Rockfall Monitoring using Multi-Technological Wireless Sensor Network

Vincenzo Stornelli1, Mattia Ragnoli1, Paolo Esposito1, Nicola Sciarra2, Gianluca Barile1, Elena De Santis3

1University of L’Aquila, Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economy, Italy
2University of Chieti-Pescara, Department of Psychological, Health and Territory Science, Italy
3University of L’Aquila, Department of Engineering and Science Information and Mathematics, Italy




Rockfall phenomenon is caused by exposition of rock masses to weather and erosion. To monitor this phenomenon, several methodologies based on sensor networks are developing in recent times, among these we find geotechnical monitoring Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). In this paper, multitechnological rockfall-oriented WSN is presented; this system is composed by several Long Range (LoRa) based sensors which

retrieve various geotechnical parameters, along with other cellular based nodes for rock impact monitoring. Sensors of different technologies are integrated in the network to obtain a wider spectrum of monitored events, in order to enable a complete observation possibility for the status of the rock formations. The  entire system follows an Internet Of Things (IoT) scheme, where data is accessible anytime from an online platform. The experimental system is installed in the locality of San Demetrio Ne’ Vestini, Italy, in particular the Grotte di Stiffe site.

Short biography:

Vincenzo Stornelli was born in Avezzano, Italy. In July 2004 he obtained the laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (summa cum laude) at the University of L’Aquila with a thesis entitled: “Design and implementation of an electronic tuning preselector filter for applications in the UHF band”. In April 2008 Dr. Stornelli obtained the PhD degree with a thesis on the analysis of semiconductor devices entitled: “Frequency-domain physics-based analysis of high-frequency semiconductor devices”. In October 2011 Dr. Stornelli has joined as a Researcher the University of L’Aquila, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering where in 2014 he became Associate Professor in electronics and microelectronics.

Since 2021 he server as Full Professors in the same Department. His research concerns the study, analysis and simulation of physics based semiconductor devices for microwave and millimeter-wave, the design of analog integrated circuits for RF and microwave applications, sensors interfacing and management in wireless sensor networks and biomedical applications, “current mode” approach, automatic computer-aided analog design, radio systems on-chip.

Prof. Stornelli has several research collaborations and cultural exchanges with universities and research institutes. Prof. Stornelli is an IEEE Senior Member. He is the author of more than 250 papers and is also co-inventor of 12 national patents and 2 international patents. He is actually  board member of the MECSA, DEWS and CITRAMS centers and Head of the Electronic degree course of the University of L’Aquila.  He has been CEO and founder (2018) of the spinoff SENSing and board member of the Spinoff BME (2012).

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