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ANGEO2 Report Summary

Project ID: 697678

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ANGEO2 (For cognitively-impaired or visually-impaired persons suffering from spatial disorientation, a smartphone-based navigation aid that is both reliable and safe for urban pedestrian mobility.)

Reporting period: 2015-10-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The objective of ANGEO2 is to develop an orientation aid that is both adapted and directly useful for persons suffering from spatial disorientation, whether they be cognitively-impaired or visually-impaired persons. The product will provide easy access to urban areas and include multimodal guidance functions mixing walking with real time bus, tram and metro public transportation information.

ANGEO2 is an incremental innovation in the niche market of urban mobility for sufferers of visually-disorientation, epilepsy, Parkinson's and Huntington. Reliable information is the key to reassuring the user and therefore providing autonomous mobility. The need for these devices is getting stronger everyday, however the market for orientation aids has not yet taken off. Why is this? The reason is that the services offered up to now are simply not reliable enough in terms of continuous service availability and accurate guidance. The unique selling proposition of ANGEO2 is the full availability of reliable navigation information in difficult urban environments.

In technical terms, the guidance engine will combine inertial navigation and position, velocity and time information via GPS, GALILEO and GLONASS. The added value of GALILEO will be clearly demonstrated by the project, shown by increased service availability due to that fact that more satellites are visible to the user.

Objective 1: Societal integration for the blind, visually-impaired and persons with a cognitive handicap that require a pedestrian orientation aid complementary of locomotion strategies (cane, dog and street crossings etc.).
Objective 2: Develop a system built around four software modules (positioning, navigation, human machine interface and communication) portable across different hardware platforms.
Objective 3: Develop a reliable, easy to wear, low cost positioning sensor module using EGNOS, GALILEO and MEMS inertial (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensors. The module can communicate with several different smartphones apps.
Objective 4: Improve the performance of a personal location algorithm initially developed for the Personal Navigation Device (PND) ANGEO-Mobile. The new algorithm shall provide more reliable and accurate urban navigation, thanks to use of GPS and GALILEO raw data.
Objective 5: Upgrade the positioning and navigation algorithms to enable them to integrate information from indoor location systems based on BLE, WiFi, LiFi or ZigBee.
Objective 6: Confirm with partner associations for the blind and visually impaired, the adequacy of the concept and user expectations on performance.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The following sub-sections show the achievements per work package and the progress to date.

WP1 Management: Weekly progress meetings are held to access, monitor and manage the project's advancement in order to ensure that budget and schedule are under control.
• Duration: October 2015 – March 2017 (18 months)
• Purpose: management of the project through regular meetings and action execution
• Achievements: Project on schedule
• Involved participants: Navocap and Axsysnav
• Deliverables:
o D1.1 Project plan, due date 31/10/2015, delivered 10/11/2015
o D1.2 Final report, due date 31/03/2017

WP2 Specifications and architecture:
• Duration: October 2015(T0) – March 2016 (6 months)
• Purpose :
o Define user requirements
o Define system’s architecture
o Define functional specifications
• Achievements: Completed
• Involved participants: Navocap, Institut de la Vision, Institut des Jeunes Aveugles
• Deliverables:
o D2.1 User requirements, due date 31/12/2015, delivered 30/12/2015
o D2.2 Specifications and architecture, due date 31/03/2016, delivered 10/04/2016

WP3 App development:
• Duration: January 2016 – December 2016 (12 months)
• Purpose: Development of navigation app for Smartphone
• Achievements: Advancement of 30%
o Implementation of human-machine interface (HMI)
o Feasibility checked for all functions and interfaces defined in the specifications
• Involved participants: Navocap
• Deliverables:
o D3.1 Software library for external location, due date 31/12/2016
o D3.2 Application Smartphone, due date 31/12/2016

WP4 Location algorithm
• Duration: March 2016 – December 2016 (10 months)
• Purpose: Development of reliable positioning algorithm using:
o Raw data from satellites (GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS)
o MEMS micro-electronic sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer)
o Indoor localization data
• Achievements: Advancement of 50%
o Reception and treatment of satellites raw data (GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS)
o Recuperation and treatment of sensors data
o Synchronization of satellite and sensor data
o Integration of algorithms for calculating GPS, GALILEO and GLONASS positions form raw data information
• Involved participants: Navocap, André Monin (CNRS researcher)
• Deliverables:
o D4.1 Library of location data sets, due date 30/06/2016, delivered 02/07/2016
o D4.2 Library of location data from field tests, due date 31/12/2016

WP5 User devices
• Duration: January 2016 – December 2016 (12 months)
• Purpose: Development of a Reliable Positioning Unit (RPU), responsible for calculating user’s position
• Achievements: Advancement of 60%
o Design of RPU box completed and production of prototype in progress
o Hardware development completed and production of circuit printed board in progress
o Software development in progress
• Involved participants: Navocap, Arkao and other subcontractors
• Deliverables:
o D5.1 ANGEO-Pos terminals, due date 31/10/2016
o D5.2 ANGEO-Nav app for Smartphone, due date 31/12/2016
o D5.3 Navigation server, due date 31/12/2016

WP6 Demonstration trials
• Duration: October 2016 – March 2017 (6 months)
• Purpose: Factory validation and demonstration trials with visually impaired people
• Achievements: Not started
• Involved participants: Navocap, Institute de la Vision
• Deliverables:
o D6.1 Definition of scenarios and demonstrations, due date 31/10/2016
o D6.2 Demonstration report and analysis, due date 31/03/2017

WP7 Business models and services
• Duration: December 2015 – March 2017 (16 months)
• Purpose: Definition of business model and distribution partners for further commercialisation of the product
• Achievements: Advancement of 30%
o Analysis of in the international markets starting with France, Germany and UK
o Preparation of marketing and sales information
o Calculation of market segmentation
• Involved participants: Navocap, Axsysnav
• Deliverables:
o D7.1 Business model and services, due date 31/10/2016
o D7.2 Business model and services update, due date 31/03/2017

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The progress beyond the state of the art is the use of multi-GNSS constellation data (notably GALILEO, together with GPS/GLONASS) to perform hybrid inertial navigation. The use of GALILEO will ensure the high level of availability that is required to guide persons through urban areas.

The economic impact is stated in chapter 1.1, the societal impact of the project is clear: societal integration for the blind, visually-impaired and persons with cognitive handicap that require an orientation aid complementary of locomotion strategies, such as white cane or guide dog.

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