ISMB at the European Space Solutions Conference to Present GAIN’s Results

ISMB is participating in the European Space Solutions Conference to present the achievements of the GAlileo for Interactive driviNg (GAIN) project, which is co-funded by European Commission and GSA, and involves the Multi-Layer Wireless Solutions and Navigation Technologies ISMB’s Research Areas. Taking place in Prague from 11 to 13 June 2014, the event brings together business and the public-sector with users and developers of space-based solutions to explore how space can make a difference to the lives, and livelihoods, of people across Europe and around the globe.

This afternoon the GAIN’s partners are going to illustrate the project during a workshop, by focusing on integrated protypes, challenges and product visions on Dynamic Electronic Horizon, business analysis and opportunities. In particular Daniele Brevi, head of Vehicular Networks & Broadband Wireless Access Research Unit at ISMB, is going to present main validation results of the project. Afterwards an in vehicle demonstration is going to take place to show the technologies developed within the project.

The aim of the project is to develop and commercialize the Enhanced Active Green Driving (EAGD), a system for real time optimization and reduction of CO2 emission and fuel consumption. The EAGD is a "high authority" system operating as a “variable speed cruise control”. This system can automatically regulate the speed of a car based on its surrounding. The GAIN solution is based on an already existing prototype called Active Green Driving (AGD), furthermore extended and optimized. The implemented AGD prototype is limited by only using a simple GPS system and static route information from standard navigation maps.

The GAIN project implemented a refined positioning algorithm, based on EGNOS/EDAS data. Further, the concept of position integrity is introduced and used to innovatively detect multi-path in urban areas through a GNSS/INS tightly coupled approach, using 3D models of the environment. Furthermore, communication through vehicle-to-vehicle standards is employed to improve the Electronic Horizon to also contain dynamic information about other vehicles present on the road.

ISMB’s main contribution to the project is about the V2X communication system, by providing an open communication platform based on COTS hardware that manages the connectivity needs of the vehicle, both with other vehicles and with fixed infrastructure. Using ISMB technology GAIN vehicles can automatically gather information about surrounding vehicles and modify their own motion profiles accordingly. Another important contribution is based on the analysis of the first positioning signal sent by the Galileo system.