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Internet of Thing (IoT) for Verticality Monitoring - Feasibility Project

- ESA IAP ARTES 20

The project consists in the design and realization of an IoT solution capable to enable condition-based maintenance of critical infrastructures; the proposed solution is a “Decision Support” service devoted to enable a more efficient management of distributed assets, and it is based on computation and processing of data acquired by distributed sensors. The IoT solution will be based on remote monitoring of critical infrastructures through in-situ sensing of specific parameters. The service subject of the present proposal is aimed at evaluating the correct working condition of tall structures; such a service allows the owner of these structures to detect not-nominal condition and to implement condition-based maintenance activities. Examples of structures which are affected by verticality problems and that can benefits from this service are Base Transceiver Stations and high mast lights:

  • Base Transceiver Station, already known as BTS, are critical for the physical deployment of mobile phone antennas and other transmitting equipment. This deployment allows the creation of the related coverage.
  • High light masts host street lights, and are installed along highways, in petrol stations, and in general in any large areas requiring night illuminations (ports, large parking areas, etc.)

Reference users:
Autostrade oer l'Italia logo
Centro Agroalimentare Roma
Project start date:
16/11/2017
Project finish date:
Present

Structural Health Monitoring of a BTS Pole and a Rooftop mast

The project consists in monitoring a BTS pole and a rooftop mast for Vodafone.

Client:
Vodafone
Project start date:
May 2018
Project finish date:
Present

Structural Health Monitoring and Analysis of a BTS Tower in Slovenia

The project consists in providing a monitoring system capable of logging key structural data from a BTS pole in Slovenia that uses a cypress tree shape camouflage. The objective of such monitoring is to provide key information on the effect of the wind on the structural condition of the pole while considering the camouflage orientation with respect to the dominent wind direction.

Client:
Calzavara
Project start date:
March 2018
Project finish date:
Present

Structural Health Monitoring of a BTS Pole and a guyed mast

The demo project consists in monitoring a BTS pole of about 30m and a guyed mast of WIND. The system was successful in identifying the installation of RRUs (Remote Radio Units) for both types of structures. The Structural Surveyor showed that it is possible to use such system to coordinate the maintenance work and inform the asset owner when such work is carried out.

Client:
Wind
Project start date:
August 2017
Project finish date:
Present

Monitoring and Detection of Ice Build up on the Overhead Lines of the Electrical Grid

The project consists in experimenting the structural monitoring service/system developed by Smart Structures Solutions for the detection of ice build-up on the overhead lines of the electric grid. The experimental campaign took place in two lines in Abruzzo in Italy, where structural devices "Structural Surveyors" were installed. The collected data was fed to the processing system which was able to assess the structural conditions and identify the presence of ice. The experiement was concluded successfully and a follow on project is planned in the coming months.

Client:
Esc
Reference USer:
ENEL
Project start date:
February 2018
Project finish date:
March 2018

Structural Health Monitoring of a BTS Pole

The project consists in monitoring a BTS pole afor Cellnex in Rome.

Client:
Cellnex
Project start date:
May 2017
Project finish date:
January 2018

Maintenance and Recovery of High Voltage Electricity Transport System - Demonstration Project

- ESA IAP ARTES 20

The proposed service is composed of two solutions, each addressing specific departments of the Transmission System Operators (companies in charge of the High Voltage electrical energy distribution):

  • The department dedicated to the maintenance of the power infrastructure;
  • The department in charge of the network operations and energy dispatching.

The first solution provides the maintenance department with information about key parameters of the monitored overhead lines, without the need of site inspections; the information are provided several times per day, and allows the user to enhance the current inspection procedures, characterized by 2 to 3 site inspections per year. The second solution provides information about line transmission capacities, to support the energy dispatch operations in critical conditions such as line overloading. Such criticalities may occur in different situations such as power lines outages or in proximity of Renewable Energy Sources due to unpredictable production peaks and are threats for the TSOs that need to guarantee power flux within safety limitations. The proposed solution intends to overcome the current conservative approach based on static estimations of network capacity, providing local and adjusted parameters that can be used to evaluate actual network capacity and to safely transmit power.

Reference user:
Terna logo
ESA Artes project website
https://artes-apps.esa.int/projects/gridwatch
Project start date:
01/09/2016
Project finish date:
Present

Maintenance and Recovery of High Voltage Electricity Transport System - Feasibility Study

- ESA IAP ARTES 20

The project was the precursor to the demonstration project described above. In such project, technological and business concepts regarding the proposed services (monitoring the structural health status of the HV infrastructure and the eneergy transmission capacity of the lines) were demonstrated and also validated with the user with the results of on-field compaigns.

