In the schedule of Business24 TV (Sky channel 821) the program “Pole Position” tells the success stories of the Italian companies which excel in their respective economic sectors. With some pride and pleasure our president, eng. Manca Di Villahermosa, and eng. Stevanin, CEO, gladly agreed to talk about the past history and present activity of our company. Here is the video:
ISPRA (Italian National Network for the Environmental Protection) has chosen SIAP+MICROS for the design, supply, installation and maintenance of the new National Wave Network consisting of 9 wave buoys that will monitor all the Italian seas. They will be launched off the coast of Ancona and Monopoli (Adriatic), Crotone (Ionian), Mazara del Vallo (Channel of Sicily), Ponza (Tyrrhenian), Alghero (Sea of Sardinia) and La Spezia (Ligurian Sea).
The buoys are designed and built by SIAP+MICROS and are characterized, unlike the products available on the market, by the high level of customization in order to meet the specific needs of ISPRA as a research institute. Specially designed for wave monitoring, the buoys are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for observing weather-marine parameters, a multi-parametric probe to monitor seasonal variations in temperature and water salinity and a camera. Data transmission is entrusted to an IRIDIUM satellite communication system capable of tracing the buoy’s course even in case of unmooring. Data transmission through the AIS system (automatic tracking system used in the naval sector) is also offered as a redundant communication system. The data acquisition, storage and management system is completely designed and built by SIAP+MICROS to ensure the best performance and telemetry of all the devices on board the buoys. The services at sea will be carried out together with the company PRISMA srl which boasts many years of experience, in addition to the availability of a fleet of boats located in the intervention areas.
This weather-marine monitoring project increases the numerous successful experiences gained by Siap + Micros since the 1950s, including the supply and maintenance of the National Tidal Network for ISPRA itself, the monitoring network of the Municipality’s Tide Center of Venice, the meteo-marine monitoring service of the Tuscany Region and other collaborations with important research institutes such as the JRC of Varese.
The Regional Civil Protection has launched a tender aimed at technological adaptation and overcoming the lock-in constraints existing on the hydro-nivo-meteorological-climatic monitoring network for Civil Protection purposes. The contract includes the maintenance service for 4 years, possibly extendable for another 2 years. The Friuli Region with the award of this contract to SIAP+MICROS confirmed the value of the technological solutions already offered by the Company to other institutional clients.
The solution proposed by SIAP+MICROS for overcoming the technological lock-in is tested and reliable. It has been appreciated in many administrations and has found strong recognition on a technical level also in Friuli Venezia Giulia for the following reasons:
• High quality of the project to upgrade the UHF radio communication infrastructure based on high-performance equipment and robust technical choices, capable of guaranteeing high levels of redundancy of the radio sections;
• Consolidated and tested solutions for overcoming existing technological lock-in constraints. In particular, the use of the standard Modbus protocol on all technological layers (sensors, data loggers and data centers) is a guarantee of a total and definitive opening of the system to possible integrations. These are proven and reliable solutions that have already been appreciated by other important customers such as the Regional Hydrological and Geological Service of Tuscany, the ARPA Veneto, the Civil Protection of Campania, the Interregional Agency of the River Po, the Higher Institute for the Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), the Centro Maree of the Municipality of Venice and numerous reclamation consortia.
The new monitoring network is characterized by a very high level of redundancy to the advantage of resilience which will allow constant, precise and punctual monitoring of all data detected even during extreme events.
This further confirmation places Siap + Micros at the top in Italy in the design, production and construction of monitoring networks of environmental parameters in real time characterized by very high performance in terms of operation, safety, transparency, openness and standardization.
From the first of September 2020 Siap+Micros is a certified supplier for the public administrations of the Russian Federation
In order to supply measurement systems to Russian public administrations, products must be registered in a special national register, kept by the “Federal Information Fund for guaranteeing uniformity of measurements”.
To enter this register, the products must pass a series of control and verification tests that certify their consistency with what is declared by the manufacturer and their compliance with the standards of Russian national regulations.
Tests are carried out by a few authorized laboratories throughout the Federation. Siap+Micros has obtained certification from the important Institute for Metrology based in St. Petersburg, dedicated to Dmitri Mendeleev, the great scientist to whom we owe the periodic table of elements. Even today the Institute is located in the historic facility built in 1842 for the Imperial Office of Weights and Measures, of which Mendeleev was the director from 1892 until his death (1907).
Thanks to this certification, Siap+Micros will be able to intensify its action in the Russian market, not only in the private sector, which has been followed in the last years, but now also in the public one, being able to compete in the tenders of state administrations.
Strong storms on the mount Antelao have triggered a large debris flow. The protection system of Arpa Veneto, created by Siap+Micros, promptly alerted citizens: no harm to people.
