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  • Broadband in the Sky

    Status date: Dec

    A DVB-RCS platform with shared hub for multiple service providers.

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  • SEDNET

    Status date: Dec

    SEDNET is dedicated to the development of an interactive retail TV experience with satellite broadcast in the forward channel and SMS as the tool for response, ordering and marketing. The SEDNET product will enable NetCast customers to receive dynamic, interactive media broadcasts over one-way satellite communications.

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  • Hamlet

    Status date: Dec

    The Hamlet Project provides for the full integration of different media's didactic-pedagogical possibilities, and for the creation of an open and flexible learning environment, which is characterised by a both synchronic and diachronic didactic strategy, and served by satellite communications integrated with terrestrial based Internet connection. The environments provided by the Hamlet platform will be: the Orientation Portal, the Videoteque, the Virtual Library, the Virtual Laboratory, and the Didactic Cyberspace. Videochat with the teacher-telematic tutor, face to face, discussion forums, e-mail and links will be supported.

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  • IMPSAT

    Status date: Dec

    Cost-effective satellite communications by more efficient use of bandwidth is the goal of the IMPSAT project.

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  • TEMOS

    Status date: Dec

    TEMOS' objective is to establish a globally active satellite based competence network which will optimise the medical care of humans (tourists and business travellers) in today's mobile society. This network will be open for all interested hospitals and medical institutions such as general practitioners or assistance companies who agree to accept and apply the TEMOS quality criteria as developed within the framework of the project.

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  • TESEO

    Status date: Dec

    The TESEO project is dedicated to realising a system of multimedia narrow casting via satellite. The different multimedia elements (video, audio, graphics and text) are distributed to receiving sites situated in different geographical areas and assembled to form a local information channel branded for the specific user group. In the pilot phase of TESEO, the channel is used by hotel facilities to realise a local information channel distributed via the analogue cable TV system into each room, providing the hotel's guests with geographically tailored information.

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  • CollaBOD

    Status date: Dec

    CollaBOD is an integrated Bandwidth-on-Demand management system developed to control satellite circuits in real time and fill a gap betwen users.

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  • DISaV

    Status date: Dec

    DISaV's objective is the design of a platform to deliver multimedia content to a distributed audience and to manage the whole content lifecycle. DISaV meets the requirements of the new advertising market allowing the distribution of rich multimedia messages (with videos, audios and images) to a wide territory. The added-value of the platform is the possibility of sending audio-video material and data to screens distributed throughout the territory so as to have a dynamic grouping of the reception points.

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  • SatElections

    Status date: Dec

    SatElections is a pilot project dedicated to the realisation of a satellite based system and associated applications of E-Training and voting data transmission in support of the programme of effective electoral assistance sponsored by the task force on electoral assistance set up by UNDP, the EC and the international organisation IDEA. The project is executed in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • ILSE

    Status date: Dec

    The primary scope of activities to be undertaken within this project is service evaluation of a combined TDMA/DVB satellite network for Internet/Intranet services.

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  • Wireless lbDN

    Status date: Dec

    The Webraska project aims to develop and deploy innovative wireless real-time navigation services in Europe using two different satcom networks and terminals.

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  • SCCN

    Status date: Dec

    The objective of this project is to implement a dual use network (commercial and emergency management uses) which is ready at all times to immediately respond to the requirements of a crisis or failure of terrestrial connections. A number of specific hardware and software features will be developed, typical user configurations built and a pilot network operated.

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  • Fusion Studio

    Status date: Dec

    The aim of the Fusion Studio project is to explore the creation and enablement of compelling and commercially attractive content for Multimedia TV.

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  • CROCUS

    Status date: Dec

    The objective of the Crocus project (CROss-CUltural Satellite services for immigrant communities in Europe) is to disseminate multimedia and interactive didactic units for first and second language learning and intercultural education via satellite to schools, cultural centres, libraries, training agencies and associations of immigrants.

