The operational research infrastructure, consisting of the Sensor System Technologies Laboratory and the Environmental Data Platform, facilitates service delivery, new project creation, and application development.

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The Center uses the following facilities to manage the entire data life cycle and provide services:

Environmental Data Platform

The EDP-portal is the main access point to the Environmental Data Platform (EDP) for Eurac Research and project’s partners. EDP is fully operational since 2021 and provides web services for datasets targeted to research activities in the fields of environmental monitoring and sensing technologies by following the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) data principles. It provides easy to use web tools for accessing, sharing and analysing research data (sensor data, satellite imagery, base maps, etc.) and are totally based on open-source software solutions. EDP directly hosts about 18 projects related to the Institutes of Earth Observation, Renewable Energies, Regional Development, Alpine Environment and to the Center for Climate Change and Transformation.

The main components of EDP are:

In the last 2 years the EDP improved the findability and accessibility of the data collected throughout the curation of metadata and DOI (Digital Object Identifier) registration for datasets to properly cite them with a persistent identifier. The portal itself and main data repositories are registered in FAIR-sharing portal with their own DOI. The metadata catalogue is harvested from GEOSS (Group on Earth Observation) catalogue to more easily reach the research community.

Sensor System Technologies Lab

The Sensor System Technologies (SST) laboratory, located at the NOI Techpark, is co-managed with the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano and functions as a test centre for developing technologies, creating devices and sensors and designing integrated solutions for monitoring data acquisition. In particular, Sensor System Technologies offers services ranging from the completion and characterisation of devices (sensors, actuators, batteries, energy harvesters, conditioning electronics) based on printing and micro-fabrication technologies to the embedding of these electronic components in integrated solutions and finally, to the development of applications for data access, analysis and sharing. Sensor System Technologies laboratory provides a wide range of users (researchers, public administrations, enterprises) with the necessary solutions and analysis tools for various application areas, such as environmental monitoring, the Internet of Things (IoT) and precision agriculture.

Housed within Sensor System Technologies, the Center for Sensing Solutions specifically focuses on the management of sensing technologies and data infrastructure, services and research activities, and develops, thanks to its researchers and technicians, the following lines of research and services:

  • Development and characterisation of prototypes of integrated systems
  • Multi-scale and multi-platform data acquisition and integration
  • Development, characterisation and validation of prototypes
  • Development of IoT prototypes
  • Data services: oorganisation, access, processing, sharing, data analysis and quality control
  • SW development: implementation and engineering of algorithms, web applications, RESTful APIs
  • Data driven decision support systems
  • Cloud computing and automation of monitor applications
  • Data Integration (multi-sensor)

    Main machinery/instruments present in the laboratory:

  • Oscilloscopes, Sourcemeter and Power Supply
  • Sensors and Transducers for Environmental Monitoring
  • Cosmic Ray Neutron Probe
  • Data Acquisition/Test/Control Systems
  • Data Acquisition Platforms (UAV, Remote Sensing Receiving Station)
  • Instruments: high-accuracy GNSS set, Spectroradiometer, Leaf Area Index, RGB/Thermal/Hyperspectral Cameras, Phenocams.
  • Wireless Sensor Networks and Connectivity Infrastructure
  • IoT Development Platforms
  • Climate Chamber
  • Spectrum Analyser
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