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Increasing EU citizen Security by utilizing innovAtive intelligent signal processing systems For Euro-coin validation and metal quality testing

Objective

Euro coinage has been steadily subject to increasing outlawed counterfeiting activities. The most recent figures bring to 14 the number of illegal mints discovered to date, accompanied with a significant cumulative total of counterfeit coins detected or confiscated. Over 80 classes of counterfeit coins and corresponding tooling and working methods are identified, which by European Technical and Scientific Centre directives lead undoubtedly to the conclusion that the vast majority of counterfeit manufacturing facilities remain in operation. At the same time conductivity measurements are widely used for characterisation of heat treatment of aluminium alloys and other non-destructive testing, especially for safety-critical applications in aerospace industry, nuclear reactors etc. Prior art in the field has led to technologies made to reduce at manufacturing time the spread of electrical parameters and at validation time the measurement of electrical conductivity of the metal respectively. Due to the large number of coins produced by European mints, material for coin blanks is sourced from different suppliers. Recent European standards to increase the security of the coinage by reducing the spread of parameter values result in significant challenges for manufacturers of coin validators used in vending machines and bank coin sorting machines. The SMEs participating have identified these challenges and consider they represent major product opportunities. The developed metal validation technology will be required to distinguish between increasingly sophisticated counterfeit and the tightly specified genuine coins and to characterise the metal quality. This will be accomplished by developing advanced signal processing and data fusion techniques, and by also developing planar electro-magnetic sensors and pulse eddy-current measurement techniques with increased field sensitivity. The market being addressed includes coin validators and aerospace and nuclear industries.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/signal processing

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ARDORAN OU
Address
Heltermaa, Puhalepa Vald
92312 Hiiumaa
Estonia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 502 295,85
Administrative Contact
Douglas Reid (Dr.)

Participants (9)

EDIS (VYSKUMNE A VYVOJOVE DRUZSTVOPRE ELEKTRONICKE DIGITALNE SYSTEMY)
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 90 035,83
Address
Rampova 7
04013 Kosice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josef Blazek (Mr.)
ALGOSYSTEMS ANONIMI TECHNIKI EMPORIKI ETAIRIA PLIROFORIKIS AUTOMATISMON KAI METROLOGIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 255 241,39
Address
Leoforos Syggrou 206
17672 Kallithea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Zervos (Dr.)
DUNVEGAN SYSTEMS Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 365 614,68
Address
Chetwood Avenue 15
L23 2UU Liverpool
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthew Teinbas (Mr.)
TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 5 765,28
Address
Ehitajate Tee 5
12616 Tallinn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alvar Kurrel (Mr.)
AS Metrosert
Estonia
Address
Aru Str 10
10317 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Toomas Kübarsepp (Dr.)
Electronics Design Ltd
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 4 742,40
Address
Tuulemae 5
11411 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Girfanov (Mr.)
RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
Address
Kalku Iela 1
1658 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrejs Koliskins (Prof.)
EREVNITIKO PANEPISTIMIAKO INSTITOUTO TILEPIKONONIAKON SYSTIMATON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 18 786,57
Address
Kounoupidiana Akrotirio Tuc Campus
73100 Chania
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Papaefstathiou (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
1, Panepistimiou Avenue, 2109, Aglantzia
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Theocharis Theocharides (Dr.)