Members of the Consortium
The SCREEN project is executed by a consortium consisting of TEKEVER ASDS (Coordinator), INESC TEC, AVANTI Communications (AVA) and the Munich Innovation Group (MIG). When choosing the partners, three points were of major importance to ensure that the preconditions are adequately set. Firstly, all technological areas such as Dynamic Spectrum Sensing and Software-Defined Radio must be covered. Cognitive radio is an emerging technology with a low level of experience. Therefore, the partners were chosen according to their expertise in this field.
A second criterion was the high experience in space applications and projects. Professional support in this area is indispensable for SCREEN as each space project faces specific challenges due to the differences between space and terrestrial environments. The partners are expected to contribute their knowledge in space engineering to ensure a smooth migration of terrestrial applications to orbit.
Finally, all phases of a successful project implementation must be covered, including fundamental research and development, testing, intellectual property management and outreach work. For coordination reasons, each of the tasks is assigned to a consortium member who leads and supervises progresses.
The following partners proved to fulfil all requirements and are well suited for SCREEN’s execution:
TEKEVER ASDS (Coordinator)
TEKEVER ASDS (Aerospace, Defence and Security) develops and delivers advanced technological solutions in the areas of communications, autonomous vehicles and space systems for the aeronautics, space, defence and security markets. TEKEVER ASDS was created in 2006 as a spin-off of the TEKEVER Group, and develops and incubates innovative technologies, maturing them enough to create new products or integrate them into existing product lines of the company. The main technical areas of ASDS include Communication Systems focusing on innovative tactical communication systems, based on concepts as Software-Defined Radio (SDR), Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networks (DTN) or Cognitive Radio; the Autonomous Systems division which develops advanced multi-mission, multi-purpose autonomous systems for Air, Land and Water environments and the Space division aimed at developing cutting edge technologies for the Space market and investigate the spin-in into space of Group technology. Its main areas of research are affordable space validation platforms, Space-based SDR and inflatable structures, namely in packaging and rigidisation techniques. TEKEVER ASDS has extensive experience in collaborative research.
Avanti Communications Group PLC is a public limited company quoted on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. Avanti has many years of experience in collaborative R&D activities funded by the EC, ESA and National R&D bodies, both as coordinator/ prime and also as a partner. These include FP6 and FP7 projects such as SISTER, TANGO, CHORIST, Rural Wings, Vivaldi, CEDER, Alert4All and BATS. Avanti has a history of working with ESA. Thanks to previous ESA funded studies and R&D support through the ARTES program, Avanti was positioned to raise funds on the commercial markets for the successful development of our satellite broadband business and subsequent procurement of the HYLAS 1 satellite through a combination of ESA grant, bank debt and equity placing. We have since launched our second satellite HYLAS 2 with HYLAS 3 currently under construction. Avanti is involved through ESA R&D activities in the preparation for next generation multispot beam satellites aimed at developing new satellite technologies that will provide for increased capacity satellites aimed at meeting the EU 2020 Digital Agenda Targets. These projects will prepare a roadmap for future technology development so that Avanti and other satellite operators are able to order satellites that can satisfy the needs of European Citizens in line with DA targets.
INESC TECINESC TEC – INESC TEC is a private non-profit association, recognised as Public Interest Institution, and has been appointed as Associated Laboratory in 2002. INESC TEC is an institution created to act as an interface between the academic world, the world of industry and services, as well as the public administration, in the framework of the Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Electronics (ITT&E). The activity at INESC TEC runs under the paradigm of the knowledge to value production chain: knowledge and results generated at basic research are typically injected in technology transfer projects and therefore they receive added social relevance. Twelve units are active in research, technology transfer, knowledge valorisation and launching of spin-off companies.
MUNICH INNOVATION GROUP
Munich Innovation Group (MIG) has led numerous international projects involving technology transfer and commercialisation. MIG offers IP licensing management, patent transactions and IP advisory services to clients such as publicly listed high-tech corporates, privately held companies, independent inventors, academic institutions and investors. MIG’s research and technical consulting branch Munich Innovation Labs (MIL) offers consulting as well as research & development work for software in the area of signal processing and telecommunications with a special focus on custom communication solutions, based e.g. on software radio technology. MIL cooperates with organisations such as the European Space Agency, Technical University of Darmstadt and the Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics regarding the commercialisation of patents and research results. MIL also leads the consortium regarding the commercialisation of a novel non-invasive medical diagnostic device under the Central Innovation Program by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. The dissemination of innovation results is among the main pillars of MILs service expertise, complemented by MIG’s expertise in IPR and invention exploitation.