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The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) is one of the founding members of the ERTICO Innovation Platform on Traffic Management (TM) 2.0. The TM2.0 Platform originated in 2011 from TomTom and Swarco-Mizar and now regroups more than 20 members from all ITS sectors focusing on interoperable solutions for advanced active traffic management. TM2.0  was formally established on the 17th June 2014 during the ITS European Congress in Helsinki and its basic aim is to create an interface to provide a more evolved way to manage traffic. This interface will facilitate the exchange of data between vehicles and traffic management procedures, including traffic management, control and information services. Evolving from a combination of dynamic management systems and cooperative ITS, it will enable vehicle interaction with traffic management.

The ICCS group involved in TM2.0 platform acitivities is the I-SENSE Research Group. More information about TM2.0 can be foundhere.

The 23rd ITS World Congress will be organised in Melbourne from 10-14 October 2016.

Watch the Congress' estimonial video here.

The INTE-TRANSIT consortium is inviting you to its 1st International conference focusing on “ICT technologies as enablers for improved operations in modern MED ports”, that will be held on November 20th and 21st, 2014 at the Port Authority of Valencia, Spain.

By attending this conference, you will be able to network with project partners, discover the State of the Art on ICT tools used for modernisation of port logistics, the challenges that MED ports currently phasing, as well as the INTE-TRANSIT developments and ICT solutions towards the creation of an integrated management model to improve container monitoring and to modernise the organisation of the MED ports logistic areas. In parallel, a demo and poster session will take place, showcasing the project evolutions and technologies and other related activities.

This is a first 'Save the Date' invitation for every interested person. Participants may include port authorities and operators, freight forwarders, Shipping and Logistic Companies, Shipping/Container Lines, Transporters, Consultants and Maritime Organizations etc.

Don’t miss this event - save the date and register. We will be more than pleased to welcome you in Valencia on November 2014.

Registration is now open. Please fill in the conference registration form available here and send it via email to Mr. Vincent Ernoux, Valenciaport Foundation, ( vernoux@fundacion.valenciaport.com) by 3 November 2014. Your reservation will be confirmed via email.

The second training activity of the INTE-TRANSIT project took place in Naples on the 13th and 14th of May 2014 and was hosted at the Maritime Terminal in the Port of Naples under the topic “Improvement of MED ports transit capacities through multimodality and intermodality. Towards a more efficient organisation of ports logistic activities”.

This event, organised by CO.NA.TE.CO S.p.A. with the support of IAT, ICCS and SEAbility, provided the opportunity to more than thirty attendees, including key personnel from the local port authority and terminal to learn more about issues as the ICT role in an efficient and sustainable logistics organisation for maritime transport as well as familiarisation with best practices presented by companies and port authorities, such as the ValenciaPort Foundation, NOATUM, Andalusian Public Ports Authority and the Port of Koper, among others.
The opening speech of the training activity was made by the Managing Director of CO.NA.TE.CO (Napoli Container Terminal) Mr Pasquale Legora who welcomed the delegates and proceeded to present and analyse all relevant aspects of CO.NA.TE.CO, including their strategic planning for the forthcoming years.

The location of CO.NA.TE.CO as a European node located at the centre of the Mediterranean Basin places and its strategic proximity to international trade routes highlights the attributes of the Port of Naples as an important link between North and South Europe. CO.NA.TE.CO is the leading terminal operator of Naples port and one of the largest operators in Italy. A number of major shipping lines utilise CO.NA.TE.CO as a hub terminal, thanks to its ideal geographical position, which is particularly favourable for transshipment operations and also for its high participation as a gateway for Italian exports. The terminal uses this opportunity to speed up the gate-in and gate-out activities with new OCR system technology, bringing functional improvements to the Port of Naples, reducing road congestion and facilitating the operators and the port users.

The professionals that attended the two training days were from four different countries (Spain, Greece, Italy and Slovenia). What is worth a special mention is the high evaluation score awarded to the event by the attendees, which attained a mean value of in excess of 5 points in a scale from 1 (poor) to 6 (best).

The INTE-TRANSIT project will organise the next training activity in Valencia during the coming October. 

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Η ερευνητική ομάδα I-SENSE του ΕΠΙΣΕΥ ανακοινώνει την πρώτη συνάντηση εργασίας σχετικά με τις ερευνητικές προτεραιότητες και τις νέες προκλήσεις στον τομέα των Ευφυών Ολοκληρωμένων Συστημάτων. Η συνάντηση θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Ναύπλιο, στις 13-14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014. Έμπειροι ερευνητές της ομάδας και εξωτερικοί συνεργάτες θα παρουσιάσουν τις τελευταίες εξελίξεις στον τομέα της έρευνας σχετικά με τα ευφυή συστήματα μεταφορών, τα συνεργατικά συστήματα και τα συστήματα αυτοματοποιημένης οδήγησης, την ηλεκτροκίνηση, τα έξυπνα ενσωματωμένα συστήματα και τα συστήματα εικονικής και επαυξημένης πραγματικότητας. Οι παρουσιάσεις αυτές θα αποτελέσουν τη βάση για συζητήσεις στρογγυλής τραπέζης και ανοικτές συζητήσεις σχετικά με τις περαιτέρω ερευνητικές ανάγκες στις περιοχές αυτές καθώς και τη δημιουργία ερευνητικής χάρτας προς την κατεύθυνση αυτή.

