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Project Acronym: ProeTEX
Project Reference: 026987
Research area: IST-2004-2.4.2 – Technologies and devices for micro/nano-scale integration
Years: 2006-2010

Project description

ProeTEX will develop integrated smart wearables for emergency disaster intervention personnel, improving their safety, coordination and efficiency and for injured civilians, optimising their survival management. This core application area, which is of significant societal importance in itself, will drive a wide range of key technology developments, building on current and past EU and national projects and the commercial activities of partners, to create micro-nano-engineering smart textile systems – integrated systems (fabrics, wearable garments) using specifically fibre-based micronano technologies. These are capable of being combined into diverse products addressing this core application area but also a wide range of other markets from extreme sports, through healthcare to transportation maintenance and building workers. The industrial partners can address these markets.
Fiber systems can integrate sensors, actuators, conductors, power management, and the emergency disaster personnel smart garment will, within a wireless ambient planning and managing environment, progressively enhance and integrate fiber systems for:
– continuous monitoring of life signs (biopotentials, breathing movement, cardiac sounds)
– continuous monitoring biosensors (sweat, dehydration, electrolytes, stress indicators)
– pose and activity monitoring,
– low power local wireless communications, including integrated fiber antennae
– active visibility enhancement, light emitting fibers
– internal temperature monitoring using fiber sensors
– external chemical detection, including toxic gases and vapours
– power generation – photovoltaic and thermoelectric and power storage.
The technological base developed will concentrate on smart fibers/e-textiles, but the IP will combine these where appropriate with ‘conventional’ microsystems (such as accelerometers, gyros, microcontrollers and wireless chips).

Project details

Project Acronym: ProeTEX
Project Reference:026987
Start Date: 2006-02-01
Duration: 48 months
Project Cost: 12 792 243 euro
Contract Type: IP – Integrated Project
End Date: 2010-01-31
Project Funding: 8 100 000 euro

Participants

Participant Name Short name & Web Link Country
1 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR Italy
2 Technical University of Lodz UNILODS Poland
3 University of Ghent UNIGHENT Belgium
4 Smartex s.r.l. SMARTEX Italy
5 Milior s.p.a MILIOR Italy
6 Sofileta s.p.a. SOFILETA France
7 Thuasne France THUASNE France
8 University of Pisa UNIPISA Italy
9 Dublin City University DCU Ireland
10 Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique CEA France
11 Centre Suisse de Electronique et de Microtechnique SA CSEM Switzerland
12 Sensor Technology and Devices Ltd. STD United Kingdom
13 Steiger STEIGER Switzerland
14 Philips Research PHILIPS Germany
15 Ciba Specialty Chemicals CIBA Switzerland
16 Diadora/Invicta Group DIADORA Italy
17 iXscient Ltd. IXSCIENT United Kingdom
18 Zarlink Semiconductor ZARLINK United Kingdom
19 Brunet-Lion BRUNET France
20 Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris BSPP France
21 INSA-Lyon-CNRS INSA France
22 EUCENTRE – Protezione Civile EUCENTRE Italy
23 Department de la Defense et de la Securite Civile DDSC France
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