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MARINE environmental in situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX

MARINE environmental in situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX

Objective

MariaBox will develop a wireless marine environment analysis device for monitoring chemical and biological pollutants while installed into a buoy, a maritime means of transport or a mooring. The device, based on novel biosensors, will be of high-sensitivity, portable and capable of repeating measurements over a long time, allowing permanent deployment at sea. The word “MARIA” is the plural of the Latin “mar” (sea) and expresses the wide applicability that this system offers in multiple locations where low-cost and real-time in situ analytical monitoring devices are required. The approach includes: a) a sensing and analysis box, b) a modular communication system, c) a flexible power system, d) a software platform, and e) a cell phone application. The box will transmit the collected data in real time through different channels according to local needs and geographical location: radio, GSM/GPRS/3G, WiFi, WiMAX or satellite link. The unit will be designed to be remotely controlled and will implement the OTA programming and OTA configuration features which will allow the user to update the firmware of the MariaBox unit and modify various configuration parameters wirelessly. Remote updates are a key factor in deployment scalability since it offers the only possibility of easily updating or reprogramming the devices after the initial deployment. Therefore, the maintenance costs are significantly reduced. Biosensors will be developed for 5 man-made chemicals and for 4 categories of microalgae toxins relevant to shell fish and fish farming. The novel biosensors will contribute to new standards for environmental analysis. The analytes selected for the biosensors are in line with 1) the Article 16 of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), 2) the Decision 2455/2001/EC and 3) The Commission Directive 2009/90/EC. The system developed will be demonstrated and validated in four different scenarios in selected locations in Norway, Spain, Cyprus and Ireland.
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Coordinator

CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD

Address

Agias Elenis 6 Agias Elenis Building 4th Floor Flat Office 43
1060 Lefkosia

Cyprus

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 890 668

Administrative Contact

Panayiotis Philimis (Dr.)

Participants (12)

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ACORDE TECHNOLOGIES SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 643 850

SMARTBAY IRELAND

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 311 958

SPOREGEN LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 328 100

KONTOR 46 DI BONASSO MATTEO SAS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 392 431,70

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 325 442,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 371 801,60

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 295 130

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 201 428

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 396 798,20

SIGNALGENERIX LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 398 750

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 440 400

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 179 100

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 614088

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2014

  • End date

    31 January 2018

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 137 921,51

  • EU contribution

    € 5 175 858

Coordinated by:

CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD

Cyprus