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Innovative technology management projects

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2020-2023
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" 5GMED Cellnex Telecom

EUROPEAN RDI
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Under the coordination of Cellnex Telecom, the 5GMed project will design and deploy 5G services that seamlessly cross border together with connected cars and trains.

5GMed is an innovation Horizon 2020 project funded under the ICT-53-2020 call as a Complementary Grant of the projects related to the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP), a joint initiative between the European Commission and European ICT industry (ICT manufacturers, telecommunications operators, service providers, SMEs and researcher Institutions).

The project aims to bring a sustainable 5G deployment model for future mobility in the Mediterranean Cross-Border Corridor. 5GMed will design a common roads/railways 5G infrastructure architecture, with proven sustainable business models, demonstrated investment viability and scalability potential.

The architecture will be suited by-design to pervasively respond to both Cooperative Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) and Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) functional requirements, with cross-border, shared and secured services’ functional continuity.

5GMED project is addressing this goal along the cross-border connection between Barcelona, Spain and Perpignan, France. The CCAM demonstration will include remote and autonomous driving enabled by extensive sensor deployment along the roads for AI-powered traffic management. FRMCS services will include real-time analysis of high-speed trains via camera data as well as high-speed internet service to passengers. Both will integrate media services for passengers to ensure the seamless migration of functionality across borders.

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THE MAIN PROJECT OBJECTIVES ARE:

To specify and validate a scalable, cross-border and multi-stakeholder 5G and AI-enabled system architecture supporting CCAM and FRMCS services that can be replicated along European transport infrastructure.
To design and to develop cross-operator service orchestration that enables Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), neutral hosts, and road/railways Infrastructure Operators to deliver service continuity to end-users.
To propose and establish novel practices on how MNOs, neutral hosts, OEMs and road operators can cooperate to deliver Remote Driving, Advanced Traffic Management and Infotainment use cases in cross-border scenarios.
To identify and establish MNOs and railways operators’ cooperation priorities to deliver advanced FRMCS performance and business use cases across cross-border scenarios.

 

The project is coordinated by Cellnex Telecom, the main infrastructure operator for wireless telecommunication in Europe, that offers reliable and high-quality transmission of voice, data and audiovisual contents, as well as deploying intelligent communication networks -connecting smart objects- and safety and emergency networks.

The consortium includes relevant highly qualified partners from Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.

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2020-2023
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" FERTIMANURE BETA-UVIC

EUROPEAN RDI
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Under the coordination of BETA Technological Center, FERTIMANURE will allow nutrient recovery from secondary sources, thus enabling production of high-added value FERTIlisers from animal MANURE.

Total farm livestock population in Europe excrete around 1400 Mt of manure annually. More than 90% of the produced manure is returned to agricultural fields. However, this is not being done in the most efficient and least leaky way.

FERTIMANURE is an EU-funded project under the H2020 call topic CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 (Closing nutrient cycles) which develops, integrates, tests and validates innovative Nutrient Management Strategies to efficiently recover mineral nutrients and other products with agricultural value from animal manure. The project will obtain reliable and safe bio-based fertilisers that can efficiently compete in the EU fertilizers market.

FERTIMANURE validation will be deployed in five of the EU’s biggest livestock production countries (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain). The project outcomes should help promoting a circular economy model for the EU agricultural sector. The technological approach will be covered by the implementation of five innovative and integrated nutrient recovery on-farm experimental pilots.

Nutrient management will be addressed through three different strategies adapted to mixed and specialised farming systems: (Strategy #1) On-farm production and use of Bio-Based Fertilisers (BBF), (Strategy #2) On-farm BBF production and Centralised Tailor-Made Fertilisers (TMF) production and (Strategy #3) On-farm TMF production and use.

A total of 31 marketable end-products (11 BBF & 20 TMF) will be obtained. The agricultural and environmental performance and their potential to replace conventional fertilisers will be assessed. Ultimately, FERTIMANURE seeks to provide an innovative circular economy model to favour rural development in the agricultural sector by creating real synergies and links within farmers and other industrial activities.

 

The project is coordinated by the BETA Technological Center (UVIC) who will also be the main responsible for the Spanish on-farm pilot (valorising pig slurry in one farm of La Cooperativa Plana de Vic), will evaluate agricultural and environmental performance of the produced fertilising products under controlled conditions and in field trials in close cooperation with the Catalan Department of Agriculture (DARP) and will lead the sustainability assessment.

