ASSIST Project: ISMB in Sweden to Test a Prototype of Advanced Snow Plough and Salt Spreader

8 January 2015

From 7th to 9th January Gianluca Marucco from Navigation Technologies Area is in Västerås (Sweden) to test the solutions developed within the ASSIST project on the use of space technologies in support of winter road maintenance operations. Marucco is installing a prototype developed by ISMB on a working snowplow of SVEVIA, the company in charge of the road maintenance in Sweden. This test is particularly important and challenging since it will take place during the harsh Scandinavian winter.

Advanced Snow plough and Salt spreader based on Innovative Space Technologies (ASSIST) aims to deliver a comprehensive feasibility study on the technical and economic sustainability of a winter road maintenance system based on space technologies. ASSIST is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) under the ARTES 20 Feasibility Study “Space based services for winter road maintenance” and it will last 12 months. ISMB is the prime contractor of the project and it involves the Mobile Solutions and Navigation Technologies Research Areas. ASSIST proposes a concept developed along with the improvement and integration of two main assets: satellite navigation (and related augmentation systems) and earth observations to get additional digital information about roads and weather forecasts.

ASSIST leverages the existing On Board Unit (OBU) developed by the previous GOLDEN-ICE project, funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program. It has to be remarked that ASSIST starts from a high technologies readiness level since several proposed building blocks are the results of previous projects, or products, already available on the market. This will result in a solid concept ready for an evaluation and a potential market deployment.