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“TRUST”: new road weather monitoring system to reach the market in 2021

on 19-10-2020

... An innovative project developed at IT in Aveiro, which will hit the market in 2021, aims to reinforce road safety and avoid weather-related accidents. (see more)

Born within the scope of the Celtic/EUREKA program, the TRUST project (Transportation and Road Monitoring System for Ubiquitous Real-time Information Services) was developed by a Portuguese consortium comprised of Aveiro-based company Microio - Serviços de Electrónica Lda., Eurico Ferreira S.A. and Instituto de Telecomunicações.

The project was coordinated by IT researcher Joaquim Ferreira, along with 26 international partners, and provides a smart monitoring system that is able to remotely collect and process weather information, identify driving hazards (aquaplaning, fog, flash floods, etc.) in specific locations and alert drivers with real-time, personalized recommendations.

According to the Portuguese Authority for Road Safety, the number of fatalities due to adverse weather induced accidents has increased by 30% in 2019 and 2020, following a consistent trend over the last few years. Likewise, a report by the World Health Organization estimates 1.35 million people die each year from road traffic injuries, making road accidents the eighth leading cause of death globally.

In an effort to reduce these numbers, TRUST brings together cooperative intelligent transport systems (ITS), including distributed sensing, vehicular communications, the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Big Data, to enable drivers to be better informed and make safer use of transport networks.

Unlike existing systems — such as highway electronic panels and mobile applications, which provide only basic information —TRUST combines a complete analysis of traffic and weather data with a personalized notification system for each type of vehicle.

The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Program (COMPETE 2020).

IT signs protocol with Fibroglobal to explore submarine cable networks in the Atlantic

on 16-10-2020

... IT and Fibroglobal, a Portuguese fiber operator, have joined efforts to pioneer a submarine cable system for the early detection of seismic events. (see more)

The cable system, installed between Portugal's mainland, Azores and Madeira, will serve to monitor the oceanic environment and its relation to climate change, as well as to sense live submarine earthquakes.

IT has been promoting this initiative since 2018, within the scope of the project “LEA - Listening to the Earth under the Atlantic”, in partnership with the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) and the Intituto Dom Luiz (IDL).

Led by IT researchers Yasser Omar, Vasco Sá, Rui Perdigão and Manfred Niehus, the project aims to develop real-time sensing at the bottom of the Atlantic and give way to more reliable solutions for the early-warning of earthquakes and tsunamis, civil protection, and coastal resilience.

The newly announced protocol, signed in September 2020, enables IT to access optical fiber in Fibroglobal’s subsea telecommunications infrastructure and to install measuring equipment in a region of great relevance, from a seismological point of view.

Fibroglobal anticipates the agreement will lead to pioneering experiences worldwide, as well as a better understanding of the monitoring potential of these submarine cables.

According to Fibroglobal, “this is very innovative scientific research, which will help to better understand the functioning of our planet, and at the same time opens the prospect of more reliable warning methods for the protection of populations and coastal resilience. And it has the potential to make Portugal one of the world leaders in this field”.

Fibroglobal installs, manages and operates electronic communications networks in the Central Zone and the Autonomous Region of the Azores, enabling access to high-speed internet and other advanced services, such as telemedicine, distance learning and e-government.