The consortium is composed of 20 relevant highly qualified partners from Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Germany, France, Poland and Argentina.

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2017-2021
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" n-Track Leitat

EUROPEAN RDI
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Under the coordination of Leitat technology centre, the n-Track project will address using multimodal nanoparticles for structural and functional tracking of stem cell therapy on muscle regeneration.

n-Track is a research and innovation Horizon 2020 project funded under the call NMBP-15-2017, aimed at developing a safe, scalable and highly sensitive multimodal nano-imaging agent that will enable non-invasive, longitudinal and quantitative stem cell tracking in humans, using CT, MRI and PET simultaneously.

n-Track will provide biocompatible nanoparticles with a magnetic core for MRI imaging, gold shell for CT imaging, and functionalized with a radioactive tracer for PET imaging.

The particles will be coated with glucose to improve cellular uptake of nanoparticles. n-Track nanoparticles will also enable early prediction of treatment outcome. In addition, n-Track-based machine learning algorithms and imaging analysis protocols will be developed, which will increase imaging sensitivity, and thus enable single-cell resolution and determination of long-term cell viability within the body. n-Track will be in compliance with the applicable regulatory requirements and clinical needs.

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THE MAIN PROJECT OBJECTIVES ARE:

Facilitate stem cell labelling by delivering a standard operating procedure to be transferred to third parties.
Provide vital functional information on the therapeutic stem cells by machine learning algorithms.
Enable non-invasive whole body and long-term cell monitoring with clinical applicable imaging.
Design protocols for human translation that can recommend optimal imaging conditions.
Increase the sensitivity of the imaging methods up to a single cell detection level.
Provide early assessment of cell therapy effectiveness based on prompt evaluation of the migration and bio-distribution patterns.

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The project is coordinated by LEITAT, a Technological Centre specialized in production technologies, developing R&D activities in the areas of materials sciences, environment, biotechnologies and renewable energies with deep knowledge and experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors.

The consortium includes relevant highly qualified partners from Spain, Israel, Germany. Greece, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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2021
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" Multimedia Centre European Parliament (Lavinia)

STRATEGIC CONSULTANCY
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The European Parliament awards the development and operation of their multimedia centre and services to Lavinia. Since 2016 the group has been consecutively awarded all three opened tenders.

Grup Lavinia has been awarded by the European Parliament the contract related with the call for tender to commission their multimedia platform and to provide the related services.

The scope also includes the video publishing platform for web communication and will be the official website of all media produced by the European Parliament and in support of their communication activities.

By 2018 the European Parliament launched the Multimedia Centre, a platform already developed by a consortium composed of companies of Lavinia Group, to house all of the institution’s audiovisual material. This new tool offered video news, audio soundbites, an image archive and also live broadcasts about parliamentary activity.

The platform, which works on any device, has a search engine and a thematic menu that facilitates navigation and access to content. The Multimedia Centre allowed for the viewing, sharing or downloading of contents with a single click, without the need to register, although a registered user is provided with extra options such as personalising their profile, a basket of selected contents, a newsletter and, for media professionals, better management and downloading of files.

The platform deployed by 2018 was the latest step for EuroparlTV, the European Parliament’s web TV station also developed by companies of Lavinia Group, that was launched at the end of 2016, after the European Parliament awarded the tender to a consortium composed of several companies of the Lavinia Group, to develop and lend their services to EuroparlTV.

The objective of the project was the development and maintenance of the technical platform and the publication of contents in the 24 official languages of the European Union.

It also includes the management of the process of automatic ingestion for the audiovisual contents of the platform -many of them live.

 

The awarding of the contract as a result of the open tender (three-in-a-row since 2016) confirms the trusting and consolidation of Lavinia as the ‘go-to’ service for European institutions.

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2020
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" Disc4All ITN BCN MedTech (UPF)

EUROPEAN RDI
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The UPF BCN-MedTech research unit launched a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) action aimed at understanding and managing highly prevalent multifactorial disorders, such as musculoskeletal disorders.

The Disc4All training network utilises intervertebral disc degeneration (LDD) leading to low back pain (LBP) as a relevant application for the integration of data and computational simulations in translational medicine, to enable rational interpretations of the complexity of the interactions that eventually lead to symptoms.