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  • ECM-GR

    Status date: Dec

    The project objective is to design an integrated service for civil protection departments which will be based on EO data, GIS technologies and satellite telecommunications. This project will act as a start-up for similar service provisions in the case of natural or man-made hazards or telemedicine applications.

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  • MIST

    Status date: Dec

    Through the MIST concept, isolated and mobile sites like ambulances and ferries can benefit from teleconsulting. The Wireless Sickbay element of the project developed, tested and implemented a telemedicine solution that can be fitted to a vessel (in this case the Marine Atlantic super ferry The Joseph and Clara Smallwood) to allow quick responses to medical problems from the RCST/IEMN network site in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. MIST was dedicated to the creation of a technology, application, and human systems model that can be custom fitted to a vessel to meet its specific requirements.

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  • PLANET2

    Status date: Dec

    PLANET2 aims at providing business and regional aviation with in-flight information updates on weather conditions and hazards, while contributing at the same time to the observation of the atmosphere thanks to in-situ measurements sent from the aircraft to the weather agencies.

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  • STICK

    Status date: Dec

    The STICK Project aims at providing broadband communications capabilities to the Public Protection and Disaster Relief sector. STICK will be a service that can be easily deployed by minimally trained operators, providing a mobile broadband shared network that can be simultaneously accessed by multiple users with multiple applications fully independent from public networks which may collapse when disaster strikes.

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  • RTI-TVS

    Status date: Dec

    The RTI-TVS project will be the first demonstrator enabling viewers to immerse themselves into an "Edutainment / Game TV Show" and to compete in teams with the physical protagonists of the show. The project intends to strengthen the use of advanced satellite communication technology and facilities using the new DVB-MHP iTV standard. An appropriate 2D/3D authoring and rendering application for "Edutainment / Game TV Shows" has been implemented using a background 2D/3D engine generator for virtual spaces.

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  • SkyNurse

    Status date: Dec

    SkyNurse intends to develop an operating centre for the delivery of distance education and residential courses directed at nursing personnel in non- EU countries in order to employ the trained personnel in EU hospitals and health care centres. SkyNurse also aims to improve nursing practice throughout the EU developing standard distance learning models suitable for national and international use and preparing learning materials that will offer uniform education, cultivate a harmonious professional background and promote standardized nursing procedures. The project has been piloted with an actual group of nursing staff in Romania prior to their recruitment in the Italian healthcare system.

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  • TRACKS

    Status date: Dec

    TRACKS provides an extension of a GSM cellular network using satellite links in combination with a transportable Base Stations for developing countries and crisis management. A GSM micro switch is interfaced to the EADS Astrium telephone network (and thereby to the Public Switched Telephone Network) by the transportable VSAT terminal through the multiservices router functions.

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  • MoMoSat

    Status date: Dec

    Development and prototyping of a map-based news group service for laptops and tablet PC's via VSAT networks and Wi-Fi local access.

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  • HOST

    Status date: Dec

    The HOST programme focused on the development of the Hellas Sat commercial offering in end-to-end satellite telecommunication services for supporting the delivery of bidirectional, broadband applications in Greece, the Balkans, SE Europe, and the Middle East. The project intends to trial end-to-end satellite telecommunication service provision to a variety of potential customers for applications and generic services in the area of e-Government, e-Business, e- Inclusion/Digital Divide.

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  • NextGen CAS for Sat Broad

    Status date: Dec

    This study will determine the causes of the current problematic situation regarding Conditional Access Systems (CAS). It will detail how the lessons learnt should impact the development of new CAS for broadcast services.

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  • WICOR

    Status date: Dec

    The key-objective of the project was to design and to develop a multifunctional "black box" that consists of an intelligent user terminal router and provides interfaces to multiple communication systems.

