D video), multi-sensory
data inputs taken from multiple viewpoints, exchange multi-streamed data
between subsystems and take action in a plug-and-play fashion, whereby the
multidimensional data is analysed in realtime. This will place unprecedented demands
on networks for high-capacity, low-latency, and low-loss communication paths.
The APPS project will contribute to this transition by advancing the state-of-the-art in surveillance systems in three key areas:
· It will enable the development of plug & play solutions.
· It will enhance the sensor processing and intelligent decision-making capabilities and intelligent operator aids of such systems to achieve smart surveillance in large spaces such as coastal areas and harbours with critical infrastructures.
· It will develop a robust communication layer over heterogeneous technologies.