HYDRONET

Floating Sensorised Networked Robots for Water Monitoring

 Coordinatore SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA 

 Organization address address: PIAZZA MARTIRI DELLA LIBERTA, 33
city: PISA
postcode: 56127

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Paolo
Cognome: Dario
Email: send email
Telefono: 39050883528
Fax: 39050883519

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Totale costo 3˙528˙046 €
 EC contributo 2˙591˙475 €
 Programma FP7-ENVIRONMENT
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Environment (including Climate Change)
 Code Call FP7-ENV-2007-1
 Funding Scheme CP-FP
 Anno di inizio 2008
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2008-12-01   -   2012-01-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

 Organization address address: PIAZZA MARTIRI DELLA LIBERTA, 33
city: PISA
postcode: 56127

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Paolo
Cognome: Dario
Email: send email
Telefono: 39050883528
Fax: 39050883519

IT (PISA) coordinator 0.00
2    DEDALUS SPA

 Organization address address: VIA DI COLLODI 6C
city: FIRENZE
postcode: 50133

contact info
Nome: Sergio
Cognome: Di Bona
Email: send email
Telefono: 3905542471

IT (FIRENZE) participant 0.00
3    FACHHOCHSCHULE ZENTRALSCHWEIZ - HOCHSCHULE LUZERN

 Organization address address: WERFTESTRASSE 4
city: LUZERN
postcode: 6002

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: René
Cognome: Hüsler
Email: send email
Telefono: +41 41 349 34 44
Fax: +41 41 349 39 66

CH (LUZERN) participant 0.00
4    INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

 Organization address address: Jamova 39
city: LJUBLJANA
postcode: 1000

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Jadran
Cognome: Lenarcic
Email: send email
Telefono: +386 1 4773212
Fax: +386 1 4252017

SI (LJUBLJANA) participant 0.00
5    INSTITUT ZA MIKROBIOLOSKE ZNANOSTIIN TEHNOLOGIJE DOO

 Organization address address: ASKERCEVA ULICA 059
city: DOMZALE
postcode: 1230

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Alexis
Cognome: Zrimec
Email: send email
Telefono: +386 1 7864995
Fax: +386 1 7864995

SI (DOMZALE) participant 0.00
6    Lumex-marketing LLC

 Organization address address: PR SREDNEGAVANSKY 9
city: ST PETERSBURG
postcode: 190000

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Nikolay
Cognome: Mashyanov
Email: send email
Telefono: 78127185390
Fax: 78127185399

RU (ST PETERSBURG) participant 0.00
7    NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

 Organization address address: Instituttveien 18
city: KJELLER
postcode: 2027

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Jozef
Cognome: Pacyna
Email: send email
Telefono: +47 63898155
Fax: +47 63898050

NO (KJELLER) participant 0.00
8    ROBOTECH SRL

 Organization address address: VIA MAZZINI 82
city: SARZANA
postcode: 19038

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Nicola
Cognome: Canelli
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 0587 672027
Fax: +39 0587 670936

IT (SARZANA) participant 0.00
9    THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM.

 Organization address address: GIVAT RAM CAMPUS
city: JERUSALEM
postcode: 91904

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Eran
Cognome: Vardi
Email: send email
Telefono: +972 2 6586676
Fax: +972 2 6513205

IL (JERUSALEM) participant 0.00
10    UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

 Organization address address: KONGRESNI TRG 12
city: LJUBLJANA
postcode: 1000

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Marija
Cognome: Klancišar
Email: send email
Telefono: +386 1 4768660
Fax: +386 1 4768513

SI (LJUBLJANA) participant 0.00

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robot    self    micro    remotely    physical    pollutant    source    water    ambient    tools    sea    hydronet    tested    infrastructure    robots    pollutants    databases    communications    robotics    floating    sensors    bodies    technologies    network    platform    pollution    wireless    sensorised    rivers    intelligence    quality    italy    buoys    monitoring    sensor    lakes   

 Obiettivo del progetto (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.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Water is a vital resource that should be protected with the latest technology. An EU-funded initiative used a network of buoys and remotely controlled robot platforms to identify and measure pollutants in large bodies of water.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Climate change, challenges to biodiversity and different forms of pollution are increasingly menacing our rivers, lakes and seas. The HYDRONET (Floating sensorised networked robots for water monitoring) project developed technology that enables water bodies to be monitored more effectively. To achieve this it brought together experts in environmental science, biology, chemistry, robotics and sensor systems from Israel, Italy, Russia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Project partners designed a floating platform based on microelectronics and microfabrication sensor technology (i.e. miniature sensors that are integrated into a network of independent floating robots and fixed buoys). The sensors were embedded in an ambient intelligent infrastructure for interactive configuration, tasking and monitoring.

HYDRONET developed a catamaran robot to monitor coastal areas and lakes, as well as a flatboat robot for rivers and lagoons where the water is shallower. In addition, the robots are able to locate a pollutant source and to map the distribution of a pollutant and they feature syringe samplers and a physical probe for collecting water at different depths. The accumulated samples are then processed by the sensor devices to measure pollutants such as mercury, cadmium, chromium and petroleum hydrocarbons.

Traditional monitoring systems are static, while the use of boats and their crews for mapping pollution distribution is expensive. HYDRONET's network of buoys and floating robots armed with sensors will therefore help to reduce monitoring costs and to reach areas not previously accessible with standard monitoring systems.

Researchers tested the robots and buoys in different parts of Italy, including the Gulf of Trieste, the Marano Lagoon, Isonzo River and the northern sea coast of Tuscany. It also tested all the wireless and radio communications that control the robots remotely and guide them autonomously to search for a pollution source. The project results have already reached interested key parties through publications and dedicated events, promising a new area in water monitoring once the technology is fully exploited.

HYDRONET will also be of direct use to policymakers and local authorities, helping to promote sustainable management of water resources through the development of new technologies, tools and services. It will also help improve water quality, thereby providing health, social and economic benefits.

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