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The 3rd pilot exercise was held on Saint Nazaire, France and specifically in STX-FR premises. The eVACUATE pilot demonstration in STX-FR held in Saint Nazaire, on Friday March 17, 2017. Main outcomes:  Over that time we demonstrated good team work and team spirit to realise a reasonably successful pilot demonstration. The demonstration itself did not run smoothly, partly due to the difficult environment in which we had to conduct the demonstration.

The STX pilot demonstration was executed while the ships interior was only half finished and the construction work was in full swing. The passenger’s stairs could not be used in the scenario (only the crew stairs on both sides of the ship), needing a complete change in the scenario. Furthermore the second muster station (ball room) was not available. We could only use the (middle part and stage part of the) theatre as a muster station, but only on the day of the pilot demonstration, because of the construction activities. As a result we needed to technically prepare the pilot demonstration back stage and to prepare the evacuation routes (signs) on the day of the pilot demonstration. 

From a technical point of view we had major problems requiring improvisation to find a working solution. The eVACUATE team will remember this event as the pilot with constant changes, improvisation and hard work to make it a success … but we made it. We demonstrated good team work and an excellent spirit to overcome all the difficulties encountered. In this pilot the challenge was in the conditions under which we had to execute the demonstration, and not so much technical problems with the eVACUATE system itself. Despite all the aforementioned, at the end the eVACUATE system itself encountered only minor technical issues demonstrating as such its potentials while operating in a new environment that a Cruise ship is. We divided the (ca. 100) volunteers into four groups and the started in each run in the same position. We did four evacuation runs and measured the time needed for the evacuation.  The evacuation time noted is the maximum evacuation time of the four groups, i.e. we measure the slowest evacuation time.

A significant improvement of around 25% in evacuation time was achieved, with our system being up and running.

 

NEXES App Challenge is an Interactive Showcase for Next Generation 112 Apps run by the European NEXES Action

NEXES App Challenge is addressing application developers, designers, Next Generation Emergency Service application owners and end users who are interested in developing a Next Generation Emergency response application or promote a novel idea for a future application in the field, providing the recently released NEXES API and documentation with a set of next generation functionalities that will boost their development timeline.

If you have a novel idea for a Next Generation Emergency response 112 app or think of creating a novel smart app, you can find out more about NEXES Research and Innovation Action and the challenge at the NEXES App Challenge official site by clicking:  http://nexesappchallenge.eu/.

You might also download the official invitation, clicking in here.

 

The validation trials of the platform and solutions developed during the course of the eVACUATE EU research project, in which AIA participates, took place on January 2017 at Athens International Airport - AIA’s Satellite Terminal. The solution consists of a complete system for the provision of efficient support for the application of safe and effective evacuation strategies at large public venues such as airports, metro stations, football stadiums etc. A resilient and seamless communication platform integrated to the mechanisms already in place, has been developed to allow communication with the theatre of the evacuation operations and other civil response units. The video of the evacuation exercise provides a visualization of the validation of the developed platform and solutions through the different evacuation scenarios.

 

Η κοινοπραξία του έργου SCENT (πλήρης τίτλος έργου: Έξυπνη εργαλειοθήκη για τη συμμετοχή των πολιτών σε μία ανθρωποκεντρική πλατφόρμα παρακολούθησης του περιβάλλοντος) έχει τη χαρά να σας προσκαλέσει στις Εστιασμένες Ομάδες Συζήτησης μεταξύ ενεργών πολιτών και εθελοντών για τη στάση και τις απόψεις τους σχετικά με το ρόλο τους στην παρακολούθηση περιβαλλοντικών γεγονότων, οι οποίες θα πραγματοποιηθούν κατά τη διάρκεια Διημερίδας με θέμα: "Οι πολίτες στο επίκεντρο: Τα παρατηρητήρια πολιτών και πώς μπορούν να συνεισφέρουν στην καλύτερη διαχείριση και πρόβλεψη των πλημμυρικών φαινομένων", που διοργανώνεται στο πλαίσιο των δραστηριοτήτων του έργου SCENT στις 1 & 2 Δεκεμβρίου στην Αθήνα, στην Πολυτεχνειούπολη Ζωγράφου. Η πρόσκληση καθώς και το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα των προαναφερθέντων ομάδων συζήτησης, είναι διαθέσιμα στους παρακάτω συνδέσμους:

