Union of Municipalities of Empolese-Valdelsa Trial
By exploiting the results of the project already activated in the Florence area, Artys signed an agreement with the Union of Municipalities of Empolese-Valdelsa (province of Florence), for the SRS experimentation in the Orme basin.
Union of Municipalities of Valle del Tempo Trial
In 2016, Artys activated an experimental SRS network in the Union of Municipalities of Valle del Tempo, in the province of Genoa (municipalities of Avegno and Uscio), as a complement to a traditional pluvio-hydrometric network, previously supplied by the same Artys.
Collaboration with the Center on the intensity of rainfall B. Castelli of the World Meteorological Organization
In 2016, Artys started a scientific collaboration with the competence center on the intensity of rainfall B. Castelli of the World Meteorological Organization – WMO (hosted at the DICCA department of the University of Genoa), for a structured comparison of rainfall data obtained by SRS with the ones measured by traditional rain gauges.
Collaboration with ARPAL
In 2016, a technical-scientific cooperation agreement was signed between Artys, ARPA Liguria (Regional Agency for Environmental Protection) and the University of Genoa, for the testing of SRS, with the aim to assess its functioning and performance, compared to conventional pluviometric systems.
The aim of the k-NOW-casting project was to define and implement a decision support tool for the operational management of the risk induced by heavy rainfall based on SRS. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 728651. In particular, the project was selected to participate in the SME Instrument – PHASE 1 of the European Commission, an innovation financing facility with a success rate of around 5%.
Embrunais, Hautes-Alpes (France) Territory Trial
Since 2015, a partnership is in place with the Administrations of the Embrunais area (French Hautes-Alpes), in collaboration with the “Maison de la Météo” of the Les Orres town, to evaluate the performance of SRS for rainfall monitoring in mountain areas.
As part of the collaboration, the possible applications of the system for monitoring the snowy precipitation are being explored.
Scarpino landfill Trial
Since 2015, based on an agreement between Artys and AMIU (the local operator working in the field of environmental and public utilities), the real-time monitoring of rainfall in the Scarpino landfill (on the heights of Genoa) is made by Smart Rainfall System.
Union of Municipalities of the Golfo Paradiso Trial
In 2015 it began a collaboration with the Union of Municipalities of the Golfo Paradiso, in the province of Genoa (municipalities of Sori, Pieve Ligure, and Bogliasco), to test SRS on the field. Since 2016, the SRS maps and the Artys’ services are used daily by the Union for the operational management of rainfall related emergencies.
ENEA – Rome Trial
In 2015 a collaboration for the SRS testing in the Casaccia area (Rome) was activated with the Unit for Environment and Energy Modeling of ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), aimed to assess its integration as part of advanced systems for the resilience of metropolitan areas.
Solar Technology Group of Savona City Trial
In 2014 a collaboration for the SRS testing in the Savona harbor was activated with the Solar Technology Group, an association dedicated to scientific dissemination, particularly focused on projects that promote human development, supported by technology, in harmony with the land.
Genoa City Trial
In 2014 a trial of SRS technology was activated in collaboration with the Civil Protection of the Municipality of Genoa. This allowed us to assess the positive performance of the first installed measuring stations, already on the occasion of the flood which occurred on 09/10/14. Between 2015 and 2016 some new stations were installed and activated, to extend the experiment (listing only the main) to the valleys of Chiaravagna, Polcevera, Bisagno and Sturla. The first interesting results of the monitoring of these areas were collected during the autumn rains in 2016.
Florence City Trial
In 2014 a trial of the SRS technology was activated in collaboration with the Civil Protection of the Metropolitan City of Florence. The cooperation involved some schools of the Florentine territory, that provide their own satellite dishes, as an information source for SRS.
TCUBE– Transports, Territory and Tourism
As part of the PAR-FAS 2007-2013 call of the Liguria region, Darts (one of the Artys’ founders) participated in the project of industrial research and experimental development named “TCUBE“, whose goal was to study, realize and test in the Municipality of Genoa an innovative mobile platform to spread personalized information for the mobility of users in urban areas, including weather conditions. Within the TCUBE project, the role of Darts was to study how to implement the Smart Rainfall System in the info-mobility project platform, with the aim to inform in real-time citizens and tourists on the specific weather conditions of the Genoa city centre.
First development activities
In July, we filed the patent which describes the principle of SRS operation; we also conducted the first experiments in real conditions, to validate the general structure and the main functions of the system.
Between 2013 and 2014, we tested and proved the technology in operational environment, even during storms. It is moreover observed how, through the SRS measurements, it is also possible to derive useful information to track the movement of the rain.