5th Plenary Meeting Held Online

AMANDA has reached its 5th plenary meeting, which took place online due to the restrictive measures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twenty-six representatives from the eight partners participated in the event that was held on the 9th March 2021, which involved engaging presentations and critical discussions focusing on the project's progress. During the one-day meeting, AMANDA partners exchanged views on the latest project developments and planned the project's exciting work in the third year. In particular, the project partners are working towards the successful completion of the sensor development scheduled for M29. The project partners also focus their outreach efforts towards progress in most of the work packages, namely energy autonomy booster, cyber-secure mesh communication and processing, smart interconnect PCB development and system integration. The second version of the Unconstrained Prototype was presented, and testing should be done soon. Such work certainly leads to the achievement of the project's main goal – to introduce, design, and develop a maintenance-free, miniaturised and easily deployable Autonomous Smart Sensing Card (ASSC) for environmental sensing and people tracking/monitoring in smart living and working environments.

As Europe is still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, dissemination activities continue and are productive but take place mostly virtually. Unfortunately, it will be a long time before face-to-face events take place again. We are also extremely pleased to announce that the first AMANDA webinar focusing on health-related scenarios is being prepared and will be performed in May. Be sure to stay tuned and follow the news related to the progress of the AMANDA project.