Systea S.p.A.

Analytical Technologies

Research and Developement Projects

SMS European research project

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Active R&D projects

Our R&D team is actively working to develop new automated solutions to measure water parameters of growing request in the market and specifically:

  • a new on-line analyzer to measure Escherichia Coli in water
  • in the frame of SMS European project, series of WFD and MSFD harmful analytes, including algal species and toxins, biocidal compounds in antifouling paints and flame-retardants, as well as pharmaceuticals will be on-line monitored in a coastal environment by using innovative biosensors
  • new on-line measurement techniques to detect HEAVY METALS by innovative optical methods.

Former European R&D projects 



WARMER was a FP6 research project funded by European Commission to develop a real-time water quality monitoring system for Risk Assessment; it run for three years and it ended on 31-08-2009. 

WARMER was concepted as an interdisciplinary project to integrate R&D activities in a number of different disciplines, such as chemistry, electronics, information technology, networking and micromechanics. The final result was a relocable water monitoring floating platform equipped with a series of multi-parameter water quality sondes, to be effectively used for water risk management.

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SYSTEA coordinated the project and produced the following main results:

  • the DPA Pro multiparametric in-situ probe for nutrients measurement was integrated and field tested in Venice for several months (click here to download a descriptive paper of the experiment) together with the platform, managed by a data-logger developed by the company Italian partner Sysmedia and remotely managed by the Zetaced Web based control system, still developed by Sysmedia
  • a multiparametric in-situ probe prototype was developed and tested in laboratory to automatically perform unattended measurements of heavy metals using the so called Screen Printed Electrodes (SPE)
  • a multiparametric benchtop analyzer was developed and tested in laboratory to automatically manage a series of miniaturized potentiometric electrodes, developed by other University partners, to measure Cl, NO3, NH3, Cd, Cu and other ions. 

Field measurement data were linked to remote sensing Earth observations using an existing Web based remote data management system developed by NERSC partner.

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The general objective of the EC FP6 R&D EXOCET/D project was to develop, implement and test specific instruments aimed at exploring, describing, quantifying and monitoring biodiversity in deep-sea fragmented habitats as well as at identifying links between community structure and environmental dynamics. Onboard experimental devices complemented the approach, enabling experiments on species physiology.

Within the large project consortium, SYSTEA was involved to develop and test during an experimental trip in Azzorre Islands the multiparametric Deep-sea Probe Analyzer (DPA), integrated inside Ifremer'sw ROV Victor-6000; the probe was able to measure Total Iron and Sulphide near vulcano's hot plumes at -1.500 m depth during a cable driven monitoring session of some hours long.

For additional information about the project, please click here.




The objective of SEWING FP5 EC R&D project was to create a system of continuous water pollution monitoring in real time.

Small and relatively cheap miniaturized potentiometric sensors (Chemfets) were developed and applied in a Loop Flow Analysis based prototype developed by SYSTEA and integrated with a specific algorithm to mitigate cross interferences between detected  parameters (NH3, NO3) and main interferents (Na, K).

For additional information about the project, please click here.