Digital networks

  • IoTNet

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    CSP has developed skills and experience of all the components of the Internet of Things system: from the data source (sensors) to the storage , transmission (telecommunications and broadcasting techniques),   data validation ( based on statistics  and processing of heterogeneous data ), to  platforms for query and data visualization, to specific use of data in reference to particular user needs, to storage and management of large databanks (through distributed DB and NoSQL solutions).

    The IoTNet project aims to build a complete system, in which the data collection by distributed sensors (including webcam) is managed through acquisition platforms, autonomous and distributed, placed in strategic locations in the Piedmont area. Moreover, an access and streaming portal enables an  aggregated view of data and to access the webcam live streams.

    Download IotNet platform datasheet.

  • HPWNet – High performance wireless network

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    HPWNet is an experimental wireless network developed by CSP since 2005. The project started with two aims: to develop a wireless backbone in the urban area of Turin, which can be used for the rapid activation of wireless nodes in the city and as a point of departure for extensions towards neighboring municipalities.

    Today, HPWNet is based on 10 sites in the urban area of Turin and involves other 16 towers spread throughout the Piemonte Region. Link length ranges between 500m and 80km: HPWNet allows us to deeply analyze the behavior of wireless devices , in a real scenario with other active networks and several interferences.

    You can see further information and map of connected areas at:

  • ASSET: Multiple POE via UTP cable

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    This multiple power system enables a series of devices to be powered through a UTP cable, without the need for additional power cables. The cable supplies stabilized tension and can also be deployed on existing infrastructure (for example in remote settings or historic buildings).

  • ASSET: DAB/DAB+ Transmitter

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    It is a transmitter software that broadcasts a digital radio channel conforming to the DAB/DAB+ standard. The system encodes and multiplexes the audio signal, modulates it using SDR technology and broadcasts it. CSP focused specifically on integrating a number of software modules for multiplexing and modulation developed in the context of the opensource mmbTools project by the Communications Research Centre, Canada, and in terms of AAC (as per the DAB+ standard) integrating the FDK AAC libraries developed in the Fraunhofer research centre in Germany.

  • Intelligent Bypass Unit

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    Intelligent Bypass Unit is an embedded sysem enables a damaged server or filtering system to be “physically” bypassed, increasingly the reliability of the network. The system resides outside of the server and is low cost.

  • Viniveri: technological innovation in the vineyard

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    In the innovation in the agro-food sector, agriculture is approaching ICT,  both in terms of agronomic management and in terms of phytopathological research.

    In particular,  ICT has a large impact on the data  collection, transmission , gathering  and the use of digital platforms for the exchange of agro-meteorological, eco- physiological, epidemiological, irrigation and farm management data. The focus is the grapevine susceptibility to some pathogens with severe consequences for the vegetative growth  and the wine production, such as downy mildew,  powdery mildew and botrytis bunch rot.

    The project aims to respond to the monitoring need through a hardware and software system which allows the advanced management of the vineyard. Web platforms, wireless technology, measuring sensors and position detectors of agricultural tractors complement each other to offer climatological information in real time.

    The project was a pilot sponsored by the Piemonte Regional Government and several partners were involved.

    Download the info sheet “CSP in precision farming” for further details.

  • Transparent roaming

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    Transparent roaming is an application for Android smartphones that grants transparent access to federated WiFi networks or, more in general, enables authentication via captive portal. This means users are not obliged to enter their username and password at each access. The asset is currently integrated with the Tower asset.

  • Tower

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    Tower is an authentication system for controlling access to wireless networks which is scalable and enables the creation of federations of networks belonging to different bodies/operators, permitting users to move freely between networks and guaranteeing the encrypted transmission of credentials. New functions include a Shibboleth authentication module, a free SMS gateway (provider side), a more complete interface for managing network configurations and administration, dual stack IPv4/IPv6 support and authentication with x.509 certificates. The updated version of the asset is based on a pfSense core, more options for developing advanced functions, an advanced web management interface and a function that monitors the status of the connections and the system.

    Tower offers:

    • user-friendly authentication to access network services;
    • support for “transparent” roaming between federated bodies and operators;
    • a modular, scalable system;
    • a high level of security for access credentials, including for roaming users.
  • MASP

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    MASP acronym stands for “Experimental research and development of a system for monitoring sensitive and protected areas at long distance, aimed at supplying innovative services geared towards the cognitive and implementative monitoring of environmental policies”.
    This project tackles innovative issues such as the management and optimisation of WSN networks, workflow techniques and data analysis, particularly in environmental monitoring procedures and eco-sustainability assessments.
    The project has developed a distributed intelligence sensory/IT system, based on a cooperative network of fixed and mobile components (which can even be installed on public transport vehicles) that take measurements on site, designed to help acquire parameters that are critical for environmental monitoring online.
    The quantity of information generated by such a network will be validated, collected and channelled using a unique data acquisition and workflow management engine, whose parameters can be set according to predefinable procedural flows that can be adjusted and aligned according to the different environmental policies that will determine the measurement chain performed on site every time.
    As an additional aid, there are also plans to study and experimentally produce an environmental DSS (Decision Support System), also based on balance scorecard approaches in order to allow for innovative IT analysis and synthesis processes in the environmental sector, featuring ‘balanced’ multilevel and multi-dimensional evaluations of the data acquired.

    MASP is a project developed within the framework of the Annual Programme of Polo di Innovazione ICT.  It is funded under the ERDF Programme  2007/2013 of the Piedmont Region.