Time4PS

 

Company info:

Name: Fent Innovative Software Solutions S.L.
Date founded: 2010
Number of employees: 8
Location: Despacho 03 – UPV, Pedro Duque, 7, 46022 Valencia

www.fentiss.com

Partners:

Time4PS: Fully integrated development tools for partitioned systems

Challenge

The main goal of the project is to provide a complete set of tools that covers all the phases of the life cycle of the product: from the system design to the final configuration file of the partitioned system.
Goals

  • Connect our customers modelling tool with Time4Sys.
  • Give Time4Sys the ability to define partitioned systems.
  • Connect Time4Sys and Xamber so the timing performance verification is automatically done in Xamber.
  • Demonstrate de capabilities of the partitioned framework developed by means of an application experiment in the space domain.

Solution

The architecture proposal can be seen in figure below, where three tools are connected to define the complete system. A modelling design tool (EEI/XPM) that is used to model the system and generate the deployment and automatic code of the applications, Time4sys to define temporal information and a configuration tool to obtain the static configuration file for XtratuM (Xamber).

FED4SAE Support

Time4PS will contribute to scientific progress of software engineering for mixed criticality embedded real-time systems and it will highlight the increase in quality and effort savings obtained by using an integrated software development lifecycle supported by the appropriate tools. The close interaction of fentISS with FED4SAE partners, notably the Thales Group research team, will enhance the project impact in the scientific community.

Impact

The participation in Time4PS will enable fentISS customers to use more sophisticated tools for modelling, analysis and integration of their system and it will give fentISS the ability to develop further support of their products. Also, it will empower fentISS to gain global competitiveness in three ways. Firstly, it will allow fentISS to enter in customers who are already using Time4Sys. Secondly, it will improve the company products position in large and complex projects. Finally, the project will offer new opportunities to fentISS to enter in adjacent markets such as aviation, railways or automotive.

Safecility

 

Company info:

Name: The Convex Lens
Date founded: 2018
Number of employees: 4
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Safecility’s innovative sensor technology enables property owners to easily meet their statutory obligations to test emergency lighting through automation.

www.safecility.com

Partners:

Safecility: automated sensor solutions for statutory building compliance testing

Challenge

Every year European businesses and public bodies spend €1bn on inspection of Life Safety Systems in public buildings. Emergency lighting testing is a segment of legally required fire safety testing that at present is conducted manually by technicians who inspect, test and affirm the lighting at a minimum four times per year. This is expensive and time consuming with huge potential for human error and thus non compliance. Smart sensor solutions which automate this testing can free up resources while streaming vital compliance data. This allows building owners to make informed compliance decisions resulting in smarter and safer buildings.

Solution

Safecility digitises the antiquated emergency lighting testing process seen within industry. In Europe emergency lighting testing is carried out in person with results recorded using paper in 90% of cases. Safecility replaces human input with wireless sensors which automate scheduled testing and stream the data to asset managers via a software platform. Building owners can be assured of their compliance status in real time through a simple visual dashboard and audit trail.

FED4SAE Support

Safecility will be implemented using the ST Microcontroller BL072Z and validated on the Digital Catapult LoRa testbed infrastructure in London, UK.

Impact

Safecility will automate and digitally record legally required emergency lighting testing while minimising the cost and time involved in maintaining compliance. Developing and validating this type of sensor technology using LoRa has the future potential to offer a wide range of applications which would tackle additional statutory building compliance testing in smart cities.

Safecility is taking strides towards a more transparent and accountable system for fire safety testing in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Human error or failures will be drastically reduced resulting in safer buildings and safer residents.

RATE

Company info:

Name: Link Software
Date founded: 2002
Number of employees: 15
Location: Elgazala Technopark, Ariana, Tunisia

http://www.linkconet.com

Partners:

Runtime Architect – RATE

Challenge

Today, one of the major challenges in the Performance Engineering of real-time systems is the integration of design models and runtime aspects. The timing behavior at runtime has to be matched with the design in order to identify the timing failures in design and deviations from the real-time requirements.

Many tools exist for tracing the execution/communication and performing measurements of runtime properties. However, these tools do not allow the integration with system design models – the most suitable level for engineers for performance verification and optimization as well as decision-making.

