The EEWISE project will find solutions to the electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems associated with interconnected wireless systems (IWSs). These IWSs are at the very heart of the industries involved in Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G telecommunications, and increasingly important in applications involving, amongst others, smart devices, autonomous vehicles, and healthcare. It is likely that the EU will have 40% of the global IoT market, with both Belgium (11th) and Germany (6th) being among the top dozen countries in the world for IoT-enabled devices. The total number of wirelessly interconnected devices worldwide is expected to reach 20.4 billion by 2020. The relevance of the EEWISE project and its technological ambitions is clear from the combined size and importance of the market for IWSs.
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is one of the major hidden challenges for IWSs. Unsurprisingly, the members of the EEWISE consortium are being inundated with an increasing number of questions from industry, especially from SMEs, about how to make their current and future IWSs – often components in applications with stringent reliability and safety requirements – compliant with the requirements set forward by the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and Radio Equipment Directives (RED) in a cheaper
and more cost-effective way. The companies have made it abundantly clear that they need breakthrough solutions when it comes to estimating, improving and validating the EMC behaviour of their interconnected systems, especially given the much higher frequencies at which these systems will operate. The EEWISE project will raise the level of knowledge and effectively deploy this knowledge within the SMEs to design more reliable, safer and smarter IWSs more quickly and at competitive prices, meaning that the international competitiveness of the European companies covered by the project will be improved, thereby increasing job opportunities within Europe.
The scientific and technological work is organized along 4 research tracks covering, on the one hand, the 3 main steps within a Design-for-EMC/RED approach (characterization and identification of (un)intentional
radiating sources, application of dedicated mitigation techniques and measures, and validation and certification of the final product) and, on the other hand, application of this as part of case studies.
The EEWISE consortium comprises the following:
1. DFMRS (DE) as experienced project coordinator.
2. UC EEWISE (BE) the ad-hoc consortium in Flanders involving 26 enterprises of which 14 are SMEs.
3. Fraunhofer IZM (DE) with expertise in simulating and measuring radiation patterns.
4. University of Paderborn (DE) with expertise in electromagnetic near-field scanning.
5. KU Leuven (BE), with expertise in EMI mitigation and pre-compliance testing for the EMC and Radio Equipment Directives.
Several network organisations – German IEEE EMC Chapter (GE) , Silicon Saxony (GE), IVAM (GE), Sirris (BE), DSP Valley (BE), imec-cEDM (BE), Agoria (BE), Dutch EMC/ESD organization (NL) – are included as dissemination partners to ensure maximum coverage. The results will be disseminated at the major EMC conferences (EMC Europe, IEEE EMC, EMC Compo), local industry-oriented seminars (e.g. EMV), participation in standard committees, as well as through the day-to-day services that the EEWISE consortium offers to the target group.