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Research projects - Safety and security

  • Cargo crawlers: ship-surveying robots assist human inspectors
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Historically, inspecting cargo ships for cracks, corrosion and other signs of wear has been time-consuming, expensive. For the inspectors who have to climb scaffolding it is also potentially dangerous. Seeking to ease these difficulties, the EU-funded project MINOAS has developed robots equipped with cameras and magnetic wheels that can scale walls and report back their findings – quickly, accurately and safely.
  • Reducing the impact of human error at sea
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    The recent accident of the Costa Concordia cruise ship has tragically shown that mistakes at sea can have severe consequences. The European Commission is supporting advanced research that helps reduce the risks of human error and the impact, should something go wrong nevertheless.
  • Safer recovery from difficult flight conditions
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    Aircraft are very safe, but unexpected, extremely difficult flight conditions do happen. Up to now, no simulator has been able to give pilots training that could prepare them realistically for situations like these. The SUPRA project has succeeded in building a flight simulator to train pilots for harsh conditions.
  • Are in-vehicle technologies improving road safety?
    Published on: 03/02/2012
    As technology advances, vehicle manufacturers are incorporating more and more gadgets such as cell phones, satellite navigators and in-car video systems into vehicles. But what are the effects of these in-vehicle technologies (IVTs) on road safety? Ten European research partners are trying to determine how safe they really are.
  • What the European Commission is funding in air transport research
    Published on: 25/07/2011
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    Air transport has become a corner stone of our economy and the path to our mobility. This video shows some of the fascinating research that is done with the help of FP7 funding for air transport and aeronautics to make air transport safer, greener and more competitive.
  • Innovation brings new road safety measures to market
    Published on: 29/06/2011
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    A chest protection device that was developed following European research into improving ‘passive’ safety for road users is now available on the market.
  • 'TelliBox' delivers better system for intermodal freight transport
    Published on: 29/03/2011
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    The EU-funded TelliBox project has optimised available loading space in freight vehicles, promising more efficient transport of goods.
  • EU research targets marine oil spills
    Published on: 27/07/2010
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    A new EU-funded research project is developing monitoring and recognition systems to combat pollution caused by maritime transport and other marine activities.
  • New aircraft engine designs reduce CO2 emissions
    Published on: 22/07/2010
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    The EU-funded NEWAC project has delivered new engine designs to help Europe meet pressing emission targets for air transport.
  • First ever 'naturalistic' study to monitor motorbike drivers
    Published on: 19/07/2010
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    The EU-funded '2BESAFE' project will carry out a groundbreaking study of motorbike and scooter driver behaviour, known to be a major contributing factor in two-wheeler crashes.
  • Building cockpits for safer and more efficient aviation
    Published on: 13/07/2010
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    The 'ALICIA' project is developing systems to improve the safety of landing and taxiing operations, and to increase the efficiency of the air transport network. The target date is 2020, but some technologies could be operational much sooner.
  • World records for EU-funded fuel cell-powered aircraft
    Published on: 09/07/2010
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    A hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft developed by the 'ENFICA-FC' project has completed a number of successful test flights out of Reggio Emilia airport in Italy, establishing new speed and endurance records for electrically powered class C aeroplanes.
  • Innovative monitoring for road transport safety
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    The EU-funded 'ASSET-Road' project has opened a new test site on the A8 Salzburg-Munich motorway in Germany. The objective is to reduce the number of serious road accidents, especially those linked to heavy goods transport.
  • SARTRE project presents exciting new road transport scheme
    Published on: 02/03/2010
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    The EU-funded 'SARTRE' project is developing and testing new technologies to enable vehicles to travel together safely in 'road trains' on unmodified public motorways.
  • 'PPlane' project – radical and novel ideas for 'Personal Air Transport System'
    Published on: 04/02/2010
    The EU-funded PPLANE project is poised to revolutionise travel, ease congestion with its Personal Air Transport System (PATS), a new paradigm in air transport. Like a private car, the PPlane personal air vehicle will deliver the benefits of speed and routing efficiency only possible through direct-to-destination flight.
  • EU-funded 'EFFORTS' project sees successful conclusion
    Published on: 30/11/2009
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    Partners in the EFFORTS project, looking at operational performance, strategic planning and environmental concerns in the European seaport industry, have held their final meeting in Hamburg. EU officials say the initiative has made a valuable contribution to a crucial economic sector.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’
    Published on: 28/10/2009
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    More than 60 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 21 October for the final presentation of the iTREN-2030 project, which has developed an integrated scenario for energy and transport in Europe.
  • Intelligent transport projects in focus
    Published on: 28/10/2009
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    With the focus on intelligent transport systems for use in daily life, EU research projects looking to expand practical applications were on show at the 16th ITS Congress in Stockholm.