Solution

RATE will allow the architect performing a continuous system performance engineering cycle between design and runtime, thus ensuring the quality of the running real-time system while reducing the design and development efforts and costs, and getting valuable feedback that can be used to boost the productivity and provide lessons-learnt for future generations of the product.
The following objectives will be fulfilled:

  1. Verify if timing requirements are met in the system execution (CPU) or communication (network/bus) and identify potential timing bottlenecks.
  2. Help the architect understanding the system timing behaviour based on numerical and graphical statistics for the system execution/communication.
  3. Perform consistency check between runtime and models to validate timing related assumptions taken at the design phase.
  4. Help the architect correcting timing errors and exploring design alternatives at the design phase based on the system runtime behaviour before investing time and efforts in implementing and testing.

FED4SAE Support

RATE will integrate the FED4SAE technology Time4Sys. By relying on the Time4Sys design model and the Time4Sys trace model, RATE will automatically benefit from current and future connections to Time4Sys of the various existing model-driven performance engineering tools such as design tools, scheduling analysis and simulation tools as well as tracing tools all at once. This will guarantee high flexibility and add a valuable agnostic character to RATE since it will be possible to easily integrate it in any runtime, design and any scheduling verification environment.

Impact

Runtime Architect gives to the architect access to knowledge on the system timing behavior based on the processing of runtime traces, thus allowing him to easily perform correction during validation and before delivery. Runtime Architect will allow reducing the design efforts (~15% gain estimated) while improving development efficiency as well as validation speed (~30% faster timing validation).

Through the integration of the Time4Sys technology, it will be easy to use Runtime Architect in any runtime, design and timing verification environment, thus offering to our customer a seamlessly integrated solution that will deliver a full, round-trip support for runtime traces analysis, design modelling and timing verification. Performance engineers will be able to rapidly integrate runtime aspects collected from traces into their design models. They will be able to start from runtime traces and then change the system configuration virtually to easily predict the performance impact of modified timing properties of tasks, schedulers or hardware. Runtime Architect will enable performance engineers to quickly iterate their designs as many times as they want, for both new developments and evolutionary extension and optimization of existing systems.

NanoLeak

Company info:

Name: NanoTech Analysis S.r.l
Date founded: 2013
Number of employees: 4
Location: Turin

Operating in the field of fluid and chemical analysis measurements. Company’s vision is to laid the ground for instruments operating at molecular (nano)‐scale.

Nanotechanalysis.com

Partners:

Development of a smart sampling device based on NANOhole LEAKs for analytical instrumentation

Challenge

Miniaturize and digitalize the gas sampling using combination of Nano Electro Mechanichal System (NEMS) and computing power. This will lead to high resolution gas analyzer, multigas detectors, innovative GC-MS portable with electronic control and management signal that can be fully integrated on a chip structure.

Solution

The control of the gaseous flow is made with an array of submicrometric holes that can be open and closed individually (the NEMS device). A process control system can manage each hole individually and can also control the gas flow with a fine granularity (from full array opening to one-hole opening) down to molecular level. The gas sensor signal (mass spectrometer for example) will be used with embedded algorithms to adjust the gas flow to obtain a better sensitivity or signal over noise ratio. The algorithms are implemented on the computer platform from ST (STM32).

FED4SAE Support

The NEMS device will be fabricated using the advanced manufacturing/packaging technology platform of CSEM. An array of submicronic hole will be etched in a membrane and flexible beams will be created to be able to close each hole individually.

Managing the gas flow is done by controlling currents applied on the beam array. This will be achieved using the STM32 platform. Consequently, it becomes possible to realize and implement a complete smart management of the inlet gas flows’ control as a function of the sensor signal.

Blumorpho will help NanoTech Analysis in building business.

Impact

This AE will be core of future gas analyzer that will allow NanoTech Analysis to miniaturize up to a portable system. The application will allow the industry to minimize the risk of introducing NEMS in the device and to have up to date integrated calculation capacity on board (STM32).

The AE experiment will help NanoTech Analysis to validate the use of nanotechnology for gas sampling systems and therefore valorize their patent portfolio.

The help of competent partners (ST, CSEM) will shorten the development time.

The interaction with all the FED4SAE partners will help to refine the marketing strategy of NanoTech Analysis.

