Welcome to the Galileo H2020 LARA project e-Newsletter Issue 01
Utilities Infrastructure Management through Galileo and EGNOS: The Galileo H2020 project LARA
Project LARA, “LBS Augmented Reality Assistive System for Utilities Infrastructure Management through Galileo and EGNOS”, kicked – off February the 10th 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic at the premises of the European GNSS Agency. The nine partner international consortium, led by the Cypriot SME GeoImaging Ltd, will develop in the next 24 months a mobile device to assist the utility management professionals on the field. The hand-held, low cost, mobile device will integrate state-of-the-art technologies in the domain of positioning and sensors (GNSS), Augmented Reality (AR), 3D GIS geodatabases. The LARA system will guide utility field workers by helping them ‘see’ beneath the ground, rendering the complexity of the 3D models of the underground grid such as water, gas and electricity.
The LARA system will allow utility management companies to know exactly “where is what”, conducting far more accurate interventions regarding maintenance of their own underground infrastructure while keeping intact other neighbouring underground grids. Precise intervention will reduce the overall maintenance cost, minimising at the same time economic and social implications of lengthy surface works.
What will be the benefits of the LARA system to the user?
The economic impact of LARA is considerable for the underground utility management sector. Investing in LARA product and accompanied services it will eventually lead end users to increase long-term productivity levels, achieve resource efficiency and minimize the overall cost of field excavation. Minimization of operational costs automatically leads to grater profit margins and increased competitive status within the existing or emerging markets. As an example, to maintain their assets, the utility companies alone in the UK excavate more than 1.5 million holes in the streets each year often causing damage of third party assets because of inadequate positional information; the costs of such street-works in the UK has been estimated as £1B of direct costs, with a further £4B of indirect costs incurred by road users. LARA has the potential to reduce these numbers significantly by allowing rapid and accurate location of assets.
All accidents mean higher operating costs for companies, either originating from the penalties imposed by law or indirect costs of accidents and compensations to third parties that are usually difficult to quantify. LARA technology will enable users to avoid such costs and operate with precision, safety and greater responsibility to the society.
Download basic facts about LARA objectives & technologies in 4 languages here
Validating user requirements and system architecture: Results from the second LARA meeting in Birmingham, UK
LARA project concluded successfully its second meeting that took place the 21st and 22nd of May 2015 in Birmingham, UK. This milestone meeting confirmed the ending of the architecture design for LARA system and signaled the beginning of the implementation on all basic technological challenges. During the meeting all partners discussed progress on the ongoing deliverables of WP2 that attempts to specify in details the overall system architecture and user requirements. Moreover, the consortium drew a precise implementation chart towards faster integration of the different modules that will lead to an additional prototype named LARA prototype v. 0, 5 well in advance before the official release of LARA v.10.
During the last part of the first day of the meeting, our UK partner – Birmingham City Council (BCC) – organized a workshop with local industry stakeholders who provided in a round table discussion valuable feedback on the possible uses of LARA system and validated the specification documents for the overall architecture. More specifically, stakeholders from British Gas and ITM power answered a set of 70 questions regarding their expectations from the LARA device in terms of desired accuracy, modules, visualization, interoperability and user interface.
Future meetings & events
Next LARA project meeting in Seville, Spain 15-16 October 2015
The 3rd consortium project meeting will take place in Seville the 15 and 16 of October 2015 and will be hosted by our Spanish partners ISOIN and Hewlett Packard Española, S.L. During the meeting the partners will discuss the developments on the first prototype and will launch a mini workshop with local stakeholders to validate the system mock-ups.
H2020 Galileo project LARA supporting Eurisy event on Satellite solutions for smarter islands, in Malta November 12, 2015
LARA project will participate in and act as a communication sponsor to the event titled “Satellite solutions for smarter islands” which will be organized by Eurisy in Malta November, 2015. This conference will discuss how island economies can leverage Europe’s investments in satellite services to boost their economy and live up to current environmental and socio-economic challenges. LARA consortium, led by GeoImaging Ltd which is based in Cyprus, one of Mediterranean’s biggest islands, will support this Eurisy event by acting as a communication sponsor. Join us in Malta and discover more on how to benefit from satellite services in the local economy.
LARA project with an overall budget of 1.282.397,50 € has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641460