R&D Project

Research & Development

SeTeL has always paid great attention to R&D activities which initially were developed in technical documentation sector and subsequently gradually moved towards the various areas of Complex Systems Engineering, up to the design of the MAR Amphibious Rover, an enabling platform on which to install ad-hoc sensors and enabling instrumentation.

Today MAR – Multifunction Amphibious Rover has become our main project.


Relations with OdR and R&D Centers

R&D activities have always developed by constantly interacting with Industry and Research organizations. Hence SeTeL’s ability to integrate non-homogeneous skills and competences and to:

  • promote and optimize the multidisciplinary relationship and communication capacity between complex organizations (large, medium, small and OdR) in the development of projects with a high technological content;
  • ensure effective governance of the activities/problems connected to the integration of national and international subjects (companies, universities, research, etc.) with very different languages, techniques and entrepreneurial cultures;
  • directing and managing processes aimed at creating clusters and networks of clusters, between entrepreneurial and research subjects, operating on innovative supply chains.

Below are some of the OdR and Universities with which SeTeL has collaborated over the years:

  • Libera Università S.Pio V di Roma;
  • Università di Calabria – Laboratorio di Documentazione (LABDOC);
  • Università la Sapienza di Roma – Centro Ricerche per il Trasporto e la Logistica;
  • Università la Sapienza di Roma – Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari;
  • Università la Sapienza di Roma – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale;
  • Università degli Studi della Tuscia – Dipartimento per la Innovazione nei Sistemi Biologici, Agroalimentari e Forestali;
  • Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata – Dipartimento Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali;
  • Università degli Studi di Roma 3 – Dipartimento di Scienze;
  • Università degli Studi di Roma 3 – Laboratorio di Misure Elettriche ed Elettroniche;
  • Università degli Studi di Catania – Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente;
  • CREA – Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria;
  • LUISS – Business School;
  • Link Campus University;
  • Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi del CNR;
  • ASI (Italian Space Agency);
  • ENEA (Technology Transfer Unit) for T3GOV Project – Territorial Technology Transfer Governance.

MAR – Multipurpose Amphibious Rover – R&D Projects

Title: ECOMAR Fast Deployment Early Warning Environmental System

Expected start date: 21/11/2023

Expected end date: 21/05/2025

List of Beneficiaries:

  • SeTel Srl – leader
  • Faal Srl
  • Esseodue Srl
  • Università degli Studi di Roma Tre

The primary objective of ECOMAR (POR FESR Project Lazio Region) is the realization of an autonomous amphibious vehicle, named Rover, with a high rapid deployment capacity for early warning operations aimed at chemical- physical analysis of marine waters.

The early warning activity will allow the authorities to be quickly alerted in the event of water pollution. The vehicle will be equipped with sensors capable of detecting various chemical-physical characteristics in real-time, comparing the data with each other (data fusion) and generating an alert where a possible anomalous condition is revealed.


The project involves SeTeL – Servizi Tecnici Logistics s.r.l. in the redesign and creation of the new marine Rover by integrating the appropriate components and sensors; various departments of Roma TRE University which will dedicate themselves to research, design and small-scale prototyping of the components necessary to adapt the agricultural Rover to the marine environment and make it suitable for the early warning and fast deployment mission; ESSEODUE srl which will deal with the definition and design of the chemical-physical-biological analysis methodology for the purposes of early warning; FAAL BATTERIE SRL which will deal with the study, analysis and design of the optimal system for energy storage via batteries.


The project is co-financed with the funds of the Lazio FESR Regional Program 2021-2027 of the Public Notice “Riposizionamento Competitivo RSI” (RSI Competitive Repositioning) approved with Resolution no. G18823 of 12.28.2022.

Eligible costs: € 954.734,40

FESR contibution: € 667.196,50

For more information on the ECOMAR project – which began in November 2023 – below is an abstract on its main activities.

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IPERAGRIS is the acronym of Integrated Process of E-resources & Robotics for precision Agricultural Systems. The project, in fact, aims to transport “the fourth industrial revolution” in the agriculture sector developing a engineered, intelligent and inclusive agriculture model. This through the inclusion of management tools within the “Intelligent Agricultural Factory” paradigm, which have as key enabler, advanced robotics monitoring and application practices. In this way, it is possible to design an integrated, engineered and intelligent system in which the management of data to and from the plant/ production process ensures efficient management and quality of agricultural products.

