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WHAT IS GALILEO?

Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control.

Currently providing Initial Services, Galileo is interoperable with GPS and Glonass, the US and Russian global satellite navigation systems. By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo is set to deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the metre range.

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ACTTiVAte project

ACTTiVAte Call for proposal: The evaluation and selection has been completed

The evaluation and selection has been completed. All proposers have been informed about the evaluation results for their proposal for financial support.

A total of 124 eligible proposals were received for this call.

  •  30 proposals will receive funding for a total amount of 46.000,00 EUR plus a full package of business support services.
  •  In addition, 20 proposals will receive funding for a total amount of 6.000,00 EUR plus a limited package of business support services

 

Should you wish to review the results of your proposal click below to access the proposal management platform with your username and password.

ACTTiVAte Evaluation Committee Meeting

Brussels, 24-25 october 2017.
Final results will be published the first week of November.

If you have submitted a proposal and would like to review its status you may click here.

The selected SMEs will receive direct funding of up to EUR 46.000 to develop their innovative projects and will also benefit from additional business support services such as technology commercialization training workshops, mentoring, brokerage events, mobility exchange programs, investment forums and investment readiness trainings to ensure the innovative projects develop a marketable product.

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Precision Farming: Sowing the seeds of a new agricultural revolution

The latest research*eu RESULTS PACK – a collection of articles on EU-funded projects dedicated to a specific field of scientific research – is now available in free, accessible PDF. This brochure introduces you to 13 EU-funded projects that have been at the forefront of the precision farming revolution.

The adoption of precision farming is allowing the EU to increase its agricultural output whilst ensuring the sustainability of the European agri-food sector. The European Commission has been extremely keen on fostering precision farming techniques, providing funding for new investments through both the FP7 and Horizon 2020 programmes. This is to guarantee that farmers are not only able to effectively reduce costs without cutting production but also to offer the possibility of substantially increased yields, thus providing an even stronger boost to local economies.

Alongside economic considerations, precision farming also promises substantial environmental benefits, being a means to make Europe’s agri-food sector more sustainable in the long-term and also contribute to achieving Europe’s ambitious sustainability goals.

With 70 to 80 % of new farm equipment having some form of precision farming component within them, precision farming technologies are now present in all four stages of the crop growth cycle (soil preparation, seeding, crop management and harvesting). However it is not just crop and fruit farming that has benefited – farmers engaged in livestock rearing are also experiencing the positive benefits derived from precision farming technologies.

The 13 projects featured within this brochure highlight some of the most exciting developments taking place to make precision farming the new standard for European agriculture. These include innovative advanced robotics, cutting-edge sensor systems and the harnessing of digital technologies, such as Big Data and ‘The Internet of Things.’

Download the brochure here.

Source: http://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/128634_en.html

Do you have an innovative project with a focus on technology transfer between Agri-Food and ICT, Health or AeroSpace sectors?

ACTTiVAte offers direct funding and business support services to innovative SME projects.

A patch for health

Cross-sectoral innovation between health, aerospace and ICT.

During Thomas Pesquet’s six-month Proxima mission on the International Space Station ESA monitored his health carefully, as it does for all ESA astronauts.

Ranging from tests of their physical fitness to analysis of their blood, ESA’s specialists protect and promote the health of astronauts before, during and after their time in space.

Protecting and promoting the health of ESA astronauts is done for several reasons:

– To limit the amount of physical and physiological adaptation that occurs as a result of spending time in space.
– To ensure astronauts can perform their tasks in space and are prepared for the physical demands of landing back on Earth and returning to normal life.
– To better understand how the human body adapts to life in space – this information will play an important role in understanding the risks that will be faced by astronauts on deep space exploration missions as well as support developments to help protect their health and ensure mission success.
– To help us understand how to protect and promote health here on Earth, particularly in areas where gravity is an important factor, such as maintaining muscle and bone strength.
– To support these objectives, ESA is continuously running new experiments and testing innovative technologies.

During the Proxima mission, ESA evaluated “Everywear”, an experiment that gathers health data from astronauts via a system of wearable sensors and wirelessly transfers the information to a Space Station tablet.

An app developed by France’s space agency CNES with specialists from MEDES and ESA, stores the data and allows it to be easily transferred to ESA’s space medicine specialists, who use it to make decisions and recommendations regarding the health of the astronaut.

The Everywear hardware consists of three sensors, including a biometric smartshirt, the e-Tact biometric patch developed by BodyCap, and a tonometer sponsored by ESA in collaboration with INSERM.

