National Projects

Timeline of National projects where WEST participated.

2020 – Structural Health Monitoring. Together with the University of L’Aquila, this activity started after the local earthquake of April 6th, 2009, but now evolved in the frame of the 5G experimental trials in the city of L’Aquila during 2020, with the goals of producing sensor boards capable of wired and wireless communications, to realize a monitoring system for public and private buildings, as well as civil infrastructures, and cultural and architectural heritage. The solution proposed offers the possibility to acquire the full and immediate overall picture of the most significant structural parameters for prompt anomaly detection and notifying critical conditions in case of emergency, such as during an earthquake. The SHM Board produced is conceived as a high-performance and fully customizable structural health monitoring board.

2016 – WISKI. The project targets a prototype gateway’s design and implementation to provide voice and data connectivity for the marine environment, based on 3G/4G technology. The goal is to provide data and VoIP connectivity to smartphones and equipment on board a boat through Wi-Fi, install the gateway in an outdoor environment, and manage the system through a related software application. The system is designed to provide connectivity to boats within 20 NM (Nautic Miles) from the coast, under radio mobile network coverage.

2013 WBT. As a follow-on of the XGW project, the Wireless Biometric Token project develops an advanced prototype of a wireless biometric device granting its owner access to home banking platforms. The prototype is redesigned to include a Bluetooth radio interface and to meet more stringent requirements regarding size, energy consumption, and cost.

2013 – KHE-STO. The “Know-How Enhancement for Sustainable Transportation Organization” (2007 – 2013 Adriatic IPA) is a project targeting an increase in public transportation use. The company provided instruments for tracking public transportation and school buses and monitoring their insight’s environmental conditions.

2012 – UBICARE. “Ubiquitous Caregiver” is a project targeting more efficient healthcare assistance for patients who have dementia, with the goal of remote monitoring through non-invasive technologies ensuring independent patient life management. The project outcome is a bracelet device equipped with sensors to measure several life-critical parameters, indoor and outdoor localization systems, and voice/data transmission/reception through cellular networks.

2011 – HUMANET – The project is commissioned by Thales Italia S.p.A. and targets Ultrawideband-based devices’ design to form a MANET network supporting an indoor localization system for search and rescue missions’ typical applications. The design of the communication protocol with enhanced localization functionalities is demonstrated through accurate system-level simulations.

2011 – ZOOBoe. The project targets the monitoring of water quality for rivers and lakes through wireless sensor networks. Some working prototypes equipped with smart sensors to monitor river pollution are produced. On-site proofs-of-concept are executed on the Tordino River near Teramo, in collaboration with the Istituto Zooprofilattico di Teramo.

2009 CASA+. The project supports the independent lives of people who have Down syndrome. A house in L’Aquila hosts young people who have Down syndrome for two days a week. It is equipped with technological support to monitor the inhabitants’ activities, locate them, and interact with them remotely if needed.

2006 XGW: Security system based on the mobile gateway. The project targets a multi-function security system for controlling and monitoring personal services such as access to restricted areas or media channels. The system’s main element is a smartcard equipped with a fingerprint reader, which confirms the identity of its owner and interfaces with a control unit (gateway) in charge of offering the services to which the user has access. The project produced some working prototypes from which a subsequent product engineering phase can start.

2006 WATAM. The Wild Animals Tracking and Monitoring project targets plants’ monitoring through wireless sensor networks and animal life through radio collars. A wireless gateway based on Wi-Fi and GPRS/UMTS collects data from the sensors and collars and makes them available over remote connections in both cases. In this context, a collaboration with “Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga” is signed to develop radio collars equipped with image sensors. The project produced six working prototypes (Wi2-Pig). The collars are installed on wild pigs, and their movements are followed with sufficient accuracy.

2006 WERISE&TRACK: Geo-tracking system for gliders. The project was realized to support the Organizing Committee of “Mondiali di Volo a Vela” which happened in Rieti (Italy) in the Summer of 2007 (Juniores) and 2008 (FAI classes). A GPS-based positioning device is installed on the racing gliders to track them and monitor several parameters. Collected data are stored on an ad-hoc unit onboard; they are elaborated and compressed, then transmitted to ground receivers through radio mobile 2G/3G networks. The project produced 30 working prototypes. In July 2007 and in July 2008, the devices were installed on gliders and supported the racing scene’s virtual reproduction for the airport and the web.