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European consortium develops system to improve peoples living conditions

Kick-off meeting of the ARTEMIS EMMON R&D project takes place on the 25th March in Portugal

25 March 2009 - 25 March 2009
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Coimbra, Portugal, 25th March 2009 – Critical Software heads the consortium undertaking the EMMON project (EMbedded MONitoring), launched by the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking (7th Framework Programme of the European Commission). EMMON’s main objective is the development of a functional prototype for the real-time monitoring of specific natural scenarios (related to the quality of urban life, forest environment, civil protection etc) using Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) devices. The goal of the project is to develop the technology to effectively monitor and control an area of 50 square km - this will involve the deployment of thousands of wireless sensor nodes which will be a massive advance on the current state-of-the-art.

EMMON will evolve through a partnership between Critical and eight other organisations, both corporate and academic. This consortium (Critical Software, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Intesys, Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Tecnicas de Gipuzkoa, Critical Software Technologies, Trinity College Dublin, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, SESM S.c.a.r.l. Akting Ingeniaritza S.L.) will perform technological research in order to devise more efficient, low power consumption communication protocols. It will also involve the development of embedded software with better overall energy efficiency, security, reliability and fault tolerance.

The results from this R&D project may in future be used in any city in the world, as an important aid to improving the living conditions of their populations. "Detailed information about our environment is essential to increased awareness and understanding of the events around us, whether our focus be on pollution, noise, a river basin or a tropical rain forest. The theoretical knowledge and simulation models about such surroundings are useful to understand past events and be able to forecast the future. Frequent detailed monitoring is vital if we are to have a clear picture of the evolving environment, particularly in the context of global climate change. EMMON will rise to the challenge, researching and advancing the state of the art in Wireless Sensor Networks until the technology for large scale monitoring becomes a practical reality.", states Délio Almeida, EMMON Project Manager.

EMMON has strong end-user involvement in terms of requirements definition, problems and needs. These inputs will be taken into account during technical reviews and field tests. End-users will come from several areas, including, civil protection (pollution and fire hazards), energy production, monitoring of water consumption, monitoring of natural environments.

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