Technical feasibility


SECTION I: Testing



Has the R & D result been tested?






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


If yes



In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing


The research result has been developed and applied to a a specific case, the  collection of documents and publications relating to Giovanni Antonio de ‘Sacchis known as “Il Pordenone”.

The project has faced two main issues: the first was the creation of a database of information related to each single item of the collection; the second was to build an easy-to-use multimedia system able to search or browse the collection.

The construction of the database is made by a tool able to characterize a content, e.g. a digitized picture, by some parameters extrapolated by image processing techniques.

The obtained “fingerprint” of the content is associated to some informative data to be provided to a visitor (the final user) when the same visitor is looking to the content by the a fruition system. That system is able to recognize the content the visitor is interested to thanks to an artificial vision system which extrapolates the same parameters used to build the database mentioned before. When the fingerprint of the collected data matches with one of the items present in the database, the related information is given to the visitor. A way to get the information is for example to get a print of the content (kind of card) and put it on a table. A camera “sees” the item on the table and the system recognizes it, and gets the relevant data out of the database. A special focus was made on the contents organization and on the design on the MMI. From the technology viewpoint, the implementation was made by using Adobe Flash over AIR platform. This allowed to realize a platform independent application.

The system has been tested in the laboratory and thus it has to be considered at a prototype level.

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
During the research activities, the team made some usability tests on a certain population of users to develop a simple and intuitive man to machine interface (MMI). The methodology was inspired by heuristics according to Nielsen studies. On the other hand, a method and a tool to catalog and introduce multimedia information related to each cataloged document has been developed and applied to the test case of “Il  Pordenone”’s collection.

The lab use of the developed methods showed good results.


If no:



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



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



SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development



To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The development team used COTS hardware to implement the algorithms, also the final product will be based on COTS. The remaining development activity is something the team can afford autonomously.



What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
Considering the acquisition software, there are some small refinements to reach a releasable version.

About the user interface, some improvements on robustness are needed and a complete validation should be done on a final version of the hardware. Actually, the current version of the software has been developed and tested on a provisional hardware – traditional screen an mouse instead of a big touch screen.

The effort to reach a first release of the software is estimated in 3-4 man month.


What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
No additional resources are needed.



Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The product is in an advanced  stage of development. A minimum amount of effort is needed to improve the robustness of the already working software.

SECTION 3: Deployment


Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
The research result is basically a set of algorithms to be used on a fixed or mobile platform. Thus, the solution requires some COTS electronic equipments.



  • technologies, tools, machineries
Commercial of the shelf (COTS) components in the category of electronic equipments are envisaged in the system.



  • Staff effort
The effort is about assembling the COTS hardware and installing the software.




SECTION 4: Overall Assessment



What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
The confidence about technical feasibility is very high since the remaining effort is mostly on some refinement of the software to make it more robust under normal use condition.






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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