  • Innovative EU project sees port workers lending hand
    Published on: 13/10/2009
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    The EU-funded 'SECURCRANE' initiative has demonstrated a new system aimed at making life both easier and safer for ship-to-shore crane operators. Critical to the project has been the input and co-operation of the crane operators themselves, based in the port of le Havre, France.
  • 'SAFEDOR' completes four years of research on safe and innovative ship design, operation and regulation
    Published on: 07/09/2009
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    EU-funded SAFEDOR is the first project to develop a risk-based ship design and regulatory framework to achieve safety cost-effectively by treating it as an objective and not as a constraint.
  • Road infrastructure projects bridge gap between newer and older EU Member States
    Published on: 07/09/2009
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    The results of the trailblazing 'ARCHES' and 'SPENS' projects have been presented in Ljubljana, at a conference hosted by ZAG, Slovenia’s National Building and Civil Engineering Institute.
  • 'HeavyRoute' project presents final results
    Published on: 03/08/2009
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    A key EU-funded research project aimed at improving road safety and capacity while reducing impacts on the environment and maintenance costs held its final meeting in Brussels in June 2009.
  • Making air travel safer
    Published on: 07/04/2009
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    The results of a four-year-research effort to develop future safety information systems for aircraft were released at an event in Amsterdam on 25th and 26th March.
  • 'FRESH' project still hot
    Published on: 02/10/2008
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    Completed in 2007, the SME-led 'FRESH' project, which developed advanced tools for aircraft electrical design, is still making waves. Project partners are now looking to carry out further research into electro-magnetic and thermal effects in aircraft.
  • ‘EURO-TRANS’ hits the ground running
    Published on: 01/02/2007
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    The EU-funded EURO-TRANS initiative is promoting and supporting the participation of small and medium size enterprises in European surface transport research projects. Partners met at a launch meeting in Brussels on 16 January 2007 to discuss actions and objectives.
  • ‘GLOBAL VIEW’ bringing railway world closer together
    Published on: 01/02/2007
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    The Specific Support Action GLOBAL VIEW is disseminating the results of selected EU projects and learning from similar projects in India, China and Russia, identifying needs and priorities for joint international rail research projects.
  • Full steam ahead – Transport Research in support of EU maritime policy
    Published on: 18/01/2007
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    Research plays a vital role in boosting the competitiveness of the European maritime sector, but supporting an all-embracing maritime policy means facing some formidable challenges. A new brochure, ‘Marine related research and the future European Maritime Policy’, outlines the opportunities and breadth of research required.
  • ‘AERONEWS’ – good news for early detection of microdamage
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    Partners in the EU-funded AERONEWS project met in Ghent, Belgium, on 15 September 2006. The mid-term evaluation of the project is very positive, showing good progress towards improving monitoring of aircraft structural soundness.
  • Leading edge – DUTIFRISK improving bladed disk technology
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    The DUTIFRISK project has introduced important improvements in bladed disk (BLISK) technologies for aircraft engines, developing and testing a new dual alloy for linear friction welding. The research conducted has paved the way for a new generation of improved disks, which will contribute to the development of safer and more efficient engines in the future.
  • ‘CREATING’ shifting cargo from road to water
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The EU-funded CREATING project brings together 29 partners from nine European countries, including nearly all countries bordering the Rhine and Danube rivers. Its goal is to reinvigorate waterborne freight traffic through innovative solutions, releasing some of the pressure on European roads.
  • ‘AROSATEC’ improving turbine engine maintenance
    Published on: 27/07/2006
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    The final meeting of the EU-funded AROSATEC project took place at the Metris headquarters in Leuven, Belgium on 4 July 2006. The partnership, composed largely of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has developed new processes for the automated repair and overhaul of turbine engine components.
  • Innovative road vehicles point way to future
    Published on: 27/07/2006
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    The TRA 2006 conference in Göteborg featured a variety of new products and envelope-pushing vehicles, including the Piaggio MP3, the starting point for the soon-to-be-launched ‘SIM’ project, and the recently unveiled ‘CLEVER’ vehicle.
  • The integrated path to road safety
    Published on: 24/05/2006
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    The recent Road Safety Forum in Leipzig, Germany, asked participants to fasten their seatbelts and, together, chart an integrated path to safer roads and vehicles.
  • EU-funded CLEVER prototype makes exciting debut
    Published on: 20/04/2006
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    CLEVER is a three-metre-long and one-metre-wide tilting three-wheeler with room for a driver and one passenger, developed with EU support and aimed at alleviating rising urban transport congestion. On 10 April 2006, this sleek and exciting new vehicle was unveiled in Berlin where project partners, journalists and interested parties were allowed to test drive it for themselves.
  • ‘UNIACCESS’ promotes better transport for all citizens
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    On 20-21 March 2006, the EU-funded UNIACCESS project held a workshop for European local authorities. The objective was to broaden the discussion and accelerate progress on accessible public transport for the disabled.