LBP is the largest cause of morbidity worldwide, yet there remains controversy as to the specific cause leading to poor treatment options and prognosis. LDD is reported to account for 50% of LBP in young adults, but the interplay of factors from genetics, environmental, cellular responses and social and psychological factors is poorly understood.

Unfortunately, the integration of such data into a holistic and rational map of degenerative processes and risk factors has not been achieved, requiring creation of professional cross-competencies, which current training programmes in biomedicine, biomedical engineering and translational medicine fail to address, individually.

Disc4All aims to tackle this issue through collaborative expertise of clinicians; computational physicists and biologists; geneticists; computer scientists; cell and molecular biologists; microbiologists; bioinformaticians; and industrial partners.

It provides interdisciplinary training in data curation and integration; experimental and theoretical/computational modelling; computer algorithm development; tool generation; and model and simulation platforms to transparently integrate primary data for enhanced clinical interpretations through models and simulations.

The project will allow to articulate a training program including five training domains: data, models, algorithms, tools and workflows and platforms, as well as seven groups of related disciplines. The main achievement of the research will be to provide a novel framework enabling translational medicine for highly multifactorial disorders.

 
 

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THE ENVISAGED IMPACTS OF THE DISC4ALL INITIATIVE ARE:

Attract highly qualified talented researchers, boosting the coordinator (UPF) and partner’s reputation.
Enhance career perspectives and employability of 15 researchers through further enhanced skills and guided network development.
Structure new doctoral/early-stage research training programs, following the principles for Innovative Doctoral Training, in line with the Salzburg II Recommendations of the European University Association.
Provide academia stronger insights into industrial drivers and challenges, to allow prioritising future research lines and improving industry competitiveness and results.
Design of a methodology transferable to Personalized Medicine, so that Disc4All training and research contributes to EU policies to improve public health.

 

The initiative is led by UPF BCN-MedTech, a research unit created within the UPF’s Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) in order to provide an interdisciplinary and translational platform for research in biomedical engineering.

The Disc4All consortium is composed of highly relevant universities, research centres, supercomputing facilities, innovative SMEs, and clinical centres from Spain, Italy, Finland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Greece and Belgium.

 

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2016-2020
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" Cellnex international offices interconnection

TECHNOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY
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In response to an ambitious and determined policy of international expansion, the telecommunications infrastructure operator Cellnex has implemented an efficient strategy for the integration of its international offices through unified communications.

Cellnex is currently the main European operator of wireless telecommunications infrastructures, with a portfolio of around 130,000 sites and an operational presence in a dozen European countries.

As of March 31, 2021, the company had operational sites located in Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as other DAS nodes and Small Cells.

At the beginning of 2021 Cellnex announced further operations in France, the Netherlands and Poland and completed the integration of the assets of CK Hutchison in Sweden and Play in Portugal.

As a high-growth leading international company specialized in the management of telecommunications infrastructures, Cellnex is involved in a challenging international expansion, for which it has designed and implemented an ambitious transversal IT integration project to deal with a guaranteed operational integration of the acquired companies.

“Unified communications have constituted an essential component in the integration of the new international branch offices, providing critical collaboration tools for the business expansion process.“

Based on a strategy of gradual incorporation to the corporate unified communications network, it has been possible to ensure that any country has the same telephony, videoconferencing, presence, instant messaging, room videoconferencing, collaborative videoconferencing and B2B communications services with third parties.

The strategy allows telephone and videoconference calls to be made over the corporate internal network, without having any further external costs.

Software terminals have been made available on the personal computers and mobile devices of corporate users, allowing them to make video conferencing, even from homes, without needing any VPN connection, which has allowed a rapid adaptation to the sudden teleworking scenario that the current pandemic situation has entailed.

 

On the other hand, the outsourcing and relocation of Contact Centres integrated into corporate unified communications enable them to serve any country in which Cellnex operates, receiving calls from local numbers in each country and presenting a local number for outgoing calls.

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THIS PROJECT HAS ACHIEVED:

Harmonize the unified communications services offered to company users in any country.
Facilitate an efficient and effective transition to teleworking.
Facilitate the users’ mobility both within the country and between countries, since the users keep the same extension and telephone number regardless of their geographical location.
Facilitate collaborative sessions between users from different countries.
Share resources, a single platform and a single shared maintenance and administration services, thus optimizing both OPEX and CAPEX.
Enable the lowest cost routes for outgoing traffic (Less Cost Routing) so that the call can go out to the public network of the country where the call is destined, which represents a significant saving in the cost of international traffic.

