SMAT-F1 is a research project funded by the Regione Piemonte (Italy), and promoted through the Promoter Board of Piedmont’s Aerospace District. It is also co-funded by the European fund for regional development (F.E.S.R.) within the regional operative program 2007/2013.

SMAT main objective is to define, design and develop an advanced monitoring system of the territory based on innovative unmanned air systems (UAS), coordinated by a supervision and coordination station (SSC). The final system will deploy a small fleet of UAVs, remotely controlled by a network of control stations. The system will be able to support:

  • emergency managements in case of flood hazards, mudslides, fires;
  • surveillance of remote areas;
  • borders control.

The SMAT architecture is organized into three segments: aerial, composed of innovative Unmanned Air Vehicles, ground and communications.

The SMAT architecture shall be integrated with the existing surveillance.

Innovative Elements:

  • System architecture oriented to the autonomous flight
  • Interoperability of the new system with existing infrastructure
  • Acquisition, elaboration and integration of data from different sources
  • Flexible utilization for specific needs

SMAT-F1 is the first phase of SMAT project. The target of SMAT-F1 is demonstrating, by a demo flight, the use of three integrated UASs inside of a primary scenario relevant for the purposes of Regione Piemonte. Due to the high level of criticality in Piedmont, one of the possible scenarios is relevant to the hydrogeologic risk.

SMAT-F1 Working Group

The aerial segment is composed by three different typologies of UAV will form the aerial segment: Sky-y: a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV, developed by Alenia Aeronautica; Falco: a Medium Altitude – Medium Endurance (MAME) UAV, produced by Selex Galileo C – Fly: a Low Altitude – Short/Medium Endurance (LASME) UAV, developed by Nimbus. The UAV payload :

  • Electro-optical sensor (optical and infrared)
  • SAR(Synthetic Aperture RADAR)
  • Chemical sensor for water pollution

The ground segment is formed by:
The Ground Control Station (CS) of each UAV
A Supervision and Coordination Station (SSC), which will coordinate the mission, will elaborate the data received by the UASs and will disseminate it to the Operative Centres on the territory.

ALTEC is responsible for the definition and organization of SC&SSC (Communication Segment & Supervision and Coordination Station), that is the key element for the provision of required data to the users and for the transfer of user needs in operation terms.

ALTEC is involved in the definition of SC&SSC architecture and requirements, as well as in the activities relevant to the overall system definition and to the final user interface and link.

ALTEC is responsabile for the preparation HW and SW of SC&SSC at CMFS and for the provision of the communication infrastructure, linking SSC to CSs (Control Stations).