Research and Development Projects

Advanced MIMO systems for maximum reliability and performance (MIMAX)

Funded by: 
European Commission, 7th Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-213952)
Duration: 
2008-2010

MIMAX aims at developing of a pervasive, low-power consuming and low-cost MIMO network platform with reliable data-rate of up to 100 Mb/s in environments with strong multipath and coverage ranges up to several hundred meters. The current state-of-the-art performs the combining and processing of the complex antenna signal in the baseband. Since complete transmitter and receiver paths are required for each path, the resulting power consumption and costs of conventional MIMO approaches limit applications for ubiquitous networks.

Development and hardware demonstration of new transmission techniques for MIMO systems (MIMESIS)

Funded by: 
MEC, Plan Nacional I+D+I, (TEC2004-06541-C05-02)
Duration: 
2005-2007

This is a coordinated project in which four research institutions (Universidad de La Coruña, Universidad de Sevilla, Centro de Investigaciones Tecnológicas de Guipúzcoa (CEIT) y Universidad de Cantabria (GTAS) ) investigate new transmission techniques for signal processing and space-time coding for MIMO channels that will enable us to approximate, as much as possible, to the limits predicted by the information theory.

Distributed wireless system for tower crane monitoring

Funded by: 
Innova Consulting, Gobierno de Cantabria (INVESNOVA 2004)
Duration: 
2004-2006

The goal of this project is to develop a wireless distributed system for monitoring and predictive maintenance of tower cranes. The system will increase the security at work in this field since it is able to predict potential failures and to assess the risk of fall of the crane. The system consists on a set of wireless sensors (to measure load, wind speed, etc ) transmitting data to an acquisition and signal processing unit located close to the crane. The sensors and the unit communicate to each other using the ZigBee standard.

Wireless system for information delivery and entertainment in trains

Funded by: 
SETEL S.A., Gobierno de Cantabria (INVESNOVA 2004)
Duration: 
2004-2005

In this project the GTAS group developed a wireless system for information delivery among the different coachs of a train. Basically, the system is composed of an industrial PC, working as a video server, and several devices equipped with wireless 802.11 cards. The system permits the transmission of video, images or other information to passengers, as well as the transmission of other information among coachs useful, for instance, for synchronization between carriages. The system was successfully installed in several trains of the spanish FEVE railroad company.

Development of a software tool for automatic arousal scoring with application to polysomnographic analysis

Funded by: 
Fundación Marqués de Valdecilla, (API04/08)
Duration: 
2004-2005

Arousals frequently appear in subjects with sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea, OSA, for instance). Therefore, scoring and detecting arousals is a key point in order to assess the quality of sleep. Typically, this scoring task is manually carried out by an expert, according to his/her expertise. In this coordinated proposal, the GTAS research group collaborated with a group of physicians with a broad experience on sleep disorders. The aim of the project was to develop a software tool for automatic arousal detection and scoring.

Software Radio Platform for 4Gmobile Systems (PLASOFTRA)

Funded by: 
MCYT, Plan Nacional I+D+I, (TIC2001-0751-C04-03)
Duration: 
2002-2004

The partners of this project were the University of La Coruña, University of Alcalá, University of Sevilla and the University of Cantabria (GTAS). Its goal was the construction of a software radio platform for the development of radio interfaces for the fourth generation of mobile communication systems (4Gmobile). These systems will demand data rates much higher than those provided by current systems.

Acquisition and signal processing system for the nuclear power plant of Santa María de Garoña

Funded by: 
Nuclenor
Duration: 
2002

This is one of a set of collaboration projects with Nuclenor to improve and update the integrated intrumentation system of the nuclear power plant of Santa María de Garoña (Spain). This project includes hardware and software developments.

Digital Modem for PowerLine Communications (PLC)

Funded by: 
IKUSI
Duration: 
2000-2001

In this project we developed a digital modem for communications through low power electric lines, specifically in the CENELEC A band (9-95kHz), with application to remote control and billing. During the project the particular characteristics of this transmission channel were studied (low SNR, impulsive noise, impedance variations, ...). Also the influence of these impairments in the parameters of the designed modem (shaping filter, oversampling ratio, synchronism, ...).

Mobile Real Time TV Via Satellite Systems (MOBILITY)

Funded by: 
European Commission, (IST-2000-25096)
Duration: 
2000-2001

The basic goal of the MOBILITY project was to provide real-time TV broadcasting services to ships via satellite. A mobile DVB-S receiver was designed and developed. It consisted of three main parts: a high-gain broadband antenna, a pointing antenna mechanism will allow the terminal to track the GEO satellite regardless of the ship movement, and a set of sensors to adquire the information about the ship motion. The project included field trials where the receiver was sucesfully tested in a real maritime scenario. The receiver was installed during 45 days in the Juan J.

Development of WLAN networks for surveillance systems and multimedia communications

Funded by: 
FEDER/CICYT, (1FD97-1066-C02-01)
Duration: 
2000-2001

In this project we developed hardware components for a WLAN network based on industrial PCs and specifically designed for surveillance and access control systems. A Plug and Play WLAN 802.11 card based on the ISA bus was developed using the architecture provided by Intersil-AMD and known as PRISM. PRISM supports the PHY and MAC layers of the IEEE 802.11a standard.

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