Reference user:
Terna logo
ESA Artes project website
https://artes-apps.esa.int/projects/gridwatch
Project start date:
01/09/2014
Project finish date:
15/01/2016

Development of an Uprightness Monitoring System (UMS) through GNSS measurements

- ESA BIC Lazio project

BTSs are subjected to uprightness problems: the external solicitations tend to modify (bend, twist, etc.) their designed position, leading to distortion of the signal coverage provided by hosted antennas, that implies, in turns, potential malfunctions or outages of the service. The business idea arises from the expressed necessity by BTS operators of constantly monitoring the BTS uprightness, which can guarantee proper signal coverage and citizen safety. Smart Structures Solutions is therefore developing a system able to monitor the uprightness of Base Transceiver Stations through integration of GNSS signal and accelerometer-based measurements. Such system has the task of allowing BTS owner/manager to be continuously informed about its actual position; in such a way they could promptly react to critical situation, where an uprightness problem is not still occurred, but could shortly arise. During the project ESA and BIC Lazio support Smart Structures Solutions in the system development. The company intends to carry out all the technical and financial activities necessary to offer on market a valuable engineered system: during the earlier phases investigation and testing campaign regarding the potential capabilities of the technologies identified as candidate for system development are performed, in parallel with additional market activities for investigating potential customers; then, preliminary and detailed design is completed; finally, economic/technical viability is carried out, in order to evaluate the feasibility of the project. In the long term, the goal of Smart Structures Solutions is that of providing tailored solutions for remotely monitoring critical parameters of infrastructures that are located over large territory. The system object of the present proposal is one of the products Smart Structures Solutions intends to offer to its customers in a timeframe of 5-10 years.

Funded by:
Bic Lazio logo
Project start date:
16/06/2014
Project finish date:
December 2016

Energy Harvesting Techniques for the development of Smart Cities

- Città metropolitana di Roma ""Promotori Tecnologici per l'innovazione IV edizione"

Nowadays it is very obvious the interest in the development of Smart Cities, and the consequent introduction and installation of new classes and types of sensors. These sensors will be developed and installed in order to provide citizens with innovative services and useful information to improve the quality and livability of modern cities. This type of interest is bound, however, to the need to power these sensors and the associated electronics to which they are connected; the solutions that at present are generally adopted are of three types:

  • Connection of the sensors and associated electronics to the existing power grid;
  • Using charging batteries (primary batteries);
  • Using traditional solutions of "Energy Harvesting" (photovoltaic panels) coupled with the use of secondary batteries.

Each of the above solutions is feasible, and often used to meet the power requirements of the installed sensors. However, each of these solutions presents constraints or complications that may restrict, hinder or complicate the use. In order to facilitate the installation of these sensors, the project under consideration takes care of "Energy Harvesting" methodologies, in order to study and develop new solutions and devices to respond to the need for electrical power installations. The project focuses on developing systems capable of exploiting the energy present in different operating environments and convert it into electrical energy in order to power these sensors.

Funded by:
Città Metropolitana di Roma logo
Project start date:
10/05/2015
Project finish date:
14/06/2016

Structural Health Monitoring for Telecom Towers

- ESA IAP ARTES 20 Feasibility Study

The project “SHM for Telecom Towers” aims at developing a remote monitoring service to support the assessment of the structural integrity of assets, as the towers for Radio-TV Broadcasting or other metal infrastructures, in order to increase safety and optimize the maintenance procedures and promote the transition from a time-based maintenance to a condition-based one. The key point of the proposed solution is the integration of several existing technologies such as structural health monitoring and wireless sensor networks with existing space technologies such as GPS and satcom (when no terrestrial telecommunication is implemented) in order to enhance the proposed service with innovative capabilities A Structural Health Monitoring system can be a benefit for civil and other engineering industries where visual interval-driven inspections are the main (and in many cases the only) type of checks. Health monitoring can support users in defining and improving maintenance strategies and procedures. Structural health monitoring can give direct data about the actual status of a structure and not just an estimated probability figure based on statistical patterns. Use of satellite services is a key point for the development of a complete end-to-end service that meets the user requirements. The proposed service is based on a suitable integration of various technologies such as: telecommunication, networking, structural analysis, data transfer, etc. The objective of the feasibility study is to assess the technical feasibility as well as the commercial viability of such a monitoring service.

Reference user:
Raiway logo
ESA Artes project website
https://artes-apps.esa.int/projects/shm-telecom-towers
Project start date:
02/04/2013
Project finish date:
12/06/2014
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