HARKEN - Heart and Respiration In-Car Embedded Nonintrusive Sensors

Custo Total
Custo Total 1.360.045€
Contribuição UE
Contribuição UE 1.053.061 €
Data de Início Projecto
Data de Início Projecto 01/06/2012
Coordenador Científico
Coordenador Científico Paulo Gameiro (paulo.gameiro@borgstena.com) - Borgstena Group Portugal LDA
Duração 24 meses
Website do Projecto
Website do Projecto http://harken.ibv.org
Road  accidents  are  a  major  safety  problem  in  developed  countries,  and fatigue is one of the critical factors. 
In-vehicle  fatigue  detectors  can  reduce  this  problem,  saving  4,000  lives and  preventing tens  of  thousands  injuries  every  year  in  the  EU.  In economic terms, this would mean annual savings of €7 billion. However, current approaches have strong limitations, because they lack the direct information about drivers’ physiological variables, which are critical for a successful evaluation of their state. 
The  HARKEN  project  gathered  a  consortium  of  RTDs  and  SMEs  that produce vehicle components (seat cover textiles and safety belts), smart materials, and sensors for bio monitoring, with the objective of creating a product  to  address  that  need,  joining  their experience  to  create  a nonintrusive sensor system of heart and respiration with smart materials embedded in the seat cover and in the safety belt. This device will detect the effect of heart and respiration activity, filter and cancel the noise and artefacts  expected  in  a  moving vehicle,  and  calculate  the  relevant parameters, which will be delivered in a readable format to integrate it in a fatigue detector.
Resultados do Projecto
Resultados do Projecto
The  HARKEN  system  captures  the  heart  rhythm  and  respiration  in  a completely  unobtrusive manner.  The  results  of  the  tests  showed  its feasibility as a potential tool to be integrated in cars in a near future. The next  challenges  will  be:  (i)  to  improving  the  industrialization  of the developed prototypes;  and (ii) the establishment of specific standards for the technological base of future driver drowsiness detectors. 
This  project  provided  the  RTDs  and  SMEs  with  new,  high  technology products  to  sell  in their  sectors,  and  it  will  help  them  enter  or  improve their position in the automotive market, with a new device that will enable the creation of reliable fatigue detectors.
Sensing Tex S.L. - Espanha 
Alatex GMBH - Alemanha
Plux - Wireless Biosignals S.A. - Portugal 
Instituto de Biomecanica de Valencia - Espanha 
Osauhing Eesti Innovatsiooni Instituut - Estónia 
The University of Manchester - Reino Unido
Ficomirrors SA - Espanha