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Personnel Location and Tracking for Safety, Security and Protection

Project description

Innovative tracking system for GPS-denied environments

The global indoor tracking market is growing and increasingly relying on advanced systems, devices and computer software to locate people or objects inside buildings. However, in the market, there is evidence of the lack of a location system in GPS-denied environments for time/risk-critical operations. The EU-funded PROTECT project introduces an autonomous, infrastructure-free and wearable tracking system for GPS-denied environments for safety, security and protection. The project has three guidelines: value proposition, affordability and profitability. PROTECT will provide location accuracy for real-time and time-critical operations as well as post-survey analysis and will reduce difficulties for operations in real scenarios. The project will make the system cost-affordable, with a business plan ranging from software as a service to licensing, and profitable.


The global indoor location market is expected to grow 23.13 Billion USD by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 37.4%. Although attractive, in the market there is a sound evidence of a still unsatisfied offer of a location system in GPS-denied environments for safety, security and protection for time/risk-critical operations. DUNE introduces PROTECT (4 patents filed): a new, autonomous, infrastructure-free, wearable tracking system for GPS-denied environments. Major PROTECT advantages w.r.t. competitors: no need of ad-hoc deployed infrastructures, floorplans, calibrations and pocketsize. The three major guidelines of PROTECT are: 1) value proposition: provide a high perceived value for the customers by a localisation system: a. generating advantages (performance): location accuracy for both real-time, time-critical operations and post survey analysis (e.g. inspectors of nuclear plants); b. decreasing difficulties (suitability): infrastructure-free and 'switch and forget' system, suitable for the operations in real scenarios, so to be acceptable by the end-users with zero impact on their practices; 2) affordability: make the system affordable, with a business plan ranging from SaaS to licensing, always keeping the unitary cost below the expenditures capabilities of the clients, also minimising their OPEX; 3) profitability: make the system profitable, by adopting a modular/layered approach, so to accommodate a large ensemble of requirements, coming from different customers, thus minimising the CAPEX on our side. The main goals of the project are: a) acquire a leading position in the localisation market for first responders and CIs; b) a turnover of 24 M€ within the end of the 3rd year; c) the break-even for commercialisation at end of the 1st year; d) an increase of qualified personnel in DUNE of approx. 76%, with an average gross wage of 45.000 €/yr; e) increase of the business for the SMEs involved by DUNE in the industrial/marketing process.

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Net EU contribution
€ 661 285,00
00183 Roma

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 944 693,75