Throndheim 20th-23rd May 2019 — SafeCOP final review meeting

20th-23rd May 2019 — The SafeCOP EU project review meeting was held at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway, near the premises of consortium partners Maritime Robotics and SINTEF.

During the first day, the consortium presented the final outcome of the six use cases, including a live demonstration of the Maritime Robotics autonomous vessels. During the second day, the technical management team presented the main conclusions and scientific findings to the reviewers and project officer.

SafeCOP at DATE2019 and AMASS Open Industrial Workshop

March 2019 – Aitek and the University of L’Aquila, two of our SafeCOP partners, disseminated project results at DATE2019 Conference in Florence, Italy. DATE is a well-known European event for electronic system design and test, hence a perfect location to transfer knowledge regarding our project outcomes and achievements.

During the Conference, Aitek attended also the AMASS Open Industrial Workshop. AMASS is a R&D project that has created a platform for assurance and certification of safety-critical systems. Aitek presented and discussed with AMASS partners SafeCOP results, developed methods and tools. It has been an important occasion to collaborate with another relevant research project.

Training in Stockholm with AMASS EU project

Stockholm, Rosersberg Castle, 29-30 August 2018

The two-days training sessions featuring SafeCOP and AMASS partners has just finished. AMASS project members have been a valuable resource for our project as they are currently working on creating and consolidating the de-facto European-wide open tool platform, ecosystem, and self-sustainable community for assurance and certification of Cyber-Physical Systems in the largest industrial vertical markets including automotive, railway, aerospace, space, and energy. Discussing the WPs’ results with them and hearing their feedback has been really useful to decide how to use the technology that has been developed so far in the integration work.


SafeCOP at ADA Europe 2018

Last 22nd June, SafeCOP was presented at the DeCPS workshop, integrated in the ADA Europe 2018 event, along with several other EU projects presented by a mix of academic and industrial partners.

Knowledge sharing and experiences was a key point of this workshop. Most of the discussion focused on provided solutions and future exploitation, in particular regarding the viability of developing and extending acquired knowledge in future projects.

SafeCOP General Meeting in Lisbon

The SafeCOP Consortium is convening on April 10th and 11th at Hotel Tryp Oriente in Lisbon for its annual general meeting.

The programme for the meeting includes a review of the project status and results for all workpackage, with a focus on validation and demonstration of project outcomes.  All Use Cases are going to be illustrated with live demos and/or videos.


Use Case 4: Vehicles and roadside units interaction

The Finnish Meteorological Institute

Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) mission is to produce high-quality services and scientific know-how on the atmosphere and seas. The Institute uses its expertise to provide services that promote public safety and enhance well-being among people and in the environment, taking into account the needs to maintain preparedness. FMI is Finland’s leading expert in questions concerning the weather and safety, climate
change and adaptation to it, the impact of the atmosphere on the environment and people, and space and atmospheres. The main objectives are best possible information about the atmosphere above and around Finland, to ensuring public safety relating to atmospheric and airborne hazards and to satisfy the requirements for specialised meteorological products.
FMI possesses wide expertise in R&D and end-user services relating to weather and safety, and the impact of the atmosphere on the environment and people. Some of the Institute’s key research areas include development of innovative and intelligent road weather forecasting systems enhancing en-route public safety. These services are delivered to customers and public both in traditional ways and to user/vehicle devices via wireless networking/ cellular systems. FMI has also produced special tailored weather services for derived from meteorological simulation models combined with local measurement data, successfully provided to different locations, A2 highway in Madrid and Sochi 2014 Olympics site area among them. For this purpose, FMI is also studying the possibilities to exchange weather and safety data directly with road users via its experimental combined Road Weather Station and RoadSide Unit (RWS/RSU) concept station
installed nearby FMI facilities in Sodankylä. FMI also possesses Sod5G intelligent winter traffic test field in Sodankylä, with advanced communication capabilities of 5G test network, IEEE 802.11p local area
networking and Wi-Fi. The test field contains also two interactive road weather stations, weather radar in the vicinity area and onboard friction measurement devices, together ensuring accurate road weather
information services and testing capabilities. Operative third-party arctic truck fleet with onboard friction devices and telematics systems allow the testing of advanced real-time road weather services within real
winter traffic conditions.

