Research & Development

Telecommunications and Satellite Technologies

In line with market developments, MBI concretely shows that investing in research is the only way to create products and solutions with a low degree of obsolescence. This is done by taking part in hi-tech research projects, like the following.

ULTRADEFENDER (2018)

MBI, in collaboration with Natech, Qinova and CNIT, with the financial support of POR Creo FESR Regione Toscana Azione 1.1.5, is participating in an ambitious research and development project, called ULTRADEFENDER, aimed at enabling new potential developments in smart agriculture, also through the adoption of a fog and cloud computing platform.
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QV-LIFT (2016)

QV-LIFT is an Horizon2020 research project which aims at improving the maturity of satellite communications technologies and contribute to a more competitive positioning of European SATCOM manufacturers in the global market.
During the project satellite communications systems working at Q and V spectrum frequencies, the next challenge in fixed and mobile terabit SATCOM networks, will be studied and implemented. MBI STARFISH will be the beating heart of the smart gateways network and will increase the availability of the satellite channels in adverse weather conditions.
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SVI.I.C.T.PRECIP. (2016)

The SVI.I.C.T.PRECIP. (Development of integrated technological platform for the control and the transmission of computer data on patterns of precipitation fields in real time) project intends to provide the state of cloudiness and precipitation on a very short period with a high level of detail and accuracy. MBI will provide satellite telecommunications systems based on new waveforms that will produce several improvements over other technologies commonly adopted in this field. MBI is employed with EUTELSAT SA in the engineering and implementation of transceiver systems at the teleports that will be used by the new Smart LNB systems that will be used in the project.

ACCORD (2015)

The ACCORD project is aimed at developing a connectivity platform able to handle innovative terminals which automatically switch between different available interfaces and related protocols, without any interruptions to the service. The ACCORD solution is based on a smart-router, which provides vertical handover by selecting the most appropriate connection based on a customizable policy. The resulting platform is fully-software based and uses a Software-Defined-Radio approach.

(https://artes.esa.int/projects/accord)

AIRONE (2014)

The AIRONE project of the Italian Space Agency aims to demonstrate satellite telecommunication services in S band in order to improve ultralight aircraft navigation. MBI is providing the telecommunications technology for the project.

SATURN (2012)

The Smart mAritime saTellite terminal for mUltimedia seRvices and ConteNts project (ESTEC 4000106485/12 / NL / US) was financed by the European Satellite Agency and ran between 2012 and 2014.  MBI was the prime contractor for the extension of the MSS services to the maritime sector using the W2A satellite. MBI was responsible for designing and testing the S-MIM communication protocols for services such as broadcasting, geo-referencing information and security services for maritime scenarios. This was carried out by implementing the ground segment of the return link and operating the link communication on W2A.

SafeTRIP (2009)

The Safe TRIP project: Satellite Applications For Emergency handling, Traffic alerts, Road safety and Incident Prevention (FP7-TRANSPORT-233976), was funded by the European Commission within the 7th framework program. It lasted from 2009 to 2013, and led to the creation of a variety of safety services within the transport field. In particular, SafeTrip integrated new S-band satellite technology with other existing systems, such as satellite positioning and terrestrial communications. MBI designed and implemented the integration platform, so as to create an original way to achieve a holistic approach to the infrastructure / vehicle / driver chain.

DENISE (2009)

The DENISE project: Demonstrator Emergency aNd Interactive S-band services (ESTEC 22439/09 / NL / US) was financed by ESA between 2009 and 2011. It studied and demonstrated the feasibility of an interactive system on the S-band, using 15 MHz for uplink and downlink routes on the W2A satellite. MBI had an important role in defining the S-band Mobile interactive multimedia protocol (S-MIM) for messaging applications and real-time emergency services via handheld and vehicular terminals

J-ORTIGIA (2007)

The J-ORTIGIA project was the continuation of the ORTIGIA ESA project to study and validate the technical and commercial feasibility of launching a family of Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) using new satellite resources in S-band. The MSS use a hybrid satellite / terrestrial architecture to provide affordable multimedia services on mobile devices. During the project MBI  tested the DVB-SH technologies in real-world scenarios on handheld or vehicle-mounted devices. A fully operational Earth Pilot Network was deployed in Italy in October 2008 and was used with the S band payload. The band was available throughout Europe as a result of a joint venture between Eutelsat and SES-Astra using the  EUTELSAT10A (W2A) satellite, which was launched on 3 April 2009.

UNIC (2006)

This project involved developing the technologies required to provide interactive triple-play services (audio-video-data). Traditional TV sets were used as devices for receiving services, while satellite was used for transmission. Using satellite it was possible to reach every house in Europe, including rural and disadvantaged areas without broadband. The UNIC project integrated the most advanced satellite technologies dedicated to Direct-To- Home television services (DTH) with IP services running on terrestrial networks (eg. VoIP). The result was a platform that provides a real alternative to traditional or emerging internet access systems, such as terrestrial, DTT and IPTV platforms.

