Finapp is an innovative startup, a spin-off from the University of Padua. We produce new generation of CRNS - cosmic ray neutron sensing - probes, which provide:

  • Soil moisture
  • BWE - biomass water equivalent
  • SWE- snow water equivalent

in real time, on a large scale - hectares and in depth - about 50cm in the ground, meters in the snow, with just one instrument not buried in the ground.

What makes Finapp unique is the hardware capable of detecting cosmic neutrons. We are the only company in the world able to provide:

  • Data validated in real time
  • To use a light and compact probe
  • A probe that operates off the grid thanks to the consumption of only 0.4Wh
  • A plug & play probe, does not require calibration

These unique features are part of the company's know-how and are patented. The probe is completely engineered, easily producible on a large scale and at low cost, thanks to the high innovative content.

The fields of application of our data are many and range from precision agriculture, to the research of water losses along the aqueducts, to the management of the water reserve for civil and hydroelectric production purposes, to environmental monitoring, etc.

Country: Italy

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CRNS Probes

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What makes Finapp probes different from other CRNS on the market?

  1. use of plastic and metallic materials - patented - that are much easy to find, light, compact, and less expensive.
  2. Total customable thanks to its modular design (patented).
  3. Real time measurement thanks to the on-board measure of the total income of cosmic ray - unique on the market (patented).
  4. High performance: count up to 3’000 neutrons/h

Ecofriendly: we do not use polluting materials or nuclear fission reaction by-products.

Finapp probes can be customized according to customer needs, thanks to our patented modular design. However we have created a catalogue with two different versions, Finapp 3 and Finapp 5, which respond to most of the markets needs. Both versions consist of:

  1. Patented neutron / muon detector
  2. A custom low consumption electronic board (about 0.4 Wh)
  3. Backup battery (14Ah), photovoltaic integrated panel (20W) allow off the grid use
  4. All contained in a watertight box (IP67)
  5. The overall size of Finapp 3 probe is: 40x30x20cm, for a weight of about 5kg
  6. The overall size of Finapp 5 probe is: 50x30x20cm, for a weight of about 6kg

The Finapp 3 is the ideal tool in Agriculture, for knowing the soil moisture thanks to its extreme lightness and compactness. The count of 1,000 neutrons per hour guarantees the performance necessary to have accurate and continuous estimates over time.

The Finapp 5 is designed for more particular uses, such as the areal estimate of the SWE (snow water equivalent, i.e. the water contained in the snow) or of the BWE (biomass water equivalent, i.e. the water contained in the bio mass such as trees or fruit) or to search for water leaks along the aqueducts. For all these purposes, maximum sensitivity is required, which can be reached thanks to a 3,000 neutrons per hour count, without affecting the lightness and compactness of the probe

CRNS Probes

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