Project - Flexible smart surfaces for augmented indoor communications

Description


Description (EN): The interest for communicating devices (CDs) is increasing rapidly because of the large and yet essential services they offer as internet, wireless health care, home automation, wireless access controlling systems, alarms, etc. Thanks to their benefits, the future of CDs is still bright as the market is growing at 2-digits a year with a forecasted 18 billion devices and a value of $1.2 trillion by 2022. Such a huge increase of devices is expected to drive an important power demand. For example, in the France (channel) England (FCE) area, the current use in smoke alarms is around 5.6 million and 7.9 million devices on the French and UK respectively. This corresponds to more than 5.3MWh and 7.4MWh respectively in annual consumption. Another example concerns Wi-Fi routers/boosters estimated at more than 95,000 and 130,000 devices on the French and UK sides respectively, leading to annual consumptions of more than 2.5GWh and 3.4GWh. Additional CDs (alarms, detectors, sensors, etc.) further increase the energy bill on both sides of the channel. Proposing energy-efficient disruptive solutions for powering future CDs is the common challenge of the FCE zone this project is intended to tackle. The objective is to design a zero-power consuming electronic surface able to optimally focus ambient electromagnetic (EM) waves on the appropriate receiver in order to enable both self-powered CDs and improve their performances (sensitivity, range, rate). Such a system is new and missing in the market. It is expected to decrease the energy bill of the FCE zone by more than 5.9GWh a year, while saving 14.9 million € by just considering (but not limited to) both applications over Wi-Fi boosters and smoke alarms. For these targeted applications two prototypes will be designed, fabricated, experimentally tested, validated over two demonstrators, and transferred to interested SMEs (more than 217 in the FCE zone) developing various kinds of CDs. The first prototype will increase the feeding power (lifetime) harvested from ambient waves over ISM/GSM/3G/Wi-Fi bands to enable EM-based self-powered devices such as smoke alarms, detectors, sensors, etc. The second prototype will increase the range of Wi-Fi signals without consuming additional power unlike common Wi-Fi-boosters. The specifications (costs, performances, etc.) and validation of both prototypes will be led by GST, already commercializing self-powered sensors (solar-based). The fabrication tasks will be done on the UK side by IML and UoS, skilled in the fabrication of small and large area electronic boards. The design skills will be fulfilled by ESIGELEC over low-frequency bands (ISM/GSM/3G/Wi-Fi-2.4GHz), and by UoK for higher bands (Wi-Fi-5/60GHz). In order to trigger the rolling-out of future products, the results will be promoted, disseminated and transferred to SMEs all over the FCE zone by the partnership, led by the business consultant (PROJACTION) on the France side and by IML for the UK side.
Description: L´intérêt pour les objets communicants(OCs) ne cesse de grandir à cause des nombreux avantages (services) qu´ils offrent comme l´internet, l´e-santé, la domotique, le contrôle d´accès sans fil, les alarmes, etc. Ces avantages offrent aux OCs un avenir plutôt prometteur avec un marché qui croît à 2chiffres chaque année et dont le nombre d´OCs est estimé à près de 18milliards à l´horizon 2022 pour un marché d´environ 1.2trillion de dollar. Cette forte croissance du nombre d´objets en service s´accompagne aussi d´une forte demande énergétique pour alimenter ces objets. En exemple, dans la zone France (Manche) Angleterre (FMA), le nombre de détecteurs de fumée actuellement en service est estimé à environ 5.6million et 7.9million en France et en Angleterre respectivement, correspondant ainsi à des consommations annuelles d´environ 5.3MWh et 7.4MWh, respectivement. Un autre exemple concerne les routeurs et répéteurs (boosters) WiFi actuels estimés à près de 95000 et 130000 en France et en Angleterre respectivement (toujours dans la zone FMA).Ceci représente aussi des consommations annuelles de 2.5GWh et 3.4GWh respectivement. D´autres exemples d´OCs (détecteurs, capteurs, alarmes, etc.) non détaillés ici augmentent aussi la facture énergétique de la zone FMA. L´enjeu territorial commun est donc de proposer de nouvelles solutions durables et innovantes pour l´alimentation des OCs. L´objectif de ce projet est de concevoir une surface électronique non-consommatrice d´énergie capable de focaliser de façon optimale les ondes electromagnétiques(EM) ambiantes sur le récepteur approprié dans le but d´une part, de rendre possible les objets autoalimentés par ondes EM et d´autre part, améliorer leurs performances (portée, sensibilité, débit). Un tel système est nouveau, inexistant sur le marché et sera capable de décroître la consommation de la zone FMA de 5.9GWh par an avec une économie de 14.9million€ uniquement sur les 2 applications considérées (non exhautives) autour des détecteurs de fumée et du WiFi. Pour ces 2 applications cibles, 2 prototypes seront conçus, fabriqués, testés, validés sur 2 démonstrateurs et transférés aux PME (plus de 217 développant des OCs à faible puissance) de la zone FMA. Le 1e prototype améliorera la puissance d´alimentation collectée sur les bandes ISM/GSM/3G/Wi-Fi à partir d´ondes EM ambiantes. Le 2e prototype améliorera la portée des communications WiFi sans consommation! Les spécifications et validations des 2 prototypes seront dirigées par GST qui commercialise déjà de petits modules solaire autoalimentés. La conception et la fabrication des surfaces seront assurées par l´ESIGELEC et IML pour les large/moyenne tailles (basses fréquences:ISM/GSM/3G/WiFi-2.4GHz) respectivement et par UoK et UoS pour les surfaces de petites tailles (hautes fréquences:WiFi-5/60GHz). Le transfert des résultats vers les PME sera dirigé par PROJACTION et IML.
Expected Outputs (EN): This project contributes to producing innovative products, processes and systems as well as designing them.
Expected Outputs: Ce projet contribue à la fois à concevoir et à produire des produits, processus et systèmes innovants.

Thematic Information


Thematics: Knowledge and technology transfer  New products and services  
Specific Objective: To increase the delivery and uptake of innovative products, processes, systems and services in shared smart specialisation sectors
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Flexible smart surfaces for augmented indoor communications
Project acronym: SURFAS

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2018-12-19

Web: https://www.channelmanche.com/

Project start date: 2017-02-02
Project end date: 2020-11-30
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.859.728,20
European Union funding: EUR 1.283.212,46

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Lead Partner (EN): Esigelec
Lead Partner: Esigelec
Department: Department of Electronic and Systems
Address: Technopôle du Madrillet, Avenue Galilée - BP 10024, Saint-Etienne du Rouvray CEDEX, France
Legal status: private

Department: R&D
Address: Boulevard des nations, Bourguébus, France
Legal status: private
Department: School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Jennison Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NT
Address: The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
Legal status: public
Address: rue Henri IV, LE HAVRE, France
Legal status: private
Department: Advanced Technology Institute, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Address: Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Legal status: public
Department: n/a
Address: Cody Technology Park Ively Road, Farnborough, United Kingdom
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