R&D

RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE IVM TEAM

Past research experiences in the field of monitoring through acceleration sensors networks regarding research projects are listed below:

  • LEW Landslide Early Warning, PONR&C2010, PON 01503; period: 10/2011-09/2014, the objective is the integration of an inclinometric WSN for the Early Warning on highway infrastructures (leader Autostrade)
  • SICURFER, Technologies for the railway safety PONR&C2010, PON00142; period 01/2012-05/2015, the objective is the design of an  incline tensiometric WSN for the early warning  of landlslide events applied to railway transport infrastructures;
  • STRIT (Tools and technologies for the management of the risk of the Transport Infrastructurefunded under PON 2007-2013 in partnership with Research centers (AMRA e EUCENTRE) and Universities (Università Federico II di Napoli e Università della Calabria);
  • Provaci (Technologies for seismic protection and enhancement of complexes of cultural interest) funded under PON 2007-2013 in partnership with the University Federico II di Napoli e leaded by the TRE consortium;
  • Remoam (Networks of sensors for monitoring environmental risk) funded under “POR Campania 2000/2006 Misura 3.17, Bando per la concessione degli aiuti alle PMI in attuazione dell’Accordo di Programma Quadro in materia di e-government e Società dell’ Informazione. Progetto Metadistretto del settore ICT “; period 08/2008-07/2010, for the development of an inclinometric WSN for the monitoring and early warning on elevations subject to landslides (leader STRAGO);
  • SIMURAI Strumenti Integrati per il MUlti Risk Assessment territoriale in ambienti urbani antropizzatI – under FAR D.M. 593/2000 – leaded by TRE consortium;
  • SIT_MEW Sistema Integrato di Telecomunicazioni a larga banda per la gestione del territorio e delle emergenze in caso di calamità naturali comprensivo di Metodologie di Early Warning – funded by MIUR under Grandi Progetti Strategici (GPS);
  • TELLUS STABILITA Sperimentazione di prodotti e tecniche innovative e sviluppo di nuove metodologie per la protezione dell’ambiente costruito civile dal danno legato a sollecitazioni dinamiche ambientali e in particolare sismiche – funded by MIUR;
  • SIMMI Studio e sviluppo di un Sistema Integrato di supporto al Monitoraggio ed alla Manutenzione di Infrastrutture ferroviarie – funded by MIUR;

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN PROGRESS

The business plan of IVM was approved by MISE as part of the government program for innovative startups called Smart & Start (http://www.smartstart.invitalia.it/site/smart/home.html). In this initiative, which lasts four years, is included a financing plan in equipment and materials that will significantly reduce the time of purchase of all the technical means necessary to carry out industrial activities.

Moreover, IVM is member of the CTIF consortium formed by SMEs from Campania region characterized by high tech activities which operate in the railway domain to provide services/prodcuts/solutions. The CTIF consortium is memeber of the “Distretto Tecnologico per i Trasporti della Campania DATTILO” (http://regione.campania.it/it/tematiche/distretti-tecnologici/dattilo-distretto-alta-tecnologia-trasporti-e-logistica?page=1 PON R&C2007-2014), where SMEs, big industries, research centers and universities are united with the following objectives: 1) carry out industrial research projects with the aim of developing innovative products and raising the competitiveness level of Campania region; 2) promote dissemination activities, research results exploitation, and companies internationalization.
IVM is currently involved, as research partner, in two DATTILO projects (http://www.smau.it/napoli13/partners/dattilo/):

  • Nembo – sistemi iNnovativi “EMBedded” caratterizzati da elevata efficienza per applicazioni ferrOviarie – IVM develops a MEMS accelerometer odometry system for trains, in collaboration with Ansaldo STS, RFI, and other SMEs.
  • Modista – MOnitoraggio e DIagnostica preventiva da remoto di infrastrutture e flotte di veicoli per innalzare i livelli di disponibilità, efficienza e sicurezza dei siSTemi ferroviAri – IVM deploys a Wireless Sensor Network for monitoring and diagnostics of bridges and railway viaducts combined with satellite techniques of observation.

As a memeber of CTIF, IVM partecipates to the creation of the Italian Railway Platform coordinated by ASSIFER / Anie, association of Italian industries in the railway sector, for the partecipation to the strategic European project Shift2Rail (http://assifer.anie.com/special-projects/#.VIz5Bvl5OSp). This project relative to teh railway sector is promoted by the European Commission and involves fundings for over a billion of euros on a 6/7 years period.

IVM is also leader of an innovation project funded by the Campania region with title:

  • Morfeo – MonitORaggio Frane per la gestionE del rischiO – Industrializzazione di un prototipo di ricerca di sistema inclino tensiometrico a tecnologia MEMS accoppiato al brevetto italiano di proprietà di IVM (N 0001393752 del 08/05/12 “Sistema e metodo per il monitoraggio di aree a rischio frana”

The project is relative to the innovation program for the cooperative technological transfer and of first industrialization of high potential innovative companies. The aim of MORFEO project is to develop, with readiness level of industrial product, a prototype of inclinometric system based on MEMS technology in collaboration with the University of Naples Federico II for the geotechnical aspect and with the TRE (Tecnologie per il Recupero Edilizio) consortium for the management aspects. The project aims at exploiting the Italian patent, property of IVM (N 0001393752 del 08/05/12 “Sistema e metodo per il monitoraggio di aree a rischio frana”, inventor Giovanni Mannara), which system has already been object of an optimization process in a precedent industrial research project (PONRC2010 Sicurfer PON00142).