Call for Participation - CPS: 'I3C' - CPS for Civil Infrastructure Monitoring and Control

Deadline: The deadline for submitting proposals is April 4, 2013.

Introduction
The project 'Intelligent Integrated critical Infrastructures for smarter future Cities' (I3C), is requesting the engagement of a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), or small consortium, with relevant experience, expertise and access to technological systems for the monitoring and control of critical infrastructures. Access to the physical infrastructure is an essential requirement. I3C is part of the EIT ICT Labs action line Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The call is issued by the EIT ICT Labs partner Imperial College London, UK.

Scope of the Call
I3C proposes the federation of monitoring and control systems applied to urban critical infrastructures. For the purposes of I3C, 'critical infrastructure' is defined as in Council Directive 2008/114/EC Article 2(a).

Recent technological advancements have lead to the creation of distributed wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSAN) that are candidate technologies for improved, networked, monitoring and control of critical infrastructures. There remain testing and validation phases to be completed before these systems are ready for commercialization and global deployment. Significantly, these residual challenges do not present themselves under laboratory conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct further extensive testing 'in the wild'. Furthermore, it is necessary to extract useful data from the monitoring and control system, as it is foreseen that this can have benefit beyond its own application silo, once considered in parallel with other information sources.

In this project, the partner will have the opportunity to work towards the commercialization of the candidate technology through supported field-testing and technical experts. The partner will be responsible for providing a consistent feed of data (not necessarily raw) to the project partners' (BT and ICL) cloud-based information fusion and management systems for the purposes of scientific experimentation.

Thus, strong interaction is foreseen between the partner, Imperial College London and BT, as one of the industrial partners of the project.

Required competence, experience, technology, infrastructure
Demonstration of the following is required:

  • Comprehensive pre-commercialization WSAN technology solution for monitoring and control of Civil Infrastructure(s)
  • Domain expertise in geophysical and structural health monitoring
  • Access to a test facility (i.e. a Civil Infrastructure, such as a bridge)
  • Ability and willingness to share resultant data to a federative cloud system

Duration of Involvement
The Partner will take part in the I3C activity from April 14th until December 31st 2014. Budget The allocated maximum budget amounts to EUR 60000. This shall cover all costs related to the project.

Response and Evaluation criteria
Responses to this call shall be sent to David Boyle, Imperial College London, UK. Responses shall include the following information in a maximum of 2 pages (to be submitted in Portable Document Format via e-mail):

  • Confirmation that the respondent is an SME as defined by the European commission (or in the case of a small consortium, that at least one respondent meets this criterion)
  • Brief CV of the person(s) that will be working in the project
  • Demonstration of the required competences, experience, technology and access to infrastructure
  • Expectations and ambition for the partners' participation in the project
  • Relevant contact details

Candidate partners will be evaluated with respect to the requirements described, and their suitability given the scope of the project. Due to the small size of the project we expect that one person (as far as practical) will be allocated.

Evaluation of responses will be performed by the Activity Leader, in conjunction with experts representing project partners (including BT, UK, University of Trento, Italy, and KTH, Stockholm, Sweden), and in consultation with the CPS Action Line Leader.

Imperial College London reserves the right to disregard responses that are not consistent with the stated criteria. This call does not bind Imperial and/or EIT ICT Labs to proceed with the award of any funding, and we reserve the right to at any moment cancel the evaluation process.

Project contract and results delivery
The detailed specification for results, delivery of results and financial reimbursement will be worked out once a suitable candidate has been selected.

Expectations
In addition to the competences described above, it is expected that the partner(s) will make a genuine contribution to ensuring that the appropriate KPIs are delivered. This includes the incubation of one specific technological innovation, and contribution to the delivery of a related business-oriented KPI (i.e. business model).

Enquiries about this call can be sent to David Boyle, Imperial College London, UK.

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