MIRA TELECOM has started a new international research and development project with public funding and co-financing provided by partners. The project aims to improve the damage degree assessment and the restoration of the historical and patrimony objects.
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The company is main partner with leader role and co-financer within the project “Eureka 5837 ADAS (Automatic Damage Assessment System)”, which targets the design of an automated damage assessment system for cultural heritage leather and parchments.Romania and Spain are the two European countries partners in this project.
The total value of the project is 780,000 Euro, of which 32.75% represents the share of the partners’ co-financing. MIRA TELECOM is the only Romanian partner which will provide financial contribution to the project implementation. The project will be implemented over 36 months and will end in March 2015.
The collagen structure of parchments or leathers is degraded under the influence of environmental factors: temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pollutants, light, storage conditions. European museums, religious places of worship and State Archives preserve a large number of documents, books and objects partially made by leather and parchment dated from the 4th to the 20th century.
The project aims to create an innovative software which will allow the development of new non- destructive or micro- destructive techniques for the damage assessment of different historical collagen- based materials. These materials are extremely in-homogeneous, which triggers an even more challenging research process. Noninvasive investigation usually describes damage, but does not explain the type of deterioration. Micro-invasive methods ensure both the qualitative and quantitative characterization and thus ranking of damage needed to decide how an object should be preserved and restored.
The result of the project will consist in the development of techniques which will contribute to a faster and more accurate assessment of the patrimony objects and will allow their optimum restoration. The new software will improve and accelerate the shrinking temperature estimation.
“Cultural heritage transmitted through books and objects with historical value is very important for each people. As valuable as these objects are, as difficult it is to preserve them in good shape, considering that there is no assessment system at the moment, able to determine accurately the damage level of the cultural heritage leather and parchments. MIRA TELECOM decided to get involved in the project “Eureka 5837 ADAS” to ensure the necessary support to the institutions facing this problem, by generating an innovative and efficient solution.” said Stelian Ilie, MIRA TELECOM president.
The determination of main parameters which damage parchment and leather objects in Romania and Spain, the design of the automated system for shrinking temperature evaluation and the validation of the new assisted method for the automated damage assessment system are among the most important objectives of the project.
MIRA TELECOM is collaborating with another three local scientific partners in this project: The Leather and Footwear Institute (ICPI)- Branch of Research Leather Footwear Institute, Bucharest; Politechnica University of Biucharest/ Applied Informatics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA) and the National Museum of Romanian History. As main partner MIRA TELECOM is coordinating the research and technical activity of all the partners.
Eureka is a networking platform for research- development projects that gathers entrepreneurs both in Europe and beyond. The network was set up in 1985 and in 27 years has managed to attract 40 member states and generate around 3,000 research and innovation projects.
MIRA TELECOM – a company with 100% Romanian private capital- with 14 years of experience on the Romanian and international market started its activity in October 1998, with radio-communication equipment distribution. Service diversification has represented the basic principle in the company’s evolution. MIRA TELECOM provides today complete security, IT and telecom services, backed by an efficient and operative integrated service, which brings added value to the customers’ operations.