Instituto Pedro Nunes
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GRIFFON G1

Client

Space Silver Drones

Duration

2017

Context

 

The GRIFFON G1 is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with high autonomy and payload capacity, aiming to operate in farm works, security, medical emergency and forest and environmental patrol.
This project consists of requirements and functional specifications of all systems (UAV, ground control station and remote control) according with operation scenarios. It also includes the trade study of needed equipment’s for the manufacturing of each system as well as the elaboration of the technical documentation.

Prototype

AAL Forum 2017

Client

AAL Programme

Duration

2017

Context

 

The AAL Forum is an annual showcase and the largest event in the Active and Assisted Living field, which aims to bring together policy makers, ICT developers, manufacturers, healthcare professionals, commissioners, companies, venture companies, technologists, academics, designers, caregivers and, of course, senior citizens, to learn about the latest developments in this powerful area of research.

Under the theme “Bridging the gaps between technology solutions and active ageing. What can YOU do?” this forum provided an excellent opportunity to network within the AAL community and to discuss issues around AAL within workshops, keynote presentations and a large exhibition area. The exhibition area at the forum showcased the latest innovative and interactive ICT solutions (developed and under development) and poster sessions providing valuable information about what’s available on the market. For policy makers and health professionals, these solutions have the potential to transform the lives of the older adults they are responsible for.

At 2017 took place in Coimbra (in the Centro Region of Portugal), main organized by Instituto Pedro Nunes. This region is a European reference site for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) recognised by the European Union (3 stars reference site), which means that senior citizens have access to better social services and healthcare, as well as new innovative products, services and tools in the AHA field.

GZMove - Sistema de Transporte Inteligente para o Deltapark Vitalresort

Client

GZMove

Duration

2015 - 2016

Context

 

MOVE is a transport solution based on driverless electric vehicles designed for small trips at low speed, with the aim to be a "horizontal lift" able to connect buildings of private or semi-private spaces. This system has most of the intelligence onboard of the vehicles, not requiring rails or heavy supporting infrastructures, which is an advantage related with other solution like mini metro, lifts or cables cars, decreasing the costs related with infrastructure and increasing the flexibility of the system. Other differentiating factor is the fact that it is user-friendly, the interfaces with users are quite simple, and their use can be compared to a normal horizontal lift, thus making it easily accessible to large part of the population. Each vehicle has energy management system that enables automatic batteries charging when they are not in use enabling a 24/7 operation.
MOVE can be segmented in two different market segments: the first one, with a higher important social impact, transporting people who are physically disabled having some mobility problems with a wide exploitability in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, airports, shopping malls and city centers; and second one, transporting people in leisure environments (like tourist resorts, amusement and natural parks) and work/business environments (like fairs, business centers, industrial and university campus).
MOVE has been implemented in Deltapark Vitalresort hotel connecting the 2 main buildings, hotel and SPA, transporting the hotel guests confortably in all weathers conditions, whether it's raining or snowing.

Prototype

Embrace

Client

Nourish

Duration

2014-2015

This project intends to develop and bring to the market a system based on technology and specialised services whose fundamental objectives include:

  • Automatic and continuous non-intrusive and confidential monitoring of elderly/dependent people
  • Improve the quality of life of the elderly by providing them and those around them with better information
  • Improve coordination between caregivers
This project covers the selection of equipment to measure health parameters like weight, blood pressure and glucose level, among others. The goal is to promote the use of this equipment at home and by the teams of caretakers that provide homecare services to enable automatic recording of health measurements in an electronic Personal Health Record (PHR) for later reference by health professionals.

FarmReal

Client

Penela Municipality

Duration

2011-2015

The main objective of FarmReal is to make an important traditional activity (almost extinct in Europe) with a strong impact on the rural economy sustainable. The development of the next generation of community shepherds (digital herding with real animals) takes advantage of technologies such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and video streaming, combined with the emerging potential of social networks. Internet users can adopt a real goat and track it day-by-day (behaviour, income, socialisation, videos and photos) through a web based platform. Users also have access to other services such as scheduling visits to the adopted animal and herd related activities.

Prototype

Delta_eTest

Client

TecniDelta

Duration

2014

The Delta_eTest service aimed to develop a test and validation platform for Delta coffee machines on the assembly line. The system developed is able to test the key components of each coupled machine and display the results on a local LCD monitor. The test results are automatically sent to a central computer and stored in Excel format (using tables and graphs).