ICCS, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks of the Hellenic Republic and the Municipality of Trikala are organising a workshop on the EU legal framework to certify automated road transport systems in urban areas along in the framework of the Citymobil2 European project. The workshop will take place in context of the Hellenic Presidency of the council of the European Union, in 5 May 2014, at Athens, Greece. 

The detailed programme can be found here.

INTE-TRANSIT has successfully organised its 1st Training Activityon 6-7 November 2013, in Seville. The INTE-TRANSIT project, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the MED Programme, aims to a better logistics organization of MED ports and logistics areas through the use of modern ICT technologies and to establish a framework for cooperation between stakeholders in the Mediterranean countries for the exchange of best practices, cooperation and personnel training.

The 1st Training session was hosted and organised by the IAT with the active support by SEAbility, responsible for all dissemination activities and training. Approximately 50 stakeholders participated in this event, including management and administrative staff of ports, general professionals of port authorities and/or logistics activity areas bound to maritime ports as well as logistics companies and members of the project Consortium. In the framework of the 1st INTE-TRANSIT Training Activity, participants explored and gained more in-depth knowledge about different technologies such as RFID, OCR, Port Management Systems, etc., through technical presentations and discussions.
More specifically, the topics addressed during this 1st Training Session entitled: " ICT solutions oriented towards the monitoring and positioning of containers and ro – ro: Container logistics using modern ICT technologies” were the following:

  • Container-driven developments in modern shipping and port operations & logistics. Implementation of ICT solutions and lessons learned.
  • Description of port operations and challenges resulting from thick stacking and automated procedures.
  • Containers and yard equipment monitoring and positioning.
  • Information and management systems for port and logistics operations and how they are addressing the issue of system integration.
  • Modelling and simulation techniques and how they can improve efficiency; description of the VSM methodology.

The trainers were experts coming from experienced and well-known companies and organisations including SEAbility Ltd., the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), the Piraeus Container Terminal SA (PCT) and the Andalusian Institute of Technology (IAT). In addition, trainees had the opportunity to experience different technologies, in the framework of a virtual technology lab that was organised in parallel, with the kind contribution of relevant companies and research institutes such as AT4 Wireless, Telvent Transportation, TRANSKAL, IAT- Esfera and ICCS.
This event was the first of a series of training activities that will be organised during 2014 and 2015 in Naples, Algeciras, Valencia and Athens.
The material presented in this 1st Training Activity is also available here.

 

Inside the framework of AQUAKNIGHT and the task 2 activities, the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) has demonstrated the usage of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in the identification of water leakages in the Water Board of Lemessos (WBL) water distribution network. The experiments took place on 15-16 July 2013 at Lemessos (Cyprus).
Three different positions on the network of WBL were measured each one with different characteristics and leakage dimensions.
 The first measurement set was executed on an old asphalt ground where a communication pipe crosses the street and connects the house with the main distribution pipe. The leak was identified just under the pavement at the side of the street, at the point where the communication pipe is connected on the main distribution pipe. The results of the measurements were satisfactory but further calibration needs to the GPR were identified.
The second and third measurements took place at a main street in Lemessos where larger leaks were present but their exact positions were totally unknown. The methodology to spot these leaks included consecutive measurements following the pipe length that actually indicated the possible positions of leakage. These positions were eventually validated by the WBL technical personnel that spotted the same positions of leaks in both cases.
During the measurements, some improvements to the GPR system were identified leading to an upgraded version of the GPR that will be used at the second round of tests to be held in May 2014 in Aqaba, Jordan (at the water network of the Aqaba Water Company – AWC).
Below, some schematics of the radar system can be seen followed by some images of the equipment in use in the field.
 
Figure 1 - GPR measurements identifying two different leakages

    
Figure 2 - GPR in use in the field

 

The yearly iMobility Awards represent a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative iMobility deployments paving the way for future of mobility. This year’s ceremony took place in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 11 September 2013, on the occasion of the iMobility Challenge Netherlands.

In category National / Local ITS Implementation Award, VTT, the Technical Research Centre Finland - represented by Senior Scientist Petri Mononen, was awarded. One of the main reasons that VTT win this award was the success of the TeleFOT IP project which accelerated the deployment of after-market and nomadic device oriented ITS.