Mountain and hilly slopes and major civil works such as dams, bridges or viaducts often require monitoring to prevent dangerous situations and mitigate the risk of landslides.

These monitoring systems use technologies specific to the geomatics sector: they guarantee high precision, but are characterized by the use of sensors often very expensive, which inevitably limit their practical application and diffusion.

In collaboration with the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, a territory known for its high landslide risk, CSI Piemonte has launched a research project to develop the prototype of a monitoring system using low-cost geomatic technologies.

Launched in April 2017, the project also involves Politecnico di Torino, CSP, CNR-IRPI, with the support of Regione Piemonte and ARPA Piemonte.

The objectives also include the management, within the Smart Data Platform, of the sometimes large and continuous of data flow generated by the monitoring system and the consequent fruition in an organized, widespread and immediate way by Administrations, Research Bodies and citizens.

The results obtained so far have demonstrated the importance and validity of the project, which bodes well for the effective use of low-cost geomatic technologies, thus allowing more and more Administrations to organize predictive monitoring activities and increase the protection of the territory and the consequent public safety.