Technical feasibility

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

SECTION I: Testing

 

1

Has the R & D result been tested?

YES

X

NO

 

 

The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1

 

If yes

 

1a

In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing

 

The system can be considered as tested at a level comparable with the alpha. In fact, the complete functionality, from cameras to the mobile terminal, has been developed and the software is almost definitive. To complete the test it is necessary to deploy a system on the field to make a more general validation out of the laboratory sandbox.

 

 

 

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The software has been positively tested in the laboratory and during some public demonstrations. About the PTZ function, test activities have been made using cameras from Pelco and Axis which use protocols like D-protocol and  HTTP-Axis respectively.

An issue about testing activities is the fact that mobile terminals are in fast evolution and the operative systems are continuously changing. This means that, to keep the peace of the products available from the market, the front end of the system (mobile terminal)  has to be updated and tested very often.

 

If no:

 

1c

Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
N/A

 

 

 

1d. What is the time needed for testing?
N/A
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?
N/A

 

 

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

 

2a

To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The team has the resources to manage the residual development that may be necessary after the completion of the validation process. The hardware is already available in the laboratory.

 

 

 

2b

What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
Some technical issues to be taken into account are related to the deployment and business model that has not been defined yet. In fact, the product is not a simple hardware that can be simply sold to the final user, there some aspects that are more related to a service. One of them is the server function in term of authentication, security and the related cost. Probably a server dedicated to a single user is not the cheaper solution. A compromise may be to have a centralized server (e.g. a cloud server), easier to maintain and to be reached by the terminal, which communicate with a smaller remote PC which collects the input from the cameras and provides the video stream.

On the other hand some platforms like Android and Apple iOS are gaining more and more space in the smartphone market so that a porting to different platform may become mandatory.

 

 

2c

What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
The direct approach to the market appear to be hard since the system requires compatibility with cameras and some installation activities. A partnership with companies working in the security field as installers or integrators may give more chances to deploy the system. From this viewpoint some effort is envisaged to make the research result usable for such third parties.

 

2d

Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The technical development is currently at an advanced stage. Some validation activities are still needed and minor modification may be necessary to finalize the deployment.

 

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a

Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
Mainly “off the shelf” electronic equipments.

 

 

  • technologies, tools, machineries
Mainly the technologies are: camera, PCs, UPSs and smartphones.

 

 

 

  • Staff effort
About the porting of the mobile part to platforms different from Windows Mobile, it can be stated that a 3 months period is necessary for each extra platform.

Adaption of the current architecture to a different deployment model may need some minor modifications in the order of 3 months.

The deployment requires hardware installation (cameras, servers, UPS, cables) and internet connectivity in the site where cameras are installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

 

1

What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
The remaining activities are not critical: validation in a real scenery is a task similar to the lab validation, architecture modifications, if needed, shall use currently available bricks, Provided the completion of the validation, the  the level of confidence about feasibility is considered good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

 

Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far         X
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team       X  
Current development stage       X  
Overall technical feasibility       X  

 

 

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