Construction of a new building for IT with approximately 2000 m2 has already started in the university campus of Aveiro, which will double the current area of the IT Site.
The number of researchers and running projects at IT in Aveiro has increased significantly in recent years, having topped in 2010 the occupation capacity of its facilities. Efforts started then between the management of Instituto de Telecomunicações in Aveiro and the University of Aveiro to make possible the construction of the new building. In the meantime, the Rectorate of the University offered temporary installation for IT growing number of researchers in Casa de Santa Joana, a fully restored palace in the centre of Aveiro. The architectural project of the new building was produced by architect Joaquim Oliveira, from the Gabinete de Arquitectura of the University of Aveiro.
With 480 m2 of laboratory area, 300 m2 distributed by four open‐space rooms for grantees and additional twenty office rooms, the building will concentrate the research groups of Optical Communications and Radio Communications.
Part of the building will be shared with another research institute.
The 2,2 M€ building, co‐funded by QREN, is expected to be completed by mid‐2013.
Awareness of the existing gap between R&D results and its productive application has led the founding partners, João Matos and Ricardo Abreu from the Instituto de Telecomunicações in Aveiro, to create Built‐In Lda.
Following their line of work over the past years, the main focus of the microcompany is the industrialization of DRSC technology (Dedicated Short Range Communications) that is used, for instance, in automatic road tolling. The industrialization process involves a partnership with a company from the road infrastructures area. By building up experience on hardware design and development, with a special emphasis on wireless communications, Built‐In exists to make its client’s ideas become reality.