Arantec Engineering promotes a data exchange project between the Conselh Generau d’Aran and the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro

Arantec Engineering promotes a data exchange project between the Conselh Generau d’Aran and the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro

Arantec Engineering will technically make possible the bidirectional exchange of data from the Garona river basin through Smarty Planet stations, after the signing of the agreement between the Conselh Generau d’Aran and the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro (CHE).


Arantec Enginnering is responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of the 15 hydrometeorological stations owned by the Conselh Generau d’Aran in the Val d’Aran and also develops projects for the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro.

Arantec Enginnering is responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of the 15 hydrometeorological stations owned by the Conselh Generau d’Aran in the Val d’Aran and also develops projects for the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro.


The agreement signed last December of 2017 by the Sindic d’Aran, Carlos Barrera and by the president of the CHE, Raimundo Lafuente, obeys the need to exchange data between both institutions as a result of the experience of the great episode of floods of the month of June of the year 2013 in the Val d’ Aran.


The experience of 2013 showed the need to exchange and complement the hydrometeorological data, generated by all the agents present in the Garona River basin, with the aim of providing a better response to extraordinary episodes of precipitation or increased flows in the head of the basin.


Thanks to the new typology of the stations, nowadays you can count on more data, especially in small basins and in the headwaters of the rivers. The parameters that are measured are the level of the rivers, the flows, the intensity of the rain, the temperature and the humidity. The main function to measure these parameters and obtain data is to generate warnings and alerts in case of flood hazard.


The frequency of data acquisition will be every 15 minutes during 24 hours a day.

The hydrometeorological stations of the Conselh General d’Aran are located in Aiguamòg, Aubèrt, Betren, Escunhau, Joeu, Les, Pont d’Arró, Pont de Vielha, Pont de Lop, Salient, Toran, Tredòs, Unhola, Valarties and Varradòs.


The hydrometric stations of the CHE are in Bossòst, Valarties and Arties, and the rain gauges in Pla de Beret and Arties.


The data obtained will be made available to Pompièrs e Emergéncies d’Aran SL, which exercises the competences of the management of emergency services and civil protection in the Val d’Aran, which will be used for planning emergencies, notices to the authorities and the population, as well as in the programming and implementation of operational resources.


The collaboration agreement will have a validity of 4 years, extendable for four more years, a period that should allow carrying out tests, tests or practices with a fairly broad useful life in order to make the results obtained more reliable and the tests can be posing in the long term.


Puente Genil installs a complete weather station Smarty Planet

Puente Genil installs a complete weather station Smarty Planet

Arantec Engineering has been the company chosen by the town council of Puente Genil for the installation of a Smarty Planet complete weather station with integrated camera, on the right bank or Cordovan river Genil, in the Guadalquivir River Basin.

The project was presented a few days ago by Francisco Morales, Councilor for Citizen Security and Civil Protection, who defined the installation as “pioneer” since it will allow the flow of the Genil River to be measured and prevent future flooding in the Pontana town. Francisco Morales was accompanied by the coordinator of the Civil Protection area of ​​Puente Genil, Rafael Gálvez, and Mario Losáñez, director of Business Development of Arantec Engineering.

The installation, in operation since last December, is framed in the SmartCity Puente Genil project, and has radar level sensor, a complete meteorological station, GSM communication module, robotic camera and software for the registration and data history on the river Genil, installed in the lower area of ​​the urban area, which will allow citizens through the website of the local Civil Protection service, through an Early Warning System (SAT) for flooding and hydrological monitoring, to track in real time of the river flow.

The weather station measures wind, level and temperature parameters, and is completely autonomous since it is powered by solar panels.

Smarty River: Early Warning System (SAT) for floods and hydrological monitoring

Smarty River is a complete application of Arantec Engineering that allows, in a simple way and in real time, record, visualize, manage alarms and share data on monitoring and the status of rivers and reservoirs.

This data is collected by the Sensor Stations and sent to the web application.

Smarty River is a self-sufficient sensory solution designed specifically as a Decision Support System (SAD) in case of flood risk and overflow in towns, campsites, river walks, urbanizations, etc

With this technology, the costs of the large infrastructures of the Hydrological Information Warning Systems (SAIH) or of gauging in ditches, reservoirs, pipes, channels, drains are reduced.

Implementation of 5 flow meters in the Integrated System of “Las Villas” in Salamanca

Implementation of 5 flow meters in the Integrated System of “Las Villas” in Salamanca

The Diputación of Salamanca is in charge of managing the integral water cycle within the province, which is divided in 5 zones or management units. The lines of action developed within each unit are:


  • Water quality control service for human consumption. Sewer and sewage cleaning service.

  • Water supply service with cisterns.

  • Drought plan.

  • Channel cleaning plan.

  • Management of supply and debugging systems

  • Technical assistance to municipalities in water matters.


In addition to the aforementioned, within the functions performed by the Diputación de Salamanca is the control of circulating flows in the supply and sanitation networks, both for pipelines in charge and for channels and collectors where water circulates under the regime of free sheet.



