Smart objects and automated processes to make daily tasks easier. The Internet of Things is both the present to develop and the future to aim for. Antonio Sterpetti is well aware of this, and after years of experience working in IT giants, he decided to open his own business. In February 2017 he founded “IoT-Maker”, together with his son Gianmarco, after having won - with the Thetis project - the call for ideas aimed at cultural and creative startups promoted by the Lazio Region. “Corporations were already working in the sphere of energy efficiency and domotics, what we did was identify a technological gap in the market”, Antonio explains. He moves his activities towards unexplored terrain. The idea of Thetis (Totally Humanless Electronic Thermo Inductive Screening) came after talking to a furniture restorer, who complained about the underdevelopment of the methods for removing mites and woodworms from furniture. The “IoT-Maker” team studied an automated system to measure humidity and temperature, and activate a thermo-inductive process for restoring wood and paperbased objects. A sensor is fitted inside the wooden object, connected to a printed circuit board. The device transmits data to a software to monitor on the PC temperature and humidity levels, the main culprits for the birth of insects that cause damage to materials. When non-standard parameters are recorded, machines are set in motion to regulate heat in the environment. This is a way of automating and raising the efficiency of a process that is usually done manually. Thetis is devised to preserve and protect cultural assets kept in museums, churches and institutional buildings, but can also be adopted by furniture restorers, art collectors and firms in the wood industry. The prototype is now ready, and the company intends to put the system on sale in 2018.
The story has been written by Serena Berardi, writer.