  • C-ATM project delivers ambitious concept for air traffic
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    On 31 January 2006, the EU-funded C-ATM project (Co-operative air traffic management) held its final public forum. On the agenda was a new integrated air/ground operational concept, expected to dramatically improve the efficiency of the overall ATM network by providing more reliable and predictable service to airspace users.
  • EU-funded safety at sea project has worldwide impact
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    The results of the ‘HARDER’ project have been incorporated into the revised IMO SOLAS regulations on safety and stability of passenger vessels, applied to shipping around the globe.
  • Health monitoring of aircraft by Nonlinear Elastic Wave Spectroscopy
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Aviation Safety Improvement Using Cost Benefit Analysis
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Fundamental Research on Aircraft Wake Phenomena
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Lightning Protection for Structures and Systems on Light Aircraft Using Lightweight Composites
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ‘INTRO’ – co-operative systems for intelligent roads
    Published on: 12/12/2005
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    While numerous and varied European research projects are now focused on improving road safety, much of their work is still being carried out in isolation. The result is repetition, lost time and productivity and wasted resources. The INTRO project is responding to the problem, integrating existing and novel technologies and developing co-operative systems for road safety and management.
  • ‘QCITY’ and ‘SILENCE’ – EU projects target urban noise
    Published on: 24/11/2005
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    Research activities with a strong focus on reducing road and other transport noise have been launched under the Sixth Framework Programme. QCITY and SILENCE will result in major improvements in efficiency and quality of life, especially in European cities.
  • ‘HyICE’ – optimising hydrogen powered engines
    Published on: 08/07/2005
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    As scientists around the world seek to advance new hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, European researchers are providing leadership in the production and marketing of corresponding systems and components.
  • ‘ECODIS’ and ‘SEES’ – meeting the challenge of vehicle waste
    Published on: 04/07/2005
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    New EU-funded projects are providing the automotive industry and car recyclers with effective technologies and methodologies for cost-effective and environmentally friendly maintenance and dismantling operations.
  • ‘VIRTUE’ paves the way to improved marine hydrodynamics services
    Published on: 04/07/2005
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    The EU-funded VIRTUE project, launched in January 2005, aims to improve and integrate state-of-the-art, Computational Fluid Dynamics tools in a comprehensive ship behaviour simulation environment.
  • ‘AWIATOR’ – better wing technology to boost aerodynamics
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    This EU-funded project’s innovative technologies, including mini-flaps, vortex reducers and gust detectors, promise the arrival of lighter ‘intelligent’ aircraft that can respond instantly to changes in wind velocity and other unpredictable flying conditions.
  • ‘POP&C’ project to prevent maritime oil spills
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    Oil spills caused by tanker incidents result in catastrophic environmental damage and are almost always the subject of lengthy and potentially embarrassing media attention. Now, the European Union is taking action to ensure that oil-soaked birds and blackened coastlines become a thing of the past.
  • 'SAFECRAFTS' project improving evacuation of passengers following shipping accidents
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    The EU-funded SAFECRAFTS project is taking a global view of the human and technical factors involved in passenger evacuation. Team members say their approach could result in dramatic reductions in deaths and injuries and could also help make European companies more competitive.
  • APROSYS and APSN – new EU-funded actions target road safety
    Published on: 22/04/2004
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    Launched on 6 April 2004 in Brussels, APROSYS is an ambitious new initiative aimed at improving passive safety for European road users. Its kick-off meeting was followed on 7 April by the launch of the related European Advanced Passive Safety Network (APSN).
  • ‘AVITRACK’ – automated surveillance of airport aprons
    Published on: 18/03/2004
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    A new EU-funded project will use state-of-the-art video systems and intelligent algorithms to track objects and persons, and to interpret normal aircraft servicing operations on the tarmac.
  • SAFEICE - cutting a path through icy waters
    Published on: 08/03/2004
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    Despite dangerous conditions, more and more ships are making their ways through ice-covered Arctic waters. With increasing traffic raising the risk of accidents in this severe environment the new EU-backed SAFEICE project has embarked on a quest to make navigating the ice safer and more economical.
  • ‘SAFEE’ targets on-aircraft security
    Published on: 11/02/2004
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    The SAFEE project, aimed at improving security onboard commercial aircraft, held its kick-off meeting in Paris on 5 February 2004. Thirty-one partners from 12 countries, including heavy-hitters from the aerospace industry and security specialists from the research and academic communities, came together for the first time to plan the way forward.
  • Learning road safety from dummies
    Published on: 12/12/2003
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    A new breed of nimble crash-test dummy with life-like movement is hitting the road to teach European scientists how car accidents affect the human body. Researchers hope the new prototype will provide insights that will enable them to increase the ‘passive safety’ of Europe’s cars and roads.
  • The virtual route to safer cars
    Published on: 12/12/2003
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    Crash-test dummies and physical impact tests can only be used to analyse a limited range of accident types and are extremely expensive to run. As two EU-backed projects are demonstrating, computer simulations will one day offer a far more versatile and cost-effective alternative.