Emergency Support System (ESS) to Serve as a Framework for Future European Crisis Event Management
The Emergency Support System (ESS) Consortium today announced that it has received formal approval from the European Commission to begin research and development of a portable emergency command and control system that incorporates real-time data collection technologies. The system will provide actionable intelligence to managers during crisis events and will be used as a framework for future crisis management systems.
Part of the Seventh EU Framework Program, ESS is a four year project which is expected to run until 2013 (http://www.ess-project.eu). The European Commission will contribute €9.1 million over the next 4 years. The ESS consortium, which is led by Verint Systems, is comprised of 19 leading European technology companies, research institutes and end- user organizations.
The purpose of ESS is to enable improved control and management of major crisis events such as terror attacks, industrial accidents, natural disasters etc. The idea guiding the development of ESS is real-time fusion of various forms of field-derived data including radioactivity, bio-chemical, audio-video, weather location tracking, affected population reports and other information. The data would be communicated via both portable and fixed platforms including wireless communication devices, UAV, air-balloon and field-vehicles. The fusion of the data is handled within a central system which performs information analysis and provides decision support applications for web based command and control systems. This provides flexible, yet comprehensive coverage of the affected area.
Once available to the market, the ESS concept would offer real time synchronization and information sharing between first responders and support forces at the site of the incident such as police, rescue teams and fire-fighters as well as out-of-theatre command and control centres of the various involved authorities (e.g. municipalities and homeland security). ESS will also enable the commanders to communicate with the affected on-site personnel by sending text (SMS) or recorded voice messages.
“We are proud to advance our innovative concept in the field of civil security through partnership with world-leading industrial and research organizations,” says Gideon Hazzani, Director of Technologies for Verint Systems, who initiated the ESS concept and serves as the consortium coordinator. “Crisis situations are usually characterized by random location, uncertainty, stress and the availability of partial information according to which commanders need to make life and death decisions. By using independent, portable and quickly deployable command and control systems which share information between all the parties, decision makers can make decisions based on better quality, clearer and more complete data. As such, ESS will help limit the scope of the crisis and ultimately save lives,” explains Hazzani.
Imego is now Department Sensor Systems at Acreo Swedish ICT
Imego labs incorporated into Acreo Swedish ICT
Imego and Acreo is merging their activities (2012-04-01).
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The first sailing yacht equipped with research tools showing the water readings as a visualization on-line.
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Imego is participating in the Marex EU-FP7 project
As a participant of the Marex project, Imego will investigate the biological activity of compounds collected from different marine environments.
“Biodiversity in the seas is only partly explored, although marine organisms are excellent sources for many industrial products. Through close co-operation between industrial and academic partners, the MAREX project will collect, isolate and classify marine organisms, such as micro- and macroalgae, cyanobacteria, sea anemones, tunicates and fish from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as from the Mediterranean, Baltic and Arabian Seas. Extracts and purified compounds of these organisms will be studied for several therapeutically and industrially significant biological activities, including anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anticoagulant activities by applying a wide variety of screening tools, as well as for ion channel/receptor modulation and plant growth regulation. Chromatographic isolation of bioactive compounds will be followed by structural determination. Sustainable cultivation methods for promising organisms, and biotechnological processes for selected compounds will be developed, as well as biosensors for monitoring the target compounds. The work will entail sustainable organic synthesis of selected active compounds and new derivatives, and development of selected hits to lead compounds.
The project will expand marine compound libraries. MAREX innovations will be targeted for industrial product development in order to improve the growth and productivity of European marine biotechnology. MAREX aims at a better understanding of environmentally conscious sourcing of marine biotechnology products and increased public awareness of marine biodiversity and potential. Finally, MAREX is expected to offer novel marine-based lead compounds for European industries and strengthen their product portfolios related to pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, agrochemical, food processing, material and biosensor applications.”
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Lightweight electroactive materials and components – an SSF-supported collaboration between universities and institutes
September 1 2009 the project ”Lightweight electro-active fibres/textiles/layers and preparation of novel devices” (Lef-Tex) started with participants from both academia and research institutes. The project is funded by a grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) within their call for materials research, but the project is also linked up to other activities with financial support from other sources. The basis for the research activities is a close interaction between the participants each of which contributing with their unique competence. The participants are Chalmers University of Technology (Materials and Manufacturing Technology), Swerea-IVF, University of Borås (School of Engineering), Imego Institute and Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow).