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2019
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" EIT Urban Mobility launched in Barcelona

STRATEGIC CONSULTANCY
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The project, aimed at spearheading European innovation in mobility, will last seven years and may be extended by a further seven, with funding to the tune of 1,600 million euros, 400 of which will come from the EU and 1,200 from the rest of the stakeholders. Barcelona will be the project headquarters for the next seven years.

Barcelona will be the headquarters of this Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC), created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which integrates 48 partners from 15 countries, including universities, companies and research centres.

Barcelona City Council has led and coordinated the creation of the organization during the first year, which was officially inaugurated on 19 November 2019, as part of the Smart City Expo World Congress.

The aim of the initiative is to facilitate and fund collaboration between cities, companies, universities and knowledge institutes to provide mobility solutions to make European cities more liveable.

The initiative intends to create systemic solutions that will move more people around the city more efficiently and free up public space, to bring all key players in urban mobility together to avoid fragmentation and achieve more, and to engage cities and citizens from the word go, giving them the opportunity to become true agents of change.

EIT Urban Mobility aims to help guarantee a safer, more ecological, inclusive and smarter urban mobility system. This is the first European initiative to unite three branches of knowledge: business, education and research, along with cities.

 

By 2026, the project plans to create 180 start-ups, free up road space by 90% in cities participating in the initiative, launch 125 new products, boost shared mobility and attract investment to the value of 38 million euros.

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2018
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" Barcelona, recognised as a Science and
Innovation City

STRATEGIC CONSULTANCY
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Barcelona was distinguished as a “City of Science and Innovation” in 2018 for its decisive commitment to investments and innovative scientific, technological and social infrastructures, and that it has stood out in supporting innovation in its territories.

This award is granted by the Secretary of State for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation, highlighting the fundamental role played by local entities to achieve the cohesion of innovation agents, thanks to their proximity to citizens, companies and institutions and public organisms.

The distinction also values the effort to promote innovative scientific, technological and social infrastructures, in such a way that a change in the economic model is fostered and the pattern of growth is improved, based on knowledge and innovation.

“Barcelona was distinguished in the category of cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, along with Castellón de la Plana and Vigo.”

With this recognition, Barcelona joined the RED INNPULSO, a network of cities for science and innovation, aimed at acting as a meeting forum for all distinguished city councils to define and advance innovative local policies.

The Distinction “City of Science and Innovation” corresponding to the year 2018, was convened by Resolution of December 13 of the Secretary of State for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation and published in the BOE on December 19, 2018 , and its concession communicated by Resolution of April 12, 2019 published in the BOE dated May 4, 2019.

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2018
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" New model of citizen care - BCN DAC 010

TECHNOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY
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The Barcelona City Council’s Information and Citizen Services Department (DIAC) promotes a new model of citizen care, a key component in city council’s digital transformation.

The Directorate of Citizen Information and Attention Services (DIAC) of Barcelona City Council addressed an ambitious project to adapt and optimize citizen-care services, an essential component of the required adaptation to the requirements established by the Law 39/2015 of 1 October, on common administrative procedure of public administrations.

Based on the results of a previous study carried out in 2017, the DIAC faced the fulfilment of the legally required process of digital transformation, taking the opportunity to define a new and optimal model of citizen care.

 
 

 

THE MAIN VECTORS OF CHANGE WERE:

 

Focus on the provision of by-design citizen-centred services putting the citizenship at the core of the new model and strengthening the “citizen experience”.
Prioritize procedural services over informational services, securing an appropriate motivation and proactivity of the awarded service provider to resolve the citizens’ requests in the first contact.
Ensure that calls are attended in the first instance by the agent with the best appropriate skills, minimizing transfers between agents, which involved:
   – Removing the Virtual Agent.
   – Optimization of calls’ queue management.
   – Prioritize calls that constitute retries of previous access attempts.

Rethink the internal platform organization, making feasible a calculation of competences and a more agile and flexible resource management (agents with multi-profiles, profiles with levels)
Encourage the awarded service provider to manage the provisioning of the service based on an optimized calculation of resources with agents with multi-skills (multi-profile), requiring strict compliance with the defined Service Level Agreements (SLA).
Have the necessary calculations and reporting to allow distinguishing the number of retries to access a service (consecutive calls for a defined period of time). This information should make possible focusing management on citizen services, rather than on answered / abandoned calls. As a consequence, the concepts of “completed / abandoned service” and that of efficiency in the provision of services (number of retries to access a service) appear.
Review previous Service Level Agreements, in values and concepts.
Consider the reliability of the certification of the skills of the agents, managing the life cycle of the certifications issued by the awarded service provider (duration, termination, updates).
Improve the evaluation of the quality of calls’ attendance through deferred listening, making an individualized follow-up (by agent) of possible breaches and incidents.

