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R&D projects, made by Optel represents surely the highest level. The company is since many years acknowledged as experienced team of experts in ultrasonic technology and biometrics. Many years of experience and creativity are causing, that many people are seeing us as a reliable partner for such projects. This is surely the reason, why we are invited to many EU supported R&D projects.

The fact, that the amount of projects, in which we was engaged was significantly larger than the typical value for polish companies, Polish National Contact Point for EU R&D Projects has nominated Optel for the award "Krysztalowa Brukselka" in the category of small and medium enterprises, taking part in 6. EU Research Framework Programme.
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In 2007 Optel has reached good 81 position in national ranking of most innovative enterprises. In Lower Silesia we have achieved third position. 3000 enterprises was valued in this project, among them large companies, but also small and medium enterprises. It was prepared by the Economy Institut of Polish Academy of Sciences, BRE Bank and daily newspaper "Gazeta Prawna". [more...]




Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7)

INGRESS
[FP7-SEC-2012-1] (FP7)

Innovative Technology for Fingerprint Live Scanners

The objective of INGRESS is to research, develop and validate innovative technology to take fingerprint images by looking at additional biometrics associated with the finger. The project will pave the way to the manufacturing of innovative fingerprint scanners capable of properly sensing fingerprints of intrinsic very-low quality and/or characterized by superficial skin disorders. The project focuses on capturing sub-surface fingerprint and delivering a high-quality image. The technology stream of the project focuses on medical imaging technique, such as ultrasound and Full Field Optical Coherence Tomography (FFOCT), to acquire the fingerprint matrix in the dermis. Furthermore, INGRESS studies the use of Printed Organic Electronics (POE) technologies and components, such as the passive matrix of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) and Organic Photo Diodes (OPDs) to create a new generation of high resolution fingerprint sensors. We propose to evaluate the INGRESS’ mock-ups in laboratory to compare them with legacy sensors. Tests in the field will evaluate the technology performance, the usability and user acceptance of the solution. INGRESS exploits both standard approaches and novel metrics to evaluate the operational quality of fingerprint scanners. In parallel of the technology stream, the project will investigate the potential ethical, legal and societal issues for these novel technologies. The R&D process will integrate, all along the project, the results from this investigation, to guarantee that all end-products will be fully compatible/compliant with current trends in European and international privacy and data protection standards, following the internationally-endorsed foundational principles of Privacy by Design. INGRESS will both validate the developed technologies and propose a technology development roadmap for the purpose of using fingerprints from the identity document in border control and law enforcement applications.

Participants:

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN (999989782) - PARTICIPANT
MINISTERE DE L'INTERIEUR (999823136) - PARTICIPANT
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (999997930) - PARTICIPANT
MORPHO (999766294) - COORDINATOR
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (999864458) - PARTICIPANT
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE OPTEL SP ZOO (999524085) - PARTICIPANT
TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU (999587135) - PARTICIPANT
UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE (999841469) - PARTICIPANT
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA (999993953) - PARTICIPANT
HOGSKOLEN I GJOVIK (999639418) - PARTICIPANT
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT (999958839) - PARTICIPANT


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MOSYCOUSIS [more...]
[FP7-SME-2011] (FP7)

Intelligent Monitoring System based on Acoustic Emissions Sensing for Plant Condition Monitoring and Preventative Maintenance

Unexpected failure in an industrial production chain does not only involve the costs of failed parts replacement and the associated man-hour labour, but downtime costs have also have to be considered. To keep a machine functioning well it is a must to have good predictive maintenance, as it helps to reduce operating risk, avoids plant failures, provides reliable equipment, reduces operating costs, eliminates defects in operating plant and maximises production. Acoustic Emission (AE) is a phenomenon of transient elastic wave generation in materials under stress. When the material is subjected to stress at a certain level, a rapid release of strain energy takes place in the form of elastic wave which can be detected by transducers placed on it. Plastic deformation and growth of cracks are among the main sources of AE in metals. Though AE can came form any system under movement, the main source is doubtlessly from rotating machinery. Sources of AE in rotating machinery include impacting, cyclic fatigue cracks, friction, turbulence, material loss, cavitation, leakage, etc. In most cases the SMEs machine owner would be satisfied with a simple affordable device that is able to warn them from critical equipment failure. Recent developments in sensing technology, microprocessors, and miniaturised radio transceivers has enabled a new generation of Wireless Sensors Networks. The future of these sensors is to have an ubiquitous sensing nodes that will autonomously report on operating conditions, and that this data will be used to facilitate structural health monitoring, embedded test evaluation, and condition based maintenance of critical industrial rotating machinery without the use of expensive cabling. In addition, in order to provide sensing networks which are truly autonomous, chemical batteries must be eliminated from the sensor and some kind of energy harvesting has to be foreseen. Piezoelectric materials have demonstrated their ability to convert vibration energy from vibrating machinery and rotating structures into electrical energy for powering a wireless sensing node. Hence, an acoustic emission self-powered wireless sensor is one of the main objectives to be achieved in this project. The sensor will measure using frequency as opposed to time which is an advancement from the state of the art.

