Smart Multi Sensor Systems – the key to highly innovative solutions meeting societal needs with great impact for Safety, Health, and Environment

EU FP7-Project “MSP - Multi Sensor System for Smart Building Management” coordinated by MCL

The Materials Center Leoben (MCL), an Austrian COMET K2 Competence Centre, is coordinating since September 2013 the EU FP7 Project “MSP - Multi Sensor Platform for Smart Building Management” (FP7-ICT-2013-10, Project # 611887). The € 18.5 million project has the objective of strengthening the leadership of European industries in the highly competitive area of smart sensing systems in building management and mobile applications.

MSP contributes to solving a worldwide problem

Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health affecting everyone in developed and developing countries alike. Key facts are that urban outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause 1.3 million deaths worldwide per year. Indoor air pollution is estimated to cause approximately 2 million premature deaths mostly in developing countries and is supposed to pose a risk to the health of over half of the world’s population. However, exposure to air pollutants is definitely beyond the control of individuals. Up to now there is no system on the market for personal monitoring of the air and screening potential environmental health hazards.

The goal of the MSP-project is the development of a novel 3D-integrated multi-sensor system which contributes in solving this enormous societal problem. The MSP-multi sensor system features a worldwide unique combination of environmental sensors capable of detecting harmful and toxic gases, to sense particulate matter and ultrafine particles, to detect infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light, and to measure temperature and humidity. With respect to sensor networks capable for IoT applications a wireless system is being developed to achieve best-in-class performance at world’s lowest power consumption.

Nanotechnology sensors meet conventional electronics

The aim of the MSP project is to develop highly competitive production technologies enabling flexible integration of nanotechnology based sensors with conventional electronic chips. This is a ground-breaking approach, because nanosensors will be the game changers in environmental monitoring and will open entirely new applications for smart building management and lifestyle products such as smartphones. The multi-sensor system approach will pave the way for worldwide deployment of wireless sensor networks with a great impact on health and well-being, environmental monitoring, safety and security.

The MSP project comprises 17 partners from 6 different countries who constitute a consortium capable for developing the first 3D-integrated multi-sensor system featuring a worldwide unique combination of highly sophisticated sensor devices.

New environmental sensing and warning applications in smartphones

One major goal is to implement multi-sensor systems directly into smartphones for making people aware of harmful environmental situations which may negatively affect personal health. A gas sensor for carbon monoxide can provide warning of a defective heating system and an increased or even deadly CO concentration - a potential source of danger in millions of households worldwide! Nitrogen dioxide, ozone or particle sensors can be used to monitor air quality and warn people of adverse conditions, support athletes in planning outdoor training or assist cyclists in choosing the healthiest routes.