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THE PUBLIC TENDER FOR THE TELEPHONE SERVICE AND DEFERRED SERVICES OF THE DIAC MADE IT POSSIBLE TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW VISION, ACHIEVING:

An improved approach to citizen’s experience, putting citizenship at the core of the model.
Establish a tariffing system with the awarded service provider that promotes this approach, encouraging the resolution of citizens’ requests in the first contact, minimizing transfers between agent groups and preventing citizens from having to repeatedly explain the reason for their call.
A tariffing system that rewards processing services over other information services with lower added value, allowing citizenship getting their requests resolve at first instance.
Enable a self-service support service, so that citizens can resolve doubts about the procedures’ portal in an assisted whilst secure way, thus focusing on reducing the effects of the so-called “digital divide”.

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2017-2018
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" AMB Rondas de Barcelona

TECHNOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY
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The Barcelona Metropolitan Area integrates sensorization into a fiber optic network to control the tunnels of the Barcelona ring roads.

The Barcelona ring roads are one of the most important infrastructures in the metropolitan mobility system. It is managed by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area through an agreement between the Barcelona County Council and its owners.

The tunnels of the ring roads have systems for detecting and resolving incidents, which allow the main actors in the management and maintenance of infrastructures, mobility services, as well as the emergency services involved to be kept informed (Guardia Urbana, Mossos d’Esquadra and Firefighters). A communication network makes it possible to centralize the information of the systems installed in each tunnel to various control centres, from which different incident or emergency plans can be activated.

The integration in a fibre optic network of the PLC programmable control systems with the SCADA control servers (Supervision, Control and Data Acquisition systems) allowed to evolve from the previous GPRS radio connectivity, creating an MPLS network for a safely and reliably control of the sensors and actuators, immune to any coverage and interference problems.

Likewise, the AMB has ensured the adequate security and environmental conditions of the physical space that houses the SCADA servers of the tunnel control system.

The logical security of the tunnel control network has been considerably strengthened, placing the servers in a secure DMZ and enabling VPN access, while eliminating the connection to the Internet. Access is subject to proper authentication, authorization control and registration.

To approach this project with the maximum guarantees, the AMB divided it into 22 executive projects, which, in detail, specified the actions to be carried out in each of the technical rooms of the tunnels.

 
 

WITH THIS PROJECT THE AMB HAS ACHIEVED:

Creating a communications infrastructure for safer and more reliable tunnel control based on a fibre optic network.
Have a suitably enabled space to house the SCADA servers and prepare the different technical control rooms for the next evolutions of the SCADA systems, as well as for the evolutions of the PLC systems, sensors and actuators.
Improve network security, protecting access against external intrusion attempts, achieving much more granular access to the network, so that each user has only the essential authorizations.
Have the convenient traceability of the connections made to the tunnel control network.

 

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2017
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" Smart Rural Grid

EUROPEAN RDI
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The Smart Rural Grid (a FP7-ICT project) developed an innovative smart grid approach targeted to the particular conditions of rural electricity distribution networks.

The Smart Rural Grid FP7 project developed the smart rural grid. This was a bold statement by 2014, when the project started, proving the fulfilment of its ambition by 2017.

The project demonstrated how novel smart grid technologies and associated business concepts could transfer the incumbent energy utility to a modern enterprise positioned to meet future demands in non-urban areas.

 

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THE PROJECT ALLOWED TO:

Develop an Intelligent Distribution Power Router (IDPR), a novel concept of energy power router.
Develop new technologies for PLC over electricity distribution networks.
Develop a robust communication network to connect IDPRs with each other.
Develop a data and energy control system that manages local micro-production units and different IDPRs.
Integrate all the novel features into one, single platform.
Demonstrate and validate the system full-scale in two European regions to assess the technological and economic feasibility of this new, innovative platform.

 

Nowadays, the implemented IDPRs are still in full and efficient operation in the distribution network of the project coordinator, the DSO Estabanell y Pahisa Energia.

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