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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

CPS-PSAP112 (Drones, eCall and Cyber Physical Systems for Public Safety Answering Points 112)

Problem and solution

Objectives: The main project goal of the experiment is the technology readiness evaluation of SOFIA2 IoT platform for the next requirements of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP 112) in the European Market. More precisely, the experiment will introduce the next standardized eCall data in the management of critical accidents. Thanks to geolocation given by eCall data, information from other sources can be included such as images from traffic cameras and weather information. Besides, drones equipped with thermographic cameras have been included as an innovative source of information. The main concept of the experiment is the technology readiness evaluation of SOFIA2 as a platform for the next requirements of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP 112) in the European Market.

More precisely, the experiment will introduce the next standardized eCall data in the management of critical accidents and the use of drones as a new source of information. For this purpose, SOFIA2 is used as an IoT platform for gathering and displaying data in a dashboard.

The proposed scenario is a new use case, surely to be deployed in Europe before April 20182 (eCall devices will be mandatory for automotive industries in Europe).

Methods: After the requirements specifications, the implementation of the Experiment has followed the logic of SOFIA2 layers:

  • Acquisition to define and integrate data sources to SOFIA 2.
  • Ingest and process to develop the ontology and the data flow to work with the sources of information in a PSAP environment /software integrated platform.
  • Representation to develop an end-user dashboard for PSAP operator that allows control and management of accidents information easily.

First testing step focused to integration and provide a ready for service of the platform, integrated at the test bed scenario. Second test battery were aimed at demonstrating PSAP functionality and requirements. Final tests were executed at Villarejo (Madrid) with the presence of CPSE-Lab UPM to witness the successful demonstration of the experiment. Final tests successfully validated the installation, integration and configuration of the PSAP developed software in the SOFIA2 platform, together with the data sources elements: CPS, drones and eCall router. Tests were oriented to readiness for service and included registration and connectivity sensor devices (AAA).

Results: Last 26th September2017 final tests and acceptance of the projects results were achieved by INDRA and the UPM (Polytechnic University of Madrid). A traffic accident was simulated in a rural area of Villarejo (Madrid) with two cars equipped with the new eCall system, which allows automatic sending of accident data such as: geo-location by GPS, vehicle identification, fuel type, number of passengers, etc. The validated system collected data from accidents through this standardized eCall in the platform SOFIA2 of INDRA (Minsait), located at the University testbed. During the tests a drone was also flown, which was connected to this platform and was sending thermal and high-resolution photographs of the accident to the operator of the Emergency Center. In addition, SOFIA2 platform supports the integration of numerous data sources of sensors, weather information and cameras geo-located in a radio, in order to obtain all the information to the emergency teams before they arrive on-site. The system mash-up social network sources, as Twitter's, filtering geo-localized text (hashtags) and photographs that could help the operators at the emergency centre in the decision-making process.

Conclusions: The integration of the eCall system for data acquisition and drones for emergency response within an IoT SOFIA2 based platform has been demonstrated as suitable for a situation of emergency management related for traffic.

How did CPSE Labs Help?

The collaboration with CPSE Labs allowed both Answare and CENTIC to get access to first-hand knowledge on the SOFIA IoT platform. There has been extensive communication exchange between Answare and CENTIC and the SOFIA development team. This communication exchange was key to better understand the structure and components of SOFIA and afterwards to successfully face the development of the PSAP112 project. Answare and CENTIC are now able to transfer SOFIA-based technology to other SMEs in the South East of Spain on the first hand and to other regions of Spain and Europe on the other hand.

Impact

The project succeeded in developing a working prototype that integrates SOFIA2 CPS technologies with drones and eCall system. The inmediate impact for the company consists in gaining know how on SOFIA IoT platform and on CPS technology applied to the sector of Crisis Management.

The strategy for exploitation is to focus on public and private organizations having needs for Emergency response. The idea is to start at local level (regions of Murcia and Valencia) and then extend to the rest of Spain and Europe.

Due to its size (SME), it will not be possible for Answare to develop a costly commercialization campaign to reach all the potential customers, e.g. civil protection entities, governmental organizations. To overcome this barrier, Answare has decided to contact the stakeholders who provide with emergency responses services to end users and make alliances to provide CPS-PSAP112 as a service in their portfolio. In order to maximise the opportunities for market adoption of CPS-PSAP112 results, the strategy for commercialization is to integrate the CPS-PSAP112 service into the portfolio of companies (stakeholders) that are already involved in emergency response, e.g. 112 services. The expected benefits obtained from this strategy are as follows:

Quality of product: The proof-of-concept was of upmost importance as it has helped at identifying the main stakeholders and at preparing the ground for the commercialization of CPS-PSAP112. The idea is to start by disseminating the CPS-PSAP112 service to get the first customer and use this reference to extend the adoption of CPS-PSAP112 to other customers of the business partners.

Faster time-to-market: Since these stakeholders have the capacity to reach the end users, they will be our business partners and our sales and distribution channels. This strategy allows a faster time-to-market (stakeholders have a better knowledge of the market) and a. Answare has already identified concrete opportunities with stakeholders in the Region of Murcia, Valencia and Castellón.

Lower commercialization costs: Since CPS-PSAP112 will be integrated into the portfolio of services of existing stakeholders, the budget requirements for funding the commercialization phase will be lowered. The idea is to start by disseminating the CPS-PSAP112 service to get the first customer and use this reference to extend the adoption of CPS-PSAP112 to other customers of the business partners. In this way Answare minimizes the costs of a full commercialization campaign.

In terms of revenues, Answare expects to have over €1M increase of revenue after 5 years (2022) directly derived from its participation in the CPSE Labs project. This includes the provision of services such as:

  • Consultancy. Providing specialised consultancy can support establishing new technologies and services to customers (SOFIA IoT platform). Depending on the customer this can vary from technical consulting, implementation, testing & quality assurance as well as integration.
  • Maintenance. As typical for many other complex systems, customers receive software updates, bug fixes, technical support with optional maintenance contracts. Different maintenance contract levels provide different service level agreements (e.g. at the highest level reaction in less than 24 hours as well as named contact).
  • Certification. Equipment vendors as well as solution providers that want to advertise and offer CPS-PSAP112 compliant elements need to go through a certification process that will provide assurance for civil protection organizations that the products are compliant with the principles of the CPS-PSAP112 ecosystem.
  • Training. As for other complex environments, training is a crucial element for knowledge transfer. We can plan one (1) day training as basic introduction to the core elements and principles of the CPS-PSAP112 ecosystem to 3 days developer training, going into detail in the various aspects of the software platforms and tools.

Outputs

PSAP112 is in included in the Marketplace.

Press releases and presence on the media:

Design centre

This experiment is supported by our Spain design centre

Spain design centre

Technology platforms

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Partners

Dates

1st Jan 2017 - 30th Sept 2017
Funded under: CPSE Labs Call 3