European Projects

European Projects

DigiSky has ten years of experience in European sponsored projects. Actually, we are involved in two Horizon 2020 projects, namely MONICA and CPSwarm, where we mainly act as the system integrator of different UAV platforms (e.g. multirotors, fixed wings and blimps) in order to accomplish designed missions.

Management Of Networked IoT Wearables - MONICA

Very Large Scale Demonstration of Cultural Societal Applications

monica eu project


The SoundCity Project MONICA aims to provide a very large scale demonstration of multiple existing and new Internet of Things technologies for Smarter Living. The solution will be deployed in 6 major cities in Europe.
MONICA demonstrates a large scale IoT ecosystem that uses innovative wearable and portable IoT sensors and actuators with closed-loop back-end services integrated into an interoperable, cloud-based platform capable of offering a multitude of simultaneous, targeted applications.
All ecosystems will be demonstrated in the scope of large scale city events, but have general applicability for dynamically deploying Smart City applications in many fixed locations such as airports, main traffic arterials, and construction sites. Moreover, it is inherent in the MONICA approach to identify the official standardisation potential areas in all stages of the project.
MONICA will demonstrate an IoT platform in massive scale operating conditions; capable of handling at least 10.000 simultaneous real end-users with wearable and portable sensors using existing and emerging technologies (TRL 5-6) and based upon open standards and architectures.
It will design, develop and deploy a platform capable of integrating large amounts of heterogeneous, interoperable IoT enabled sensors with different data capabilities (video, audio, data), resource constraints (wearables, Smartphones, Smartwatches), bandwidth (UWB, M2M), costs (professional, consumer), and deployment (wearable, mobile, fixed, airborne) as well as actuators (lights, LED, cameras, alarms, drones, loudspeakers).
It will demo end-to-end, closed loop solutions covering everything from devices and middleware with semantic annotations through a multitude of wireless communication channels to cloud based applications and back to actuation networks. Humans-in-the-Loop is demonstrated through integrating Situational Awareness and Decision Support tools for organisers, security staff and sound engineers situation rooms.

The MONICA project is a 36-month Innovation Action, co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under Large Scale Pilots, Objective Pilot 3: Wearables for smart ecosystems, Grant Agreement No 732350

DigiSky involvement in Monica Project

DigiSky is responsible for customizing, delivering and deploying drones and airships equipped with cameras and sound sensors that will be used in the pilots and will also deliver and install the UWB wireless communication infrastructures for ultra-precise positioning. The main challenge that DigiSky will face in the project will be the hardware and system integration of UAV platforms in order to board and manage the partner’s payload.


TIMEFRAME: 36 months



CPSwarm- Cyber Physical System Swarm

A Horizon 2020 project on applications of swarm algorithms in Cyber-Physical Systems


CPSwarm proposes a new science of system integration and tools to support engineering of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) swarms. CPSs find applications in a number of large-scale, safety-critical domains e.g. transportation, smart cities, etc.

While the increased CPS adoption has resulted in the maturation of solutions for CPS development, a single consistent science of system integration for CPS has not yet been consolidated. Therefore CPS development remains a complex and error-prone task, often requiring a collection of separate tools.

Moreover, interactions amongst CPS might lead to new behaviors and emerging properties, often with unpredictable results. Rather than being an unwanted byproduct, these interactions can become an advantage if explicitly managed since early design stages. 

CPSwarm tackles this challenge by proposing a new science of system integration and tools to support engineering of CPS swarms. CPSwarm tools will ease development and integration of complex herds of heterogeneous CPS that collaborate based on local policies and that exhibit a collective behavior capable of solving complex, industrial-driven, real-world problems

The project aims at defining a complete tool chain that enables the designer to:

(a) set-up collaborative  autonomous CPSs

(b) test the swarm performance with respect to the design goal

(c) massively deploy solutions towards “reconfigurable” CPS devices.

Model-centric design and predictive engineering are the pillars of the project, enabling definition, composition, verification and simulation of collaborative, autonomous CPS while accounting for various dynamics, constraints and for safety, performance and cost efficiency issues. CPSwarm pushes forward CPS engineering at a larger scale, with an expected significant reduction of development time and costs. Project results will be tested in real-world use cases in 3 different domains: swarms of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Rovers for safety and security purposes; autonomous driving for freight vehicles; and swarm of rovers for logistics.

DigiSky Involvement in CPSwarm Project

DigiSky will help the team defining the use cases key features as well as requirements for CPS design tools that include self-organizing distributed intelligence. DigiSky, in coordination with partners, will integrate self- organizing algorithm and distributed decision in their UAV and robots exploiting the internal expertise of avionic and electronic systems. DigiSky will take part in the demonstrations and will provide hardware especially for UAV/robotic use cases.


  • CPSwarm is a 36-months Research and Innovation Action (RIA) funded under H2020 call ICT-01-2016.
  • SCOPE: science of system integration in the domain of swarms of CPS.
  • NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 8 (3 Research Institutes, 1 University, 2 Large Enterprises, 2 SMEs) from 6 EU countries.

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