Short description of the content of the project
The overall objective of the work is to develop new lightweight and functional fibres, textiles and layers. All materials/components will be based on polymeric nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs), carbon black or carbon nanodiscs (CNDs). The intention is then to use these components in order to manufacture new or improved products. In the first place, commercially available nanoparticles will be used in the project. Due to their inherently good electrical conductivity, these particles are promising candidates for rendering polymeric materials electroactive. For example, the polymers, modified in a suitable manner, are likely to exhibit an enhanced piezoelectric effect, obtain a higher electrical conductivity that can be used in heating applications, changed light refracting properties (photorefraction) or improved electrical insulating performance which in turn can be implemented into new products. Such products will be in demand since they meet societal and consumer needs of lightweight and functional products related to living and recreational habitats, medical diagnosis, energy distribution efficiency, telecommunication, etc.
Knowledge and products emanating from the project can be used by Swedish industry, consumers and within university education. There are however several challenges. Issues to consider in order to achieve the objectives are for example related to separation and obtaining an adequate distribution of the nanoparticles in the matrix material. The structure of the particle network as well as its interaction with the polymer matrix constitute also critical factors. Hence experimental material science combined with computational physical chemistry is an important tool within the program. Several manufacturing techniques will be used and, if required, developed in order to achieve an improved or adequate particle dispersion, enhanced spinnability etc. In summary, the project is directed towards research and development of fibres and layers for smart materials/components/textiles, more specifically towards (i) new fibres/fabrics for lightweight and sensitive piezoelectric devices, (ii) melt-spun electrically conducting fibres for fabrics used in the automotive sector, (iii) new photorefractive films for high resolution imaging of human inner organs, (iv) improved telecommunication equipment and (v) improved insulating layers for high-voltage cables.
New results are emerging
The project has been running for a relatively short time, but several interesting results have already emerged. In her licentiate thesis from the beginning of this year, Anja Lund has described the prerequisites of manufacturing piezoelectric fibres based on the polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). The work had the form of a collaboration between Swerea-IVF, University of Borås (School of Textiles) and Chalmers and the continuing activities also include the Imego Institute.
Shortly before the summer 2010, Martin Strååt from Swerea-IVF and Chalmers presented his Ph D thesis. Among other things, a technique for improving the spinnability of electrically conducting fibres containing carbon black was described; the restricted spinnability constitutes otherwise often a problem in this context. Martin Strååt also pointed to that, with a suitable heat treatment, the electrical conductivity of the manufactured fibres could be affected in a positive way. The processing technique employed in this case was based on spinning of bicomponent fibres which gave the required stability of the process. The photo below is a scanning electron micrograph of such a fibre with a sheath of polyamide and an electrically conducting core.
A bicomponent fibre with enhanced electrical conductivity
In addition, significant amounts of work have been devoted to clarify possible routes for dispersing carbon nanodiscs in a polymer matrix in order to obtain a sufficiently high conductivity. Preliminary results were presented at the ”Annual European Rheology Conference 2010” that took place at Chalmers in the beginning of April this year. The start and continuation of Lef-Tex also brings about a higher student involvement in this area of science and engineering, in the first place in the form of project work and M Sc theses. Several such activities are in progress or are planned for.
Further information about Lef-Tex can be obtained from the contact persons
Mikael Rigdahl and Rodney Rychwalski (Chalmers University of Technology), Bengt Hagström (Swerea-IVF), Kim Bolton (University of Borås) and Katrin Persson (Imego Institute)
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ITS World Congress
The Swedish ICT stand at the 16:th ITS world congress 2009, Stockholmsmässan, Sweden, 21-25:th September.
When the 16:th ITS world congress takes place in Stockholm the 21-25:th of September, you will find Swedish ICT represented in stand Z20 in the exhibition center. We are also represented with several interesting presentations in the conference program.
Please visit us in the stand and meet with our researchers who will tell you about our projects and methodology.
10 Imego Years
10 Imego years of Research Excellence at the frontiers of sensor technology
The new ownership structure creates opportunities for more extensive
collaboration with the other institutes in the group and enables us to
participate in larger joint projects, both nationally and
internationally. Our close relationship with Chalmers University of Technology also
provides access to extensive research facilities. Companies doing
business with us will benefit from the know-how and resources of our
10 Imego years of research excellence
Over the last ten years, we have developed to become a significant
multidisciplinary research institute and a valued component of the
Swedish educational and industrial system. The stability of a strong
owner, the State of Sweden, enabled us to invest boldly in innovation and
growth, which investments have paid off handsomely. We have become a
dynamic and professional organization that is focused on the problems and
challenges of micro- and nanotechnology. Together with our customers and
partners, we have overcome technical challenges and created smart
products and production methods.
