Less than a month after the launch of the eighth buoy of the National Wave Network, a strong Bora (the Adriatic north east wind) storm hit the Upper Adriatic on 9 April, with sea growing to a peak with waves up to 2.5 m. The buoy belongs to the fleet of 9 oceanographic buoys supplied by Siap+Micros to ISPRA (Italian National Network for the Environmental Protection) for the direct acquisition of marine meteorological data and wave dynamics of the Italian seas. The exceptional storm was an ideal opportunity for the researchers of the joint experimentation project between ISPRA and CNR-ISMAR (Italian National Research Council – Marine Sciences Institute) who were able to record both the data coming from the instrumentation on board the buoy, and those produced by a sophisticated and advanced optical wave measurement system installed in the nearby CNR oceanographic platform “Acqua Alta”. This system, developed in collaboration with the University of Venice, has already been exported and tested in various realities at an international level (https://www.dais.unive.it/wass/). The data collected by the RON buoys are fundamental for the calibration / validation of the oceanographic models used for the short and medium-term prediction of the state of the sea (waves, tides, currents) today used for various purposes including, speaking precisely of the northern Adriatic, for example those relating to the management of MOSE (Venice’s flood barriers) operations. The results of this joint experiment will help researchers better understand the behavior of buoys during storm surges and improve the accuracy of their measurements.
At the following links you can find a video on the launch of the buoy at the Acqua Alta platform (made by ISPRA), a video of the buoy during the strong Bora storm of last 09 April and the link to the webcam installed on the Acqua Alta platform to see the buoy in real time (courtesy of ISMAR):
The update of the national wave network (RON) which, in 2020, was only a project (we had written about it in a previous news) has been in operation for more than a year now. All the data captured by the buoy instrumentation are accessible to anyone on the ISPRA site www.mareografico.it .
In mid-March, a new buoy was launched, integrated into the RON, moored near the “Acqua Alta” platform of the CNR (Italian National Research Council), which is located 8 miles off the Venetian shores. The project involves the study of data from the buoy on-board systems compared in real time with an advanced stereo photogrammetric system present on the CNR platform. The study will be able to give new and valuable information on the behavior of the buoys, useful not only for those of the Italian network, but for all oceanographic buoys in the world.
More information in the article and in the video published by ISPRA (Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research).
Siap+Micros has signed an agreement with Teconer Oy (Finland) aimed to integrate the proven technologies of non contact road surface conditions monitoring into SIAP+Micros solutions which are successfully used by road authorities in Italy and abroad. The possibility of continuous measurement of essential road surface safety parameters including presence of moisture and ice, contamination layer thickness and friction permit to detect and foresee dangerous conditions, timely perform road treatment and evaluate its effect keeping the traffic safety at highest level, reducing use of de-icing reagents an its negative environmental impact.
Siap+Micros monitoring solutions with integrated Teconer road surface sensors set a new quality standard not only in land transportation sector but also in aviation where they can be used for runway conditions monitoring.
The delegations of Ministry of Defence & Bangladesh Meteorological Department
Siap+Micros strengthens its presence in Asia thanks to an important project for the supply and installation of the National Meteorological Network of Bangladesh. This is the result of a successful international procurement financed by the World Bank.
The Contracting Authority, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), has been guest of the Italian company for a technical training about the equipment supplied for the Contract. The purpose of the activity was to learn the basics of station instrumentation and remote management software of the Meteorological Network, in order to have the knowledge and the capability to ensure the network to be managed independently in the future. To achieve this goal the best engineers and meteorologists of BMD took part to the training and enthusiastically worked in close contact with Siap+Micros’ team.
A moment of the training
Together with the training activity, the visit program included a meeting with some members of the body to which the BMD refers to, the Bangladesh Ministry of Defence. Further to the presentation of the most forefront technologies and the most important projects implemented by Siap+Micros, practical visits were organized at various installation sites in order to share and exchange information on the respective experiences in the field of environmental monitoring and early warning systems for natural disasters.
As soon as it is completed, the Bangladesh Meteorological National Network will count a total of 225 stations distributed throughout the Country, amount that makes the project the most important ever implemented by Siap+Micros on the Asian continent.
The widespread hydrological network of the Friulian territory
At the beginning of last year, the Pianura Friulana Reclamation Consortium, with the need to adapt and extend the monitoring and remote control network of its derivative system, launched a public tender. The technical proposals of Siap+Micros spa were judged the best among those presented also by the other participants, all of a high level and, after the official signing of the contract at the end of November, Siap+Micros spa is now preparing to start the installation of the stations in the field.
