Figure 1: Basic Elements of Z-fact0r

Figure 2: Overall Approach and Methodology of z-fact0r

The Z-Fact0r project’s duration is 42 months (3.5 years) and is divided into four phases which include the following types of activities: R&D (WP1-4), Integration and Validation (WP5), Demonstration activities (WP6), Standardisation and Business Modelling (WP7 and WP8), Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication (WP9), Project management (PM) (WP10).

Phase 1: Technology generation and experimentation: This phase of the project includes all the R&D activities for the development of Z-Fact0r subsystems. The phase will be finalised when all the developed technologies have been tested in the laboratory and are ready for integration (WP1-4)

Phase 2: Integration and validation of the technologies from Phase 1: This phase involves all the integration activities that will be performed during the Z-Fact0r project. The goal of this phase is to prepare the system for its validation as a full prototype. Each subsystem will be fine-tuned with the rest, and minor modifications are expected in order to optimise all the subsystems to operate as a single integrated system. In order to achieve this, the integration process runs in parallel with Phase1 giving constant feedback for modification for each subsystem.

Phase 3: Demonstration of the Z-Fact0r results from Phase 2. The validation activities from Phase 2 will offer vital input to make any necessary adjustments before deploying the system in the real industrial use-cases. The first step is the demonstration of the validated technologies in the use-cases while the ultimate one is the Z-Fact0r prototype demonstration in the operating environments (TRL7). The accumulated results will give feedback to Phase 2 in order to monitor the required actions and perform an evaluation of the KPIs.

Phase 4: Project Management and Dissemination, Exploitation, and Communication Activities: This Phase runs the whole duration of the project in order to keep track of all the involved activities (R&D, DEMO) and take action when is required. This will ensure the smooth progress of all the R&D and demonstration activities as well as efficient planning for commercialisation and dissemination of the results throughout the duration of each phase.