The system, delivered in early may, showed an excellent responsiveness to the first real life test. Some nocturnal signs had been noticed by the supervisor in the Siap+Micros technical assistance center in San Fior (TV) who, on Saturday morning had promptly issued a notice to the municipality of Vodo di Cadore, to the Genio Civile and to Arpa Veneto protection authority. A tensioning spike on one of the cables along the Rudan creek gully indicated some initial debris movement. Late in the afternoon, following another strong storm at high altitude, the debris began to accumulate and accelerate downstream. Here the alarm was launched automatically by the Siap+Micros data loggers. You can see on YouTube a time-lapse of the frames recorded by the webcam on the bridle before and after the arrival of the debris flow.
As planned, the traffic lights on the cycle path and in via Marconi immediately turned red. The siren placed on the bell tower has started to sound to warn the citizens of Peajo of the danger. The mayor, Domenico Belfi, who was already monitoring the situation through the webcams placed on the detection stations along the stream and on the bridle, immediately went to the place. «The debris came down in waves», says Belfi, «and we temporarily closed the road. I called the civil protection group as well as the volunteer firefighters from Borca-Vodo. Councilor Nicola De Lorenzo went to the bridge of the cycle path to make sure that no one passed despite the traffic light being red. Having stabilized the situation, I turned off the siren ». (Read the article published in the Corriere delle Alpi on Sunday 30 August 2020).
After the alarm, the regional councilor for civil protection Gianpaolo Bottacin also promptly intervened.
We were pleased for the perfect functioning of the system and now we’ll work immediately for the restoration. The bulldozers are already working on the bridle to remove debris.
Read also Mount Antelao and Rudan Torrent, in the Dolomites, under special surveillance
The agro-meteorogical network of Condifesa TVB has been strengthened in the Vicenza area
At the beginning of August Siap+Micros strengthened the agro-meteorological monitoring network which will lead the Condifesa TVB consortium to have more than sixty stations to measure environmental parameters. The real-time data collected will improve the insurance and phytosanitary services of Condifesa TVB and will be made available to the members through a new portal, accessible from the Condifesa TVB website.
Since mid-2018, with the incorporation of almost 10,000 companies in the agricultural and livestock sectors of the Belluno, Treviso and Vicenza areas, Condifesa TVB has become one of the top 5 organisations at national level.
The new stations were installed with an innovative and ecological technique of fixing, through screw foundations without the use of concrete. This technique uses patented conical steel poles that allow the total restoration of the places, without contaminating the ground in any way.
Data monitoring will allow Condifesa TVB to:
– create a historical archive that highlights the meteorological and climatic characteristics and phenomena that are recorded during the entire year;
– participate in the regional activity of Guided and Integrated Defense for agricultural crops in the area, with the aim of minimising the use of pesticides;
– apply AI systems to the agro-meteorological network.
Myanmar has chosen Siap + Micros technologies to implement the new hydrological monitoring network on its vast river system.
The system provided by Siap + Micros, with the contract signed on 30 June with the Ministry of Transport and Communications, will consist of 34 telemetry stations, mainly installed on bridges and river banks, which will use the t030 TLR radar level transducers controlled by DA18K dataloggers. In addition to the supply of equipment, Siap + Micros will take care of the training of local operators on the principles of hydrometry, on the operation of the software and on the use and calibration of the instruments in the field, both in the main control room of Yangoon (the former capital and the largest city in the country) and in Naypyidaw, the current capital.
Myanmar is independent from the United Kingdom since 1948. The whole territory is crossed from north to south by a complex system of canals and rivers. The most important is Ayeyarwady which originates on the offshoots of the Himalayas (at 5,581 m of altitude) and flows after 2,200 km on the Gulf of Bengal, with an intricate delta that allows the widespread cultivation of rice. Beside being a very important source for irrigation, Ayeyarwady is the most important communication water route in the country with its 1,450 navigable km.
Myanmar’s climate is a monsoon climate “polarized” in two seasons, one very dry in winter and one, on the contrary, extremely humid and rainy in summer. The combination of the basin shape together with the monsoon climate is the origin of large-scale flood events that recur on a regular basis and which cause significant damage to infrastructure and several deaths every year.
Currently the level measurement is done manually. Thanks to funding from the World Bank, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, through the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) has decided to create a new hydrometric system consisting of Automatic Water Level Recording Equipment (AWLRE) with two fundamental objectives:
– collect and analyze data as a basis for generating accurate flood forecasting;
– improve the integrated management of water resources for agriculture, industry and domestic uses.