Participants:

PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE (999524085) - PARTICIPANT
FUNDACIO CTM CENTRE TECNOLOGIC (999565892) - COORDINATOR
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK (999975717) - PARTICIPANT
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA (999976202) - PARTICIPANT
WIRE-LITE SENSORS LTD (965922315) - PARTICIPANT
ELECTROARGES SA (965940163) - PARTICIPANT
ARDORAN OU (985420479) - PARTICIPANT
SITEX 45 SRL (998959836) - PARTICIPANT

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NOZLLEINSPECT [more...]

[FP7-SME-2008-1] (FP7)

Autonomous Robot for an Automatic Inspection of Nozzle Welds in Nuclear Environment

Regular in-service inspection is important to verify the integrity of welded nozzle sections in nuclear and other safety critical facilities. Nozzle sections made from austenitic steel can be susceptible to rapid crack growth due to thermal fatigue and stress corrosion. Early detection of cracks is therefore essential to ensure the continued safe operation of the facility in question. In order to reduce the time and cost of such inspections there is an urgent need to develop a system capable of performing a full inspection of nozzles without the need to change probes. The aim of NozzleInspect project is to design an autonomous robot system that able to: reduce the inspection times, Improve defect delectability and sizing, Reduce human intervention which will reduce workforce radiation uptake and Reduce requirement for robotic manipulation and consequently reduce size and cost of robotic deployment system. The goal of NozzleInspect project is to improve the reliability of the inspection of the welded nozzle sections in nuclear and other safety critical facilities. The robot will carry out a new and novel flexible phased array probe to allow a full inspection of nozzle weld areas and an advanced navigation system that follow the weld in nozzle. The presence of defects in these parts could lead to catastrophic component failure.
Participants:

IBERDROLA GENERACION SAU (984230095) - PARTICIPANT
PEAK NDT LIMITED (994625973) - PARTICIPANT
PHOENIX INSPECTION SYSTEMS LIMITED (998136888) - PARTICIPANT
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE (999524085) - PARTICIPANT
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS (999624965) - PARTICIPANT
VERMON SA (999696551) - PARTICIPANT
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS (999844961) - PARTICIPANT
TWI LIMITED (999912764) - COORDINATOR


SELFSCAN [more...]

[FP7-SME-2008-1] (FP7)

Neural Net based defect detection system using LRU technology for aircraft structure Monitoring

This project will develop an integrated system to monitor the condition of aircraft components, using integrated transducer arrays for improved long range ultrasonic testing (LRUT) optimised to maximise UT wave-defect interaction in order to boost sensitivity. The project will: •Improve the defect detection capabilities of guided waves by generating / selecting wavemodes on the basis of optimised wave-defect interaction, rather than selecting one non-dispersive mode facilitating visual signal interpretation, as is the current practise. •Make use of Neural Nets for data interpretation and defect classification. Neural Nets are, in a monitoring type system, ideally suited to detect minute changes in signals, caused by defect initiation and subsequent growth, and separate them from changes in signal caused by other factors. •Develop and validate novel flexible MFC transducers / magnetostrictive transducers suitable to be bonded to / integrated into aircraft components to form LRU sensor arrays enabling detection, localisation and sizing of flaws. •Development of Focusing thechniques such as Time reversal focusing and Time delay focusing in complex materials used for aircraft component manufucturing. •Develop, train and validate the Neural Net defect detection and classification system using LRU technology for aircraft components Monitoring. •Develop a central software program with high-level functions comprising data collection, signal processing, data analysis and representation, information storage and user interface. Additional software will be developed to enable focusing of LRU to identifiy significant potential failure sources. •Undertake modular integrations of the sensors/transducers, signal processing and software functionalities to develop the prototypes and demonstrate its the capability to monitor , to reduce the maintenance costs and increase the safety of aircraft components.
Participants

List of Beneficiaries:
ISOTEST ENGINEERING SRL (999476070) - PARTICIPANT
PHILLIPS CONSULTANTS (988861942) - PARTICIPANT
NDT EXPERT (991767868) - PARTICIPANT
Smart Material GmbH (997689427) - PARTICIPANT
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE (999524085) - PARTICIPANT
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS (999624965) - PARTICIPANT
ULTRA ELECTRONICS LIMITED (999739716) - PARTICIPANT
TWI LIMITED (999912764) - COORDINATOR



WINTUR [more...]
[FP 7-SME-2008-1]

In-situ wireless monitoring of on- and offshore WINd TURbine blades using energy harvesting technology.

