The main objective of the STARPORTS project is the development of an intelligent platform capable of providing detailed and multiple real-time information on the state of any coastal and maritime infrastructure, and capable of automatically and intelligently quantifying changes over time such as pathologies or other anomalies. It is also intended to develop advanced sensor networks that can be integrated within the same infrastructure and enable meaningful and reliable data on the state of the infrastructure to be obtained.
It should be noted that maritime infrastructures are subject to daily use and severe environmental conditions (waves, rain, humid environments, salinity and corrosion problems, among many others), which can also vary significantly depending on the location and environment in which they are located, affecting the integrity of the structures and their useful life. Given the importance of maritime infrastructures in our society (ports, docks, offshore platforms, wind turbines, etc.), where any problem can significantly affect the economy or security of the locality, region or country, continuous inspection and maintenance of these infrastructures is necessary. The problem today is that current monitoring and maintenance strategies and techniques to prevent problems and failures are costly and require enormous efforts and resources for any installer or operator of such infrastructures.
STARPORTS’ innovative technology will therefore represent a significant technological leap forward in the maritime market, which will not only lead to a significant reduction in monitoring, maintenance and conservation costs, but will also allow for improved maintenance strategies through the early detection of future problems or failures.
PLOCAN has received a grant for its Research and Development project “Distributed Wireless System for Monitoring, Prevention and Action for Coastal Management (STARPORTS)” through the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The main objective of the STARPORTS project is the development of an intelligent platform capable of providing detailed and multiple real-time information on the state of any coastal and maritime infrastructure, and capable of automatically and intelligently quantifying changes over time such as pathologies or other anomalies. The project runs from September 2018 to December 2020, with a total budget of €1,128,898.00.