Borgstena Group Portugal LDA (Coordinator)
N 234 - km 87,7 (Chão do Pisco)
Apartado 35 - 3521-909 Nelas - Portugal
Tel.: +351 232 427 660 - Fax: +351 232 427 661
Borgstena is a leading supplier of textiles to the automotive industry with roots in Sweden and operations in Europe serving a Global platform. Borgstena is devoted to research, development, production and commercialization of fabrics for interior trim and overhead systems, tailoring to clients such as the VW Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, Scania and other market leaders in both passenger car and heavy trucks. Providing solutions for our clients is our goal.
Borgstena will be the Coordinator of the project, and the integrator of the final product. During the project they will be responsible of management activities, and they will participate actively in the development of the smart textile cover. They will also lead the exploitation and dissemination activities related to the integrated result.
Fabra i Puig 474, Local 2
08042 Barcelona - Spain
Tel.: +34 93 428 18 56
Sensing Tex develops and markets new solutions based on intelligent textiles (The new technology field called Textronics). The patented Sensing Tex technology is based on:
- The most advanced electronic and smart flexible and stretchable inks, printed over special unique coated and laminated textiles, to creating electronic systems.
- Intelligent inks (which transmit data, electrical current, emit light, emit heat, energy harvesting, etc).
- The most advanced fibre optics materials on fabrics, either by weaving or knitting (which transmit light to enlighten textiles or sensing textiles).
Sensing Tex will provide the specifications of optical fibres and inks from their current products, which will then be adapted to the needs of defined sensors, and will develop a new series of materials (which are not currently available in the market) to satisfy the technical requirements.
ALATEX GmbH – Narrow Webbings
48282 Emsdetten - Deutschland
Tel.: +49-(0)2572-9370-0 - Fax: +49-(0)2572-9370-901
ALATEX Narrow Webbings is a German Company founded in 1954 that produces, at two locations, a wide range of webbings for different sectors. The company manufactures elastic and rigid belts, ribbons and cords for various applications: Agrotech (for agricultural applications), Buildtech (for building – such as innovations in membrane construction), Clothtech (clothing), Geotech (for road and civil engineering), Hometech (furniture, upholstery), Indutech (chemical and electrical industries), Medtech (medical and hygiene products) or Mobiltech (all aspects of automobile and railway).
The company has production facilities with a capacity over 20.000 m² of covered production area. The owned integrated manufacturing process enables ALATEX to fulfil customers´ wishes quickly and with flexibility. The manufacturing processes available at ALATEX are spinning, twisting, weaving, knitting, crocheting and make up. ALATEX is one of the world's leading processors of polypropylene yarn in the narrow fabric industry and is able to manufacture webbings and straps of any other fiber such as, polyester or aramid yarns.
The company is certified by TÜV according to the ISO 9001:2008 and has an environmental policy since the foundation by Albert Alaze in 1954. Its role in the project is:
- Adjust the demand of the safety belt webbing
- Determine safety belt-webbing specifications
- Plan and transfer the safety belt-webbing
- Check the manufacturability of webbing according to the given specifications
- Produce the webbing according to the determined specifications
Zona Ind. Corredouras, Lt. 14 - 1º.
2630-369 Arruda dos Vinhos - Portugal
Tel.: +351 263 978 572
Fax: +351 263 240 902
PLUX Wireless Biosignals is focused on developing and conceiving state-of-the-art sensors and wireless acquisition systems for Sports, Health and Research fields. Their main goal is to create miniaturized sensors and wireless portable systems for biosignal processing. All products aim to provide users with maximum comfort and safety, together with user-friendly software.
Given the strong partnerships established with other scientific institutions, PLUX sets the bridge between the academic mean and the market, by applying and projecting the research know-how to problems and practical needs, in several technological areas. This way, PLUX manages to find new solutions, new applications and strategies of action on the market sensing.
In the project, PLUX will integrate functions in definition of specifications and measurable variables, as well as signal processing. Moreover, the enterprise will be involved ont he signal processing unit, and integration and validation of the system developed within the project.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Edificio 9C.
Camino de Vera s/n.
46022 Valencia - Spain
Tel.: +34 96 387 91 60
Fax: +34 96 387 91 69
The Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) is a Spanish RTD founded in 1976, working under the figure of a non-profit association. They are a multi-discipline team of 250 people formed by mechanical, biomechanical and telecommunication engineers, surgeons and physical therapists. One of their expertise areas is the study of psycho-physiological (emotional and cognitive) activity, and they have conducted several scientific projects in this field, including applications to the automotive sector. They have a configurable driving simulator and laboratories to measure human activity, and tools and resources to recruit voluntary participants for complex experiments.
IBV will provide their background on monitoring the physiological activity of car drivers, and their resources for experimental work with users. They will be responsible of conducting the experiments for the definition of variables, and scientific validation of the different results.