Το έργο SCENT είναι ένα ευρωπαϊκό πρόγραμμα διάρκειας τριών ετών το οποίο χρηματοδοτείται από το πρόγραμμα Horizon 2020 της ΕΕ για την Έρευνα και την Καινοτομία. Στο έργο συμμετέχουν 10 εταίροι από 6 χώρες. Στο έργο, τεχνολογίες όπως ψηφιακά παιχνίδια, φορητοί αισθητήρες χαμηλού κόστους, συνδεδεμένοι με smartphone, ακόμα και η ίδια η κάμερα του τηλεφώνου, θα βοηθήσουν να ληφθούν φωτογραφίες και να συλλεγούν πληροφορίες για περιβαλλοντικές παραμέτρους στην περιοχή μας. Στη συνέχεια, αυτές οι πληροφορίες θα χρησιμοποιηθούν από τους αρμοδίους για τη βελτίωση των υφιστάμενων χαρτών και για την ενίσχυση της ακρίβειας των μοντέλων πρόβλεψης πλημμυρών.

Στόχος της έρευνας που πραγματοποιείται στο πλαίσιο των δραστηριοτήτων του Ευρωπαϊκού Έργου SCENT είναι η ευαισθητοποίηση των πολιτών και η προτροπή τους για ενεργή συμμετοχή στην παρακολούθηση περιβαλλοντικών φαινομένων στην περιοχή τους και συγκεκριμένα στο φαινόμενο των πλημμύρων και τους τρόπους που θα μπορούσε να βελτιωθεί η διαχείριση και η πρόβλεψή τους.Το έργο SCENT ευελπιστεί να ευαισθητοποιήσει και τους αντίστοιχους φορείς τοπικής, περιφερειακής και εθνικής πολιτικής σε ζητήματα που έχουν να κάνουν με το περιβάλλον,την προστασία του και την αναπτυξη εργαλείων για την πρόληψη των καταστροφικών αποτελεσματων που προκύπτουν απο φυσικές καταστροφές.

Παρακαλώ βρείτε την έρευνα στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FQ8IWc5rQgGorH Η συμμετοχή σας θα βοηθήσει ιδιαίτερα την κοινοπραξία του έργου SCENT στην συλλογή πληροφοριών σχετικά με τις αναγκες και τις απαιτήσεις των χρηστών.

Λίγα λόγια για το SCENT

Τεχνολογίες όπως ψηφιακά παιχνίδια, φορητοί αισθητήρες χαμηλού κόστους, συνδεδεμένοι με τα smartphone, ακόμα και η ίδια η κάμερα της συσκευής, θα βοηθήσουν στην λήψη φωτογραφίων και τη συλλογή πληροφορίων για περιβαλλοντικές παραμέτρους της περιοχής σας. Στη συνέχεια, αυτές οι πληροφορίες θα χρησιμοποιηθούν από τους αρμοδίους για τη βελτίωση των υφιστάμενων χαρτών και για την ενίσχυση της ακρίβειας των μοντέλων πρόβλεψης πλημμυρών. Πιστεύουμε ακράδαντα ότι η ενεργός συμμετοχή των πολιτών θα βοηθήσει να μειωθούν οι σημαντικές ζημιές και οι κίνδυνοι που προκύπτουν από πλημμυρικά φαινόμενα στην περιοχή σας και να επηρεάσει την πολιτική σε σχέση με το περιβάλλον εν γένει.

Για την ενδελεχή ενημέρωση, την ευαισθητοποίηση και προτροπή για ενεργή συμμετοχή τόσο των πολιτών όσο και των αντίστοιχων ενδιαφερομέρων μερών στην παρακολούθηση περιβαλλοντικών φαινομένων το έργο SCENT διοργανώνει Συνάντηση Εργασίας για την διεξαγωγή εστιασμένων ομάδων συζήτησης (focus groups), που θα πραγματοποιηθούν στον ΕΜΠ στις 1 και 2/12/2016.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά, παρατίθενται στο τέλος της έρευνας αλλα και στον ακόλουθο σύνδεσμο: Πρόσκληση & Πρόγραμμα