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  • ADMiNiSTRA

    Status date: Dec

    The ADMiNiSTRA project is addressed at developing an integrated communication system and associated applications allowing public institutions to receive as well as to transmit their multimedia contents - through satellite - towards their own end users/citizens. The result will be the setting up of a satellite network called "ADMiNiSTRA Business Television" dedicated to the Public Administration.

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  • SatElections CCN3

    Status date: Dec

    The CCN#3 "Open eTraining Network for the Millennium Development Goals" to SatElections is a pilot project dedicated to the development of a broadband satellite network in support to both the training (eTraining service) and the electoral needs (Electoral Data Transmission) of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (IEC-DRC).

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  • SAVSI

    Status date: Dec

    The main purpose of the SAVSI project is to combine the aspects of several tested-and-affordable technologies in order to provide a centralised video surveillance service for locations where terrestrial DSL connections are not available. These technologies are IP video surveillance using MPEG compression, wireless local network and DVB-RCS broadband Internet connection. Two video-surveillance services are being developed: surveillance of sensible sites, either as a nominal surveillance capability or as a means of redundancy (high-risk sites classified as "Seveso" e.g. remote train crossings, hydroelectric dams, isolated ATM machines), and surveillance of large and remote areas (mountains, borders, jungles, volcanic areas) where several risks are present (fires, smuggling, rains, eruption, etc.).

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  • BEATLES

    Status date: Dec

    By focusing on how to optimally create the best user experience for communicating highest quality images over bandwidth-limited communications systems, BEATLES targets key challenges in Mobile Satellite communications in general, and new Alphasat opportunities based on BGAN and GSPS in particular.

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  • SCOUT

    Status date: Dec

    The SCOUT (SkyWAN Carry-On User Terminal) is a system for satellite communications which includes an antenna, indoor-unit and outdoor-unit. SCOUT will provide data connectivity of SkyWAN networks to customers with high requirements regarding mobility.

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  • Pacific Skies

    Status date: Dec

    Pacific Skies is dedicated to defining, developing, implementing and piloting a premium internet access and corporate services product aimed at small/medium enterprises (SMEs) in Asia and the Middle East. The service, branded IPsys Broadband, offers two way Internet Access for remote corporate sites and is retailed through ISPs and satellite service providers specialised in the corporate market. The network will support services typically demanded by corporate users, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) suitable for intranet and extranets.

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  • SMART

    Status date: Dec

    The SMART Project targets the development and demonstration of a low cost satellite access provision service using GEO satellite parked in inclined orbit on both Single Channel per Carrier and Multi Channel per Carrier access schemes.

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  • Satellite Internet access for High Speed Trains

    Status date: Dec

    This project is aimed at designing, implementing and validating a mobile VSAT system at Ku-band for providing passengers of high speed trains with broadband access to internet.

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  • RCST

    Status date: Dec

    The Remote Community Services Telecentre (RCST) is a satellite based, shared-use facility (telecentre) that is implemented in remote communities to provide telelearning, telehealth, small business and rural development, communications and information access services. RCST would become a shared resource for a community or region, a common point through which a variety of services should be concentrated for cost effective service delivery.

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  • IMSATV

    Status date: Dec

    The IMSATV (Immersive Satellite TV) project intends to implement and deploy a precompetitive Satcom Application pilot service based on an enhanced / highly Immersive TV platform, for an extended range of TV programmes, and optimised for satellite bi-directional access. An advanced MHP immersive platform will be realised and advanced immersive TV content will be produced in order to run a pre-operational pilot.

  • SAET

    Status date: Dec

    The main objective of the SAET project is to define an engineered satellite-based network architecture for the provision of multimedia services on-board European trains.

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  • SAGAN

    Status date: Dec

    The main benefit obtained with the SAGAN project is freeing the booking operator from deciding which are the best transmission plans to fulfil the user requests and obtain a good utilisation of satellites' resources. Thus, the human intervention will be reduced drastically and an improvement of the booking system will be achieved.

