The project

NAIADI project is co-funded by the Regional Authority of Emilia-Romagna through the POR-FESR 2014-2020 program, and gathers 3 regional laboratories devote to technological development and innovation and 5 private companies focused on environmental monitoring into a mixed public-private partnership. Main target is to realize a new class of autonomous vehicles to study and monitor aquatic environments. Such new robot class features very low environmental impact, taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to collect multidisciplinary data (Geophysical, Chemical and Environmental data) to study and monitor various contexts, as harbours, lakes, rivers, channels and coastal areas.

Target

The project aims at developing a new aquatic “robot” class based on open hardware and software, with zero environmental impact, taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to collect multidisciplinary data (Geophysical, Chemical and Environmental data) to study and monitor various contexts, as harbours, lakes, rivers and coastal areas. The project NAIADI intends to fill a relevant gap: conventional tools are not conceived to carry on surveys in complex and difficult-to-access shallow water contexts. Final achievement is to build up a new Ecosystem Services for a sustainable development of all connected businesses.
Main target is to realize a customizable USV fleet made of a modular platform, based on open-source software, offering an innovative perspective to enhance and monitor the territory.

State of the Art

USVs (Unmanned Surface Vehicles) represent, at the moment, a high-priced class of autonomous vehicles. Their cost is limiting their use, in particular in areas with high probability of damage or loss. Conventional sensors are not feasible for USVs, due to their considerable weight and dimensions. Moreover, shallow water environments often represent a challenge to a geological, geophysical and chemical surveyor.

Innovative Approach

In order to bypass all aforementioned issues related to conventional tools, a set of three prototypes will be realized and equipped with sensors devoted to direct and indirect water analysis, designed to operate in various environments. Vehicles will feature zero environmental impact, light-weight platform and moderate price due to use of open-source software.

Vehicles will operate under 3 modes:

– Remotely controlled navigation
– Autonomous navigation
– Adaptive navigation

The project will take advantage of Proambiente S.c.r.l. experience in developing a similar prototype – S.Wa.P. (Shallow Water Prospector) – within the E-R Technopoles, offering a competitive product that will open up to new opportunities for a widening community of customers.

Project co-funded by European Regional Development Fund