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Satellite service for structural monitoring

Country of Origin: Italy
Reference Number: TOIT20180116001
Publication Date: 16 January 2018

Summary

An Italian SME is engaged in the development of monitoring services based on advanced geomatics technologies. Innovative systems integrating satellite and ground-based data are designed for controlling rural and built-up environment. A specific focus of the company on the mitigation of the effect of natural hazards on land and infrastructural networks. The SME is looking for research projects collaboration, private initiatives and commercial agreement, mainly in Europe and extra-UE

Description

The SME started as an academy spin-off company  to apply forefront techniques for monitoring land, structures and infrastructures. The developed technologies are based on the knowledge and experience gained from a steady collaboration with different civil engineering experts, mainly in the field of structural and geotechnical engineering. 
The monitoring systems developed by the company are designed in order to increase the capability of setting up preventive mitigation actions to protect land and built-up environment. A number of geomatic technologies are combined to cover a wide range of applications that require different frequency and accuracy standards. A great effort of the company is devoted to increase the use of the satellite data into consolidated monitoring procedure. In particular, the specific absorption rate (SAR) differential interferometry (DInSAR) has been fully exploited to configure reliable alternative and/or integrated solutions to direct in-situ monitoring networks.
A specific service has been developed for the analyses of ground displacements measured, using SAR satellite sensors, during the years for the identification of the natural and man-made processes that may have originated the movement. A more advanced module of the service is dedicated to set up a model for damage assessments able to verify the structural safety level prior to the performance of on-site surveying. A final step of the service is aimed at the evaluation of potential damage evolutive scenarios.
The SME is open for collaboration with companies, research centres and universities for partnering in research projects.
Moreover, preferred partners are companies and institutes (private/public) for the following cooperation types:
• license agreement: licensing for the use of the application;
• commercial agreement with technical assistance: the partner should provide to the company all information about its requirements in order the company to set up a customized product.

Advantages and Innovations

The technology offers a flexible range of services (precision, area extension, time series) dedicated to the monitoring of the speed of deformation and the assessment of damage/risk levels of infrastructures:
The innovation consists in the high resolution data from a new generation of satellite SAR sensors (eg. COSMO-SkyMed, Sentinel). Moreover the technique permits significant cost/timing competitive advantage in comparison with traditional techniques (eg. monitoring capability, local sensors over past 10/20 years)
Other innovative features are represented by “user friendly” modelling tools (tailored to the specific need and background of the demand segment and based on well known risk measures/techniques) with the aim of overcoming the need to develop a specific SAR knowledge.

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Stage Of Development Comment

All service level are ready for the market 
At this stage the company is focused on the implementation of the collaboration and initial stage of commercialization strategy

Requested partner

The partners sought for are:
- companies and institutes (public and/or private). The partner should provide to the company all information about its requirements in order the company to set up a customized product.
- companies, research centres and universities for partnering in research projects

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