This project will develop an integrated system to monitor continuously the condition of wind turbine blades, without human intervention on site, using a novel integration of acoustic emission (AE) and long range ultrasonics (LRU). The system will use flexible light weight sensors. It will not be hardwired, deriving its power from energy harvested from the continuous flexing of the blade and transmitting its data to a unit housed in the nacelle using Bluetooth technology. The nacelle unit will transmit data by wireless to the wind farm’s central control base.

The project will:
- Develop novel flexible transducers suitable for embedding in composite turbine blades with integrated AE and LRU capability enabling detection of flaws in the blades. This will be the first time that the same transducer array has been used for both AE and LRU functions.
- Validate the reliability of the sensor/transducer systems and associated electronic modules through a stringent environmental test scheme. System assembly and potential manufacturing routes will also be established.
- Develop a central software program with high-level functions comprising data collection, signal processing, data analysis and representation, information storage and user interface. Additional software will be developed to enable focusing of LRU at the point where AE has identified a significant potential failure source.
- Undertake modular integrations of the sensors/transducers, signal processing and software functionalities to develop the prototypes and demonstrate its the capability to monitor and to reduce the maintenance costs of large scale wind turbines.
- Develop an system based on the use piezoelectric actuators to harvest energy from the flexing of the blade and to use this energy to power the AE/LRU system.
- Develop wireless communication systems between the sensors on the blades and a unit in the nacelle and between the nacelle and a central control base.

Participants:
MIYAMA COMPOSITE MATERIALS SA (995463762) - PARTICIPANT
SCOTTISH AND SOUTHERN ENERGY PLC (996513496) - PARTICIPANT
Solent Composite Systems Ltd (996552102) - PARTICIPANT
ENCOCAM Limited (996818755) - PARTICIPANT
Smart Material GmbH (997689427) - PARTICIPANT
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA (999429122) - PARTICIPANT
NEXUS ENGINEERING OOD (999431838) - PARTICIPANT
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE (999524085) - PARTICIPANT
CENTER FOR RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY - THESSALY (999624965) - PARTICIPANT
ULTRA ELECTRONICS LIMITED (999739716) - PARTICIPANT
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS (999844961) - PARTICIPANT
TWI LIMITED (999912764) - COORDINATOR


RAILECT [more...]
[FP7-222425]

Development of an ultrasonic technique, sensors and systems for the volumetric examination of alumino-thermic rail welds

In 2004 an estimated 5 billion passenger journeys will be made in the UK, France and Germany and the market in the three countries is worth approximately €40 billion. [Ref. 1] . Based on the extrapolation of data relating to the UK, French and German railways [Ref 1], the 500,000 kms of rail [Ref. 2] on the European rail network has an average estimated 5000 rail breaks annually with about 1500 due to weld failure. Although the number of weld failures is relatively small compared to the estimated 11 million alumino-thermic welds on the European network, it still accounts for about 20% of the total 7000+ rail failures each year [Ref. 3]. There is no current available NDT method for the economic and reliable volumetric examination of alumino-thermic welds. This proposal describes the development of a rapid ultrasonic method for the safe and reliable NDT examination of the entire volume of in-situ alumino-thermic welds. The proposed ultrasonic system could be quickly deployed on track using a clamp-on device. The inspection scans will be carried out in a pre-determined sequence, and then the results compared with defect acceptance criteria that will be generated in the project. To achieve this objective, a rigorous analysis of the material properties, the defect interaction with the ultrasonic beams and the design of optimum scanning procedures will first be carried out. It is expected that the scans will be implemented by means of electronic scanning using novel phased arrays and multiple probes. The acceptance criteria will be generated by both Engineering Critical Assessment and fatigue tests on rail samples.

