Call for Partner involvement during 2015 in EIT Digital project 'Intelligent Integrated critical Infrastructures for smarter future Cities' (I3C) // EIT Digital

Call for Partner involvement during 2015 in EIT Digital project 'Intelligent Integrated critical Infrastructures for smarter future Cities' (I3C)

Deadline: The deadline for submitting proposals is October 1, 2015.


Background & Introduction

The project ‘Intelligent Integrated critical Infrastructures for smarter future Cities’ (I3C), is requesting the engagement of a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) with relevant experience, expertise and available technology for the monitoring and control of critical infrastructures. Access to physical infrastructure for, and facilitation of field experimentation is an essential requirement. I3C is part of the EIT Digital innovation area Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The call is issued by the EIT Digital partner Imperial College London, UK.


Scope of the Call

I3C is working towards 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 (WS(A)N) 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’.

The partner will have the opportunity to work towards the commercialization of the candidate technology through supported field-testing together with technical experts. The partner will be responsible for providing a feed of data (not necessarily raw) to the project partners’ (BT and ICL) cloud-based information fusion and management systems, providing access to test infrastructure, geotechnical consulting, and provision of embedded WSN technology (i.e. prototype hardware) for the purposes of field experiments.

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); including hardware availability, and compatibility with embedded WSN operating systems (i.e. Contiki) 

  • Domain expertise in geophysical and structural health monitoring
  • Access to a test facility (i.e. bridge, rail track)
  • 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 September 30th until December 31st 2015.


Budget

The allocated maximum budget amounts to EUR 13000. 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 EC
  • Brief CV of the person(s) that will be working in the project
  • Demonstration of the required competences, experience, technology and access to infrastructure
  • Short description of the 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.

Evaluation of responses will be performed by the Activity Leader, in conjunction with experts representing relevant project partners (which include BT, UK, Fondazione Bruno Kessler & University of Trento, Italy, and KTH, Stockholm, Sweden), and in consultation with the CPS Innovation Area 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 Digital 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 finalized once a suitable candidate has been selected. These will be agreed between both parties in advance of signing the sub-grant agreement. Eligible costs accrued prior to the completion date only, will be reimbursed.


Expectations

In addition to the competences described above, it is expected that the partner will make a genuine contribution to ensuring that the appropriate EIT key performance indicators are achieved and appropriately documented, e.g. appropriate evidence documentation. This may include the adoption of knowledge generated in the activity and support for the wider business ecosystem as a partner in future enterprises.

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

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