V4DL: VideoSat For Distance Learning (2005)

V4DL is an innovative system of distance learning for medical training. An advanced Set-Top-Box uses a satellite connection for course distribution, training via edufiction movies in order to maximise the use of the courses. Teaching through edufiction combines emotional and narrative techniques with advanced learning methods for visual stimulation. These video courses, designed to meet the ministerial requirements for CME (Continuous Medical Education), are distributed via satellite. The set-top box receives the content and utilises an appropriate e-learning application to provide the user with an advanced and innovative training experience. The CME system, the transport system for the video courses via satellite push technology and the Set-Top-Box were all developed and integrated within the project. The advanced Set-Top-Box is  equipped with a push client, a media player and an e-learning app for videos and adapted for an interaction similar to a TV.

VIRTUS (2004)

VIRTUS sviluppa una soluzione per la comunicazione in tempo reale video e voce. Permette inoltre la diffusione di contenuti audio-video per eventi medici. Ha numerose possibilità di applicazione nei collegamenti di qualità tra strutture mediche dislocate in luoghi diversi oppure per la formazione a distanza. Offre la possibilità a medici che operano in aree disagiate di avvalersi della consulenza specializzata di colleghi in strutture di eccellenza, oppure per collegare in modo efficace la didattica con l’esperienza clinica. ll sistema VIRTUS può essere collegato ad un gran numero di dispositivi audiovisivi ed apparati biomedicali in sale diagnostiche o chirurgiche. L’operatore sanitario può instaurare una videocomunicazione in diretta in relazione ai contenuti inviati. VIRTUS può essere configurato ed usato sia da parte del medico specialista che dal personale medico o paramedico disponibile presso le strutture sanitarie. Adotta standard consolidati ed è realizzata su sistemi e tecnologie Open Source, seguendo le raccomandazioni fatte in materia dalle Autorità Centrali delle Amministrazioni Pubbliche.

MOWGLY (2004)

Il progetto ha sviluppato una piattaforma in grado di fornire accesso internet ed intranet a larga banda per i passeggeri di veicoli mobili quali aerei, treni, navi. In uno scenario caratterizzato dal crescente fabbisogno di accedere a internet sempre e ovunque, il sistema MOWGLY fornisce una soluzione con una qualità del servizio paragonabile a quella delle reti terrestri, anche in situazione di mobilità. Nel corso del progetto sono state risolte problematiche complesse dei sistemi di comunicazione satellitare a larga banda, quali dimensione e peso delle antenne, totale interoperabilità con le reti terrestri e continuità del collegamento. E’ stata poi messa a punto la gestione della qualità del servizio in presenza di molte decine di passeggeri che utilizzino contemporaneamente il proprio PC per lavoro o per svago.

HUMAN (2001)

Obiettivo di HUMAN è progettare e sperimentare un insieme di strumenti e servizi a sostegno delle attività dei medici che operano su pazienti detenuti in carcere. Il progetto ha utilizzato la connessione wireless satellitare e WI-FI per la realizzazione di videoconferenze e teleconsulto in ambito carcerario. E’ stato poi realizzato un Diario Clinico del Paziente oltre a dispositivi biomedicali per l’acquisizione e l’analisi di segnali biologici. La sperimentazione del sistema è stata effettuata presso due istituti di pena europei, in Italia e in Spagna.

AXMEDIS

AXMEDIS è una piattaforma dedicata alla produzione, protezione e distribuzione multicanale di contenuti cross-mediali. E’ stata progettata per ridurre i costi e aumentare l’efficienza, grazie alla disponibilità di strumenti per automatizzare l’intera catena di trasformazione (accesso ai sistemi di gestione dei contenuti e alla base dati, elaborazione, adattamento, licenza, transcodifica, metadatazione, fatturazione, ecc). Si tratta di un’applicazione che utilizza il modello di gestione dei diritti anche nell’ambito dei servizi B2B. AXMEDIS permette di potenziare l’accessibilità ai contenuti grazie all’integrazione delle piattaforme peer-to-peer legali. E’ inoltre supportata la distribuzione multicanale (ad es. mobile, satellite, kiosk, iTV) con un gran numero di dispositivi, tra i quali PC, PDA, Decoder, Telefonini. www.axmedis.org

RT RT SAT

Si tratta della realizzazione dell’importante intervento che ha come obiettivo la realizzazione di sistemi di collegamento in larga banda per gli Enti Locali di piccole e medie dimensioni posti in aree sottoutilizzate. Il dispiegamento della rete è stato completato con il collegamento di oltre 75 siti dislocati in 14 Comunità Montane. Il collegamento avviene mediante l’installazione di una stazione utente e la sua configurazione per collegarla ad internet e alla Rete Telematica della Regione Toscana. RT RT SAT – Sito del progetto

Research & Development ultima modifica: 2014-10-27T15:19:51+00:00 da esalsi@mbigroup.it