Who among us has never wished for a faster internet connection during a flight? IT is part of the international consortium working on the European R&D project “Beacon”, that may have found the solution for this problem. Based on a flexible photonic architecture - patented by IT -, this project prepared a new generation of telecommunications satellites, that stands out for their greater capacity of data transmission. The photonic technology also allows reducing the energy consumption, weight and launch cost.
This research emerges from a context where the demand for high-speed broadband bandwidth has been exponentially increasing, a process that requires the development of satellites that guarantee an even greater high-speed connectivity and a wide coverage. However, currently - and despite operators pushing for a 10x increase in broadband capacity - weight, size and power limitations still represent significant challenges.
The international consortium that worked in project Beacon – recently concluded - includes companies from the United Kingdom (Airbus Defense and Space, Gooch & Housego and aXenic), Germany (IHP GmbH) and Poland (INPhotech). In Portugal, the participation was assured by IT in Aveiro and the startup Watgrid
The PASMO project, a Platform for the Development of Intelligent Mobility Solutions, was present in the Portugal Smart Cities Summit 2018, held in the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa this April 11-13. Through debates, conferences, exhibitions and the presentation of different solutions, this event promoted the sharing of knowledge about all sectors involving the emerging concept of smart cities, an opportunity to reflect about the future organization of our cities.
Developed by researchers of the Embedded Systems group and the Telecommunications and Networking group, both from IT in Aveiro, PASMO consists of three subsystems that mirror the different layers of intelligent transport systems: data collection (roads, railways and vehicular resources), data transfer (telecommunications and data infrastructure), and applications. These components, with equipment, interfaces and open data, will be integrated and made available for business experimentation, leading to what could be an open innovation ecosystem (Living Lab) in the area of ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) in Portugal´s center region. PASMO (https://www.facebook.com/projetopasmo/) presents an opportunity for companies to collaborate in creating, developing and validating equipment and services, protocols, processes, applications and standards.