Digitized Environment

Funded by: Knowledge Transfer Experiments, Round 1

MARINARA is an experiment based on knowledge transfer between complementary companies to develop a new, open-source, low-cost, and small-sized Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) with off-the-shelf water sensors for measuring near-surface water quality in real time for various environments.

The proposed solution combines USV & IoT technologies for acquiring data such as pH, turbidity, and temperature measuring water quality in real water resources (such as ponds, reservoirs, and lakes). Furthermore, the solution MARINARA offers is combined with an Android application through which users can easily control the USV and view the platform's data.

The performance of the solution was validated in terms of usability, mobility, and stability through field experiments in various locations, Spain and Greece. Moreover, a potential application and approach was presented, in which this platform can navigate autonomously by utilizing the Robot Operating System (ROS).

MARINARA presents a new approach that can make water quality monitoring more efficient with the objective of preventing on-going pollution.

Through knowledge transfer and aspiring to the integration of multiple water quality sensors in an autonomous surface vehicle, consortium partners aim at creating a modern and complete project implementation environment through an end-to-end solution for water quality monitoring by:

  • developing a fully open-source, low-cost USV with off-the-shelf sensors as a means to acquiring data such as pH, turbidity & temperature measuring water quality in real water resources like ponds, reservoirs and lakes

  • Water pollution is an acute problem, especially in developing countries, so continuous and real time water quality monitoring is crucial for water protection, strategizing control and pitching in measures to reduce water pollution and degradation of aquatic ecosystems.
  • It is also critical to ensure that private and municipal facilities stay in compliance with point source license conditions. Therefore, a robust water quality monitoring solution is always vital to maintaining a healthy ecosystem and ensuring a sustainable water supply for future generations.
  • Even though the testing of water is mostly done by fixed sensor stations automatically, they lack dense spatial data points.
  • The high cost of existing solutions

Guided by the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, MARINARA project innovated for data collection and manipulation in both fields of software and hardware combining

  • Remotely Operated Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)
  • IoT Technologies
  • Mobile applications
  • Robot Operating System (ROS)

A few indicative areas of appliance of MARINARA solutions are Universities, Research Institutions and Governmental Authorities for protecting and monitoring water resources and finally some technical companies working in projects related to water.