The Guardian Angels Quest for Zero Power Sensor Systems Continues

“The Guardian Angels project, one of four finalists in the European FET Flagship initiative, will live on thanks to continued support from the partner institutions. The Zero-power technologies it develops will become a key innovation platform for European industry, large component manufacturers, system integrators, service providers and SMEs. It will act as a generator of start-up companies and new services for health, the environment, the ageing society, intelligent transportation, energy and human interaction.”

“The Guardian Angels Project is the most innovative and comprehensive project I have been in contact with these past years. It is much more than continuing excellent research. It is indeed something unique with great potential for a technical and social revolution.”

Gerd Binnig,
1986 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Inventor of the scanning tunneling microscope.

“The potential created by Guardian Angels to collect real-time, real-world data from the environment and patients simultaneously has the power to revolutionize brain health care as we know it.”

Magali Haas,
Chief Science & Technology Officer.
One Mind for Research, USA.

“The research towards the development of Guardian Angels as being the future zero-power intelligent autonomous systems that will actively assist humans from their infancy to old age, will in my view contribute to addressing grand challenges Europe will face in the coming years.”

Luc Van den hove, 
CEO of IMEC,Belgium.

“This project addresses crucial social issues such as health, safety, security and mobility. As an industrial partner, we strongly believe that Guardian Angels will promote the competitiveness of European industrial players, by offering them the opportunity to develop a wide range of applications for everyday life.”

Sylvain Allano, 
Scientific director of PSA Peugeot Citroën

“This project is of great importance in our society with big demographic changes. The elderly population needs assistive devices in mobility, health care and home services e.g. One of the aims of “Guardian Angels” is to maintain the standard of living of older people with respect to economical, sanitary and social factors.”

Annette Grüters-Kieslich, 
Dean, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin


The “Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life” FET Flagship project final proposal was submitted to the Call of the European Commission on October 23rd, 2012. The GA Consortium is composed of 66 partners: 29 universities, 16 research organisations, and 21 industrial companies (large industries and SMEs). The GA project’s work plan consists of 7 Zero-Power Projects (Technology Roadmaps), 3 Systems Projects (Smart Systems Roadmaps) and 4 Transversal Projects (Societal Awareness and Ethics, Innovation, Dissemination, Networking & Training, and Management). Cooperation between the GA Project and other initiatives has been developed, such as with ENIAC, EPOSS and other European projects. Coordination with global initiatives such as Greentouch and One Mind for Research has been initiated.