MAMMUT

Company info:

Name: Energica Motor Company SPA
Date founded: 2014
Number of employees:40
Location: Via Scarlatti 20 -41019 Soliera (MO), Italy

www.energicamotor.com

Partners:

MAMMUT

Challenge

Smart connectivity represents both a challenge and a huge market opportunity in the transportation sector, resulting in an increasing number of services, starting from ADAS and ITS that have been developed in the last two decades. In this context, MAMMUT (Monitoring Applications exploiting on-board Motorbike’s MUltiple Transceivers) application experiment will implement a novel connectivity architecture with regards to electric two-wheelers, with the aim of increasing the service offer within the whole value chain of electric motorbikes, starting from vehicle to the riders.

Solution

MAMMUT looks to provide electric two wheelers with a whole connectivity range solution, maximizing the monitoring range in inactive periods while reducing operating costs of connectivity through inexpensive LoRa™ connectivity, while enabling data-intensive modules for dedicated applications and active riding times where vehicle’s main battery is enabled so as to increase the services related to V2X connectivity. Thanks to MAMMUT, Energica will provide:

  • Component and vehicle status tracking at idle times.
  • Plug-n-play device to support both isolated battery monitoring or vehicle monitoring to avoid that motorbikes/batteries are not charged during long period of time.
  • Battery/Vehicle monitoring system during transportation and/or long-term storage.
  • Support remote command requests to provide more control and flexibility.
  • Full integration of this service in the official Energica Motor Suite software (used also by our dealers network) for ease of use and fast diagnosis of critical vehicle situations by our Service and Development teams.
  • Massive Data Analysis on the recording to better understand the battery behaviour in a long term – real world usage.

FED4SAE Support

MAMMUT aims to roll out at low ROI the world-wide connectivity of motorbikes with the CMS of Modena performing an AE that enables the realization and validation of a low-cost and high-frequency monitoring applications for stationary vehicles (key-off status). To achieve this goal, among all the different technologies available in the FED4SAE project, MAMMUT will leverage on:

  • one industrial platform with add-on communication modules, the last STM32 platform announced by STMicroelectronics, and
  • one testbed, the LoRa™ network of London supported by Digital Catapult.
  • the LoRa geo-localization technology provided by CSEM

Impact

The demonstration will take place in a real environment (the LoRaWAN network across Greater London). Since the use of electric vehicles is very important in London because of air quality issues, MAMMUT will link with GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project of UK Smart Mobility Lab to help the understanding of the technical, legal and societal challenges related to electrical vehicles in an urban environment. Linking to the GATEway project, Energica will consider the possibility of licensing to other automotive OEMs.

ECO-Smart Homes

Company info:

Name: Check BnB, S.L.
Date founded: 2018
Number of employees: 3
Location: C/ La Gitanilla, Nave 1, 29004, Málaga, Spain

www.checkbnb.com

Partners:

Saving Energy and reducing Energy waste for Eco Smart Short rental Holidays Home

Challenge

The users of a holiday rental property enjoy an “all included” business model. Under this system, human behaviour is often unconservative, generating a waste of resources that would otherwise be precious, relative to the cost of energy or water, and thus increasing the carbon footprint and the owner spending. This sector consists of 97 million beds in the world, accounting for 25% of the global hotel supply, and continues to grow increasing the problem and leading to accelerating the climate change.

Solution

Through a measurement system based in energy consumption sensors, a predictive algorithm and smartphone app, a recommended energy consumption budget is generated for the duration of the whole stay, according to the number and age of the tenants, as well as the weather forecast. This budget is made available to the tenants and homeowners in a challenge or gaming mode, so that they can meet expectations on a daily basis, generating alarms and educational tips as well as gratifications and compliments, depending on their behaviour with respect to the estimated budget. The energy consumption is monitored in real time and can be analysed by all users through the app. The immediate result of this supervision is a greater interest in not squandering. Once the challenge is over, the users will receive a financial bonus if they have fulfilled it, which they will be able to recover or donate to an NGO, as well as keep a good-behaviour score.

The app shall also solve other issues and situations related to holiday rental, providing the tenants with a greater comfort and a better and more professional service by the owner.

FED4SAE Support

With the support of FED4SAE we have been able to partially finance the development of the app, the measurement hardware and the kick-off of a pilot project with 10 houses in the city of Santander. At the same time, the partners of the project have provided technical and economic support, and they have opened the possibility for investors to implement this app as a standard for Eco Smart Holiday Homes.

