EECS Project has now concluded
The EECS project cost €1.5million of which the EU contributed €1.001million under its Seventh Framework Programme. The remainder was funded by the three SME’s who sponsored the project – OneCard Solutions, Ireland; Mecenat, Sweden and OPTeam, Poland The research work associated with the project was contracted out to three Research Institutions, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland; Technical University of Lodz, Poland; University of Zagreb, Croatia. The resultant Intellectual Property is the sole property of the three SMEs.
On receipt of EU approval and funding the EECS project commenced in June 2009 and was delivered in the two year period to the end of May 2011. The work was organised in six Work packages each of which had a set of objectives and deliverables with assigned responsibilities and costings for each phase of the work.
Work Package 1, project management was co-ordinated by OneCard Solutions in Ireland (OCS). OCS was responsible for the overall management of all project activities, overseeing the organisational and technical aspects, ensuring regular communication between partners, preparing reports, dealing with the EU and resolving issues as they arose.
Work Package 2 involved researching current state-of-the-art technologies, international standards, specialised needs and requirements and the legal/regulatory aspects of the project. 100 Higher Education Institutions in Europe were surveyed as part of this research. A Standards Experts workshop was carried out to advise the consortium on the standards to be incorporated in developing the prototype for the project.
Work package 3 was concerned with developing technical specifications for the EECS prototype which would reflect the wishes of the potential Campus Card market as expressed in the earlier research and apply the standards identified during the Standards Expert workshop.
Work Package 4 involved building a full working EECS prototype, which now has three core modules:
1. The Card Management System (CAMS) is the core management system for the Campus Card and is linked to the College Academic Information System.
2. The Client Application Interface (CAI) provides the standardised link through which other systems (access control, vending, etc) can interface with the CAMS
3. The Student Connectivity Module (SCM) provides the link through which Educational Institutes can interact in order to facilitate the transmission of student data between them.
In Work Package 5, an integrated test platform solution was built to conduct inter partner trials seeking to validate system interoperability and standards of the complete EECS prototype. In the final work package the objective was to develop a marketing and dissemination plan to further publicise the project and to prepare the market for a fully commercialised product. The project is now complete and the sponsoring SMEs are currently considering requesting further EU funding to progress the EECS towards the next stage, which is commercialisation.
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