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  • Trapeze

    Status date: Dec

    The objective of the Trapeze project is to build a satellite tele-education service showcase for travelling people like those in bargee, circus or fairground communities. Due to their mobility, these communities do not have access to fixed communication lines. The satellite tele-education service showcase is intended to convince organisations in the EU involved in the education of travelling communities of the value of integrating such services into their existing teaching practices.

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  • PERUSE

    Status date: Dec

    The Peruse Project will develop a Wireless Personal Alarm (WPA) solution which will be carried by or worn on a person and allows the user to signal for help at the touch of a button. Upon activation of an SOS alarm, the WPA will be capable of transmitting a low power signal to a satellite communications handset, which will forward a message to an authorised number, including the identity of the person in distress, as well as their current location. The WPA will also have the potential to transmit the user's current state of health and local environmental parameters.

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  • EDIBS

    Status date: Dec

    Development and first pre-operational assessment of an Interactive TV suite of MHP applications to reward audiences of TV channels with extra contents. The core of EDIBS concept is to embed additional services within the digital transmission stream using the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) standard for DVB set-top boxes (STB). By using common digital satellite transmission technologies, the TV- stations are enabled to offer additional Program services and new forms of embedded advertisement within a parallel program flow.

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  • MODUS

    Status date: Dec

    This project aims to set-up and demonstrate the "modus operandi" for designing and providing effective distance learning applications that exploit the SkyPlexNet satellite technology available, integrate satellite and terrestrial telecom infrastructures and prepare for commercial sustainability.

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  • Mimir 2.0

    Status date: Dec

    The objective of the project was to develop Forsway´s one-way Internet over satellite gateway, Mímir, into a carrier grade solution for operators of all sized.

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  • CVICS

    Status date: Dec

    The objective of project Cached VIdeo Content Set top Box was to provide a cost effective solution for a satellite based PushVOD (Video On Demand) infrastructure. This would allow end users located in areas not covered by reliable broadband networks to access services such as on demand video rental and Catch Up TV.

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  • HURRICANE

    Status date: Dec

    Hurricane is a dual polarised Ka-band Satcom on the move (SOTM) system which comprises a low profile antenna to be mounted on a positioner to dynamically track the satellite as the system moves. This project covers the design and fabrication of the low profile antenna which uses novel technology to produce an efficient array based aperture to enable a significant reduction in antenna height compared to reflector solutions whilst maintaining the required G/T performance.

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  • SADM G3

    Status date: Dec

    G3 Solar Array Drive Mechanism project aims to capitalize successful qualification and heritage of Constellation, SpacebusTM and ATV SADM to develop a new product that meet competitiveness and technical objectives of the new SpacebusTM satellite range.

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  • Typhoon

    Status date: Dec

    The Typhoon project has successfully designed, developed and tested an X-band (7/8GHz) Satellite-On-The-Move terminal incorporating a low profile antenna, and satellite trials have been successfully carried out over a representative range of tracks and terrains, both on and off road.

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  • Next Generation Solar Array

    Status date: Dec

    The next generation solar array (NGSA) under development by Airbus Defence and Space is based on a hybrid solar array concept consisting of a rigid backbone of Eurostar 3000 (E3000) type sandwich panels in combination with lightweight lateral panels.

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  • PAASAR

    Status date: Nov

    The aim of the project is to develop and test a Phased Array Antenna Full Facet Prototype allowing the simultaneous reception of at least 4 Search And Rescue (SAR) signals relayed by the satellites in view.

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  • Cuva.me

    Status date: Nov

    The focus of Cuva.me is on the development of compact dual band UHF-VHF antennas for use in maritime emergency situations. There are three main segments in this project: study/preliminary design, modelling and fabrication/test/ validation. The main challenge lies in managing the trade-off between compactness and electrical performance in hostile environments.

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  • One satellite geolocation system

    Status date: Nov

    The project shall implement functionality able to localize the source of an interferer by using just one satellite.