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Supporting Standardisation for Smart Textiles

Objective

Several European FP6/FP7 smart textiles projects resulted in a variety of high market potential developments. Representative NMP projects are SAFE@SEA–advanced personal protective clothing; POLYTECT–smart textile materials for reinforcing and monitoring infrastructure and DEPHOTEX–flexible photovoltaic textiles. SUSTA-SMART will start from the standardisation needs encountered in these projects, which had each at least one SUSTA-SMART partner involved, as well as those from a carefully selected group of other FP6/FP7 projects. Given the wide range of potential applications, the efforts will be restricted to three focus domains: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), construction and infrastructure and consumer goods.
Although first steps have been taken, the interaction between research and standardisation can still be improved tremendously. SUSTA-SMART opts for a systematic three step approach to forward standardisation:
•Mapping both the relevant standardisation actors and the standardisation issues of the FP6/FP7 projects. For the latter, a standardisation strategy audit procedure will be worked out.
•Synthesising and prioritising of the needs, based on a broad consensus, leading to a standardisation roadmap.
•Compilation of dedicated standardisation input documents (including New Work Item Proposals) and presenting them to relevant standardisation committees. Of special interest will be CEN TC 248 WG31 – Smart textiles, the convenor of which will also serve as the coordinator of SUSTA-SMART. Also liaising with other relevant actors (including in North-American ones) is foreseen.
Standardisation is a key issue for further exploitation and commercialisation of smart textiles, especially for PPE and construction as it supports legal provision in those areas. By teaming up with a group of external partners (14 companies and 4 standardisation actors supplied a support letter) SUSTA-SMART is convinced it collected sufficient critical mass to reach its ambitious goals.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-CSA-6
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Coordinator

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 149 985
Administrative Contact
Guy Buyle (Dr.)

Participants (8)

EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 64 146
Address
Rue Belliard 40
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mauro Scalia (Mr.)
RINA CONSULTING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 98 440
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Giovanelli (Mrs.)
FUNDACION CETEMMSA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 76 558
Address
Avinguda Ernest Lluch 36 Parc Cientific Tecnocampus
08302 Mataro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fanny Breuil (Mrs.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 59 706
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Mrs.)
EUROPEAN SAFETY FEDERATION AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 17 333
Address
Rue Gachard 88 / 4
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Henk Vanhoutte (Mr.)
ASSOKNOWLEDGE SERVIZI SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 12 037
Address
Viale Bruno Bouzzi 83
00197 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Sciolari (Prof.)
FEDERATION OF THE EUROPEAN SPORTING GOODS INDUSTRY
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 19 795
Address
Rue Belliard 20
1040 Brussels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alberto Bichi (Mr.)
CTT Group
Canada
Address
Rue Boulle 3000
J2S 1H9 Saint-hyacinthe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aldjia Begriche (Ms.)