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Heart and respiration in-car embedded nonintrusive sensors

Objective

"Road accidents are a major safety problem in developed countries, and fatigue is one of the critical factors. In-vehicle fatigue detectors can reduce this problem, saving 4,000 lives and preventing tens of thousand injuries every year in the EU, which in economical terms would imply annual savings of €7 Billion. For this reason, automotive OEM and TIER 1 are striving to achieve good solutions for automatic fatigue detection, but current approaches have strong limitations, because they lack the direct information about drivers’ physiological variables, which are critical for a successful evaluation of their state.
This project gathers a consortium of SMEs that produce vehicle components (seat cover textiles and safety belts), smart materials, and sensors for biomonitoring, who will create a product to address that need. They will join their experience to create a nonintrusive sensor system of heart and respiration with smart materials, embedded in the seat cover and the safety belt of a car. This device will detect the effect of heart and respiration activity, filter and cancel the noise and artefacts expected in a moving vehicle, and calculate the relevant parameters, which will be delivered in a readable format to integrate it in a fatigue detector. The achievement of this objective will require to perform a research to develop new sensing materials, and create a signal processing unit to filter and process the data.
This project will provide the SMEs with new, high technology products to sell in their sectors, and will help them to enter or improve their position in the automotive market, with a new device that will enable the creation of reliable fatigue detectors."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/signal processing
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

BORGSTENA GROUP PORTUGAL LDA
Address
Estrada Nacional 234 Km 87 7
3520 095 Nelas
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 503 133
Administrative Contact
Paulo Gameiro (Mr.)

Participants (7)

SENSING TEX SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 219 829
Address
Passeig Fabra I Puig 474
08042 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Ridao (Mr.)
ALATEX GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 188 974
Address
Gustav Wayss Strasse 32
48282 Emsdetten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Alaze (Mr.)
PLUX - WIRELESS BIOSIGNALS S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 63 596
Address
Zona Industrial Das Corredouras, Lote 14 1 Andar
2630 369 Arruda Dos Vinhos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Manuel Lopes (Mr.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 16 064
Address
Camino De Vera Edificio 9C Universidad Politecnica De Valencia
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helios Del Rosario (Dr.)
OSAUHING EESTI INNOVATSIOONI INSTITUUT
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 16 667
Address
Sepapaja 6
11415 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lauri Nirgi (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 17 332
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
FICOMIRRORS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 27 466
Address
Gran Via De Carles Iii 98
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Bande (Mr.)