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Floating Sensorised Networked Robots for Water Monitoring

Floating Sensorised Networked Robots for Water Monitoring

Objective

Water is one of our most precious and valuable resources. It is important to determine how to fairly use, protect and preserve water. New strategies and new technologies are needed to assess the chemical and ecological status of water bodies and to improve the water quality and quantity. The relatively recent progress in micro-electronics and micro-fabrication technologies has allowed a miniaturization of sensors and devices, opening a series of new exciting possibilities for water monitoring. Moreover, robotics and advanced ICTbased technology can dramatically improve detection and prediction of risk/crisis situations, providing new tools for the global management of the water resources. The HydroNet proposal is aimed at designing, developing and testing a new technological platform for improving the monitoring of water bodies based on a network of autonomous, floating and sensorised mini-robots, embedded in an Ambient Intelligence infrastructure. Chemo- and bio-sensors, embedded in the mobile robots will be developed and used for monitoring in real time physical parameters and pollutants in water bodies. Enhanced mathematical models will be developed for simulating the pollutants transport and processes in rivers, lakes and sea. The unmanaged, self-assembling and self-powered wireless infrastructure, with an ever-decreasing cost per unit, will really support decisional bodies and system integrators in managing water bodies resources. The robots and sensors will be part of an Ambient Intelligence platform, which will integrate not only sensors for water monitoring and robot tasks execution, but also communications backhaul systems, databases technologies, knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) processes for extracting and increasing knowledge on water management. Following the computation on stored data, feedback will be sent back to human actors (supervisors, decision makers, industrial people, etc.) and/or artificial actuators, in order to perform actions.

Coordinator

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

Address

Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 642 000

Administrative Contact

Paolo Dario (Prof.)

Participants (9)

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DEDALUS ITALIA S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 254 460

FACHHOCHSCHULE ZENTRALSCHWEIZ - HOCHSCHULE LUZERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 220 566

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 244 901

Lumex-marketing LLC

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 176 400

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 117 900

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 206 400

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 226 648

INSTITUT ZA FIZIKALNO BIOLOGIJO D.O.O.

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 270 400

ROBOTECH SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 231 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212790

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 528 046

  • EU contribution

    € 2 591 475

Coordinated by:

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

Italy

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