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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."
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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)

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SENSING TEX SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 219 829

ALATEX GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 188 974

PLUX - WIRELESS BIOSIGNALS S.A.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 63 596

INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 16 064

OSAUHING EESTI INNOVATSIOONI INSTITUUT

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 16 667

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 17 332

FICOMIRRORS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 27 466

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 286265

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 360 045,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 053 061

Coordinated by:

BORGSTENA GROUP PORTUGAL LDA

Portugal

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