Participants:
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKIS AE (998994077) - PARTICIPANT
JARVIS PLC (999436785) - PARTICIPANT
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE (999524085) - PARTICIPANT
NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LTD (999540963) - PARTICIPANT
VERMON SA (999696551) - PARTICIPANT
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS (999844961) - PARTICIPANT
TWI LIMITED (999912764) - COORDINATOR
SPREE ENGINEERING LTD (998496952) - PARTICIPANT
KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED (999441150) - PARTICIPANT
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (999985417) - PARTICIPANT

HIDE [more...]
[FP7-217762]

HIDE – Homeland Security, Biometric Identification & Personal Detection Ethics 

HIDE is a project promoted by the European Commission (EC) and coordinated by the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship, an independent research centre based in Rome (IT). 
HIDE aims to establish a platform devoted to monitoring the ethical and privacy implications of biometrics and personal detection technologies. Detection technologies are technologies used to detect something or someone within a security or safety context. Personal Detection Technologies focus specifically on individuals, they include for example CCTV, infrared detectors and thermal imaging, GPS and other Geographical Information Systems (GISs), RFID, MEMS, smart ID cards, transponders, body scanners, etc. Biometrics is the application of technologies that make use of a measurable, physical characteristic or personal behavioural trait in recognizing the identity, or verifying the claimed identity of a previously registered individual. 
Personal detection technologies and biometrics are increasingly interwoven within a variety of applications. Most of these applications seek to create sensor network infrastructures for continuous detection, authentication and identification of individuals within diverse settings ranging from, amongst others, commercial, transport, public locales and border control. Moreover, by developing multimodal signal analyses, these technologies may allow activity recognition, indoor movement monitoring and non-verbal communication cues (body language, facial expressions, speech intonation, etc) which may assist in the prediction of behaviour. In its recent Green Paper on Detection Technologies, the EC argues that personal detection technologies and biometrics are "inherently intrusive" and "their use needs to be carefully analyzed, in order to establish limitations to their intrusiveness where necessary". HIDE meets this call and promotes open conversation between technology, security, ethics and policy experts as well as encouraging public discussions and dialogue. HIDE is based on the values of dialogue, responsibility, and integrity.

Vision statement:
We work to make the world a safer and freer place by promoting an open international dialogue on liberty, security and democracy and by building confidence and improving understanding among the main international and transnational actors. We also strives to advance a new and comprehensive, win-win, concept of surveillance technologies by building a new global second-track architecture based on search for common values and shared goals in the global community.

Mission statement: HIDE's mission is to set up a platform devoted to ethical and privacy issues of biometrics and personal detection technologies which addresses transnational (European) and international problems. HIDE aims to become the preeminent catalyst for innovative policy solutions to emerging ethical problems in the area of surveillance technologies, especially where collaboration among national and international. 

HIDE (HOMELAND SECURITY, BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION & PERSONAL DETECTION ETHICS) is a 36 month coordination action that aims to create a PANEUROPEAN DIALOGUE PLATFORM ON ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE OF PERSONAL DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES AND BIOMETRICS. THREE KEY IDEAS LED THE CONSORTIUM TO PREPARE THE HIDE PROJECT: ** Ongoing societal concerns about the use of biometrics and personal detection technologies for improving European security are legitimate. Research focusing on ethical, privacy and normative challenges posed by these technologies in the context of EU 27 is needed. **The ethical aspects of security technologies and the issue of data protection cannot be any longer addressed in the context of a particular technology alone. Research is needed with a more comprehensive approach to the continuum between personal detection, authentication and identification. **International controversies can be faced by promoting structured conversation. These controversies are often based on diverse interpretations of shared principles (e.g., proportionality principle, right to privacy, right to security, etc.). Structured conversation may allow a better understanding of others’ perspectives and commits all parties to dialogue. HIDE aims to create the best environment where this dialogue is possible and may progress.

Participants:
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V (999984059) - PARTICIPANT
International Biometric Group (UK) Limited (997928241) - PARTICIPANT
EUTELIS ITALIA SRL (998587744) - PARTICIPANT
HOGESCHOOL ZUYD (999416706) - PARTICIPANT
THE HASTINGS CENTER (999480435) - PARTICIPANT
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE (999524085) - PARTICIPANT
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP (999706057) - COORDINATOR
MORPHO (999766294) - PARTICIPANT
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (999869696) - PARTICIPANT
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (999923240) - PARTICIPANT
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY (999979694) - PARTICIPANT

 Sixth Framework Programme

BITE
[SAS6-006093]

Promoting Research and Public Debate on Bioethical Implications of Emerging Biometric Identification Technologies

BITE aims to prompt research and to launch a public debate on bioethics of biometric technology. The number of biometric devices in use in Europe has jumped from 8,550 in 1996 to more than to 150,000 in 2004 and biometric industries revenues are expected to more than triple in the next two years. “Biometrics seem headed for dramatic growth in the next few years. But calm, public discussion of their benefits and drawbacks has been lamentably lacking” (The Economist, Prepare to be scanned, Monday December 8th 2003). The BITE project aims to launch such a discussion.

