RIMA

PROJECT DATA

Title: Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance 
Acronym: RIMA
Duration: 48 months
Starting Date: January 2019
Funding: 16,048,605 €
Websitewww.rimanetwork.eu

 

PROJECT SYNOPSIS

Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a huge economic activity (450 Bn€ market) spanning across sectors such as energy, transport, civil engineering. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications. RIMA is a 4-year project aiming to establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) on robotics sharing best practices and providing services to facilitate uptake of I&M technologies.

Our challenge is to reinforce this connection and to provide education and training on robotics I&M and to connect the value chain - research, technology companies, service providers, end users and investors - for accelerating economic growth in the field: RIMA is building upon the network pioneered by SPRINT Robotics extending it to all relevant sectors across the value chain.

The RIMA network encompasses:

  • Leading research organizations supporting one DIH per region aligned with regional policies and industry sectors.
  • Sectorial associations who will make a bridge with end users and industries.

RIMA will offer services including support to testing and technology transfer, coaching and training on robotics for I&M, process optimization and communication. 50.5% of RIMA’s budget will be distributed to SMEs to run experiments using FSTP. RIMA will advise on funding opportunities relying on the S3 Thematic Platform on robotics for I&M federating the common ambition of 13 EU regions. Network sustainability will be ensured by adapting the SPRINT business model.

Expected results are (i) increased competitiveness of EU I&M Robotics, (ii) economic added value by increased productivity and availability of the critical infrastructure (iii) social and environmental impact through improved safety and less emission of hazardous substances (iv) the constitution of a sustainable and scalable (open to new members) DIH network aligned with the industrial and European policies and ambitions.

 

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Contacts and Directions

PRISMA Lab - Via Claudio 21, 80125 Napoli, Italy

COORDINATOR: Prof. Bruno Siciliano [bruno (dot) siciliano (at) unina (dot) it]