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Sensors (Basel). 2010;10(12):10620-39. doi: 10.3390/s101210620. Epub 2010 Nov 29.

Transport infrastructure surveillance and monitoring by electromagnetic sensing: the ISTIMES project.

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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale (IMAA), Tito Scalo (PZ), Italy.


The ISTIMES project, funded by the European Commission in the frame of a joint Call "ICT and Security" of the Seventh Framework Programme, is presented and preliminary research results are discussed. The main objective of the ISTIMES project is to design, assess and promote an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)-based system, exploiting distributed and local sensors, for non-destructive electromagnetic monitoring of critical transport infrastructures. The integration of electromagnetic technologies with new ICT information and telecommunications systems enables remotely controlled monitoring and surveillance and real time data imaging of the critical transport infrastructures. The project exploits different non-invasive imaging technologies based on electromagnetic sensing (optic fiber sensors, Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite platform based, hyperspectral spectroscopy, Infrared thermography, Ground Penetrating Radar-, low-frequency geophysical techniques, Ground based systems for displacement monitoring). In this paper, we show the preliminary results arising from the GPR and infrared thermographic measurements carried out on the Musmeci bridge in Potenza, located in a highly seismic area of the Apennine chain (Southern Italy) and representing one of the test beds of the project.


electromagnetic sensing techniques; system architecture; transport infrastructure non invasive monitoring

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