|Start:||01 February 2008|
|End:||18 May 2010|
|Department:||Geodesy and Navigation (GEON)|
IEGLO is a research project lead by the company TeleConsult Austria GmbH with the participation of OECON GmbH (Germany), the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements (PIAP, Poland), Tele+ Italia SAS (Italy) and the Institute of Geomatics (Spain). IEGLO is funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (7FP) under the funding scheme of “Collaborative Project targeted to SME” as a result of a proposal submitted to the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) in response to the GALILEO-2007-1.7-01 Open Call for Focused Innovative Projects in Mass-Market GNSS Applications.
From a global business perspective, IEGLO contributes to the introduction of Galileo services and products into the domain of Location Based Services (LBS) applications in the future Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) marketplace.
From a social perspective, IEGLO responds to much needed -and technologically challenging- new applications for the easy tracking and tracing and emergency detection of elderly people as well as secure child tracking. At present, in the EU, there are approximately 4,000,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease who can often become disoriented and lost. They need around-the-clock support and supervision by their family members or nursing staff. In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in accidents suffered by seniors and persons with disabilities. Therefore, the safety of elderly people (e.g. Alzheimer’s patients, physically or mentally impaired seniors, etc.) is of major concern for the IEGLO investigations and developments.
The technology focus of IEGLO is the development of a small, possibly handheld, tracking and tracing prototype.
A user-friendly tracking device for these people would significantly improve the situation for family members and nursing staff. Therefore, a small tracking device will integrate a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS)-GNSS (GPS/EGNOS) as the primary positioning source with integrated WLAN and RFID, enabling seamless indoor and outdoor positioning. An evolution of the IEGLO system will be the addition of inertial sensors to the tracking device providing the necessary feedback to detect certain events, such as distress or a sudden fall of a monitored person. Secure data networks (WLAN, GSM) are used for data exchange with the central server. The system is open for future GNSS extensions with stronger satellite signals through the use of multisystem chipsets.
The Integrated Geodesy and Navigation (GIN) department contribution to IEGLO is the coordination of one major work package (review of requirements and state-of-the-art technologies) and the design of new algorithms under, possibly, a totally new approach to obtain qualitative motion information from low-cost uncalibrated inertial sensors. With the exception of step-counting algorithms, this is a major departure from the traditional navigation approach.