High Accuracy Location in Real Time: the SELECT Experience

Bologna, February 21st, 2014 Datalogic, a global leader in the automatic data capture and industrial automation markets and producer of bar code readers, data collection mobile computers, sensors, vision systems, and laser marking systems, together with CRIT Research™, a private company specializing in information technology and the practice of collaborative innovation, and the University of Bologna, will present to the public the results of the European research project SELECT (Smart and Efficient Location, Identification, and Cooperation Techniques).

On February 25th, at the Datalogic facility in Monte San Pietro (BO), Giancarlo Micheletti and Marco Bottazzi from Datalogic and Professor Davide Dardari from the University of Bologna will hold a workshop in which they will explain, with the use of a prototype, the potentialities of a new high accuracy wireless locating system. The system is capable of locating and tracking objects in real time and it addresses the areas of intelligent transportation and manufacturing and, in particular, for supply chain management (SCM).

The speakers will present significant results on the applicability of the ultra-wideband technology (UWB) (an impulse radio technology with ultra-wideband) in the field of high accuracy, real time location.

UWB technology, which has been studied for around fifty years for military purposes and has only recently been made open to civilian use, has attracted the attention of researchers, in particular with regard to applications in the fields of radar, anti-intrusion systems, precise location, and Wireless Personal Area Networks. Unlike existing UWB systems, SELECT is based on the use of the principle of “backscattering” in the uplink communication from the tag. This allows the creation of passive low-cost tags that are perfectly adaptable to industrial use. Another important characteristic is the integration of the UWB part with an RFID tag, based on the EPC Gen2 market standard.

The SELECT project is part of the Seventh Framework Program (2007-2013) for research and technological development promoted by the European Commission. The project has received a funding of 2,850,000 euros, for a total period of 36 months ending on February 28, 2014.

Together with Datalogic (in charge also of project coordination), seven other European partners highly specialized in R&D on wireless technologies took part to the SELECT Consortium: CNIT ( National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications, Italy), formed of non-profit organizations for research and technology transfer; ARMINES (France), a non-profit organization specializing in contractual research on behalf of academic institutions (in particular ENSTA ParisTech, Superior National School of Advanced Techniques); CEA-LETI (France), a leading center in Europe in the field of research into microelectronics, microtechnology and nanotechnology; CEIT – Center of Technical and Research Studies of Gipuzkoa (Spain), a non-profit research center founded by the University of Navarra in 1982; FRAUNHOFER IIS (Germany), the most important Research Institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft; NOVELDA AS (Norway), a company born in 2004 as a spin-off from the University of Oslo; and ISKRA (Slovenia), a global supplier of industrial solutions and electronic products.

Giancarlo Micheletti, Senior Technology Officer Datalogic and SELECT Project Coordinator on behalf of the European Commission, said: “We are very satisfied with the results achieved in this research project, which will enable a great step forward towards the application of new tools in the fields of automatic data capture and industrial automation, sectors where we are currently leading the market. SELECT has definitely been an important opportunity for Datalogic and for the partners in this project to take a step forward in the research of more efficient methods of supply chain management, for the benefit of technological progress and economic development. Finally, I would like to finish by highlighting, with pride, the effectiveness of Datalogic’s operative and directional management towards other high-level European organizations.”