Research and development: our projects
We are the leader in three research and development projects for calls issued by the Lazio Region as part of the POR-FESR 2014-2020.
Furthermore, we are partners of the ELEGANT (Secure and Seamless Edge-to-cloud Analytics) project, which is part of the European program of HORIZON 2020. This project proposes a new paradigm of software unification for Big Data and IoT, allowing interoperability without seamless solution through global orchestration of dynamic code movement, efficient use of available resources and adaptive security features.
Funded projects in progress
Research and development project, funded by the European Commission under the "Horizon 2020" Framework Program
ELEGANT aims to solve the ever-growing problem of software complexity in integrating IoT with Big Data, developing innovative methods and tools to increase performance, improve reliability and safety and enhance energy efficiency. Artificial Intelligence will be one of the tools used, especially to develop the methods of interaction and software update of IoT devices. Currently in IoT / Big Data / Artificial Intelligence systems, there is a clear separation between physical devices and the Cloud relating to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, in which the dynamic and "intelligent" part is confined to the Cloud, while the final devices (devices) have the mere task of generating the data that will be used. ELEGANT's goal will be to create a continuous cycle between devices and Big Data / Artificial Intelligence, which allows the central system to dynamically distribute intelligence and data analytics capabilities even to heterogeneous physical devices (such as IoT network concentrators and devices). The proposed solutions will be evaluated against predefined KPIs in a wide range of operational use cases, in four distinct domains: health, automotive, smart metering and video surveillance.
- EXUS SOFTWARE MONOPROSOPI ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS (GRECIA, coordinatore)
- UNIDATA SPA (ITALIA)
- THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER (REGNO UNITO)
- INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS (GRECIA)
- DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH (GERMANIA)
- CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI (ITALIA)
- SPARK WORKS ITC (REGNO UNITO)
- UNISYSTEMS LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L. (LUSSEMBURGO)
- UBITECH LIMITED (CIPRO)
- ITTI SP ZOO (POLONIA)
- KTM Innovation GmbH (Austria)
Total approved contribution: € 4,983,250.00
Unidata approved contribution: € 347.250,00
Rome Technopole is the result of a project resulting from the presentation of an intervention proposal for the creation of so-called 'innovation ecosystems' financed by the European Union with Next Generation EU funds, as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Mission 4 Education and Research, component 2 'from research to enterprise'. The innovation ecosystems are networks - to be organised in consortium form - of state and non-state universities, public research bodies, territorial public bodies and enterprises that can intervene in areas of technological specialisation consistent with the industrial and research vocations of the reference territory, promoting and strengthening collaboration between the research system, the production system and territorial institutions. In fact, it is the creation of a public-private entity; 12 have been financed at national level.
The objectives of Rome Technopole's activities in this context will therefore be: the valorisation of research results, the promotion of technology transfer, and support for the digital transformation of companies' production processes with a view to economic and environmental sustainability and social impact on the territory.
Rome Technopole is therefore the result of the creation of an ecosystem aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of the regional system of training, research, innovation and industrial productivity with reference to three main themes:
- Energy and Sustainability
- Digital Transformation
- Bio-Pharmaceutical and Health
It has the following objectives:
- implement an excellent public-private model for research-enterprise partnerships
- co-design academic pathways to align graduates' skills with the needs of the most in-demand professional profiles
- offer the country an additional pole of attraction for large companies in the main innovative sectors
- provide Lazio with a research infrastructure open to enterprises and stakeholders to support innovation and competitive growth
The organisation of the entity set up envisages 6 'spokes' that have a technical-scientific role, coordinate and implement the technical-scientific activities carried out by the spokes through the participating organisations and perform the technical-scientific reporting of these activities to the HUB. The latter, which is the 'implementing party', interfaces with the MIUR.
The spokes have different thematic and functional scope and Unidata is partner of spoke 1: Applied research technology development and innovation.
Project activities are defined within projects defined as "flagship projects"; these are vertical innovation projects, transversal to the spokes and defined within specific areas of the S3, to be implemented in an ecosystem perspective between research partners (universities and RTOs) and industrial partners (companies).
Unidata participates in Flagship 8 "human centric A to deliver empowered customer experiences”; the application area is mainly focused on applied research and innovative technologies useful for preserving the environment in terms of:
- Big Data and artificial intelligence to support water distribution systems and leakage reduction
- Development of artificial intelligence applications to support more sustainable energy distribution
In addition, Unidata will provide a research infrastructure - in terms of machines and specialist support - to support partners, particularly universities, who intend to channel their R&D activities and projects into the same areas.
Unidata, as founder of the foundation and participant in the defined thematic projects, will receive a contribution of € 494,361.09.
Advanced Manufacturing and Microelectronics to Optimize the Wireless Networks of Things
This is a research and development project in the IoT and Big Data field for the creation and optimization of a network dedicated to smart objects. The project is co-financed by the Lazio Region with the resources of the POR FESR 2014-2020 (funding of € 437.596).
AMORE aims at the competitive repositioning of small and medium-sized ISPs in Lazio, transforming them from operators of people to operators of things. We invest in the creation of an innovative IoT LPWA LoRa network to optimally manage tens of millions of devices in the same urban area.
The main objectives are the design, development, implementation and validation in industrial application scenarios of a Lazio LoRa IoT Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless network.
To achieve these goals, the project focuses on four specific research and development areas:
- Microelectronics for End Device: a System On Module controlled by a finite state machine, to dynamically maximize radio performance.