In this context SeTeL provides the enabling elements composed of a systems of terrestrial and aerial robots coordinated by a swarm logic. The system is based on the rover WineGrover, born from the Agridrone Vision project.

The evolution of Winegrover provides a suitable robotic platform for both sensors, which provide the supply chain with all the data necessary to manage the process,  and for actuators that receive the operating instructions to realize a true Precision Agriculture.

In the project,  themes of swarming robots merge with advanced sensors, the AI techniques, interpretation of big-data, communication in 5G, tele-work and the tele-training to realize an Intelligent Agricultura Factory 4.0.

The “Iper Agris – Integrated Process of E-resources & Robotics for precision Agricultural Systems” innovation agreement was signed on 16.03.22 between the MISE, the Lazio Region, the Puglia Region, the Sicilian Region, the lead company Modis Consulting S.r.l. and the co-proponents Ro Technology S.r.l., Isagro S.p.A. and University of Catania and Se.Te.L – Servizi Tecnici Logistici s.r.l.




Duration: 18 months

Start date:
End date: 18/11/2019


  • SeTel Srl – leader
  • IDS SpA
  • DIBAF “Università della Tuscia”– Department for Innovation in Biological, Agrifood and Forest System
  • CNR – IMM Roma
  • Link Campus University

The project idea called AgridroneVision focuses on the creation and development of an integrated and intelligent system for innovative applications with a high knowledge content in the precision agriculture sector. The system will consist of a remotely piloted aircraft component equipped with multi-sensory instrumentation dedicated to proximal sensing, a ground control station and an innovative terrestrial rover and a series of sensors for monitoring the main microclimatic parameters.

The main activities of the project concerned the construction of the following integrated subsystems:

  1. Drone system. This system consist of an aircraft component and a remotely piloted land rover, equipped with multi-sensory instrumentation dedicated to proximal observation (proximal sensing) and mechanical actuators.
  2. Monitoring System. The system consists of a ground control station and specific command, data fusion and decision-making software.
  3. Sensor system. Commercial sensors were analyzed and innovative sensors developed for monitoring the main microclimatic parameters.

The project is co-financed with the funds of the POR-FESR 2014/2020 of the Lazio Region, based on the “LIFE 2020” Public Notice (“Public Notice”) approved with Det n. G08726 dated July 29, 2016.

LIFE- WINEGROVER: Precision Agriculture System to limit the impact on the environment, on health and on air quality of grape production.



Title: Precision Agriculture System to limit the impact on the environment, on health and on air quality of grape production.

Expected start date: 01/09/2020

Expected end date: 31/10/2023

The project will be implemented in the following Member State(s) and Region(s) or other countries:

  • Italy (Lazio and Toscana)
  • Portugal (Norte)
  • Spain (Andalusia)


  • Coordinating beneficiary: Università degli Studi della Tuscia
  • Associated beneficiary: CREA – Counsil for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economy Alalysis – CREA VE Research Center – Viticulture and Oenology
  • Associated beneficiary: Inova+ – Innovation Services, S.A.
  • Associated beneficiary: LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli
  • Associated beneficiary: Asociacion Empresarial Multisectorial Innovadora para las Ciudades Inteligentes
  • Associated beneficiary: SETEL Servizi Tecnici Logistici Srl
  • Associated beneficiary: Wellness Telecom S.L.


Main objective of the Project is to decrease the environmental impact related to grape production by introducing novel technologies for Precision Agriculture (PA) and validate in two vineyards in Italy and Spain the technical performance of a cost-effective and integral solution based on the implementation of a new PA system developed in a previous research project.


The main activities in whose SeTeL is mainly involved are the following:

  • Development and implementation of the prototypes of the terrestrial Rover, an innovative autonomous terrestrial electric rover moving along the vineyard equipped with multy-sensory instrumentation for proximal sensing and actuators.
  • Development and implementation of a ground control station for missions control and real time location system. The system is based on MAVLINK protocols. Local proximity sensors operate independently from the remote guidance, immobilizing the vehicle when not explicitly authorized from the ground station.