Sepapaja 6 Ülemiste City Tallinn
Tel.: +372 610 1230
Eesti Innovatsiooni Instituut is a Pera Technology company, part of a pan-European research and technology network. EII started operating in Estonia in 2005 and by today it has developed into an international enterprise. With access to broad range of scientists, researchers and engineers, EII's multi-disciplinary teams deliver R&D to industry in the Scandinavian and Baltic regions in the technological fields of material science, manufacturing design, mechatronics and ICT. EII is active in advanced materials research including studies on development and processing of composites and silica based products like adhesives, coating materials and fibres. EII's knowledge portfolio comprises elements of both composite physics and chemistry. In addition to research capabilities, EII has highly qualified Research, Programme and Project Managers to make sure all RTD projects are delivered on time, customer expectations are exceeded and developed technologies meet preconditions needed for later commercial success.
EII has a key role on designing the Signal Processing Unit and A/D frontend, building the prototype and integration of sensors, SPU and external (TIER1) systems.
Oxford Road - Manchester
M13 9PL - UK
Tel.: +44 (0) 161 306 6000
The University of Manchester is a member of the Russel Group of research intensive Universities. At the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the University was successful in being ranked among the best 3 Research Universities of UK. The School of Materials at the University comprises of Material Science, Polymer, Corrosion and protection, Composites, Paper Science and Textile Departments. The Textile research group has been involved with research in the areas of Technical textiles including Smart Textiles, Electro-Textiles, Medical Textiles, creating innovative products such as smart life garments to monitor ECG, heart rate and vital life signals, electro-textile products for vehicle interior electromechanical applications, creation of micro-electronic element encapsulated yarn and encapsulation of micro-electronic sensors for bio-medical monitoring applications.
UMAN's School of Materials will be the RTD performer in charge of all the research related to the characterisation, development and testing of materials. They will also contribute to defining the algorithms to process the medical signals recorded by the smart materials.
Gran Via de Carles III, 98 - 5
08028 Barcelona - Spain
Tel.: +34 93 216 34 00
Fax: +34 93 339 71 78
Fico Mirrors S.A. is an enterprise that belongs to the multinational corporation Ficosa International S.A. They are official suppliers and technological partner of a vast majority of the vehicle producing companies from all over the world. Fico Mirrors are top suppliers of interior and side mirrors for vehicles. They are specialised in integrating electronic technology, software and mechatronics in their products, like side fractal antennas, or mirrors with smart cameras for Lane Departure Warning. They are involved in developing technology for driver safety services.
They will be a customer of the integrated product. They will participate in the definition of specifications, providing their requirements as developers of fatigue detectors, and they will provide their material resources in the on-road tests for the validation of the final prototype.
The consortium as a whole
The achievement of the objectives of the project will provide the supply chain of SMEs in the consortium with the knowledge and technology to produce and supply the HARKEN product and its components. However, the SMEs cannot undertake these challenges on their own, since they lack of the resources and of part of the expertise needed to achieve these objectives timely and successfully:
- The industry-oriented companies, BORGSTENA and ALATEX, are chiefly oriented to producing large amounts of standardized products efficiently and have limited research resources to develop such new products.
- Technology-oriented companies, SENSINGTEX and PLUX, are very small enterprises (less than 15 employees each), with limited capability of engaging in new markets on their own. While their technology is suitable for the purposes of the project, the concept of an unobtrusive physiological sensor for drivers is a completely new application, with special requirements beyond the usual specifications of their products, and their human resources do not suffice to undertake it in the short term.
- One of the key challenges of the concept is removing the noise caused by vibrations and movements. The characteristics of such noise and the methods to remove it, is not part of these companies' expertise, so the consortium needs a research partner expert in this field.
The emerging and rapidly growing markets of fatigue detectors and unobtrusive biosensing technology provide us with an opportunity of gaining a strong competitive position. Therefore, they should take this opportunity now, and it is not viable for us to extend the work over a longer period to get hold of the necessary resources.
Due to these limitations, SMEs need to outsource specific scientific and technical inputs to RTD-performers specialised in the fields necessary to fulfil the objectives of the project. However, the investment needed to outsource the proposed R&D work is still beyond the financial capabilities of the SME group. In this context, "Research for SMEs" call provides the ideal financing framework to undertake the work. In this endeavour, the SMEs will be assisted by the three RTD performers selected: IBV, EII and UMAN.This consortium, formed by four SMEs, three RTD performers, and one LE, shapes a structured framework as represented in next figure:
IBV, as leading technological centre in the study of human body's behaviour, will provide the consortium with means to measure and characterize the physiological signals and the noise that the HARKEN system must detect and filter, respectively. This work will be used to set the specifications of the sensors, and to verify that prototypes yield reliable outputs in automotive contexts.
EII, expert in information and communication technologies, will develop the electronic components and the signal processing unit according to the needs of automotive industry, as well as the integration work to create the complete system.
The School of Materials of the UMAN will develop the sensing technology embedded in textile substrates, and will help to adapt the seat cover and safety belt materials. They will also contribute to defining and programming the algorithm of high noise to signal algorithms.