The consortium is equipped with an existing network of about 150 hydrometric monitoring stations to which the new 134 stations object of the tender will be added, which will lead the Consortium to have one of the state-of-the-art monitoring systems and one of the largest at national level. The various existing control systems, inherited from the two consortia Ledra Tagliamento and Bassa Friulana which, by merging, gave life to the “Pianura Friulana”, will continue to exist but will be integrated with the new stations covered by the contract, in a single homogeneous supervisory control and data acquisition system.
A glimpse of the rural environment with irrigation canals
To reduce the overall dimensions in the field, the carpentry and sensor supports were designed ad hoc, with the aim of making them as “miniaturized” as possible, minimizing the impact on the territory and keeping the precious tools “camouflaged” from any malicious or vandals’ eyes. Where the ground will make it possible, innovative anchoring systems with “screw foundation” plinths will be used, which avoid the use of concrete in delicate rural ecosystems. The very low consumption of the dataloggers MicroDA will allow them to work with small standard lithium batteries, without the need to hoist large photovoltaic panels on high-height poles.
Intake works on the Tagliamento river at Ospedaletto
The supply also includes the updating of the automation systems in the main hydraulic nodes, located in the Ledra and Tagliamento rivers, from which the Consortium derives the water that is then introduced into the vast network of irrigation canals. With this important contract Siap+Micros spa consolidates its presence in the “market” of the Land Reclamation Consortia, as well as strengthening and, almost, completing the service to the territory of the nearby region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, where the company already deals with maintenance of the important monitoring network of the Civil Protection (thanks to the award of the tender we wrote about in a recent news ).
SIAP+MICROS received an extraordinary recognition in the “Imprese Vincenti 2021” project organized by Banca Intesa in partnership with Cerved, Microsoft Italia, Bain&Company, Élite, Gambero Rosso, Nativa, Circularity and Coldiretti, in which partecipated more than 3500 companies.
The Company was awarded in the Innovation, Research and Development category, thanks to its constant commitment to the search for cutting-edge solutions to meet customer needs.
Through an editorial, the newspaper La Repubblica of 27/09/2021 presents the prize that Banca Intesa awarded to 112 companies, including SIAP+MICROS SpA , out of 3,500 Italian companies. “The winning companies are those that, despite everything (international crisis linked to the Covid emergency and consequent lockdown), manage to grow, keep jobs, implement digital, organizational and business transformations, invest in sustainable solutions on an economic and environmental level”.
An extraordinary success whose merit is also to be recognized to the customers who have chosen SIAP+MICROS S.p.A. to support their challenges and offered the stimuli and projects on which to grow, innovate and increase the numerical and training level of the human resources employed in the company.
For this reason this award is dedicated by Siap + Micros S.p.A. to all customers who have believed in the proposed projects and technological solutions and who constantly stimulate the company to strive for excellence.
ISPRA (Italian National Network for the Environmental Protection) selects Siap+Micros as a supplier for the maintenance and assistance service for the management of the Tidal Network of the Venice Lagoon and the National Tidal Network. An important result that confirms the leadership of SIAP + MICROS in marine weather monitoring.
In addition to the specific services for the maintenance and management of the networks, this contract is characterized by the supply of an innovative WEB portal for the publication of all the data acquired by the ISPRA monitoring networks including the National Wave metering Network and the National Alert System Network for tsunamis generated by earthquakes.
As part of the contract, a new feature will also be implemented that will allow to compare the data trace generated by the astronomical tides of the Venice Lagoon with the real measurement acquired by the stations. Based on the astronomical value and the real data, graphs and/or images will be generated to be published both for forecasting purposes, therefore in advance of the occurrence of the event, and during its occurrence.
Tide forecast chart
The ISPRA tidal networks have an overall consistency of 62 stations, of which 26 pertaining to the tidal network of the Venice Lagoon, while the national tidal network consists of 36 sites distributed along the national coasts. The tidal networks have a variable set of sensors for measuring the tide level, for measuring waves (height and wave period) as well as the main meteorological parameters such as rain, wind, atmospheric pressure, temperature and relative humidity of the air. All stations are equipped with different communication systems based on network density and data connection priority (GSM/xG, UHF Radio and IRIDIUM satellite). Some GNSS and ADCP stations integrate the monitoring networks.
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).
Diagram of the new RON
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.
Remote Operated Vessel (ROV) employed
in the launching and maintenance of buoys
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 Civil Protection Operations Center in Palmanova
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 operations room of the regional civil protection
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.