BodyCap is a finger-worn piezoelectric sensor that measures the arterial stiffness (which allows evaluation of the cardiovascular health) of an astronaut, while the smartshirt records heart activity (electrocardiogram – ECG) and the physical activity of the astronaut.

The patch is put on the astronaut’s forearm or chest and records body temperature, orientation and activity. It has a radio-frequency module, developed by Insight SiP, that acts as a miniature radio gateway to wirelessly connect with the tablet.

These types of wearable health devices can be used in a range of applications such as for fitness and sport, ergonomics and monitor patients remotely.

Source: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Preparing_for_the_Future/Space_for_Earth/Space_for_health/A_patch_of_health

The ACTTiVAte Call for Proposals is currently closed

The proposals received are under review and the final results will be published during the first week of November.

If you have submitted a proposal and would like to review its status you may click here.

The selected SMEs will receive direct funding of up to EUR 46.000 to develop their innovative projects and will also benefit from additional business support services such as technology commercialization training workshops, mentoring, brokerage events, mobility exchange programs, investment forums and investment readiness trainings to ensure the innovative projects develop a marketable product.

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One plant at a time

Precision farming is set to become even more precise with a new camera drawing on satellite imaging.

Thanks to research with ESA on new cameras, hyperspectral cameras flying on drones are now able to see details as small as 4–5 cm.

Three customers are already using the first version of the ButterflEYE LS camera: in Denmark for biological diversity studies, in Australia for agricultural research, and in Italy for providing commercial data to farmers.

The experiences will be fed back into the final commercial version.

“Our first customers were really keen on getting the high resolution, which is the best you can currently get from a hyperspectral product,” notes René Michels, CEO of Germany’s airborne specialist Cubert, who collaborated with Belgium’s VITO Remote Sensing and imec for the camera development.

The camera exploits the potential of a novel hyperspectral imaging chip from imec by combining it with VITO’s image processing honed by working with ESA on remote sensing satellites.

Weighing just 400g, the powerful camera fits easily on a small unmanned aircraft to deliver detailed measurements for precision agriculture but it has also potential in forestry, biomass monitoring, waste and pollution management.

Harnessing the power of colour

“Hyperspectral imaging captures many very narrow wavelength bands in the visible and near-infrared instead of the more typical three or four broad spectral bands: red, green, blue and, sometimes, infrared.”

“By imaging the world in more colours, you can detect certain phenomena faster and more exactly,” explains Bavo Delauré from VITO Remote Sensing.

“A camera that is more sensitive to subtle differences in colour allows you to identify problems that you can’t see with your naked eye or a normal camera until it’s too late to do anything about it.”

Historically, a prism has been used to separate the colours but this results in complex optics and larger cameras. Following VITO’s work on the Proba-V satellite, ESA’s Luca Maresi set the company a challenge of producing a lightweight hyperspectral camera based on a different technology.

The initial approach uses a variable filter in front of the detector, creating an instrument as compact as a standard colour camera and therefore suitable for use on small satellites and drones. One is used by Dutch Cosine Research in their HyperScout camera for the GomX-4B CubeSat, to be launched this year.

Space spin-off helps on Earth

To make the camera even more versatile and suitable for mass production, imec created an ultra-small sensor with the hyperspectral filter incorporated. Cubert used this filter-in-chip sensor in their new ButterflEYE LS camera.

Source: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/TTP2/One_plant_at_a_time

Do you have an innovative project with a focus on technology transfer between Agri-Food and ICT, Health or AeroSpace sectors?

ACTTiVAte offers direct funding and business support services to innovative SME projects. Open call for proposals. Apply now!

Do you have technologies in AeroSpace, Health, AgriFood or ICT sectors?

We are looking for innovative cross-sectoral SME projects.

Do you have technologies in these sectors: AeroSpace, Health, AgriFood, ICT? ACTTiVAte offers direct funding and business support services to SMEs. Call for proposals is currently open and will close on September 5th 2017.

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New calling success in the presentation of ACTTiVAte at the UC3M Scientific Park in Madrid

On Monday 24 July, the Madrid Aerospace Cluster and the UC3M Scientific Park , organized a presentation session of the call for projects launched within the framework of the European Project ACTTiVAte.

The presentation was attended by 34 people representing 23 companies and entities from different sectors.

The ACTTiVAte Project aims to support innovation in SMEs by encouraging technology transfer and cooperation between four sectors with strong synergies, such as Aerospace, ICT, Agri-food, and Health.

The ACTTiVAte Project has 1.5 million euros for the direct financing of innovative SME projects.

It also offers support services to SMEs and a technological collaboration platform for all types of companies and entities.

The deadline for submitting projects is 5 September 2017.