The Use Case Scenario

In the SafeCOP project FMI is coordinating the development of Use Case 4, focusing on vehicles and roadside units interaction. The main purpose of this scenario is to offer real-time localized road weather information to the vehicles passing the road weather station, based on road weather station local information and meteorological services generated to the road weather station location. “But as we are talking about interactive road weather station, we are also collecting on-board observation information from the vehicles, to enhance the accuracy of weather services and observe very localized critical anomalies in road weather conditions”, explain Dr. Timo Sukuvaara, the project manager and use case leader in FMI. Arctic truck fleet provides excellent source of on-board friction measurements. Furthermore, Sod5G test track allows us careful fine-tuning of the services. The objective of vehicles and roadside units interaction is studied in two alternative manners. Combined Road weather station and roadside unit is interacting with vehicles by using local area vehicular Vehicle-to-infrastructure networking with IEEE 802.11p. In order enhance the local-level range of roadside unit, vehicles are also providing the latest road weather station data they possess with passing vehicles, using IEEE 802.11p vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Researchers Kari Mäenpää and Sakari Kantomaa together with Dr. Sukuvaara are taking care of the pilot test measurements conducted in these scenarios. The third scenario provides entirely different approach for this concept. Instead of using direct interaction between vehicles and roadside units, the data is exchanged with 3G communication, via special IoT cloud provided by ALTEN Finland. With IoT cloud we have more freedom in collecting data for the purpose of vehicles benefit. The friction data is collected continuously from the Arctic truck fleet throughout their whole route, altogether around 260 km. SITOWISE is also collecting the special LOUHI-service data, observations of road and weather condition anomalies whenever observed. This data is stored with
location reference similarly as friction information. Finally the road weather station information is offered as road weather forecast service tailored for the road weather station location. Meteorologist Marjo Hippi
is responsible of the forecast service.
As a result, we have a pilot IoT cloud service, offering versatile road weather and traffic related information for the vehicles based on their current location. “We have developed the special end user pilot application for automatic receiving the local observation data available for the vehicle, whenever such information is produced in the vehicle location”, says Dr. Sukuvaara. The pilot application and underlying services are developed in co-operation of researchers Sakari Kantomaa, Kari Mäenpää and Darya Stepanova.
As the service observation data is coming from the different geographical areas (LOUHI-data from the Southern Finland nearby SITOWISE facilities at Tampere, friction and road weather station service from
Northern Finland around FMI station in Sodankylä), it is not possible to collect all the data sources for the same care. For the demonstration purposes we have integrated to our pilot application a feature to plot
the latest observation data of each source, to verify the continuous collection of every data source. ALTEN Finland has also developed a special map feature for presenting the locations of up-to-date data. It is worth noting that both in the location map and in the service itself, observations are “aging”, and finally removed from the service map when older than 24 hours.
“SafeCOP project offers us great opportunity to showcase our real-time localized services, FMI together with ALTEN Finland and SITOWISE. We are eagerly looking forward to see the future of our service concept”, concludes Timo Sukuvaara.

Qamcom visit at CES, Las Vegas

Productive Qamcom visit at CES 2018, the world-renowned electronic fair showing the new trends in consumer technologies.

Qamcom, as SafeCOP partner, took the chance to discuss the project, its outcome and exploitable results with various interesting industries active in the electronic sector: Horizon Robotics, Intel, Autoliv, Green Hills, Vivint, Here, Vayyar and Flir. We hope new collaborations could start in the future.

SafeCOP at ARTEMIS Brokerage Event 2018

SafeCOP partners attended the ARTEMIS Brokerage Event 2018 in Berlin. During this event, with more than 250 participants from all over Europe, new project proposals have been drafted for the upcoming ECSEL Joint Undertaking fifth Call. This event is a relevant dissemination and exploitation occasion, discussing with interested people, presenting SafeCOP ideas and best practice learned up to now and spreading the SafeCOP knowledge to industrial and scientific communities. This is the best way to encourage the adoption of SafeCOP results and methodologies in new funded research projects.