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H2020 FOF-10-2017. Búsqueda de socios para personalización y reutilización de dispositivos móviles basadas en componentes individuales, circuitos completos y dispositivos completos con o sin pantalla


Búsqueda de socios
Un centro de investigación alemán busca socios interesados en participar en un proyecto para la modificación y reutilización de dispositivos avanzados (teléfonos móviles) o sus componentes. Esta modificación y reutilización se realiza tanto a nivel de componentes como de circuito o utilizando los dispositivos completos. El objetivo es desarrollar una cadena de procesos piloto. Se buscan socios con experiencia en desarrollo de electrónica de consumo o reciclaje de dispositivos avanzados. El proyecto será presentado a la convocatoria FOF-10-2017 del programa H2020 y coordinado por un centro de investigación alemán. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 19 de enero de 2017 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 12 de diciembre de 2016.


H2020 FOF-10-2017: Partners sought for customization and reutilization of mobile devices based on single components, complete circuits as well as whole devices with or without display
The project is about modifications and reuse of high-end devices (e.g. mobile phones) or parts of them. This can be done either on the component and circuit level or by using the devices as a whole in an application. The objective is to realize a pilot process chain. Partners should be experienced in developing consumer electronics or recycling high-end devices. The project will be submitted to the EU H2020 program FOF-10-2017 and coordinated by a research facility in Germany.
The research domain is a mix out of development of electronics and informatics as well as production and reuse/recycling technologies. The development of electronics focuses on the implementation of small add-ons or stand-alone devices with new hardware, whereas the software is needed to add new methods and functionalities, as well as in the computer vision and artificial intelligence domains. The production parts cover the fabrication of these devices with focus on economical and reliable processes. The end-of-life part is covered by the recycling technologies, which are researched in order to enable the extraction and reuse of components or circuits.
Useful results would be methods to extract and modify components from high-end devices and pilot devices employing those components. By supplying parts or whole devices to a new use, typically two targets are reached: First, the user is allowed to customize his devices according to his wishes. Then, the devices are used for a longer period leading to a more economical and environmentally friendly life cycle.
To reach these targets, specific add-ons for the devices should be developed in order to enable customization of the devices, e.g. a camera add-on or a network interface. These add-ons should be developed to cover a wide range of applications. Possible options are simple data loggers as well as network extensions and surveillance tasks or assistive devices for elderly. The add-ons will focus on the most used devices and operate under typical operating systems. In this region some research was already done, such as the development of a parcel butler based on a smart phone. Additional ideas for reuse like home automation applications or the reuse of components and electronics of partly damaged hardware are currently under research in small scale.
The described modifications can be implemented using software or hardware extensions. Therefore, partners are sought with experience in developing home automation electronics or adjacent fields. In order to cover the complete process chain another research topic targets the production of devices focused on future modifications. Partners from this field should cover some production capabilities concerning electronics. On the other hand, the reuse of components or circuits of damaged devices are also important for this project. To cover this topic a pilot plant for detection of valuable components was realized. Nevertheless, partners with experience in the reuse and recycling sector are most welcome, as it is planned to develop a plant in an industrial environment.
The founding program is part of the cross-cutting activities within the EU research program H2020. The framework conditions consist mainly of the complete coverage of the process chain as well as inclusion of at least 3 partners from different countries, out of whom the project coordinator is one. Beside these international conditions, the developed technologies should lead to a reduction of the time to market and the manufacturing costs of personalized products. Moreover, the technologies should be environmentally friendly and rather flexible in their use. The EU commission considers an average contribution of around EUR 5 million appropriate for these topics.
The project coordinator is head of a laboratory with focus on development of electronics and informatics and part of a wider research network realizing reuse projects. Besides the coordinator, there are several small-scale business contacts within Germany from different regions. The contacts are from different regions, e.g. small scale production or recycling. The requested partners should cover part of the process chain indicated above. Needed capabilities range from development skills in household electronics to informatics, from production to recycling and reuse of electronic components.
Call deadline: 19th January 2017
EOI deadline: 12th December 2016
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development
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For the customization part the project is focused on developing software or simple hardware extensions, such no rights are reserved nor required.
In the recycling section typical industrial hardware should be employed, e.g. sensors or conveyors. The main development will focus on software, so patents are not required here, too.

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Type: Industry, home automation Role: Co-development of appliances compatible to mobile devices One part of the project is to develop appliances and interfaces to connect mobile devices to other hardware for customization purposes, e.g. home automation. One idea is to implement used high end devices like smartphones as control unit for surveillance applications. The smartphone could be used as main component in a baby monitor or remote camera. The other possible option is to use the device as management system for different slave units, e.g. list all active electrical sockets. Partners from this region should be experienced with developing and producing home automation applications and devices within Internet of Things (IoT). Mutual benefits would be the elaboration of joint ideas and additional concepts as well as the commercialization of the devices. Type: Industry, elderly assistance systems Role: Co-development of appliances compatible to mobile devices Another part is the support of the elderly by supplying assistance systems to mobile devices. One example is the implementation of an emergency button in combination with voice recognition. A device equipped with such an extension could start an emergency call to a predefined number, if it detects irregular behaviour or an emergency. Other possible options include the development of automated administrations of medications. Such a device could notify the operator of necessary ingestions at different times. Reasonable healthy elderly can be assisted in their daily life by voice navigation focused on older people or by connectivity to home automation and IoT. An example could be a notification in case of a stove plate or gas heater left on. Less dangerous things could be finished washing machines. Partners should be experienced with serving elderlies needs and interested in working on this field. Optional benefits would be connections to health insurances. Type: Industry or academia, recycling Role: Co-development of plant for high-end devices The reuse and recycling part is of great importance to this project. The reuse is planned on several levels. In case of full functionality of the device the complete reuse is intended. On the next level useful components should be extracted. Examples are displays, circuit parts or accumulators. The lowest level reuse is taking place on a component basis. Partners should be familiar with the withdrawal and handling of used high end devices. As it is planned to test for functionality and, if negative, disassemble and reuse parts, experience with this steps is useful and recommended. Type: Industry, production of mobile devices Role: Co-development of customization options for mobile devices In order to cover the complete value chain producers of mobile devices are searched as partners. Possible interactions could be the providing of mobile devices, used or otherwise, as well as the support for developing interfaces for the smartphones. A mutual benefit would be the collaboration for allowing different specialisations of the devices.
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Project title and Acronym:
Mobile Devices Customization and Reuse Project Application, MobsReuse