Partners:
CSSC - CERBIC - CESAGen - ESA Comm - HUMANSCAN - IBMG
- IBG - IOM - OPTEL - EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF BIOETHICS


http://www.biteproject.org/

RiserTest
[COOP-CT-2005-018267]

Development of a Guided Long Range Ultrasonic Inspection System for the examination of offshore subsea Risers, Steel Catenary Risers (SCRs) and Flowlines


Partners:
TWI LIMITED Granta Park, UNITED KINGDOM
COAXIAL POWER SYSTEMS LIMITED, UNITED KINGDOM
2H OFFSHORE ENGINEERING LIMITED, UNITED KINGDOM
ATLANTIS NDE INGENIERÍA DE INSPECCIÓN NO DESCTRUCTIVA SL, SPAINPBP 
OPTEL SP. Z O.O., POLAND
I&T NARDONI INSTITUTE, ITALY
DACON AS, NORWAY
BP EXPLORATION OPERATING COMPANY LIMITED, UNITED KINGDOM
PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S.A., BRAZIL
DET NORSKE VERITAS PLC, NORWAY
ZENON S.A. ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS, GREECE

Abstract
In the ever-increasing search by oil majors for new fields and with the advent of advanced drilling and extraction technologies, very deep-water offshore fields are now being developed in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil and offshore West Africa. There have been significant engineering difficulties to overcome to make the development of deep-water offshore fields possible. However, there are still Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and inspection problems to solve. One such significant concern is the in-service NDT and inspection of the subsea risers, steel catenary risers (SCRs) and subsea flowlines. Once installed in their subsea environment, conventional NDT techniques will be impossible to apply to these components. Although the pipes comprising these components are manufactured and welded to the highest standards, they nevertheless need to be able to operate for 20 years or more without failure. Fatigue analysis shows that the 'start of life' defect size to ensure that failure will not occur is small (in the region of a mm or so through thickness dimension). It is inevitable that some welding defects of that size will go undetected at the manufactured weld NDT and inspection stage. Some parts of the SCRs (particularly in the least accessible seabed region) will be subject to fatigue loading that could ultimately cause premature failure and significant environmental pollution.In this project, guided wave ultrasonic testing developments are proposed that will overcome the limitations of the current technology and greatly increase the applicability and productivity of the technology.These developments will lead to increased business for EU inspection and maintenance SMEs. Recent business trends have seen oil companies outsource their entire inspection and maintenance requirements to specialist service SMEs. This will significantly increase business opportunities for these SMEs.

Tare It
[COOP-CT-2003-017331]

A Novel Tare Identification and Corrosion Detection System to Improve Filling Accuracy, Productivity and Safety for SME LPG, Butane & Propane Gas Vendors

Partners:
Norgaard Teknik A/S
Quantel SA
Optel Sp. z o.o.
Cylindric Denmark A/S
Kosan Crisplant A/S
DII A/S
TWI Ltd
Arrow Technical Services Ltd

  

CLEAR BRUSH
[COOP-CT-2005-016844]

A NOVEL INTEGRATED ULTRASONIC BRUSH AND SONICALLY ACTIVATED LOTION TO PROVIDE A FULL SYSTEM APPROACH TO THE ERADICATION OF THE EUROPEAN HEAD LOUSE MENACE

Partners:
A Nelson & Co Limited 
Denman International Limited 
Knoxcris Serv srl (KCS)
PBP Optel Sp. z o.o. 
Laboratorios Lac S.L. 
Diafarm Laboratorios S.A. 
InnowacjaPolska Sp. z o.o. 
Insect Research & Development

 

 Fifth Framework Programme

Program Phare Science & Technology (SCI-TECH II) 
[PL9611-02-06-0005]

"Innovations Centre" in Zlotoryja District

Partners: 
Coordinator: Dr inż. Mieczysław Pluta
Agnieszka Bicz (de domo Krysiak) - IT expert
Starostwo Powiatowe w Złotoryi 
Prof. Wolfgang Grill 
WCTT - Wrocławskie Centrum Transferu Technologii