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Sensing changes in parameters is essential to everything from health and tire pressure to smart homes and industrial applications. Distributed fibre optic sensing (D-FOS) technologies take this one step further. The 'distribution' aspect refers to the ability to read information not at specific locations but all along the fibre optic cable, like discrete versus analogue sampling for electronics. The EU-funded SLAM-DAST project is integrating two cutting-edge D-FOS technologies combined with a low-cost fibre optic cable to enable remote monitoring of a vast amount of information at distances up to 100 km. The system promises to boost the capabilities of exciting new applications for smart cities and more.

Main objective 

This project main objective is to develop, prototype and demonstrate, both in civil/industrial and especially in household/smart-city case studies, a new, cost-effective, Smart LightwAve Multi-modal Distributed Acoustic Strain and Temperature photonic sensing system (SLAM-DAST), which will integrate:

  • Distributed Temperature and mechanical deformation (Strain) Sensing (DTSS) and
  • Distributed Acoustic vibrations optical Sensing (DAS)

SLAM-DAST aims at securing the conditions of a disruptive market exploitation, at an industrial as well as at a large scale consumer-oriented level, of the project’s results by:

  • supporting the product characterisation-standardisation through open access to performance test benches;
  • adopting open innovation policies about general system architecture and embedded data pre-processing;
  • promoting vendor interoperability through the use of open standards and formats;
  • creating shared value through knowledge-spreading and international networking with key market access points.

Updated project results can be found here

Coordinator: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Partners: Civitta International, Nexsans, TNO, Sestosensors s.r.l.

IMM Contact person: Gabriele Bolognini

Funder under: European Commission H2020

2021-04-01 to 2023-09-30