Collective Multi-Sensor Awareness.
Leonardo Innovation & Technology Group (ITG) are developing a multi-element sensor network to provide awareness of activities across a widely distributed geographical area to meet the needs of the environmental, resilience and national infrastructure sectors.
Each sensor node in the network will have the ability to process data and information about its immediate environment local at the node.
This data and information has a much broader utility than simply providing local awareness. When combined with the data and information from multiple sensor nodes, a comprehensive collective awareness can be developed. Through interaction across the network, any individual node can improve its own local knowledge either by using data and information from a specific ‘neighbouring’ node or from an understanding of the composite awareness across the full network.
These networks are intended to work automatically, without the need for centralised command and control allowing for maximum flexibility, adaptability and resilience as local environmental factors change. Additionally, to address power and sustainability issues, a key aspect of the de-centralised network will be the minimisation of the amount of data and information which has to be exchanged across the network either to achieve a common, network level awareness or to provide support to an individual node.
Leonardo ITG is seeking new and innovative ideas which can contribute to or provide the complete functionality of such an adaptive, de-centralised multi-element sensor network.
Routes to consider:
- ITG are seeking innovation in bearer technologies. Wireless infrastructure however faces the challenges of available RF spectrum and bandwidth as well as problems in transmission in austere and densely packed urban environments.
- ITG are seeking novel and new network command and control algorithms and protocols capable of delivering adaptive and flexible de-centralised functionality achieved with a minimum of intra-node interaction.
- ITG are also looking for novel and new higher-level functionality capable of delivering automated, automatic and cognitive behaviours both on a node and network level within the de-centralised architecture.
Awards:- 1st Prize € 1500, 2nd Prize €750 & 3rd Prize €500