Impact

Our challenge to achieve the greatest possible impact is to disseminate the system through prestigious NGOs such as Greenpeace and WWF, and thus raise awareness among users in order to not waste precious resources. In the same manner, the objective is to convince homeowners to invest in a system that will bring short-term economic benefits and help combat climate change. The main objective is to make this system a standard filter, similar to price or rating, according to user comments in the big management channels (AirBnB, Home Away, etc). If we were to achieve this goal, the impact would be of incredible dimensions and it would help very effectively to combat climate change.

BETTAIR

Company info:

Name: Bettair Cities SL
Date founded: 2017
Number of employees: 7
Location: Can Roses 45 Cornella de Llobregat 08940 Barcelona, Spain.

www.bettaircities.com

Partners:

Mapping Urban Air Quality In High Resolution

Challenge

Air pollution in cities is an EU and Global challenge that most developed and developing countries are facing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ambient air pollution kills over 4 million people every year, largely in cities. It is an invisible killer, and the problem is increasing due to unprecedented population growth in cities.

Solution

Bettair® is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that permits, for the first time, to map air and noise pollution in cities on a previously unimaginable scale based on a large deployment of outstandingly accurate gas sensors by using an advanced post-processing algorithm. The information provided by the bettair® platform allows cities to implement appropriate urban plans to enhance the air quality and to make smart and better decisions to mitigate air pollution. The bettair® nodes are composed count with up to 6 electrochemical sensors to measure gases, an Optical Particle Counter to measure PMs, noise pollution sensor, and other ambient quality indicators. A complete front and back-end solution is provided to municipalities and an APP for the citizens.

Our platform (which is a complementary network to traditional air quality monitoring equipment) will perfectly assist cities to i) identify unknown air or noise pollution sources, ii) to assess the impact and effects of different environmental actions to identify the most effective ones, and iii) recommend specific local actions.

FED4SAE Support

With the support of FED4SAE, we will migrate the current MCU solution used to an STM32 processor family taking advantage of the features offered by this processor family: high performance, real-time capabilities, digital signal processing, and low-power operation while maintaining full integration and ease of development. Additionally, a LoRaWAN module will be integrated into the Bettair® static node. The new devices will be tested in London (with support of Digital Catapult) and in Cantabria (with support of the University of Cantabria).

Impact

Bettair® platform will permit cities to mitigate air pollution and the benefits of our technology will have a tremendous impact on environmental and societal issues. Air pollution affects vegetation, the quality of water and soil, and the ecosystem services that they support. In addition, several air pollutants are also climate forcers, which have a potential impact on the planet’s climate and global warming in the short term (i.e. decades). In terms of human health and society, the direct benefits of improving quality of life are remarkable considering that air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe.

With Bettair® the most cost-effective local actions can be identified to efficiently reduce pollution; studies have shown pollution can be reduced up to 30% or more in cities with just local actions.

Aerodrums

Company info:

Name: Aerodrums
Date founded: 2011
Number of employees: 5
Location: Liverpool
We aim to democratise access to musical percussion instruments by making air drumming a reality.
aerodrums.com

Partners:

Making a self-contained air drumming instrument

Challenge

We were able to bootstrap Aerodrums using readily available hardware, but this meant requiring users of our first model to own and operate a computer. The challenge is to enable people to set up and drum without a computer.

Solution

Our solution is to create an embedded IoT instrument that people can use with a mobile phone, tablet or virtual reality headset. This means solving the problem of doing high speed real time motion tracking and low latency audio rendering on an affordable IoT hardware platform. No one has tried to do this before – we are the first mover and leader in optically tracked percussion instruments.

FED4SAE Support

FED4SAE has enabled us to further a collaboration with Intel; receive support from BME’s Department of Electron Devices; receive advice on the management of innovation from Blumorpho; and fund R&D. Using Intel’s Myriad 2 platform, we were able to finalise a proof of concept and move on to a design-to-cost phase. BME has assisted us with advice on heat dissipation for LED arrays.

Blumorpho have helped us overcome unforeseen supply difficulties in the course of the project.

Impact

The project has helped us derisk the introduction of the next Aerodrums model to market, as well as reducing its cost to end users. This is key to our ambition to democratise access to percussion instruments. These fall in a category of goods that is currently difficult to use in dense housing, expensive and whose manufacturing is demanding on the environment.

