Preventive conservation (PC) has emerged as an important approach for the long-term preservation of sensitive cultural heritage (CH), notably for mobile artefacts, those displayed or stored in harsh environments and for small and medium-sized museums.
SensMat aims to develop and implement effective, low cost (<20 – 30€ for basic platform), eco-innovative and user-friendly sensors, models and decision-making tools, as well as recommendations and guidelines to enable prediction and prevention of degradation of artefacts as a function of environmental conditions.
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The SensMat project, which has now been completed, is thus part of the development of connected artefacts for Cultural Heritage and we would like to pursue the development of our system until its industrialization.
During the implementation phase of the SensMat project, we have obtained excellent results that we would be able to use for the long-term preservation of both public and private collections. The “decision support” tools developed still need to be made more robust in order to become a marketable (“certified”) solution, as COVID has not allowed us to ” complete ” since 2019.
The market analysis that we had carried out and the feedback from users (partner museums) who benefited from the demonstrators confirm the potential of this solution. Every day we receive an average of ten requests from museums (large and small museums, insurers, etc.) to find out if the solution is marketable. In view of the growing interest in Europe and overseas from certain cultural actors for our results, we would like to continue our activities with new partners who could support us and allow the commercialisation of the solution (tools and service).
Some key partners of the SensMat consortium who are at the very end of the value chain of our project are very interested to continue.
Finally, the European Commission encourages us and allows us to keep the intelligent tools we have developed to operate our ten demonstrators in the cultural institutions with which we have collaborated in Europe, with access to the data maintained until 5 years after the end of the SensMat project, which represents an asset and would be instrumental in “going further”.
A FEW MORE INFORMATION FOR FUTURE USERS OF THE SENSMAT SOLUTION
The system developed during the SensMat project consists of:
The system can be adapted to any sensor. Thus it is possible to use existing sensors but it is also possible to propose other more specific and innovative sensors developed within the framework of SensMat in order to complete the tools already in place and thus to increase the control of the follow-up of the collections exhibited in museums.
A FEW MORE INFORMATION FOR FUNDERS, INVESTORS, SPONSORS, OR CROWDFUNDERS
The SensMat project has made it possible for us to bring the various technological bricks (hardware and software) to a TRL 6-7, and we are now looking for new sources of funding and support to complete the development of the innovation, i.e. to finalise the system as well as the business model for the commercialisation of all the services.