Monitoring Systems for Special Purposes

Experience in building measurement networks for hidro-meteorology, radiology and ecology enable AMES to develop, construct and realize costum made measurement networks.

Measurement station for honey-collection control

An example of custom-made measurement network is our system for honey-collection control in Slovenian Beekeepers' Association where 30 measurement stations all over Slovenia transmit data about honey-collection to central unit in Slovenian Beekeepers' Association. On station a reference beehive is set on an electronic scale to measure weight. Half of them also measure temperature and relative humidity. Data are simultaneously transferred via GSM connection.


Temporary measurement systems

At highway-cross building we monitored and analysed wind conditions on various critical points for longer periods (junction Razdrto, section Razdrto - Koper, section Razdrto - Nova Gorica,viaduct Črni Kal, tunnel Markovec).




With simple systems we collect data over longer periods for environmental analyses on areas with possibility of greater pollution.


Environmental modelling

Stationary or temporary systems can be source of data for modelling dispersion and deposition of pollutants with Gauss or Lagrange modells. Ames performed environmental monitoring (and necessary measurements) in vicinity of Nuclear Power Plant Krško, Power Plant Trbovlje / Lafarge Cement and in Velenje valley (Power Plant Sostanj)


Avtomatic vessel

Automatic vessel was made as part of research project APSIS TIA 2007, where beside AMES were included also: Harpha Sea, d.o.o. Koper, ACORN d.o.o., Ljubljana, Institute for Physical Biology d.o.o., Xenya d.o.o., Faculty of electrical engineering - University of Ljubljana and Primorska Institute for Natural and Technical Sciences - University of Primorska.

Automatic vessel Apsis is a measurement platform with special equipment for autonomous work in shallow waters. For moving on water surface Apsis uses electical drive, is easy to transport and able to autonomously performs numerous measurement operations. Vessel moves autonomously via predefined routes or by remote controll. Built-in GPS navigation system enables precise changes in vessels location. Also a high-resolution sonar for depths of 0.2-50m and accuracy of 0.01m is built in. Quiet propulsion enables use of the vessel also in secure areas as nature reserves and land parks.

Vessel can also work as logistic support for easier and safer performance of underwater activities. With use of its camera and accurately determinable geografic position is divers work easier and safer and control of underwater equipment is easier.

Apsis is also a mobile laboratory, which enables various chemical and biological analyses of water on site. This is upgraded with various physical and meteorological sensors and a cassette for collecting up to 20 water samples on depths to 20m and are needed for later laboratory analysis. This samples enable more accurate and faster quality control of sea or fresh water.

Apsis weights around 50kg, it is 2m long and has 15cm draught. It can autonomously operate up to 5h.


  • Logistic support at underwater activities (intelligent video-camera, remote control, GPS)

  • Single beam in side scan sonar

  • On-line mobile laboratory for water analysis (chemical, biological, radioactive), with various phsycal and meteorological sensors

  • Easy and accurate ware sampling down to 20m deep

  • Easy operated and transported

  • Possible upgrade of sensors

  • Custom production of vessel and measurement systems


  • Hidrografical measurements

  • 3D data modelling

  • Water analyisis

  • Sampling

Vessel markets and sells Harpha Sea company.



System for monitoring persons and vehicles in difficult environments is a part of research project SOVZO (2009-2011), where beside AMES were included also: Harpha Sea, d.o.o. Koper, ACORN d.o.o., Ljubljana, Institute for Physical Biology d.o.o., Xenya d.o.o.,VISPORT, Faculty of electrical engineering and Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering- both University of Ljubljana.

Pupose of the project was to develop a prototype of the system for monitoring persons and vehicles in difficult environments, which would include number of sensors and instruments (to measure gases, physiological condition...), video modules, models of wind field and hazardous particles expansion. It would be useful to wider circle of specialized users (firefighters, medics, civil defence, special army units...). Simoultaneusly a common information and communication system for centralized support to users on terrain was developed.


System for monitoring  safety valves on gaslines

This system was developed for company Plinovodi d.o.o. It is composed of control part on the valve and central computer. Communication is made with GSM modems. All control equipment is IP65 protected, is battery powered and at least 12 months autonomous.

Control unit sends an event message in less than 30 seconds to the central computer. In normal conditions, when there is no event on the valve, system calls in once a day anyway. That is the way for system to check on itself, to synchronize time on the units and for units to report state of the battery which powers them.