In order to improve the measurement of the same, the Diputación has had the collaboration of Arantec Engineering to perform the supply, assembly, calibration and commissioning of 5 flow meters with data transmission to remote control system in real time, in the pour points of the Integrated System of “Las Villas”



The system consists of 2 non-invasive flow meters located in pipelines under load and 3 meters of level and speed in collectors, with 3G communication, data logger and power or solar power, which are described below:



Flow meters in piping: Two non-invasive clamp-on type SP-200 flowmeters have been installed in each 100 mm steel pipeline next to the Huerta Wastewater Pumping Station and in Babilafuente.



Level sensors SPWS61 and speed SPR300W of radar typology in collectors located in Babilafuente, Villoria and Villoruela.



With this system and through the web application, the Diputación de Salamanca can control at any time the circulating flows through the pipes and collectors, as shown in the following graphs:




With the implementation of the Integrated System both the County Council and users of the Las Villas treatment plant are benefited from the point of view of better management of the resource and the consequent savings in water and in the coffers of the municipalities.

Arantec is getting ready for the winter with “Ibantxo”

Arantec is getting ready for the winter with “Ibantxo”

Before the first important snowfalls in Arantec we had the opportunity to review and fine-tune Smarty Planet Nivo-Meteorological stations, especially in relation to one of the most important aspects of our work in winter, such as minimizing the risk of avalanches .

We speak with Iban González Abadias “Ibantxo” for friends. Geologist and half mountain guide. Great lover of the mountain, skiing and writer of the two volumes of the book Free Ski Ed. Nive. Iban, is a local predictor of avalanches in Somport and is part of the Arantec team.

Q- What work do you do before the start of the winter season?

A- The first thing that is done is at a geographical level, it is a cartography of the area, where all the potentially dangerous zones are identified and then based on the meteorological information that we have and our field work we issue hazard bulletins for specific areas . In our case there are 10 channels that can cause some kind of problem on the roads.

Q- How is the daily work done?

A- When there is stability at both the meteorological and snow levels, we issue follow-up bulletins and when the forecasts begin to indicate snowfalls, it is when we really activate. We issue a news bulletin of situation, we perform daily field work with outputs to check the state of the snow, if it snows with a lot of wind, if there are accumulations in some area, how the different layers cohere together, we make measurements, tests of stability, profiles, to identify the situation. Subsequently, the final communiqué is issued.

Q- With what purpose do you do all this work?

A- Our main objective is to guarantee the safety of the winter road. As an anecdote I will tell you that one of the phrases that I have heard the most for years in reference to our sector is the following: “The easy thing is to cut a road. The difficult thing is to open it again. “And it is perfectly understood, since there are those who, after a few minutes of making a cut warning of avalanche danger on the road, would reopen it once the situation is controlled. On the other hand, some people prefer to be more cautious and wait longer. By the way, in our case the closure and reopening of the road depends in each case on the Ministry of Development and the DGA (Diputación General de Aragón).

Q- What technology do you have to carry out your work?

R-Claro, when we started to follow the meteorological situation, our only reference is the meteo stations of Smarty Planet for example, which are the ones that mark us the different parameters. With them we make our mental scheme that we then verify in the field, to elaborate the hazard bulletin on roads with vehicle traffic to minimize any risk to the population.

Q- Where are you located in winter?

R-On Somport road, and this year I will also take along with my partner Albert Piqué the Panticosa Spa road and access to Llanos del Hospital (Benasque).

Winter in Smarty Planet

In Arantec, during the last weeks, prior to the beginning of the winter season, we have carried out different work on set-up and maintenance of our Nivo-meteorological stations, in addition to other actions.

The recent installation of a traction sensor on 60T avalanche structures in the Col du Peyresourde (France).

The maintenance, improvement and tuning of the automatic Nivo-Meteorological station installed by Arantec in Panticosa. The remote web-cam of the station also allows to have a system for the control and monitoring of possible avalanches. Also carrying out the adjustment of the rain gauge and the installation of a new snow depth meter.

Our participation in the Pyrenean Symposium on Snow and Avalanches of the V Jornades Tècniques de Neu i Allaus in Ordino – Andorra. As well as last October the second consecutive participation of Arantec in Meteorological Technology World Expo 2017 of Amsterdam – The Netherlands, the largest event in the world on meteorology where the leading technologies of the sector are exhibited, which served to present our solutions and also to catch up on what is “cooked” at the international level.

Finally, we would like to remind you that we provide the Smartyplanet Web Software, which is the spearhead of Smarty solutions for the visualization, comprehension and control of registered data in real time, whose data can be consulted from any device with Internet connection.

The daily work of the engineers, programmers and designers in Arantec, allows us to advance and improve in our Smarty solutions and in our specific products for different sectors, of which you will find all the information in the following link http: //www.smartyplanet. com / category-product / smarty-meteo /

Arantec participates in the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2017

Arantec participates in the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2017

Arantec attended the seventh edition of the Meteorological Technology World Expo on October 10, 11 and 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, considered by all as the most important fair and exhibition of meteorological solutions in the world, where they are exhibited the leading technologies in the sector.