  • Total project budget: 2,188,137 Euro
  • Totale eligible project budget: 2,188,137 Euro
  • EU financial contribution requested: 1,203,275 Euro (=55% of total eligible budget)

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For more information please visit the site https://winegrover.eu/.

Complex Systems Engineering – R&D Projects


SeTeL, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Electrical and Electronic Measures of the Faculty of Engineering of Rome 3 and the CNR-IMM, wins, as a Prime, of a project funded by the POR FESR 2007/2013, called SIMPFLEX, Stretching/Pressure Measurement System, distributed on flexible or semi-flexible surfaces with autonomous sensors.

The basic concept that inspired the project is the development of a new family of multisensory systems of “contactless” measurement systems that are totally autonomous – also for power supply – and able to transfer the data to be measured to the processing, without the use of physical electrical connections between the parts of the system.


SeTeL, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Electrical and Electronic Measures of the Faculty of Engineering of Rome 3, presents a proposal within the initiative on “Technological Research Promoters” (funded by the Province of Rome), relating to vulnerabilities and protection techniques of photovoltaic systems. 

SeTeL role is the industrial sponsor. The proposal was accepted for funding.


Project COLD ENERGY was founded by Ministry of Environment. The objective was Energy saving on large industrial refrigeration system.

SeTeL role was the analysis and device vulnerabilities, realization of the control system of the refrigeration machine and energy saving measurement.

Prime: Industria Angelantoni.
Partner: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Rome 3.

Shape Memory Alloy-Based Actuators for Aerospace


Call ASI (Italian Space Agency) on Research and Development Projects. Theme: “Materials, Components, Sensors”.

SeTeL, in partnership with Aerosekur, presents the ALMAS Project aimed to develop a PinPuller for space devices, based on Shape Memory Alloys technology. Role of SeTeL was the analysis of the pinpuller failure modes.

Research Agreement for autonomic logistics

In the last 8 years SeTeL has developed an intense relationship with the Faculty of Sciences of Rome 3, stimulating a lot of master thesis and scientific publications on Autonomic Logistic and on ASD 3000 L.

It is a research area that applies to complex systems such as: satellite systems, railway systems, large plants already equipped with sensors for temperature, vibration, pressures, electric and magnetic fields etc. with current technology they provide indications of the overall status with indications of the type ok-not ok. Maintaining systems in efficiency is therefore traditionally regulated by static, human-guided maintenance plans, even if supported by a computer.

An innovative method is to equip individual components with specialized microsensors, able to assess the expected performance related to the specific mode in progress.

The Autonomous Logistic, unlike traditional structures, aims to assess the state of degradation of each individual parameter and their whole in order to be able to determine the remaining life related not only to the overt failure (already detectable with the systems degradation of the set of parameters). On this goal SeTeL is able to pour a significant “tesauro” of experience.

The development of Autonomic Logistics policies and devices, enables continuous surveillance of the real-time health of components, reducing the risks of unexpected events and shifting maintenance activities “on condition” with obvious improvements safety, service availability and business cost-effectiveness.

Title: SCAMP (Smart Components via AM – Additive Manufacturing – polymeric)
Duration: 18 months + 3
Expected start date: April 2018
Expected end date: 31/01/2020

  • Leading Company: Thales Alenia Space Italia
  • Partners: SeTeL s.r.l. – HB Technology s.r.l. – Dragonfly s.r.l.
  • University and Research Organisms:  University of Rome Tor Vergata Department of Engineering of the “Mario Lucertini” Company and The National Research Council – Institute for the study of nanostructured materials – ISMN.


The project aims to create a significant tertiary structure of nanosatellite, made of innovative polymeric/nanocomposite material using AM techniques and integrating materials, nanotechnologies, microelectronics and Advanced Manufacturing in the same structure.

Se.Te.L. role:

The role of SeTeL is to correlate the reliability of the product by monitoring, tracing and post processing the AM production data, collected by multispectral and IMU sensors.

Project budget:

The project is co-financed by funds of the POR-FESR 2014/2020 of the Lazio Region, Call for Kets Technologies Enabling.

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