Closing the gap between universities and industry is necessary to meet
the growing need for converting discovery into innovation and
commercializing Swedish research results. We are now proud to play a
leading role in transferring technology to market in the important and
rapidly growing field of miniaturized sensor systems.
Smart investment has paid off
We are one of the few leading global actors in miniaturized dynamic
inertial measurement systems (DIM). With projects for large Swedish and
international companies and organizations, we have built up knowledge in
a range of disciplines such as wireless sensor networks and dynamic
susceptometry. In this way, we have generated Imego’s most important
resource – technological excellence.
Stimulating the growth and profitability of small Swedish enterprises
mainly by providing applied research of the highest quality and helping
them find ways to obtain external financing for development projects are
also important to us. We have collaborated with a large number of small
enterprises and have been involved in several successful development
projects. Our research in sensor systems has also resulted in promising
spin-offs such as Vasasensor, a company that produces
pressure sensors for the paper industry.
We are proud to be an important resource for Swedish industry today. With
new owners and ten years of experience behind us, our outstanding people
are eager to confront the challenges of the future!
COMS is the leading annual conference on micro- and nanotechnology commercialization and education...
From concept to marketplace COMS2009
is the 14th annual conference on commercialization of micro- and nano-systems.
COMS 2009 is the leading annual conference on micro- and nanotechnology commercialization and education. The COMS conference is not just about the science like so many other micro/nano meetings but also about how to turn research and theory into commercial products.
The accompanying exhibition will cover all aspects of the technologies related to commercialization and provide an ideal environment for new
Launch of REXUS 6 at Esrange Space Center, 12 March, 2009 at 10:08 UTC
program is a joint project between the Swedish Space Corporation SSC
, ESRANGE, and the Mobile Rocket Base (Moraba) of the German Aerospace Center DLR, conducted by EUROLAUNCH. Half of the payload is reserved for German students, while the Swedish half has been made available to students from other European countries through a collaboration with ESA Education. REXUS is considered as an annual sounding rocket program, launched from Esrange Space Center, Sweden.
» SAFER seminar February 3rd!
An introduction to automotive radar technology. February 3rd 2009, 13:00‐16:00 at Manegen, Lindholmspiren 5 (Entrance floor), Lindholmen Science Park in Göteborg. To register, please send an e‐mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Imego får ett innovativt ägarskap!
Den 18 december 2008, lagom till Imegos 10-årsjubileum, undertecknades ett avtal om överlåtelse av det statligt helägda forskningsinstitutet Imego till Swedish ICT.
Efter tio år med staten som ägare så har Imego utvecklats till ett dynamiskt nationellt forskningsinstitut. Dagens överlåtelse till Swedish ICT innebär ett historiskt kliv mot ett nytt decennium av utveckling och innovation.
Försäljningen av Imego är ett led i regeringens strävan att främja industriforskningen genom en sammanslagning av landets institut. Målet är att de svenska industriforskningsinstituten ska bli mer konkurrenskraftiga och bättre rustade för att stärka näringslivet, bland annat genom ökad samverkan med universitet och högskolor. Imegos nya ägare Swedish ICT är en av fyra nya bolagsgrupper inom IRECO Holding AB.
- Vi är övertygade om att denna omstrukturering kommer att stärka institutens möjligheter att möta näringslivets behov av forskning och utveckling på ett mer effektivt och flexibelt sätt, kommenterar Hans Hentzell, VD och koncernchef på Swedish ICT.
- En nationell kraftsamling under Swedish ICT:s ägarskap ger oss betydligt större möjlighet till ett fördjupat samarbete mellan de olika instituten inom koncernen, menar Bill Brox, VD på Imego-institutet. Detta ger potential till deltagande i större gemensamma projekt av både nationell och internationell karaktär, till exempel med inriktning på fordonsindustrin eller informations- och kommunikationsteknologi. Imegos nära anknytning till Chalmers ger också en värdefull möjlighet till hantering av större industriuppdrag samt starkare samverkan med Chalmers forskningsavdelning.
Swedish ICT består idag av Acreo, Imego-institutet, Interaktiva Institutet, Santa Anna, SICS och Viktoria-institutet. Dessa aktörer verkar främst inom informations- och kommunikationsteknologi, mikro- och nanoteknologi samt sensorteknik med fokus på fordonsindustrin.
Imego bedriver forsknings- och utvecklingsarbete i nära samverkan med Chalmers Tekniska Högskola och Göteborgs Universitet. Kärnan i verksamheten är tillämpad forskning och produktutveckling inom mikro- och nanoteknologi med sensorsystem i fokus.