High precision sensors and monitoring systems by Siap+Micros spa chosen for a proactiv project of Civil Protection
On the 5th of May commissioning of a new automatic monitoring system for Rudan creeck has been successfully accomplished. Rudan creeck is a tributary of Boite torrent, in the municipality of Vodo di Cadore, 20 km downstream from Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the earth of the Dolomites. The management of the system, designed and implemented by Siap+Micros, has been handed over to the local administrators. The system can automatically alert the mayor and the citizens of the small village of Peaio di Cadore, in case in Rudan creeck a debris flow should originate. From time to time a debris flow can occur at high altitude on mount Antelao and along the slope it can reach a speed of about 30 km/h, becoming a serious threat for people and things when reaching Peaio. [In the image the consequences of the 08/06/2018 flow , the excavator driver had fortunately managed to escape].
The Rudan torrent has been known for centuries for its danger, the toponym itself means “damage torrent”. Since the fourteenth century there have been reports of periodic damage to buildings and also of several victims. In recent times, in 1999, the large boulders carried by a debris flow almost completely obstructed the “Alemagna” highway bridge, endangering its viability and flooding the waters that damaged several houses.
The system consists of a detection station located at high altitude (2,140 m) t the mouth of the Vallon dell’Antelao, where a pair of rain gauges, model TP1KUW, constantly monitor the amount of rainfall. If the amount of rain exceeds a threshold, such as to represent a possible trigger of debris movement at the very top of the gully, DA18K data logger, the technological heart of each station, sends a pre-alarm directly to the mayor of Vodo and to available representatives, via sms and / or via voice call. Along the descent, in the gully, a second station monitors any movement of debris through duly calibrated tear-off ropes. A third station, located on the bridle, controls other tear-off ropes.
In the unfortunate event a dangerous debris flow takes origin along the valley or near the bridle, the custom made station electronics sends an alarm signal to the mayor also, to protect passers-by and tourists, automatically activates a high-power siren installed on the bell tower of the village and turn on the traffic lights to close the transit on the cycle bridge over the Rudan creeck. Finally, the project involves the installation, by ANAS, the Italian National Road Authority, of the traffic lights that will block traffic on the SS 51 “Alemagna” highway.
At any time, the mayor or appointees can evaluate the status of the Rudan torrent thanks to the images, visible even at night (infrared) sent in real time by the cameras both from the mountain station and from the bridle station. This inspection is possible not only from the control panel computer but also rom anywhere via any smartphone or tablet.
This project, reported also in Rai (Italian National Broadcasting company) news, involved the Siap + Micros technicians in particular. Normally the stations we install are mainly used to collect meteorological data to be used by specialists, in this system the data collected and processed by the DA18K dataloggers can be translated, if necessary, into an alarm alert sent in real time to the inhabitants of the place. From now on, the Rudan torrent will no longer take by surprise the inhabitants of Peaio di Cadore.
all of us are experiencing a new challenge which makes us worried about our dears’ and ourself’s health, and about our future.
This new and hidden enemy is imposing us to change our way of living, thinking and working.
Nevertheless, we as Siap+Micros’ men and women are determined to keep on putting our Customer at the heart of everything.
So, the Company has recently decided to rearrange the activities of the Sales Department and guarantee its personnel full capacity to operate, in respect of all the people, families and employers involved in public utilities, preserving their lives, health and safety.
Specifically, Siap+Micros has agreed to temporarily suspend visits made in person. We are keen to tell you that Siap+Micros is always present and available on ZOOM and SKYPE platforms in order to guarantee high standards of service also in this hard and difficult moments.
We’ll go through all this safely, together.
UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, Venice with its canals, squares and churches is a source of pride for Italy and the Italians. Located within the Venetian Lagoon, the city is a living work of art that is visited by 25 million tourists a year.
The extraordinary event of “Aqua Alta” (means= “High Water”) occurred recently in Venice (see article: www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/world/europe/venice-flood.html) highlighted once again the problems generated by climate change and the need to have efficient and accurate hydro-meteorological monitoring networks in order to promptly alert the authorities and the population. The term Acqua Alta is a Venetian expression that indicates the phenomenon of particularly pronounced tidal peaks that occur in the Venetian lagoon during the autumn / winter season when the astronomical tide, the sirocco wind, the phenomenon of the sex in the Adriatic (or even all these elements) cause a greater influx of water into the lagoon.
The Centro Previsioni Maree plays an important role in terms of forecasting the tidal and forecticasting the “Acqua Alta” phenomenon using data from a hydro-meteorological monitoring network provided and maintained by Siap + Micros SpA inside the Venetian lagoon.
The need to perform an accurate meteo-marine monitoring is explained by Alvise Papa (Manager of the Center for Tide Forecasts) during an episode of Linea Verde Life broadcast on 26 October. At the following link the episode aired on Rai Uno (National Italian Television) where you can see Siap+Micros SpA’s technology: https://www.raiplay.it/video/2019/10/linea-verde-life—venezia-105fe3ce-a165-4cba-a15f-a8717c3654c4.html