When the product is released, it will enable a key part of our business model, which is to offer digital goods to users of the instrument. These will include music lessons, new sounds, new instrument configurations, visual 3D “skins” and play along songs.

The above combined with the higher attractiveness to end users of a self contained instrument will allow our company to grow.

Time4Sys for system architects

 

Company info:

Name: ARTAL Technologies
Date founded: 1998
Number of employees: 110
Location: Toulouse, France
1 rue Ariane 31520 Ramonvile St Agne

www.artal.fr

Partners:

Time4Sys for system architects

Challenge

Bringing the power of timing analysis techniques directly into the system architect environment in order to help them to validate the design of their real time systems in early phase of development.

Solution

The solution extends the Capella system architecture environment and allows to define real time properties and constraints on the system in the early steps of design. Based on this information, the system architect can then launch analysis and simulations that validate the design and prove that the performance requirements will be met. If the design is invalid, the system architect will be guided to the specific parts that lead to invalid behaviours and need to be amended. The solution can be used in a generic engineering framework but also provides additional features for specific domains where timing is critical and where the complexity is such that it cannot be grasped by the human mind; an Arinc 653 customization supports this whole approach in the domain of integrated modular avionics so that a A653-based system architect could get timing analysis in a few clicks.

FED4SAE Support

The FED4SAE partners provide real use cases where the approach is useful and real feedback from the trenches with value assessment (cost, planning, quality).

Since we believe the solution is relevant in many industrial fields, FED4SAE will support Artal in the definition and packaging of solutions for specific domains out of our existing scope of clients.

Impact

Developing a bridge between Capella and Time4Sys is a key factor for the adoption of Time4Sys in the industry. Since it is more and more adopted by aeronautics and space industry, and start to be used for teaching, for smart cities, smart health, smart building, smart transport and others. The resulting tooling from this experiment aims at improving the design of these systems, by giving confidence – and potentially proves – on the ability of the system to match the expected behavior; a power that was previously restricted to few specialists, late in the process, in the best case…

For critical systems, it will reduce the risk and associated costs of finding critical issue during the late stages of development and improve confidence on the system design. This will also support the optimization of the real time systems by reducing the security margins usually set to cope with the unforeseen chain of events leading to a failure.

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HYPEMLIFE

Company info:

Name: GENPORT srl
Date founded: 2009
Location: Vimercate (IT), Commerce (US)

Genport srl makes advanced hybrid power sources for extreme environments suitable in residential, emergency, telecommunication, agriculture, electro-medical, industrial applications.

www.genport.it

Partners:

Predictive Control System to Maximize Lifetime of Hybrid Fuel Cells

Challenge

The vast majorities of today’s Battery Management Systems (BMS) for commercial lithium ion battery modules are based on empirical models of the lithium ion cell. Their prediction capabilities are limited and they cannot be used to estimate the State of Health (SOH), the Remaining Useful Life (RUL) and the Aging of the cells.

The main challenge to reduce the total cost of ownership concerns an optimized management of electrochemical power sources through adaptive control strategies and prognostic capabilities.

Solution

Genport designs and realizes hybrid fuel cells (HFC) combining smart energy storage systems based on Li-ion batteries with Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells. In order to improve reliability and lifetime, Genport has developed an algorithm capable to predict internal states (SOH, RUL) of lithium ion batteries based on their electro-chemical model (ECM).

Within HYPEMLIFE, Genport will embed a reduced order version of the original ECM into the STM32 high-end board.

The STM32 will communicate with the Li-ion battery and PEM fuel cell and will read actual voltage, current and temperature values for the battery; from those variables, HIPEMLIFE algorithm will continuously detect the internal states of the hybrid power source.

FED4SAE Support

HYPEMLIFE will be implemented on the ST Microelectronics processor STM32 family and it will be validated on Genport’s 7kW HFC system at the Energy Electronic Testbed of Fraunhofer IISB.

Impact

HYPEMLIFE prognostics capabilities will minimize the overall cost of energy and improve the power quality of hybrid power sources while matching uncertainty of renewable energy sources with variability of load profile.

Integrated inside a BMS the prognostic tool will provide high precision real time estimations of important internal states of the battery. It will also add diagnostic capabilities embedded inside a battery tester by identifying latent faults in the cells.

The collaboration with ST Microelectronics and Fraunhofer Institute will move Genport to the forefront in the design of advanced electronic & control solutions to provide better power solutions to the cleantech industry.