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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.

 

A wide range of technologies deal with water leaks. But the most recent innovative solutions aim to be far more effective than any other prior technologies.
Water from underground pipes often leaks. Particularly, in countries with an antiquated underground waterpipe infrastructure. In the case of Greece, for example, leaks are estimated to constitute up to 50% of total consumption. Worse, many of these leaks are extremely difficult to find and repair due to the lack of detailed mapping of the network.
Solutions are available, though. For example, there is a recently developed technology, which identifies defects and leaks, monitors the buried infrastructures and evaluates water pipe conditions. It results from the WATERPIPE research project, funded by the EU and completed in 2009.
“[The technology] was designed to provide a three dimensional representation of the underground waterpipe network and at the same time provide information about the condition of both metallic and non-metallic pipes,” explains Matthaios Bimpas, a researcher who was involved in the project based at the i-Sense team of the Research Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
What is more, “[it] aimed at reducing water loss through leakage control and at promoting a water efficient, environmentally sustainable water industry by mitigating the impacts of global water cycle change that lead to the reduction of water resources,” Bimpas tells youris.com.
Most of water utilities industries currently use various technologies to locate leaks. The most commonly used methods for detecting water leaks can be classified in above-ground systems like acoustic equipment and external to the pipe but connected to it such as the so-called “leak noise correlator.” The latter “listens” to all noise emanating from two points at a known distance apart. “The main drawback of acoustic and leak noise correlator methods is their inefficiency in detecting water-leaks at non-metallic pipes, which tend to dominate the water distribution networks,” explains Bimpas.
The technology developed under the project constitutes an improvement. “To overcome [the lack of detection efficiency], passive radiometric and [active ground-penetrating radar (GPR)] technologies have been developed to improve the detection capability of leaks in water supply pipes,” Bimpas tells youris.com. Two specific active techniques are included using a so-called wide-band frequency modulation-continuous wave (FM-CW) radar and a so-called continuous wave (CW) radar for doppler detection. “Combining these three independent modalities is expected to provide improved detection performance for all pipe materials,” says Bimpas.
Within the range of alternative innovative technologies that have emerged since the project was completed, those based on transient tests have gathered great interest. “Transient test-based techniques are very cheap and do not interfere with functioning conditions since the duration of tests is very short,” says Bruno Brunone, professor of hydraulics at the faculty of engineering of the University of Perugia, Italy. “The principle on which they are based is a property of pressure waves that explore the pipe pointing out the presence of a leak,” he adds.
When it comes to dealing with the large diameter pipes connecting the water production area and the reservoirs, such techniques allow to reliably locate and sizeable leaks. It can also identify other anomalies such as negligently partially closed valves, partial blockages due to the deposition of lime.
Despite these advances in leak detection technologies, further investment needs to be made to reduce leakage. “We need to rationalise practices for leakage estimation, reporting, and target setting to ensure realistic comparisons are made between countries, and between regions within companies”, says Durk Krol, director of the international nonprofit association supporting water development called the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) located in Brussels, Belgium.
He believes in the importance of understanding the factors involved in the decisions surrounding appropriate leakage reduction targets, and to ensure that targets are aligned to leakage estimates and reporting methods. “Without this fundamental work, it is likely that leakage management strategies will be inefficient and possibly ineffective.”
*Article published at youris.com (European Research Media Center): http://www.youris.com/Environment/Water_Quality/Radar_Exposing_Water_Leaks.kl

The meeting brought together the whole consortium partners as recognised water professionals from various countries and organisations to create the synergies necessary for the successful achievement of project results. The consortium includes ten partners from six Mediterranean countries, covering a good share of the Mediterranean basin, from East to West and from South to North. The Applicant and five partners are located in EC countries (Greece, Italy and Cyprus) and they include two water operators, two universities and two engineering consultants. The other four partners are in Mediterranean Partner territories (Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan) and comprise three water operators and one engineering company. The project is also endorsed by three associates which are major water and environmental institutions in Italy, Egypt and Jordan.

During this meeting the coordinator I-SENSE group of ICCS, introduced the overall project methodology and explained the procedures for technical and administrative management of the project. The first part of the kick off meeting illustrated the technical approach of the project and discussed about each partners’ specific needs, objectives and methodologies. Each partner made presentations about their activities in the project (e.g. technology transfer, pilot activity, training etc). The second part of the meeting focused on the operational management procedures of the project, i.e. the decision making procedures and the partnership coordination structures. At the end of the meeting action lists and a precise work plan were defined.

More details on AQUAKNIGHT can be found at the project website.

 

Following the successful orientation of the previous MEMSCON Workshop (“Workshop on Structural Monitoring and Assessment of Civil Engineering Structures”) held in October 2010 in Bucharest (Romania), the project final workshop has been organised in Athens on the 29th March 2012 . This final MEMSCON Workshop has to provided a state-of-the-art report on recent research activities, technological utilisation and commercialisation activities in structural monitoring systems and software for the status-dependent maintenance and repair of constructed facilities. This event has brought together the Structural Health Monitoring community, European construction companies, owners of constructed facilities, insurance companies, policy makers and sector experts.

The EC co-funded project MEMSCON, with the aid of recent advances into Computation, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Low-Power Wireless technologies, provides latest generation, cheap and easy to mount sensors that can equip buildings and provide quantitative information on the structure’s physical state while in service. The system is installable into concrete buildings and data are wirelessly sent to a central station for processing and supporting decisions on proactive rehabilitation and rehabilitation after earthquake damages. It is highly expected that this will result in increased safety and lower maintenance costs by tackling problems when they first appear. Furthermore, it is highly expected that MEMSCON will transform the SME dominated building rehabilitation sector into an advanced knowledge sector, enhance the competitiveness of European SMEs, reduce time to assess the structural condition of a building in service and decide on remedial measures, promote sustainability, offer services with a high value added and enable the entrance of MEMS European SMEs to the large building market.

More details on the event can be found at the event pages and the project website.