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Portable, modular, compact and multifunction sensor platform for remote locations

Country of origin:
Country: 
ITALY
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOIT20200302001
Published
03/03/2020
Last update
09/03/2020
Expiration date
10/03/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Chemical material testing
Electrical Technology related to measurements
Other Non Destructive Testing
Sensor Technology related to measurements
Electronic measurement systems
Other measuring devices
Other analytical and scientific instrumentation
Diagnostic services
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Summary

Summary: 
An Italian engineering company has developed a portable, modular, autonomous and multifunction sensor platform integrating advanced sensor technology with wireless data transfer. The compact design and low power consumption allows deploying the platform in remote and hard to reach locations. The SME is open to commercial or technical agreements with companies willing to integrate the sensor platform in their applications or requiring to perform specific measurements autonomously and remotely.

Description

Description: 

An Italian engineering company, specialised in electronics, mechatronics, energy and material science, has developed a modular autonomous multifunction sensor platform, integrating advanced sensor technology with wireless data transfer. The compact design and low power consumption allows deploying this platform in remote and hard to reach locations.
The company would like to get in contact, for commercial agreements with technical assistance as well as for technical cooperation agreements, with companies interested in integrating these sensors in their applications or requiring to perform specific measurements autonomously and remotely.
The request of advanced sensor developments and the capability to satisfy today's requests for connectivity (Internet of Things - IoT, industry 4.0) has been used as a starting point in the development of this platform. It integrates as a standard a potentiostat/galvanostat, an impedance spectrometer and an ultrasound time-of-flight measurement module. These measurements can be used for a large number of applications:
- Potentiostat/Galvanostat: detection of presence and measurement of gas concentration.
- Preventive corrosion monitoring.
- Environmental measurements (quality of water, food, air)
- Pollution
- Blood glucose level
- Impedance spectrometry: predictive coating integrity measurements
- Environmental measurements (quality of water, food, air, soil)
- Bio-impedance measurements (body fat, respiration, blood flow)
- Blood dielectric properties for plasma analysis
- Ultrasound: fluid identification/concentration measurements
- Fluid level and flow measurements
- Distance and proximity measurements
Wireless data transfer (GSM, WiFi, SigFox, LoRA) as well as geolocalisation can be integrated through appropriate of-the-shelf or custom plug-in modules.
Low power consumption together with battery operation and a local memory for data storage permits long-term autonomous operations even without real time data transfer.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The sensor platform is portable and can integrate data from more sensors and provide measurements in an autonomous way. It can eventually be reconfigured for other external sensors without any redesign and by using the same connectors, everything can be performed by a simple software update. On the other side, the standard integrated measurements are usually performed by separate and specific laboratory test equipments that in case of coating and corrosion analysis require samples to be taken from the structure and transferred to the laboratory. Performing a continuous measurement also allows to integrate a predictive maintenance on the structure using measurement data analysis.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is interested in contacts with: - Manufacturers and/or service companies related to storage and distribution infrastructure that require coating/corrosion monitoring. - Companies that require non-destructive surface monitoring or environmental condition monitoring. The platform can be tailored to specific requirements and supplied with technical assistance. The company is interested in technical cooperation agreements with companies needing particular measurements as well as in commercial agreements with technical assistance with companies willing to adopt this platform for their monitoring activities.