GOLDEN-ICE (improvinG the efficiency Of saLt-spreaDing (de-icing) sErvices and emergeNcy call management on wInter professional vehiCles using Egnos) (2010 – on-going) is a project funded by the EC under the 7th framework program. It is leaded by an Italian SME (SAET srl) and involves important companies in the field of winter maintenance and insurance. The main GOLDEN-ICE focus is to apply the EGNOS/EDAS innovations in the field of winter services and equipments with the goal to introduce advanced concepts in salt spreading control and road safety. The optimization of the spreading according to the road morphology and a precise and certified position, results in a reduction of the overall material cost and environmental impact. Moreover GOLDEN-ICE will introduce the eCall concept for professional applications increasing the safety for citizens.
Microsoft Embedded technologies combined with the advanced use of GPS/EGNOS systems, allow an improved efficiency and an enhanced user experience in the field of winter maintenance. In particular this project relies on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 with an application based on native C++ code and a GUI in Silverlight for Windows Embedded. This is a first step towards the new generation of embedded systems for winter equipments based on the new Windows Embedded Compact 7 and innovative Intelligent Device Management paradigm. For more information visit the website http://www.golden-ice.eu/.