Hunt without death

Client

Aldeias do Xisto

Duration

2014

A pilot system was developed under the scope of this project that provides a similar experience to typical hunting while avoiding any kind of suffering on the part of the "hunted" animals, thereby preserving their ecosystem. A replica hunting weapon was developed which is designed to be similar to a conventional hunting weapon but with the capability of taking photos instead of firing projectiles, taking advantage of augmented reality technologies and wireless video cameras. Beyond the simple activity of nature friendly hunting, we have created a photo hunting game where the shots are scored according to the presented aim. In short, the project created a concept that facilitates the development of a safe and environmentally friendly activity, safeguarding the protection of ecosystems.

Prototype

GRSU: Fleet management of urban garbage trucks by SOMA

Client

Soma - Grupo Auto Sueco

Duration

2010-2013

The aim of this project was to develop two components for the fleet management system of SOMA S.A.'s urban garbage trucks. The first component built consisted of a multiplexing system for 3 low frequency RFID antennas used in the identification of garbage containers. The second component was a processing unit that deals with information received from sensors in the garbage truck system then sends it to the driver's interface console and to the central server.

Wigateway

Client

Sensing Future Technologies

Duration

The Wigateway project's main goal is to develop a system to bring data from charge sensors to a client application using a Wi-Fi network. This system allows users to acquire, amplify, filter and send sensor data to a properly authenticated application. The communication between the sensors and the client application is performed in near real time using the infrastructure of the usual wireless internet access.

DeltaLog

Client

Delta Cafés

Duration

2012-2013

The DeltaLog project aimed to develop a test and validation system for components of two different models of Delta Q coffee machines. This system collects temperature, pressure and flow data at various points on the machine, as well as energy consumption and extraction time. This data is sent to a computer by USB.

Vacuplay

Client

GlobalConfort

Duration

2012-2013

The Vacuplay project aimed to develop a control system and three user interfaces for vacuum cleaning centres, namely:

  • Panel with buttons and LEDs warning the user
  • LCD display with buttons to add features such as temperature and time
  • LCD with touchscreen that allows interactions like a smartphone

Promotion of a vertical intervention area for health and quality of life

Client

TICE.pt

Duration

2011-2012

TICE.pt's global strategy is to build a platform that involves and mobilises the main TICE players in innovation, R&D, knowledge transfer, advanced training, development, production and marketing of products and services, and internationalisation processes.
The strategic objectives for the service provided (in the area of eHealth) include the following: promoting health and preventing disease, improving access to better healthcare, promoting partnerships and new agents in healthcare and good management of the NHS (National Health Service).

Actions:

  • Organise thematic workshops
  • Establish contact with relevant and referential institutions
  • Manage TICE.pt website content regarding Health and Quality of Life including news, events and opportunities
  • Promote an internal discussion group to share ideas and identify opportunities and government recommendations

Intelligent Transportation System

Client

Rovisco Pais Hospital

Duration

2008-2011

The project's main goal was to develop and implement an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in Rovisco Pais Hospital for patients with mobility limitations, allowing them to move between different buildings in this complex using autonomous, non-pollutant electric cars.
Rovisco Pais Hospital is a rehabilitation center in the central region of Portugal, installed in a former leper colony consisting of several buildings which are a considerable distance from each other within an area of 144 ha. Most of the hospital patients have severe mobility problems; they are accommodated in one building and have their physiotherapy activities in another. Previously, the hospital had 2 minivans to provide transport for patients between different buildings. These transportation vehicles were limited by the availability of the drivers and incurred considerable operational costs in addition to their environmental impact.
The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) developed by LAS, uses electric vehicles designed to be easily used for small trips at low speed in urban or private environments to complement regular public transport. The vehicle's exclusive feature is its autonomy - it is a fully automated vehicle without a driver. This driverless solution is also silent and has zero emissions, therefore contributing to a healthier quality of life. It is also able to use solar energy as it is only activated when it is called to service (demand response), avoiding unnecessary energy waste. Moreover, this small minibus is equipped with ramps for wheelchair access and circulates in a predetermined circuit with the ability to avoid potential obstacles. The operation of "Move" is very simple and user-friendly for its passengers: patients, employees and visitors.

Technology Transfer Process:

The Move technology was transferred to a spin-off company (http://www.tulaauto.com) that is selling automated people movers to private spaces (hospitals, resorts and airports, among others).