Following last year’s edition in Madrid, this year the Meteorological Technology World Expo has also been a success due to the fact that more than 250 exhibitors have attended, among them, besides Smarty Planet, big companies such as OTT Hydromet, Campbell Scientific, Vaisala, Kipp-Zonen, Gill Instruments or Baron, among others.


This event has allowed our company to meet in just three days with both our usual suppliers of meteorological equipment and future customers and new partners, strengthening relations in the sector and enhancing Smarty solutions worldwide.


Within the multiple Smarty Planet solutions, Arantec has shown in its booth 9100 the following:


Smarty Meteo and Smarty Snow: rain gauges and rockers, height and depth sensors, etc. have been exposed.


Smarty River: has been shown the solution of levels and flows in river along with video surveillance cameras.


Smarty Road: visibility control systems have been exposed in fog conditions, as well as systems to know the state of the road.


Smarty Software: it has been shown to all interested the software that allows to integrate all the solutions and to show the data of the different stations of an easy and intuitive way with great consistency as much in the data as in the communications.



In addition to the aforementioned software, among the products included in these solutions, both the flowmeter sensor (Smarty Flow) and the small compact SPM-315 station were specially designed for zones remote, whose images are attached below.


With these solutions and with the presence at the Meteorological Technology World Expo in Amsterdam, the Executive Director, the Technical Director and the Director of Business Development, Arantec consolidates the expansion and international solidity that has been developing with greater intensity in the last two years, already present in America and Europe, and looking for new alliances for the markets of Asia and Africa.


Participation of Arantec in Anywhere 2017 (Helsinki)

Participation of Arantec in Anywhere 2017 (Helsinki)

During the days 19, 20 and 21 of last September Arantec Enginheria S.L. participated as a stakeholder in the 2nd AnywhereH2020 meeting and workshop at the Finnish Institute of Meteorology (IMF) in Helsinki, Finland.


The main aim of Anywhere is to enable society as a whole and the major European civil protection agencies to respond more quickly to extreme climatic and climatic events and to cope with the high social, environmental and economic impacts associated with these extreme natural phenomena.


There are 13 European countries participating in this project led by the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) in Spain together with private R + D + I companies. Arantec is one of them.


The project presented by arantec was the Sió River Early Warning System (Segarra) through the Smarty River solution.

The Smarty River Early Warning System for Flood Risk (SAPI), installed a few months ago by Arantec in the Sió River, through the installation of 2 river level sensors and 3 rain gauges with temperature and relative humidity, allows the responsible for the municipality of Agramunt coordinate the tasks of prevention and alert the population to inform the citizens of the situation of the river in real time and take preventive measures against possible rovinadas of sudden flood of river flow.


We interviewed Mario Losañez, Arantec’s business development director about his participation in Anywhere.

Question – Is this the first time that Arantec attends this congress?

Answer- Yes, it’s the first time. Well, I must say that it is not really a congress, but a Workshop where the progress of the Anywhere project is debated and we were invited by the UPC last year to its first edition in Genoa, although we could not attend because of being with the preparations for the Meteorologichal Technology World Expo. At their second meeting we are very pleased to have been able to attend the meeting in Helsinki.


Q- What has been the contribution of Arantec in this edition? How have they received your success story?

A- The contribution of Arantec, as a stakeholder, has been based on two fundamental aspects, one in the relationship of networking with UPC and with other countries with the aim of integrating the prediction solutions developed by the Anywhere project with the solutions SmartyPlanet’s real-time data collection and early warning systems. The other fundamental aspect has been the possibility to present our case of success, through a poster, in the town of Agramunt where SmartyRiver solutions allowed to alert the population in 2016 well in advance so that the misfortune of the year was not repeated previous.


Q- The Anywhere Project, in which 13 European countries participate, is led in Spain by the UPC in collaboration with R & D & I companies. What is the role that Arantec plays?

A- As I mentioned, Arantec is among the group of stakeholders or companies in charge of marketing the solutions developed in the Anywhere project and integrate them in the market together with those that we have already contributed (Smarty Planet) in a joint product of prediction and alert or either in separate modules, depending on the needs of future clients.


Q- What assessment do you make of the experience and your participation?

R- The experience has been very satisfactory and with total certainty we will be in the next edition that is celebrated in house (Barcelona), since it has allowed us to strengthen our relations with the different companies and organizations with which we were working, as well as to give to know our solutions to the different countries and working groups of the project.


Q- What solutions can the work of Arantec contribute in the sense of the project proposals?

A- The work of Arantec within this project serves as a link between the development of the project and the market introduction of the prediction solution along with early warning at both general and local level.


Q- According to you, where do European and global preventive projects have to progress in the face of increasingly frequent environmental phenomena such as hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes and the impact of climate change on flood risk prevention?

A- In this case, the Anywhere project develops these aspects precisely by bringing together many countries with the objective of having a tool for forecasting natural disasters and integrating it with the different emergency warning and management system solutions to save lives.

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