The first pilot testing of the situation-awareness and guidance system for sustaining the active evacuation route for large crowds developed in the framework of the eVACUATE R&D project, was successfully held in the Real Sociedad Football Stadium, Anoeta, in San Sebastian, from 18 to 22 October, 2016. The objective of the demonstration, conducted with the participation of 120 volunteers (football team’s fans and the stadium’s security personnel), was to demonstrate the functionalities of the integrated eVACUATE system for real-time decision support, dynamic capture of situation awareness and timely guidance and safe evacuation of people out of dangerous areas, like a critical incident during a party in Anoeta Stadium. As part of the demonstration four evacuation scenarios were tested. The overall testing has enabled the security personnel and the fans to assess the capabilities of the eVACUATE system, which provides a common operational picture of critical incidents, dynamically calculates the optimum and safest evacuation route using intelligent fusion of sensors and guides the crowd to the appropriate escape route, through smart communication devices and systems such as dynamic exit sign, digital signs and mobile applications. 

The eVACUATE system performance and scalability will be validated in three more distinct scenarios involving incidents with large crowd at the 1)Underground stations in Bilbao, the 3) Athens International Airport and 4) a STX Cruiseship.

 

 

After three years of work, the AutoNet2030 project has been completed. On October 27th, 2016, the project’s Final Event took place at AstaZero proving ground where the consortium had the opportunity to showcase the AutoNet2030 achievements. The event was attended by more than 70 participants traveling in from 17 countries around the word. Event participants represented automotive industries, suppliers, research institutes and universities.

The project outcomes were presented in a multi-disciplinary program that spanned across a project workshop an exhibition with both posters and live pc-demos and a live demonstration of automated vehicles driving at the AstaZero tracks. Through this program the project guests could both familiarise themselves with the AutoNet2030 results, but also provide their feedback and exchange information about similar or related initiatives in a worldwide scale. The driving demonstrations at the AstaZero proving ground in Sandhult, Sweden were the highlight of the event.

Autonet final event

Two passenger cars (one automated and one manually-driven) together with one automated truck, all equipped with the AutoNet2030 system, performed a number of highway driving scenarios related to the convoy motion. All of the guests had the unique opportunity to get on-board and experience live the capabilities of the developed vehicle-automation technology.

The EuroVR2016 Conference final programme is now available and can br found through the following link: http://www.eurovr-association.org/conference2016/program The programme contains information on sceduled sessions, posters and demos as well as the short biographies of the invited keynote speakers. 

Imagine that your navigation system not only knows your route, but also the entire traffic of the city!

The video of the EU-project TEAM – Tomorrow’s Elastic Adaptive Mobility – below shows how collaborative mobility works. Collaborative mobility incorporates our individual needs while at the same time maintaining the overall optimum of the traffic situation.

The TEAM EU funded project developed eleven collaborative applications which turn static into elastic mobility by joining drivers, travellers and infrastructure operators together into one collaborative network. More about the TEAM project can be found at: www.collaborative-team.eu  

The European Association for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality announces its annual conference, EuroVR 2016. EuroVR Conference is a premier European Conference dedicated to addressing advances in the areas of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality, including software systems, display technology, interaction devices and applications, which over the years, has become a leading forum for disseminating the latest research results and has a strong industrial focus.

This year Conference, organised by the I-SENSE Group of ICCS, is the 13th edition of a series started with the INTUITION European Network conferences (2004-2008) and followed by the Joint Virtual Reality Conference (2009-2013) and the EuroVR Conference (2014-).

EuroVR2016 is aiming not only to present and publish applied research, but also to provide a platform for exchange between researchers, technology providers, and end users around commercial and/or research applications and an opportunity to promote collaboration and synergies amongst industry and research communities. The conference will comprise a highly selective program consisting of refereed submitted papers, live demonstrations and technical poster presentations, panel discussions and special sessions focused on emerging topics of VR, AR and MR. Find out more at: http://www.eurovr-association.org/conference2016/ 

Don' t miss the opportunity to join us at the EuroVR2016 conference, in Athens to discuss the latest advances in VR-AR and network with the most important actors in the area. Register by the 14th of October to take advantage of the early bird rates!