SGISS

Client

Coimbra Polytechnic School for Agriculture

Duration

2006-2009

Context

Within a RTD project lead by Coimbra Polytechnic School for Agriculture

According to the Common Agricultural Pact, sustainable agricultural development should not be passively subsidised but should actively promote objectives and strategies for a sustainable agricultural production that preserves the environment and promotes food safety. Sustainable outdoor pig keeping using modern technology helps to maintain the rural population and attract the younger generation trained in these areas to launch more profitable enterprises. The SGISS project aimed to develop an electronic management system specially directed towards sustainable outdoor pig production. The system analyses registered data and automatically correlates important data such as the feed intake of an animal, weight gain, body temperature, the movements of each animal even if they are bred in large extensive areas and also registers current environmental data.
The system described also incorporates a pro-active animal management function where the breeder can control the feed intake of each animal, enabling correct feed intake (boar, pregnant sows, lactating sows and barren females) thereby optimising growth and body weight maintenance and minimising loss of feed (cost effectiveness), control the reproductive status of the animals and automatically isolate the female on heat for selective breeding (natural or insemination) to maintain a genetic superiority, and assess the health status of each animal through data obtained for on time health interventions (deworming, vaccination and treatment). This way, the system allows the producer to obtain real-time information and facilitates on time intervention. Minimising feed loss through the correct feeding also helps to reduce the production of excessive wastes rich in nitrogen and phosphorus that can have a negative impact on the environment.

Safeworker (collaboration)

Client

LED&MAT

Duration

2007-2008

Context

Part of the European Safeworker project

The developed system was applied in a laboratory for the process of curing composite materials with UV light. The automatic control system takes samples of the parameter relevant in this process for later analysis. The prototype has two distinct components. One consists of instrumentation to acquire measurements made by UV and temperature sensors. The second module is a graphical interface for the control process and records the physical parameters in a file and later creates a graph of trends from the information collected. Furthermore, it gives the user control over the process of curing with UV light, particularly the exposure time and calibration of whites.

Boxcount

Client

Unilever

Duration

2007-2008

The aim of the project was to develop a system for monitoring the production levels on Olá ice cream factory production lines. Using sensors for data acquisition, the developed system counts the boxes on a production line then sends that information wirelessly to a server. The web server has an interface which provides real time graphics and can display the units produced per unit of time as well as historical production.

Temperature and humidity control in warehouses

Client

Farbeira

Duration

2007-2008

The system developed was aimed at monitoring the temperature and humidity in warehouses or cold stores. The solution was based on iTHcontrol technology and used temperature and humidity sensors that communicate over a wireless network to a hub responsible for sending this data to the server. The server has an application that enables real-time information from the sensors to be viewed and used to generate reports and send automatic alerts. The system was installed in several Farbeira (now Plural) warehouses.

NacSys

Client

Dynasys

Duration

2005-2007

The NACSYS access control system is a smart access control solution that enables all access doors anywhere to be remotely managed using the internet or intranet and a web browser. It is a modular, scalable system that supports TCP/IP and is based on the iButton® technology.
The NACSYS project went through a process of selling technology, having been acquired by Dynasys. This company has the technology and the rights for its exploitation and sale.

Access control system

Client

MoveAveiro

Duration

2006-2007

The project consisted of an access control system developed with attendance control and fault justification based on the NACSYS system in two MoveAveiro buildings. This smart access control solution enables users to remotely manage all access doors anywhere using the internet and a web browser. It is a modular, scalable system that supports TCP/IP and is based on the iButton® technology.

Temperature and humidity control system in industrial plant

Client

Blaupunkt

Duration

2006

This project involved the development of a software application that facilitates the acquisition of temperature and humidity data from a network of cabled sensors. The project was developed based on the iTHcontrol solution.

Temperature and humidity control in warehouses

Client

Luís Simões

Duration

2005

The system consists of a network of temperature and humidity sensors which communicate with a server over a wired network. This server periodically collects the values of the different devices and stores them in a database. The values can be seen in real time, exported to Excel or printed in the form of a table or list of temperatures. The system is based on iTHcontrol technology.

PVD - Physical Vapour Deposition

Client

Laboratório LED&MAT

Duration

2005

The developed system was designed to carry out the process of applying thin coatings (thickness of 2-5 µm) in a vacuum whereby a material is converted into steam, transported and finally deposited on the surface of a substrate. This process provides increased resistance to corrosion, oxidation and wear of cutting tools, for plastic injection and cutting moulds, among others.

Automated system for cardboard boxes

Client

DanCake

Duration

2003

This project consisted of a constructive technical and functional analysis of a machine that assembles and closes cardboard boxes. This equipment is in a DANCAKE S.A. manufacturing facility in Coimbra, Portugal. A review was conducted of the operational capabilities and performance of the equipment (Wraparound Machine Mod. NTW 800 NA / 3S) for packing cake boxes.