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ICT and Sensor Technologies for Preservation of Environment Project proposal under EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation Call ICT engineering companies/municipalities/environmental institutions/NGO partners needed

Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Reference Number: RDBG20180521001
Publication Date: 21 May 2018

Summary

A Bulgarian university is looking for partners to participate in the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation Call 2018-01. The project will focus on the use of ICT for monitoring and environmental mapping and on the improvement of social dialogue on environmental matters. Partners from the Balkan countries are needed to complement the project consortium – preferably ICT engineering companies, municipalities, environmental institutions or NGOs.

Description

As the transboundary component of environmental, in particular air, pollution is significant, increased regional cooperation, exchange of information and joint efforts are important to abate the outstanding air pollution problems.
Cities in the Balkan region have recently been reported as having some of the highest air pollution concentrations out of all European cities. The project will therefore involve establishment of an open Balkan network of IoT devices and LoRaWAN gateways for monitoring air quality parameters. The data will be gathered to a processing area and a deep learning approach will be used for analysis of the available information, predictions on possible problems and generation of guidelines and reports for their mitigation. Tools for enabling society to understand the collected environmental information will also be elaborated.
The project consortium presently comprises of 2 research partners, an NGO and an expertise partner. The lead partner is a Bulgarian university having experts from the ICT, technical, environmental and social faculties in its project team. The university has an extensive international project background – both as a Lead and as a regular partner.
To complement the present project consortium, ICT engineering companies, municipalities, environmental institutions or NGOs from the Balkan countries are needed, more specifically from Greece, Republic of Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and/or Turkey. The specific roles of the partners will be determined upon review of their expertise and project background.
In accordance with the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation Call requirements, eligible consortia may submit a maximum of one concept note and consortium members may not participate in other project consortia under this call. More information about the call for proposals can be found at: https://eeagrants.org/The-EEA-and-Norway-Grants-Fund-for-Regional-Cooperation .
The envisaged project duration is 3 years.

Advantages and Innovations

The project approach is novel for the Balkan region as it combines inexpensive sensor technologies, information and communication technologies, information products and services, analytical tools for empowering the target groups and stakeholders and citizen involvement.

Stage Of Development

Proposal under development

Requested partner

ICT engineering companies, municipalities, environmental institutions or NGOs from the Balkan countries are needed, more specifically from Greece, Republic of Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and/or Turkey.
Each partner shall have a number of gateways and sensors installed in selected locations in its city. The partner is also expected to have the collected environmental data from the city analysed and to organize a number of capacity building activities for target groups and stakeholders. All activities will be performed with the assistance and under the guidance of the research and expertise partners.
Type of Partnership Considered: Research cooperation agreement

Dissemination Countries

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey

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