SPecial Event Support by Satellite System

Background & Objectives

A ‘special event’ means an event in which a well defined, large area becomes for a few days the focal point for a very important performance (e.g. sporting event, meeting, concert, etc.) during which thousands of people are concentrated in one place. In big cities or in densely populated areas the concentration of further thousands of people for a few days means a stress on all the infrastructure and services supporting the everyday mobility, security, emergency services, etc. Moreover the management of the visitors requires ad-hoc solutions that, in some cases, go against the direct needs and interests of the residents who perceive the visitors as invaders. A seamless interaction with existing systems installed at the different corporations and organisations is one of the key points that can enhance the quality of the services provided and decrease the impact of the event on the hosting community. The convergence between wireless communications means, mobile distributed systems and precise satellite positioning systems allows the delivery of innovative solutions that give an answer to this emerging need. SPESSS develops innovative applications and services based on EGNOS in the special events management domain, with special focus on the security, safety and emergency management.

SPESSS develops innovative applications and services based on EGNOS in the ‘special events’ management domain, with a special focus on security, safety and emergency management.


The SPESSS project is divided into three phases: - analysis phase: 4 months - implementation phase: 10 months - technology transfer phase: from month 11 to month 12: 2 months. The first two phases, analysis and implementation, have been repeatedly performed during the first ten months of the project. The first iteration was focused on the identification and implementation of the specific requests expressed by TOROC, which fully endorsed the project, to perform the demonstration activity in Turin during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games from 10-24 February.

Thanks to this collaboration, the consortium delivered a system which was able to support the management of crucial aspects during the event. The second iteration began with the results of the demonstration campaign to deliver the design and development of a detailed example of SPESSS system architecture, assessing the inputs obtained during the first stage of the project, together with the system requirements that limit the whole system architecture. In parallel, the foreseen development of the new components and the refinement and customisation of the existing ones were carried out in order to validate the architecture and to perform the necessary tests. The implementation of the system was completed with the integration of the new components in the existing framework for the provision of the expected services.


The main technical objectives of the project are:

  • the design and integration of the components necessary for a mobile user terminal to provide an EGNOS-based navigation and positioning service integrated with 2.5/third-generation cellular communications, and a smart and capable interface to reach a high level of usability in the domain of personal security applications;
  • the design and development of an IT centralised infrastructure, composed of a security and service control centre capable of managing mobile equipment under critical alerting constraints and serving a dynamic push model management for emergency controls;
  • the integration of an artificial intelligence system to enhance the foresight and analytical capabilities; - the assessment of an EGNOS signal in the area of Turin.

The system supports new applications that enhance the efficiency of the security, safety and emergency management, optimising the reaction time of the staff to recover emergency situations and, working both in push (unsolicited by the user but coherent with its profile location and emergency) and pull (upon request) modes, the capability distribution of geo-referenced, multimedia, personalised and heterogeneous information, which reach the security and emergency staff on their mobile user terminals, taking into account their actual reliable location and their specific ‘role’.

Luigi Mazzucchelli
Next Ingegneria dei Sistemi S.p.A.
Rome IT
Via Noale 345/b
00155 Rome IT RM
EUSPA Project Officer: 
Eric Guyader
Total Cost: 
405 804 €
EU Contributions: 
284 063 €
Project Call: 
FP6 3rd Call
Contract Number: 

Work performed & results

The demonstration during the 2006 Turin Olympic Winter Games validated the developed system. The developed system relies on an advanced infrastructure, specifically focused on info-mobility services, whose main components are the service control centres and the user terminals, supported by an artificial intelligence module. List of deliverables: Project management plan: the managerial processes to be used in the project; Requirements analysis: the user, system and functional requirements of the SPESSS system; Preliminary system design: the system developed for the demonstration activities at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games; Detailed system design: the architecture design for the final SPESSS system, including a detailed description of all the sub-systems; Technology transfer plan: sets up the guidelines of activities to exploit the results in the market; Dissemination plan; Results analysis and recommendations; Software prototype: details the processes in the development stages; State of the art: assesses the main technological options available with potential impact; Analysis phase review report, mid-term report and final review: these reports provide a synthesis of the different results obtained by the consortium in the different areas of work at the three different stages of the project.

Photo Gallery

  • The SPESSS server infrastructureThe server infrastructure installed at the GTT premises during the Turin Winter Olympic Games

  • The SPESSS onboard user terminalThe user terminal installed on a bus of the special line at the Turin Winter Olympic Games

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Updated: Oct 11, 2018