» Imego joins the EU-FP7 IP Emergency Support System
The Emergency Support System is a suite of real-time data-centric technologies which will provide actionable information to crisis managers during abnormal events.
This information will enable improved control and management, resulting in real time synchronization between forces on the ground (police, rescue, firefighters) and out-of-theater command and control centers.
Imego’s contribution is in the area of wireless sensors, eg local weather sensors and bio-chemical sensors.
Please contact Cristina Rusu (email@example.com) for more information!
» SAFFO – a new Vinnova RFID project
The SAFFO project advances the state-of-the-art in passive/semi-passive RFID sensor tags and provides solutions that can be further utilized in viable commercial products.
SAFFO aims at integrating the technological expertise among the Finnish - Swedish research consortium and at exploiting these in new RFID sensor tags solutions. The project is dedicated to provide technical demonstrations of the developed solutions in wireless humidity and temperature monitoring applied to sectors such as home maintenance, construction, healthcare, and cold chain logistics.
SAFFO project is the continuation of IntelliSense RFID project within the NORDITE program (Vinnova) , which showed that is feasible to develop multi-band / multi-protocol / multi-sensing components for passive RFID sensing tag. The SAFFO partners are for Sweden, Micro and NanoSystems group at MC2/Chalmers University of Technology and Imego Institute, and VTT for Finland. Project leader is Cristina Rusu (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Sweden and Kaj Nummila (email@example.com) for Finland.
» Imego is partner in RFID Nordic
RFID Nordic is a non-profit organization that has the aim to act as a link and know-how cluster between customers, suppliers, universities and other education establishments, the media, decision-makers and authorities within the RFID field.
» MERMAID - analysis of material properties
Imego has developed MERMAID, a measurement instrument for analysis of liquid and thin film properties using magnetoelastic resonance (MER) sensors.
The MER sensor is either coated by or immersed in the substance under investigation. Dynamic events such as viscosity changes, phase transitions or bio film growth on the surface of the MER sensor can be analyzed. The MERMAID is useful in many applications, such as food processing, biomedicine and polymer testing.
» Imego arbetar med regional tillväxt
Imego är en av parterna i ”Industriell Dynamik”, ett regionalt nätverk i Västra Götaland.
Nätverket tillhandahåller kvalificerad experthjälp inom olika områden och det långsiktiga målet är att skapa tillväxt och starkare konkurrenskraft för regionens industriföretag.
» Vinnova-stöd till Vasasensor
Vinnova bidrar med 2,8 miljoner till ett projekt för utvärdering av PressEyes i pappersbruk. Projektdeltagare är Stora Enso Nymölla AB, forskningsavknoppningen Vasasensor samt en pappersmaskinbeklädnadstillverkare.
Projektets syfte är att utvärdera ett helt nytt trådlöst sensorsystem för processoptimering i ett svenskt pappersbruk. Sensorsystemet, framtaget av företaget Vasasensor, mäter tryckprofilen i pappersmaskinens pressnyp. Mätningen sker kontinuerligt under det att pappersmaskinen är i full drift, vilket ingen lyckats med tidigare.
Information från det unika mätsystemet, i kombination med gedigen erfarenhet från papperstillverkning, möjliggör realtidsstyrning mot effektivare avvattning och minskad energiförbrukning för papperstillverkare. Jämnare papperskvalitet liksom minskat pappersspill och färre oplanerade driftstopp är andra fördelar som skall utvärderas under projektet.
Projektdeltagarna är Stora Enso Nymölla AB, forskningsavknoppningen Vasasensor samt en pappersmaskinbeklädnadstillverkare. Projektet finansieras till stor del av projektdeltagarna men har i hård konkurrens med andra företag och forskare även fått 2,8 miljoner kronor i finansiering från VINNOVA.
Sofia Johnsson, VD Vasasensor
031-780 18 70
» Imego på Elektronik/EP-mässan (pdf)
Acreo, IMEGO, FOI och SP ställer gemensamt ut på Elektronik/EP-mässan den 28-30 jan 2008 (Stockholmsmässan). Tillsammans representerar de fyra instituten ett kraftfullt erbjudande av FoU-tjänster och produktionsresurser som kan leverera nya innovativa produkter för tillväxt och ökad konkurrenskraft.
» Vasasensor – Spin-off of the year
Vasasensor AB is announced as "Spin-off of the year 2005" by The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and Connect Sweden. Vasasensor was founded in 2003 and is a spin-off from Imego and Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship.