Microsystem technology boosts market development
Technologies used


Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    332 Instruments for measurement and checking

NEREIDES studies, develops, sells and operates high added value systems for environmental monitoring in meteorology, oceanography and air & water quality assessment. The company employs 22 people and has a sales turnover of 4 M Euro per annum.

Its areas of expertise include the development of measurement instruments based on a wide range of sensors, the development of customized mechanical, electronic and computerised systems for these installations, environmental measurement and tests programs planning and monitoring. The company's products include systems for water quality assessment and for the detection of radioactivity and various polluting substances in water like hydrocarbon spill.

Industrial sectors :

Prodcom code 3320: Instruments for measurement and checking.
Prodcom code 7310: Research and experimental service concerning environmental pollution.

The company's existing water quality monitoring equipment product range is called " LILY ". It continuously monitors a given set of physical and chemical parameters related to the quality of surface waters (rivers, lakes, etc.). It is sold to water organisations and local authorities to assess water quality and by scientist to study environmental pollution mechanisms. LILY uses chemical sensors associated with discrete components and microcontroller electronic circuits. The standard sensor technology requires extensive on site maintenance and calibration, a constraint which inhibits market development.

The objective of this AE is to develop a new, compact water quality assessing product called MICROPAD to expand significantly the market for water quality monitoring equipment. This development requires the design and development of new micro chemical sensors and associated mixed signal ASIC control device to reduce dramatically the size of the new system and its installation and maintenance costs as well.

The improved system :

  • Has a reduced production cost.
  • Requires no plumbing and no water filtering.
  • Is battery operated (no mains power supply).
  • Its GSM radio link avoids fixed land telephone line requirement.
  • Its maintenance is reduced from 1 week duration weekly to a few minutes monthly.

This AE duration was 23 months, as planned (from 1999/09/01 to 2000/12/31). And prototype development costs, funded by the FUSE programme were 132 k EURO. The payback period is 11 months and ROI will be 630% in 2003 .

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You can also benefit from microelectronics

Microsystems technology provided NEREIDES with the means of improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE to realise this.

FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.

FUSE provides you with:

  • Best practice in acquiring specific microelectronics technologies and conducting full development projects through the FUSE portfolio of real life demonstrator documents.
  • Local training and expert support to plan your innovation realistically and help you conduct your project successfully.

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