- Network control and management, through the development of a network controller and related scheduling algorithms to coordinate and optimize access between gateway stations (radio base). This allows you to take advantage of the spatial distribution of objects and minimize interference between simultaneous transmissions and include time constraints for time-critical applications.
- Big Data Real-Time Analytics, for profiling and scalable behavioral analysis of devices distributed throughout the Lazio region and the detection of anomalies and emerging DDOS-type cyber-attacks.
- Data Forwarding, through the development of a highly scalable network server module for gateway management, analysis and filtering of data units in transit; the management of cryptographic and protocol aspects relating to security, and the support of multi-tenant scenarios of connectivity to third-party servers and supply of value-added features.
And it doesn't stop there. These technical practices are accompanied by:
- Analysis of application scenarios and use cases, and related identification of requirements.
- System architecture specifications and design.
- Development of software and hardware components, and integration of advanced control algorithms.
- Field demonstration of the integrated system and application to representative scenarios, including energy Smart Metering and profiling and optimization of consumption for the green economy.
IoT Publish Subscribe Environment - For Advanced Management of Recycling, Disposal, Citizen Information and Traceability
This is a research and development project in the IoT and Big Data field for the creation of an innovative Publish Subscribe system in the Circular Economy sector, applied to waste collection and the third sector. The project is co-financed by the Lazio Region with the resources of the POR FESR 2014-2020 (funding of € 418.602.34).
IPSE PARSIT aims to create a digital technological platform for LPWA services and devices, to achieve optimal control of the processes of the circular economy.
The intent is to promote a market place that stimulates the birth of new business models and that allows the traceability and measurement of the level of circularity of a product. The platform is used in concrete scenarios, such as waste collection and charitable donations.
At the base are the Publish Subscribe service and the architectural concept of a space that we have called Cradle Space (from the context Cradle To Cradle).
The main objective is to create a system:
- Modular, which assigns the regulatory and business model complexities to specific rules for each Cradle Space.
- That monitors each transaction, thus allowing to give traceability information and to generate specific analyzes and appropriate circularity indices.
- Which allows the implementation of differentiated market place rules.
- Allowing the dynamic creation of new Cradle Spaces.
And what are the advantages of the project instead?
- Mechanism in the Publish Subscribe chain capable of generating a market place.
- Mechanism that can be implemented through elementary micro-services to which transactions, transitions, traceability, monetization in the value chain, measurability indices can be associated.
- Architecture based on Cradle Space that allows you to manage all the individual cycles by applying homogeneous rules to transactions (merchandise, monetization, QoS, legislative).
The partners of the project
We take care of project coordination, activities related to IoT and TLC infrastructures, devices, back-end platforms for collecting and sending data.
It operates in the field of environmental and urban hygiene, transport and waste disposal. The deep knowledge and experience in the sector of waste management and related regulation, the knowledge of the market segment and the actors that populate the scenario and the availability of resources, technical and human, suitable for experimenting the project make the role of Paoletti Ecologia in the project.
System Integration expert, he is a strategic partner in the implementation of platforms. It deals with the Publish-Subscribe back end platforms and the management of Big Data Analytics, as well as the SW and MW integration.
Research organization that contributes to the IoT part, to the optimization of back-end services and to the User Experience of the operational application levels, developing know-how on all three levels.
Project financed by POR FESR LAZIO 2014-2020 (funding of € 336,356.04). PUBLIC NOTICE STRATEGIC PROJECTS Axis I Research and Innovation Action 1.1.4 Support for collaborative R&D activities for the development of new sustainable technologies, new products and services.
For the realization of this project we collaborate with the CNR (National Research Council).
By 2045, the percentage of elderly people in Italy will rise to 32%. We are one of the longest-lived countries in the world! Therefore, it is also important to take care, not just to cure.
To support the NHS in the long term and guarantee quality standards, the solutions are telemedicine and enabling technologies: move data, not patients.
The project, defined as Teleassistance according to the nomenclature of national guidelines for telemedicine, provides for a home automation support system for frail people.
- Reduce the social isolation of the fragile person.
- Extend the support of social service cooperatives even beyond the one in presence.
- Prevent falls and pressure injuries.
- Prevent urgent hospitalization for pathologies treatable at home, if diagnosed early.
- Check the quality of care provided to the patient by the caregiver, in terms of personal and environmental hygiene, home comfort level, ventilation.
- Experiment and demonstrate the possibility of creating a support system for the fragile subject that is economically sustainable by the person, by the social health services and / or by the patient's family members.
- Environmental IoT devices with LoRaWAN® technology to monitor air quality (COx, VoC), environmental parameters, door and window openings, and to locate ambulatory patients with impaired cognitive functions.
- Contactless patient monitoring devices capable of recording presence in bed, heart rate and respiratory rate, HRV, movement and the type and quality of sleep.
- Big Data and Analytics system for the study of operating models (alarms, precursors, Anomaly Detection, QoS indicators).
- AaS Cloud system for the operations center and possible integration with medicine and territorial CAD services.
Project co-financed by the Fondo per lo Sviluppo e la Coesione, FSC 2014-2020 – Patto per la Regione Lazio to support the adoption of a personalized analysis of digital needs.
Prot. Application: Application prot. n. LN13-2021-072117
The measure is part of the contributions to support the digitalization processes of companies in Lazio and funds the analysis of digital innovation needs to support the process of technological transformation in order to improve internal processes and harmonize the information systems used by the company
Total approved expenditure: € 21.000,00
Total grant granted: € 14.700,00